May 5, 2011
KEN SHANNON INVITATIONAL
May 7 Seattle, Wash. Husky Stadium
PAC-10 MULTI-EVENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 6-7 Tucson, Ariz. Drachman Stadium
ON THE TRACK: Over ninety years of history wraps up this weekend, as Husky Stadium hosts its final track and field meet on Saturday. Fittingly, the final meet is the annual Ken Shannon Invitational, named in honor of Washington's former head coach, who presided over meets in the stadium for parts of four decades.
The field events start at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, with the first track event set for 9:45 a.m. When the final 4x400-meter relay team crosses the finish line around 3:30 p.m., that will be it for the hard and fast track, last surfaced in 1989 for the 1990 Goodwill Games. Husky Stadium is set for a major renovation in the fall and the track will be removed as the lower bowl gets rebuilt. Washington is in the planning stages of a new track and field facility to go north of Husky Soccer Field.
The final meet will have a Northwest flavor as usual. Joining the Huskies will be large contingents from Seattle U., Seattle Pacific, Western Washington, Central Washington, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, and Simon Fraser.
The meet provides a final tune-up for the Huskies before the Pac-10 Championships, which are just over a week away on May 13-14 in Tucson. Many Huskies will be resting in advance of that meet, but there will still be a lot to watch on Saturday.
All-American seniors Kyle Nielsen and Scott Roth are both headlining the field events. Nielsen currently ranks seventh in the West in the javelin and Roth is the NCAA and U.S. leader in the pole vault. Robby Fegles and former Dawg Ryan Vu will also be ones to watch in the vault.
Other field event highlights include Logan Miller in the women's vault a week after clearing 13-feet outdoors for the first time. Freshman A.J. Maricich and junior Kelly McNamee head the men's and women's high jumps. Julian Bardwell looks to improve his West Region standing in the long jump, and UW top-10 triple jumpers Shaniae Lakes and Taylor Nichols lead a big Husky contingent in the triple jump. All-American Elisa Bryant is set to toss the disc, with Richard Anderson and Peter Follmer entered in the men's discus.
A pair of UW alums now competing for Brooks will take to the track for the final time on Saturday. Katie Follett, the U.S. leader at 1,500-meters, is entered in the 800-meter run, and Falesha Ankton is slated to run the 100m hurdles.
Sprinters on Saturday include do-it-all frosh Maurice McNeal running the 100-meters for the first time this year along with fellow freshman Ken Egu. Howard Lao and James Johnson run the 110m hurdles, Sam Rucker goes at 200- and 400-meters, and Laura Schmitt will run the quarter mile for the women.
The men's 800-meter run should be fast with Ryan Soberanis, Charlie Williams, and Kyle Blume in the mix. Aaron Beattie, Cameron Quackenbush, and Alison Ponce go long large men's and women's 5k fields.
SCHEDULE: The schedule for the Ken Shannon Invitational is as follows:
Friday May 6th
11:00 AM Hammer W then M, at West Seattle Stadium
Field Events - Saturday May 7th
9:00 AM Javelin (W)
9:30 AM Long Jump (W)
9:30 AM Pole Vault (W)
9:30 AM Shot Put (W)
10:30 AM Javelin (M)*
11:00 AM Long Jump (M)*
11:00 AM Shot Put (M)*
11:30 AM High Jump (W)
12:30 PM Discus (W)
12:30 PM Pole Vault (M)*
1:00 PM Triple Jump (W)*
1:00 PM High Jump (M)*
2:00 PM Discus (M)*
2:00 PM Triple Jump (M)*
*Times are approximate; men will begin imediately after conclusion of women's event, and Women's Triple Jump will follow conclusion of Men's Long Jump
Track Events - Saturday May 7th
9:45 AM 4x800m Relay (M)
10:00 AM 3000m Steeplechase (W)
10:15 AM 3000m Steeplechase (M)
10:30 AM 4x100m Relay (W)
10:35 AM 4x100m Relay (M)
10:40 AM 1500m Run (W) (3 heats)
11:05 AM 1500m Run (M) (4 heats)
11:40 AM 100m Hurdles (W) (2 heats)
11:50 AM 110m Hurdles (M) (2 heats)
12:00 PM 400m Dash (W) (4 heats)
12:10 PM 400m Dash (M) (4 heats)
12:20 PM 100m Dash (W) (4 heats)
12:30 PM 100m Dash (M) (6 heats)
12:45 PM 800m Run (W) (3 heats)
1:00 PM 800m Run (M) (5 heats)
1:20 PM 400m Hurdles (W) (3 heats)
1:30 PM 400m Hurdles (M) (2 heats)
1:45 PM 200m Dash (W) (4 heats)
