May 1, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Competing amidst steady rain and winds and Mooberry Track Complex, the Husky track team fell short against Washington State in the annual meeting between the two rivals.
The WSU men defeated the Huskies 108-55 while the Cougar women posted a 114-49 point victory. For the men it was the largest setback since 1995.
Still, there were a lot of winners wearing purple on both the men's and women's sides. Starting with the men, freshman James Alaka was the only double-winner of the day for UW, as he blazed to victories in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Alaka ran a wind-aided 10.22 in the 100m which will tie him for ninth-best in the NCAA this year. It was also under the old meet record but won't count due to the strong gusts. Alaka then lowered his PR in the 200-meters with a win in 20.87 seconds which was wind-legal. Sophomore Ryan Hamilton also took third in the 200m with a big PR of 21.55.
Washington swept the men's javelin, led by junior All-American Kyle Nielsen who won the event for the second-straight year at 218-11. Freshman Joe Zimmerman, a Spokane native, was second at 202-6 and fellow freshman James Brookman completed the sweep throwing 190-6.
A surprise winner was senior Ryan Vu in the men's pole vault. The wind especially wreaked havoc with this event, as NCAA Indoor Champion Scott Roth no heighted. But Vu was able to fight through the wind for the victory, clearing 16-0 ¾.
For the women, junior Dominique Lauderdale was nearly as impressive in the sprints as Alaka was on the men's side. Lauderdale won the 200-meters in a time of 24.62 seconds despite a headwind. She also took second in the 100-meters in 11.77 seconds, a best for the former Arkansas sprinter at UW. The time would rank her fourth in UW history but the wind measured exactly 2.0 meters per second, making it just barely wind-aided.
The same as in 2009, the Huskies swept the women's 3,000-meters, led once again by Anita Campbell, who earned her second-straight win in 9:45.72. Freshman Lindsay Flanagan was second in 10:02.08, and sophomore Kayla Evans took third in 10:13.12.
Once again the winds resulted in a surprise winner in the pole vault, and the Huskies were the beneficiaries as freshman Logan Miller cleared 12-4 for the victory, while WSU's Kendall Mays, who had cleared 12-11 this season, no-heighted. Lauren Walker earned second-place points and Kelly Mudlo and Ally Wojciechowski tied for third, all clearing 11-10.
The women's javelin featured three women that could all make the NCAA final this June. WSU's Marissa Tschida is the NCAA leader, and got the win with a mark of 179-1. Husky junior Brooke Pighin was second at 165-8, outdueling WSU's Courtney Kirkwood who ranks just ahead of Pighin on the NCAA list.
Washington will host its one and only home outdoor meet, the Ken Shannon Invitational, next Saturday, May 8. From there it's on to the Pac-10 Championships in Berkeley and NCAA preliminary rounds in Austin.