Feb. 26, 2011
SEATTLE - Led by several newcomers on the track and veterans in the field, the Husky women's track team placed fifth overall as the MPSF Championships concluded today in the Dempsey Indoor. The UW men, minus a few key pieces this week, placed eighth overall scoring nearly 20 points more than a year ago. Six more marks were penciled in to the Husky indoor Top-10 lists today, making for a total of 13 over the two-day meet.
The seventh-ranked Stanford men earned the team title with 107.5 points and the top-ranked Oregon women prevailed with 138 points. The Husky women scored 62.5 points to take fifth, while the UW men had 57 for eighth. It's the seventh time in the past eight years that the Husky women have been in the top-five of the indoor conference meet.
Washington's first and only individual championship of the weekend came from a woman running her first official college track race, as freshman Megan Goethals came from 20 meters back on the final lap to catch Arizona's Hannah Moen down the stretch and win the 3,000-meters in a time of 9:18.28. The win was reminiscent of how the Rochester, Mich. native won high school national championships in cross country and indoor track, showing a lot of heart on final sprints. Her time now puts her third on UW's indoor Top-10 behind current Husky Mel Lawrence and 2010 grad Katie Follett. Moving right in behind Goethals on the Top-10 list is fellow freshman Katie Flood, who took fifth in 9:20.32.
The next big point scorer for the women was junior Taylor Nichols, who had a PR in the triple jump for the third meet in a row, and took runner-up honors with a mark of 40-feet, 7 ½ inches. That jumps her up another spot to third on UW's indoor Top-10 list. Sophomore Shaniae Lakes also was seventh in the triple jump, scoring two points with a best of 39-3 ¾.
Freshman Chelsea Orr, fresh off of winning the NACAC junior women's cross country title for Team USA last week in Trinidad, and having already run the 800-meter leg of the DMR on Friday night, still had enough left to take fourth in the women's mile final today. The Sammamish native lowered her PR to 4:47.46, and was closely followed by sophomore Justine Johnson, who ran 4:48.25 to place fifth. Freshman Mackenzie Carter also had a four-second personal-best, running 4:53.15 for 10th.
Senior Dominique Lauderdale won the first section of the women's 60-meter dash finals, and wound up fourth overall after the second heat, clocking 7.50 seconds, just a hundredth out of third.
In the women's high jump, junior Kelly McNamee tied for third place with a best clearance of 5-8 ½, scoring 5.5 points for the women. And although sophomore Logan Miller tied for the fifth-best clearance in the pole vault, she did not score points due to needing more attempts. Still, the Reno, Nev. native set a new PR with her vault over 13-1 ¾, becoming just the eighth Husky woman to go over 13-feet indoors.
"It was a little cold in the Dempsey on Saturday, but our women had several big PRs despite that," said head coach Greg Metcalf. "I was impressed by Taylor Nichols and Dominique Lauderdale today, and I think our young distance runners flexed a little muscle this weekend. Megan's home stretch run was awesome; she's just got a big heart. Chelsea Orr and Katie Flood continue to be incredibly impressive. I think our women came in here and scored a few more points than people thought they might, so it was fun to see them compete like that."
On the men's side, sophomore Joey Bywater set a big PR in the mile final, taking third overall in 4:02.84. That places the Lake Stevens native fifth in school history, and just the fifth Husky under the 4:03 mark. Junior Max O'Donoghue-McDonald also crossed in sixth-place, adding three more points, in a time of 4:07.50.
The men's heptathlon wrapped up with the final three events today, and senior Andrew Ferleman powered his way to a new career-best score of 5,309 points to take fourth overall. Ferleman had PRs in the 60m dash (7.11 seconds), and long jump (22-1 3/4), matched his PR in the high jump (6-6), and was strong as usual in the hurdles (8.53) seconds to help his point total along. He ranks second on UW's top-10 with the effort. Freshman Kale Schmidt had a good run derailed by a no-height in the pole vault, so he chose to switch over to the 4x4 than run the final heptathlon race.
In the men's 800-meters, junior Ryan Styrk took second in the final heat in 1:51.36, but the runners in what was supposed to be the fastest heat had run a bit too conservatively, and the winner ended up coming out of heat one. Styrk wound up fifth overall when all the times were sorted out. At 3,000-meters, sophomore James Cameron came back from a big 5k run on Friday to take sixth in a time of 8:03.61 to tack on three more points.
Freshman Kasen Covington and sophomore Clayton Johnson were sixth and seventh, respectively, in the men's triple jump. Both went 48-0 1/2 but Covington had a better second-best. For Johnson it is a seven-inch season-best and the first time scoring at a championship meet for both jumpers.
"Standing back and looking at our men's group, Andrew Ferleman was one of our weekend's highlights. He knows what it means to score a big five points for our team with a PR," said Metcalf. "Ryan Vu was rock solid getting second place. Our distance runner guys, Colton Tully-Doyle and James Cameron continue to have wonderful indoor track seasons, and for Joey Bywater to go out and run 4:02 today for a big PR was great to see knowing that there's more to come. Maurice McNeal anchored our 4x4 in 46-point so that was a strong way to end for our men. We wish we'd scored a few more points but these guys will be full of potential over the next few months."
Washington will host one more meet in the Dempsey, the aptly named UW Final Qualifier, set for next Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. That will be the last chance for Husky athletes to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships which are March 11-12 at Texas A&M.