1:55 PM 200m Dash (M) (6 heats)
2:15 PM 5000m Run (W) (1 heat)
2:40 PM 5000m Run (M) (1 heat)
3:00 PM 4x400m Relay (W) (2 heats)
3:10 PM 4x400m Relay (M) (2 heats)
TAIWO LEADS HUSKIES AT PAC-10 MULTIS: Four Huskies will be absent from Husky Stadium on Saturday but they have a good excuse, as the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships officially kicks off the conference meet in Tucson, Arizona. Junior Jeremy Taiwo will be among the favorites for the conference decathlon crown, as he was the runner-up in 2010. Also competing is senior Andrew Ferleman, who was fourth indoors at the MPSF Championships in the heptathlon. In the women's heptathlon, sophomore Sarah Schireman and freshman Shelby Williams will look to break into the top-eight and score some early points for the Dawgs. Schireman was ninth in the heptathlon at the 2010 Pac-10 Multis. The event begins on Friday, May 6, at 4 p.m. and picks up Saturday at 3 p.m.
ALL ROADS LEAD TO IOWA: The outdoor track season heads towards the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa from June 8-11. For the second season, athletes will reach the final site by qualifying through the preliminary rounds, held at two different locations. The western half of the country will be in Eugene, Oregon for the West Prelims on May 26-28, and the eastern half will meet in Bloomington, Indiana. There are no set NCAA qualifying standards anymore; athletes will qualify for the prelims by ranking in the top 48 in their event in their respective region. For relay teams it will be the top 24. The top-12 finishers from each regional meet then advance to Des Moines. Therefore most events will feature initial fields of 96 athletes over the two sites, that will be whittled down to 24 that advance to Iowa.
ALAKA, ROTH GO BACK-TO-BACK WITH PAC-10 POTW: Washington collected two Pac-10 Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors over the first two weeks of the season. First up was sophomore James Alaka, who garnered Men's Track Athlete of the Week honors on April 11. That came after the Pepsi Team Invitational, in which Alaka won the title at 100-meters, 200-meters, and ran a leg on the winning 4x100-meter relay team. Alaka won the 100-meters in 10.53 seconds into a strong headwind, winning by nearly three tenths. He then cruised to a 21.18 second win at 200-meters, again winning by a large margin into the wind. The relay clocked a season-best 40.24 seconds. On April 18, senior Scott Roth was named Men's Field Event Athlete of the Week, the first such honor in his decorated career. Roth broke the school pole vault record with a win at the Mt. SAC Relays. Competing against a field of professionals that included vaulters with Olympic Games experience, Roth stole the show with a sterling performance. Roth cleared two bars cleanly and then broke the record with a jump over 18-9 1/4, once again needing just one try. That easily surpassed American record-holder Brad Walker's former school record of 18-6 ½ set in 2003. Roth took three shots at 19-0 ¾, which would have been a new Pac-10 record, barely brushing off the bar on his second attempt. Still, the 18-9 ¼ clearance was the best pole vault by an American in 2011 indoors or outdoors, and the second-best clearance in the world outdoors this season.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: The Husky men's team moved up a couple spots in the week five USTFCCCA rankings to No. 28. The uptick was thanks mostly to big improvements from All-Americans Kyle Nielsen and Joe Zimmerman in the javelin last week, and the season-best time for UW's 4x100m relay. The women fell six spots to No. 52 after the Payton Jordan Invite produced many fast distance times that pushed a few Huskies down the lists. Providing big points for the men is Scott Roth, who remains No. 1 nationally in the pole vault. The men were ranked 21st in the preseason. Junior Amanda Peterson is providing the most points for the women as she ranks third nationally in the javelin. Other top marks come from Katie Flood at 1,500-meters (21st), Lindsay Flanagan at 10k (19th), and Megan Goethals in the 5k (20th). The men return all of their point scorers from the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships at which they finished 15th.
