Dec. 22, 2010
SEATTLE - The year 2010 was a great one for Husky athletics. Many teams and individuals won conference championships, advanced far in their respected postseasons and earned all-conference, all-region and All-American athletic and academic honors.
In honor of the great success from the past year, Gohuskies.com looks back on the top 10 stories from the calendar year in chronological order.
Scott Roth vaulted his way into the history books March 12, 2010 as he claimed the NCAA indoor pole vault title in Fayetteville, Ark., becoming Washington's first individual track and field champion since 2007. Roth cleared 18-4 ¼ on his third attempt to defeat defending champion Jason Colwick of Rice for the national title.
Throughout the 2010 season, Roth enjoyed many accomplishments. He went undefeated during the indoor season, winning all six of his competitions and cleared the second-highest bar in school history indoors or out when he cleared 18-9 ¼ to win the MPSF Championships, setting an MPSF meet record in the process. His 18-9 ¼ clearance was the top indoor vault by an American in 2010. Roth claimed the National Pole Vault Summit Elite Division with a jump of 18-0 ¼ and went up and over 18-6 ¾ at the UW Indoor Open, setting the stage for things to come.
He won three more times outdoors and never finished worse than third. He tied for third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., when rain and wind played havoc with the field, Roth still managed to clear 17-4 ½ at nationals to earn his fifth career All-America honor, adding to the one from the indoor season. He took third at the Pac-10 Championships, going 17-3 ¾, and tied for first at the NCAA Championship West Prelims, clearing 17-4 ½ without a miss. However, he was unable to continue to higher bars due to the qualifying procedure. Roth also won the Pepsi Team Invite, going over 18-0 ½, and was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII Second-Team, as well as the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team and Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention.
The javelin standout, Kyle Nielsen, turned in another outstanding All-American season, performing at a consistently high level and serving as a leader of the throws group and the javelin crew especially, which had three Pac-10 scorers and Regional participants. Nielsen moved up from sixth in 2009 to third at the 2010 NCAA Championships in the javelin throw, tossing 241-feet, 6-inches at Nationals in Eugene, Ore., to earn his second All-America honor. His mark actually tied for second, but he lost the tiebreaker. His third-place effort was the best by a Husky in the javelin at NCAAs since Bob Rockett took second in 1985.
After NCAAs, Nielsen was able to extend his personal-best to 248-4 with a win at the CALTAF Track Classic in Calgary, Canada.
Joe Zimmerman won the U.S.A. Junior National Championship to cap off a memorable freshman season in the javelin and competed at the Junior World Championships in Moncton, Canada. Competing for Team USA at the World Junior Championships in July, he set a new personal-best on his fifth of six attempts in the finals, throwing 244-feet, 10-inches, to finish fifth overall and break the Washington freshman record while also moving him up to third all-time in Husky history.
His Worlds PR surpassed the personal-best he had set in winning the U.S. Junior Championship in Des Moines, Iowa, when he threw 238-4. All this came on the heels of an All-American NCAA season where he placed fourth at the 2010 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., one spot behind teammate Nielsen as the two scored 11 points for UW at nationals. Sending the spear 233-feet, 7-inches at NCAAs, Zimmerman finished as the top freshman at the national meet and qualified for the finals by taking second-place in the NCAA Championship West Prelims in Austin, where he threw 235-3, his best mark of the collegiate season.
He took fifth in a loaded Pac-10 final with a toss of 233-5, his first time over 230-feet. Zimmerman opened his UW career taking fourth in section B of the javelin at the Texas Relays, going 213-7 and fourth at the Pepsi Team Invite in his second outing with a mark of 228-1. Not only did Zimmerman excel in track and field, he also stood out in the classroom, earning USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors.
Check back for tomorrow's Top 10 story about golf star Nick Taylor.