Jan. 26, 2012
Throughout the season, GoHuskies.com will check in with the captains of the Husky track and field team for insight into what each unit is working on in practice and goals for upcoming meets. The Huskies have a total of eight captains this season: James Alaka and Jordan Carlson for the sprints group, Jeremy Taiwo and Taylor Nichols for the jumps, vaulters, and multis, Angus Taylor and Elisa Bryant lead the throwers, and Charlie Williams and Christine Babcock represent the distance runners. In the second installment, Taiwo and Nichols bring us up to speed on the jumpers, vaulters, and multi-event athletes and the recent Snowmageddon in Seattle.
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Women's Jumps Captain
Taylor Nichols, Senior from Bakersfield, California
Although last week may have seemed like a dead week, with class cancellations due to our winter storm and a weekend without our Dempsey Indoor Track facility bustling with crowds of people, the weekend for the pole vaulters proved to be quite eventful. The vaulters went to Nevada to represent the Dawgs at the Pole Vault Summit. Congratulations to those who competed well; and for those that did not compete as well as they had hoped, just keep your heads up and use it as motivation for the next competition.
Coach Licari, although he was unable to travel with our pole vaulters this weekend, was able to send former Husky, Jared O'Connor, to coach our current teammates. We send thanks to Jared for his help! Coach Licari's absence in Nevada was due to the event of Mrs. Licari's memorial service, which was held at Federal Way High School this past Saturday. Many of the Husky teammates and coaching staff showed their love and support by attending. But, being away from the scene of track and field that day did not keep Coach Licari from receiving a coach's award during the Nevada competition. He was named the Men's Collegiate Vault Coach of the Year. Congratulations to Coach Licari... you continue to do great things and we love you for it!
Now we are approaching with much excitement the UW Invitational this weekend. Those that will not be competing on Friday, should come out and support our teammates that will be competing. Our multi event women will jump off this shindig at 2 p.m., with the 60m hurdles ... so don't be tardy for the party! To everyone competing this weekend, either Friday and/or Saturday, make this competition better than the last one! From here on out, the competition just gets tougher, so let's be resilient and compete with the best, at our best, or furthermore be the best! Go Dawgs!
Men's Jumps Captain
Jeremy Taiwo, Junior from Renton, Washington
We are finally starting up the indoor season, and the Jump and Multi-Event athletes (a.k.a. The Jump Squad) are ready to continue the momentum from our cross country team's efforts this fall. The autumn quarter offered a chance for us to keep improving on the base we built during the summer in terms of strength and conditioning. As the fall progressed towards the Intrasquad meet, we were able to fine-tune our technical work in our respective areas.
Much like the Intrasquad meet, the UW Indoor Preview presented us another stepping stone for our technical preparation. High jumpers and triple jumpers used short approaches in order to shake off the cobwebs from winter break. The Preview also helped reveal the specific areas to improve upon within our events so that we may BRING IT for the UW Invitational.
Some notable highlights were returners sophomore J.J. Juilfs who cleared 16'5.25" in the pole vault (we are thankful to see that the freshman did not lose his way and venture among the dreary pastures and bogs of Eugene). Freshman Chase Walker also made an appearance in the high jump as he gets geared up to tackle his first heptathlon at the Invitational this weekend.
As many of you know, the recent weather has brought a sense of hopelessness and stagnation to the lives of many Seattleites. The residents of the Northwest have been advised to stay in their homes for safety and simple day-to-day tasks seem inconceivable. Immune to the snowflakes of chaos, the jumpers have No Days Off. So like the Postal Service, no matter the sleet or snow, the Jump Squad will deliver. We hope to see you at the Invite!