March 14, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Husky sprinter Jordan Boase repeated his third-place finish in the 400-meter dash today as the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships concluded at Texas A&M.
Running in the second heat of the two heat timed final, Boase (Bothell, Wash./Bothell) knew he had to beat the time of 45.69 set by Michael Bingham of Wake Forest who won the first heat. That time was the fastest run in the world this year.
Assigned to the outside lane, Boase got out quickly, but was beaten to the inside lane when the lanes converged, and subsequently boxed in. As Florida's Calvin Smith faded in front of him, Boase had to move wide to go around, and Texas Tech's Gil Roberts pulled away to win the heat in 45.71. Boase passed LSU's Robert Simmons to place second in the heat and third overall in 46.20 seconds. Boase was third at last year's meet as well when the winning time was only 46.19.
Despite falling short of the title, Boase will add a fifth All-America honor to his collection that ties him with teammate Austin Abbott and Steve Anderson (1928-30) for sixth-most in Washington history.
"Jordan had plenty of juice to run a great time, he just got stuck in place a little and couldn't accelerate when he wanted," said head coach Greg Metcalf. "It's unfortunate but that's why the 400-meters indoors is a bit of a roll of the dice. We still believe his time is coming."
Less than an hour later came the women's 3,000-meter run, featuring junior Katie Follett and redshirt freshman Mel Lawrence. Despite being seeded just 13th and having run the DMR last night for UW, Follett crossed the line in fifth-place in 9:15.73. Lawrence placed 12th in 9:19.02, and was second among freshman finishers. Follett earns her second All-American award of the meet, and the fifth of her career counting two in cross country.
Earlier in the day, freshman Jeremy Taiwo became the first Husky All-American ever in the seven-event heptathlon, as he placed 12th with 5,389 points. All-America honors are awarded to the top-eight finishers, with additional honors handed out until eight American-born athletes are honored. Five foreign-born athletes placed in front of Taiwo. Taiwo lost ground as he struggled in the pole vault, but came back strong to win the final event, the 1,000-meter run, in 2:43.90.
The Husky men's and women's teams each scored six points, with the men tying for 33rd and the women tying for 35th. The Oregon men took the team title with 54 points while the Tennessee women beat the host Aggies with 42 points.
"The meet was not everything we were hoping for, and we certainly left some points out there we'd like to have had, but at the same time there were some outstanding performances," said Metcalf. "Jordan and Katie it goes without saying are terrific and will look to win some titles outdoors, then we had a number of freshmen--Christine Babcock, Jeremy Taiwo, Kelly McNamee, and Mel Lawrence who's a redshirt freshman--they got their first taste of Nationals and came away with a couple All-America honors."
All told, UW athletes earned a total of nine All-America awards, six for the women and three for the men. The six for the women equals the most they have ever had at a single meet, matching the 1988 NCAA Outdoor meet.
Track and field now heads outdoors, and Washington opens up next Saturday, March 20, with the UW Outdoor Preview in Husky Stadium.
Washington Track & Field
NCAA Indoor Championships
March 14, 2009 - College Station, Texas
McFerrin Athletic Center
Team Scores - Men
Top-10 Teams: 1. Oregon 54; 2. Florida 36; 3. Florida State 32; 4. LSU 29; 5 (tie). Nebraska 25; 5 (tie). Arizona State 25; 5 (tie). Baylor 25; 8. Arkansas 24; 9. Texas A&M 23; 10. Texas 22.5. 33 (tie). Washington 6.
Team Scores - Women
Top-10 Teams: 1. Tennessee 42; 2. Texas A&M 37; 3. BYU 33; 4. Texas 31; 5. Arizona State 30; 6. LSU 28; 7. Penn State 24; 8. Florida State 23; 9 (tie). Oregon 21; 9 (tie). Texas Tech 21; 35 (tie). Washington 6.