April 23, 2011
April 22-23 Eugene, Oregon Hayward Field
Meet Info: Results
EUGENE, Ore. - 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 set the freshman record in the triple jump a year ago with a mark of 41-0 1/4, but she had not hit the 41-foot mark since. Through five jumps on Saturday, her 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. Lakes will remain third on the school's Top-10 list, but she closes the gap to just an inch out of second and four inches from the school record. She'll also move into the Top-25 in the West Region with the impressive jump. 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, the 2010 U.S. Junior Champion, has endured some shoulder soreness this year but finally 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. That should jump the All-American back up into the Top-10 in the West.
Senior Scott Roth easily won the pole vault once again, his fourth straight victory dating back to the NCAA Indoor Championships. Every other vaulter was out by the time Roth came in at 17-6 1/2 along with Jason Colwick. Roth cleared that on his first try and Colwick went out without a make. Roth then 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. Junior Robby Fegles, a Lane CC transfer, got a PR with a 16-0 3/4 clearance to place fifth overall. In the women's vault, sophomore Logan Miller tied for fourth with a 12-4 clearance.
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. Joey Bywater, in good shape to qualify for NCAAs in the 1,500m, went down to 800m and was third in 1:53.47.
Also running well outside his usual comfort zone was sophomore sprinter 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. In the women's 400, freshman Alisha Oden was the lone Husky, and she ran a PR of 59.18 seconds. At 100-meters, freshman Howard Lao was ninth overall in 11.17 seconds. Lao then came back to run a big 110-meter hurdles PR of 15.00 seconds, wind-aided.
Four Huskies who had run earlier in the day came back to run on the 4x400-meter relay in the afternoon. UW went with Whitley, to Bywater, Alaka, and Styrk, and the four ran a time of 3:18.10 to place third.
Freshman A.J. Maricich of Spokane tied for fourth in the high jump with a 6-foot, 8-inch clearance, a couple inches short of his season-best.
Washington will now assemble its troops as best it can and prepare for next Friday's dual meet against Washington State. It will be the final dual meet ever held in Husky Stadium, after nearly 90 years.