HUSKIES SPLIT WITH COUGS IN FINAL HUSKY STADIUM DUAL: The Husky men's track and field team was victorious over the rival Cougars on April 29 in the final UW-WSU dual meet ever to be held in Husky Stadium. Back in 1922, Washington handed Washington State a 93-38 defeat in the first dual meet held in the stadium; in 2011 it was an 83-80 victory for the Dawgs 91 years later. The Cougar women's team came out ahead in a 92-71 victory, although the Huskies got the individual win in 10 of the 19 events on the women's side, but could not overcome WSU's depth. Washington had a school record from junior Jordan Carlson in the 400-meter dash, as she won in a time of 54.18 seconds to surpass Lauran Dignam's mark of 54.31 from 2006. For the men, Angus Taylor picked up the victory in the hammer with a best of 196-6, and former Cougar Conner Larned was second at 177-7. Washington swept the javelin with three season-bests. Jimmy Brookman set a major PR with a mark of 227-2 on his first attempt, a 12-foot best. Joe Zimmerman tossed 239-9, and Kyle Nielsen was right behind at 239-2. In the steeplechase, Michael Miller Jr. came in with the No. 3 time in the field, and WSU's Andrew Gonzales was the only entry to have broken nine minutes, but Miller held strong down the final stretch to get the victory in a 12-second personal-best of 8:57.32. Washington's sprinters then went to work in what would be a banner day for the young group. The 4x1 relay (McNeal, Alaka, Dunn, Hamilton) ran a season-best time of 39.93 for the win. That time ranks seventh in school history and is the second-fastest in the Pac-10 this year. McNeal provided the next big highlight, outdueling multiple All-American Jeshua Anderson in the 400-meter dash in 46.63. Alaka defended his 100m title in 10.44, and Alaka and McNeal would come back later in the day for a critical one-two finish in the 200-meter dash. Alaka won in a season-best 21.00 seconds with McNeal just a split second back at 21.02, a new PR which ranks him ninth on the UW Top-10 list. More wins came from Robby Fegles in the pole vault (16-5 1/4) and a key late win from Colton Tully-Doyle in the 3k. Senior Cameron Elisara clinched the win with a season-best shot put of 54-feet, 5.25-inches to take second despite having recently suffered a serious hip flexor injury. The women got an early lead with a win from Elisa Bryant in the women's hammer throw. Mel Lawrence competed for the first time in 2011 indoors or outdoors, and the five-time All-American picked up the steeplechase win in 10:27.66. Justine Johnson took the win at 1,500-meters and Megan Goethals won the 3k. Sophomore Logan Miller set a new outdoor career-best in a women's pole vault victory, as she cleared 13-0 ¾ to become the eighth Husky to get over 13-feet outdoors in school history. Freshman Kayla Stueckle rolled to a big season-best to upset a trio of favored Cougars and win the 400m hurdles in 59.84 seconds. Dominique Lauderdale came through with a dominant win in the 100-meters, as she ran 11.70. She was back on the track less than an hour later to capture the 200-meter dash in a new PR of 24.16 seconds. Washington's last big point swing came with a triple jump sweep, as Shaniae Lakes, Taylor Nichols, and Alana Alexander went 1-2-3.
