March 24, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - Sophomore high jumper A.J. Maricich cleared the coveted seven-foot mark in the high jump for the first time in his collegiate career, and pole vaulters Logan Miller and Robby Fegles soared to victories to highlight a busy day for the Husky track and field squads at the Trojan Invitational at USC's Loker Stadium.
The first outdoor meet of the season for the Huskies saw UW go up against contingents from Texas A&M, Michigan, BYU, and Pac-12 rivals Oregon, Washington State, and the host USC Trojans.
Maricich, a Spokane native, nearly hit the seven-foot mark several times during the indoor season, and now starts his outdoor campaign with a new PR, clearing 7-0 ¼ to take the victory. Maricich made the NCAA Prelim round a year ago and today's clearance could be enough for a return trip. The mark also ties him for seventh on the Husky Top-10 list and is the first seven-foot clearance since Norris Frederick in 2008.
Miller, a Second Team All-American last year, was the only women's vaulter over 13-feet today, as she went 13-2 ¼ for the win. She cleared four bars on the day, three on first attempts. Senior J.J. Juilfs was second at 16-1 ¾ though he had a pole snap on him.
Impressing on the track in her outdoor debut was freshman Eleanor Fulton, who placed third in a strong 1,500-meter field, running 4:22.26, a time which should get her to the Prelim round in Austin in May. Junior Christine Babcock was fifth overall in a nice opening time of 4:24.91, and redshirt freshman Liberty Miller ran her first outdoor track race, placing sixth in 4:27.90. Both Babcock (Irvine, Calif.) and Miller (Simi Valley, Calif.) were running close to home. At 800-meters sophomore Mackenzie Carter lowered her PR to 2:13.88 to take third overall.
The men's 4x100-meter relay got a nice opener, placing second behind Texas A&M and edging out USC, Washington State, and BYU in a time of 40.13 seconds. Matt Anthony led off, handing to James Alaka, then Maurice McNeal and Ryan Hamilton anchored.
In individual sprint events, Hamilton made an impressive start to his senior season with a fourth-place finish at 100-meters in 10.68 seconds, matching his career-best, while Anthony ran a slightly wind-aided 10.89. McNeal opened with a 21.32 second time at 200-meters, and Alaka moved up to 400-meters, running 48.95.
Senior Jordan Carlson, coming off the NCAA title in the distance medley relay indoors, clocked a PR at 200-meters, as she won her heat handily in 24.55 seconds. A good debut was also made by freshman Haley Jacobson in the 100-meters, as she was second in her section in 12.03 seconds, just a tenth of a second away from the Top-10 list.
In the men's 1,500-meters, senior Ryan Soberanis took third in a time of 3:48.96, just a second off his season best from a year ago. Charlie Williams also clocked 3:50.48, Brad Whitley ran 3:51.38, and Michael Miller ran 3:53.22. Freshman Tyler King ran to a win in the second section in 3:51.24.
The longest distance today was run by freshman Meron Simon, who tried his hand at the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the first time and ran a very solid 9:12.78, placing fourth.
Back in the jumps, junior Julian Bardwell was fourth in the long jump with a best of 23-3 ½ going into a slight headwind. Sophomore Kasen Covington was third overall in the triple jump, getting out to 48-6. Shaniae Lakes was second in the women's triple jump, as she surpassed the 40-foot mark, going 40-4 ¾ into a headwind.
Most of the throwing work was done for UW on Friday, but freshman shot putter Danny Shelton opened up outdoors with a best toss of 50-feet, 9.50-inches, good for third place. Senior Elisa Bryant tossed the disc 153-1 on the women's side.