FIELD EVENT WINS HIGHLIGHT OREGON RELAYS: The Husky track and field squads wrapped up their second trip to Hayward Field this season, leaving the Oregon Relays with a number of personal and season-best marks. UW had a couple big crunch time performances from sophomores Shaniae Lakes and Joe Zimmerman in the women's triple jump and men's javelin, respectively, to close the meet on a big upswing. Lakes had not hit the 41-foot mark since her freshman year. Through five jumps on Saturday, her outdoor season best was 38-10 1/2. But on her final run, Lakes hit her marks, and flew to a new career-best of 41-3 1/4 to take the victory. Not to be overlooked was the third-place finish of redshirt freshman Alana Alexander, as she also set a major PR, going 39-8 1/2 on her fifth attempt. Zimmerman got the line he wanted on his sixth and final javelin throw. Through five throws he had a best of 220-6, but on his final toss he fired the spear 231-7, a season-best by 10-feet, to place second overall. Senior Scott Roth easily won his fourth straight pole vault dating back to the NCAA Indoor Championships. Roth cleared 18-0 1/2 on his second attempt, the fourth straight meet he's been over 18-feet. He then had the bar raised all the way up to 19-0 3/4 to take another shot at the Pac-10 record for the second week in a row, but that bar eluded him again today on three attempts. In the men's 800-meter final, junior Ryan Styrk and redshirt freshman Brad Whitley both posted season-bests. Styrk was fifth in a time of 1:50.04, while Whitley was close behind in sixth-place in 1:51.39. In the second heat, freshman Kyle Blume of Seattle got the victory in 1:53.19, another season-best. Also running well outside his usual comfort zone was James Alaka. The London native moved up to run an open 400-meters for the first time in his college career, and posted a very solid 48.06 second time to take second overall. On Friday, freshman Kasen Covington had a season-best 51-foot triple jump to place third, though it was wind-aided. In the women's discus throw, junior Elisa Bryant was third with a season-best of 157-7 coming on her fourth throw. The field in the men's 1,500-meter run was very strong, but the times in the end weren't especially fast, as only one runner went under 3:45. Senior Colton Tully-Doyle led three Huskies across the line in fifth place in 3:49.63. Gareth Gilna and Ryan Soberanis were sixth and seventh.
ROTH'S RECORD HEADLINES BIG WEEK AT MT. SAC: A big week for the Huskies at the Mt. SAC Relays was capped off by a school record vault from senior Scott Roth on April 16, as he took the U.S. lead with a clearance of 18-9 1/4. Roth broke American record-holder Brad Walker's outdoor mark of 18-6 1/2. Roth got to his record height with no misses and needed just one vault to clear 18-9 1/4 as well. Despite being the only college athlete in a field of mostly professionals, Roth was the only vaulter over at 18-9 1/4. He had the bar raised to 19-0 3/4, which would have been a new Pac-10 record, but was unable to make his three tries. Still, Roth's clearance ranks him second in the world so far this year outdoors. That effort was just one of nearly 20 PRs by Husky athletes at the three-day meet. Saturday, Angus Taylor PR'd in the hammer with a mark of 201-feet, 2-inches, and James Alaka shaved down his season-best at 100m to a wind-legal 10.34 seconds as the top collegiate finisher, fifth overall, in the invitational. The Husky 4x100-meter relay also got its second straight win, taking the Olympic Development Elite section in 40.30 seconds. Friday PRs came from Justine Johnson in the 1,500-meters (4:22.57), and James Cameron at 1,500m (3:44.90), while Joey Bywater (SB 3:46.14), junior Ryan Soberanis (PR 3:47.69), and junior Charlie Williams (SB 3:52.25) all ran well. For the first time in five years, the Huskies have a women's sprinter under the 55-second mark for the quarter mile. Jordan Carlson has battled through injuries early in her career to come on strong in 2011, and the Spokane native broke through with a PR in the 400 of 54.74 seconds. That's the best time by a Husky since 2006 and ties for seventh on the school's Top-10 list. Freshman Michelle Fero also ran a PR of 56.28 seconds. Continuing a big day for the women's sprinters was senior Dominique Lauderdale, who won her 200-meter heat in a big PR of 24.24 seconds, the fastest time by a Husky since Chelsie Pentz in 2000, jumping Lauderdale up to sixth on the all-time list. Shortly thereafter, freshman Maurice McNeal made a big splash in the 400-meter dash, winning his heat by more than a second and placing third out of more than 40 entries in 46.86 seconds. In the javelin, Kyle Nielsen had a season-best toss of 234-feet, 6-inches. Joe Zimmerman added five feet to his season-best with a throw of 221-10. In the women's javelin, Amanda Peterson had a solid follow-up to her school record debut. She threw 165-4 on her fourth attempt to win her flight and place fifth overall as the top collegian. The Huskies continued to accumulate the PRs in the jumps. In the women's triple jump, Taylor Nichols went 40-feet, 7-inches, wind-aided. Then freshman A.J. Maricich cleared 6-10 ¾ to take fifth in the men's high jump with his best outdoor clearance so far this season. Back on the track, UW's top two finishers in the men's and women's 400-meter hurdles had their fastest times of the year. Dan Sanders ran 53.03 and Kayla Stueckle stopped the clock at 1:01.40. The final Husky in action late Friday was Lindsay Flanagan who went under 16:30 in the 5k for the first time at 16:28.86. In the women's hammer throw, Elisa Bryant had a season-best throw of 180-7.
ALAKA, PETERSON LEAD DAWGS AT PEPSI TEAM INVITE: Six event victories and a new school record wrapped a big day for the Huskies as they completed their first scored meet of the outdoor season at the Pepsi Team Invitational at Oregon's Hayward Field on April 9. Three wins for sprinter James Alaka and a school record for newcomer Amanda Peterson helped set the tone for the early season tune-up. On the men's side, the 10th-ranked Ducks got the win with 195 points, followed by ninth-ranked Nebraska with 181. The Huskies were third with 159 points, outpacing eighth-ranked Stanford which had 121. Third-ranked Oregon took the women's team title with 205 points, with Washington coming in fourth with 112. One of the first events of the day was the women's javelin, where it took all of two throws for junior Amanda Peterson to become the new Washington school record-holder. Peterson threw 168-feet, 5-inches on her first attempt, then fired the spear 174-2 on her second toss to set the school record, previously held by Megan Spriesterbach who went 173-7 in 2004. Washington's five other event wins came on the men's side, including another in the javelin, as two-time All-American Kyle Nielsen got his senior season off to a solid start with a toss of 233-10 to get the win. Jimmy Brookman also had a PR of 215-9 and All-American Joe Zimmerman debuted with a 216-4 toss to take fourth. Three more wins came on the heels of sprinter James Alaka. He was first at 100m in 10.53 seconds into a headwind, while junior Ryan Hamilton was third in a time of 10.99. Alaka also rolled to an easy win at 200-meters, clocking 21.18. UW clocked a very impressive 40.24-seconds win in the men's 4x100-meter relay, with Alaka on the second leg. Freshman Maurice McNeal led off, then Alaka handed to Colton Dunn who passed to Hamilton on the anchor. The final Husky victory lap was run by senior Scott Roth, who tied his own meet record with a clearance of 18-0 ½ in the pole vault. In the steeplechase, sophomores James Cameron and Michael Miller went second and third. Cameron, an All-American indoors in the mile, clocked 9:02.83, a huge 36 second improvement over his previous steeple from a year ago. More PRs were had throughout the field events. Sophomore Julian Bardwell had a new best long jump of 23-5 ¼, and freshman Kasen Covington went 49-9 ¾ to take fourth in the triple jump. Conner Larned extended his best in the discus out to 172-10 to place fourth. Angus Taylor was second in the hammer, tossing 195-6. Nearly pulling off the upset of the day was freshman Katie Flood, who simply continues to roll at any track over any distance, as she took second in the 1,500-meters in 4:18.80. Flood nearly chased down NCAA indoor mile champion Jordan Hasay of Oregon, who held on for the win in 4:18.61. Maybe the biggest PR of the day came from Laura Schmitt, who sliced more than five seconds off her lifetime 800-meter best to run 2:10.05 and place sixth. Also PRing was Lindsay Flanagan, who lowered her career-best 5,000-meter time with a third-place finish in 16:34.11. In the sprints, Dominique Lauderdale and the rest of the field was slowed by the windy conditions, but she still placed third in the 100-meters in a time of 11.86 seconds. Jordan Carlson PR'd in 55.08 to take third in the 400m.
SPRINTERS START FAST AT STANFORD INVITE: The Huskies started the outdoor track season with a bang from their top two sprinters, James Alaka and Dominique Lauderdale, who each won the 100-meter dashes at the Stanford Invitational, held March 25-26. After doing short so well, Washington went long, as senior Colton Tully-Doyle and sophomore James Cameron ran the second and third-fastest 5,000-meters in school history. Washington made its mark early in the sprints. Alaka made his season debut in style, as he won the men's 100-meters in 10.37 seconds, edging out pro runner Josh Norman. It's the fifth time Alaka has gone under 10.40 seconds in his Husky career. Lauderdale ran to a big PR to start her outdoor season, winning in 11.54 seconds, well under her previous career-best of 11.77 seconds. Lauderdale's time would tie for third-best in school history but it was wind-aided. Later in the evening it was time for the distance runners to dig in. Husky freshman Megan Goethals crushed the UW freshman record at 5,000-meters, as she placed fourth in the top heat in a time of 16:06.64, surpassing Anita Campbell's 16:29.91 freshman mark from 2006. That ranks eighth on the Husky top-10 list. The top heat of the men's 5,000-meters was up next, and three UW men broke the 14-minute barrier. Tully-Doyle posted the number two 5k time in Washington history at 13:47.25. Right behind Tully-Doyle was Cameron, who showed his versatility today by stopping the clock in 13:51.83, which now ranks him third right behind Tully-Doyle and record-holder David Bazzi (13:40.61). Also getting into the mix was junior Max O'Donoghue-McDonald, who set a 20-second personal-best with a time of 13:59.82. Sophomore Lindsay Flanagan became just the fifth Husky woman ever to go under 34 minutes in the 10k, running 33:42.50 to jump up to fifth in school history. Jordan Carlson had a big PR in the 400-meters of 55.24. Sophomore Justine Johnson had a good opening at 1,500-meters, as she clocked 4:26.80, just a couple seconds off her PR. On Saturday, freshman Maurice McNeal posted a speedy debut at 200-meters, winning his section in a time of 21.23 seconds. That time would have qualified for NCAA West Prelims a year ago. Husky sophomore Colton Dunn was fourth in that same heat, running a big PR of 21.74. The top Husky men's relays also both placed second overall. At 800-meters, redshirt freshman Brad Whitley blew about six seconds off his outdoor 800-meter PR, as he led UW with a time of 1:51.94. Leading the throws was junior Angus Taylor, who opened up in the hammer throw with a best toss of 192-feet, 11-inches on his fifth attempt. Freshman Kasen Covington placed fourth in the triple jump with a best of 49-2 ¼ which came on his sixth and final jump.
2011 INDOOR IN REVIEW: Washington's 2011 indoor season had a little bit of everything, from veteran seniors going out on a high note, to impressive returns to form from familiar faces, and several new faces bursting onto the national scene. The highlight of the season was senior pole vaulter Scott Roth, who successfully defended his NCAA Indoor title with a gritty performance at nationals in College Station, Texas. Roth suffered a hamstring injury early in the season and had not competed in a month by the time NCAAs rolled around, but he was able to regain his form and won the title with a clearance of 18-0 1/2. He becomes just the sixth Husky track athlete to own multiple NCAA titles, and was the first repeat winner since fellow vaulter Brad Walker won the indoor titles in 2003-04. Roth earned the sixth All-America honor of his career, the most by a vaulter and fifth-most in school history. Also earning All-America First Team honors at NCAAs were sophomores James Cameron and Jeremy Taiwo. Cameron capped an incredible indoor season with an eighth-place mile finish, while Taiwo placed eighth in the heptathlon. Cameron punched his ticket to NCAAs by running the second-best mile in school history at 3:58.51, the fourth sub-four minute mile in UW history. Taiwo raised his own heptathlon school record to 5,780 points at nationals. The Husky men posted 12 points to tie for 18th, and while the women did not score, they were well represented by freshmen Katie Flood and Megan Goethals. The young distance runners were the only two freshmen in the 3,000-meter field. Flood placed 10th and Goethals was 13th, earning both of them All-America Second Team honors. Washington had an incredible 35 new marks written into its indoor Top-10 list, with another school record coming from senior Colton Tully-Doyle in the 3,000m (7:53.13). Tully-Doyle would place 18th at NCAAs, and senior Ryan Vu also earned All-America Second Team honors with an 11th-place finish in the pole vault in his final UW competition. Washington's own Dempsey Indoor was once again the place to be for distance runners, as a majority of the NCAA qualifiers posted their top times in Seattle. Looking at the Top-20 on the men's national list from 800-meters through 5,000-meters, exactly 40 of the 80 best times in the four distance events came from the Dempsey, while the Dempsey accounted for 29 of the 80 best marks in the same distances on the women's side.