June 10, 2011
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Friday, 8:30 p.m. CT: Logan Miller just earned herself Second Team All-America honors with an 11th-place finish in the pole vault. Not bad for someone who was ranked 36th in the West Region alone heading into prelims, and 64th nationally. The vault resumed around 7:45 p.m. after a rain delay, and Miller was up at 13-5 1/4. After misses on her first two tries, Miller got up and eked over the bar, causing it to wobble quite a bit but it stayed on and she advanced. That matched her PR set just two weeks back at prelims in Eugene.
Miller was one of just 11 women over at that height, but she was the only one that needed a third attempt so she was 11th based on misses. The weather was pretty tough during her three shots at 13-9 1/4, which would have been a major four-inch PR, and it certainly wasn't the conditions that were very friendly for jumping PRs. Miller had good jumps but couldn't get over. Still, what a terrific run for the Reno native, whose outdoor best was 13-0 1/4 just a month ago, and now she's 11th at NCAAs.
Friday, 6:45 p.m. CT: We're back at the track but we're back in another weather delay. Sophomore Logan Miller is still dancing in the pole vault, having survived with a third-attempt clearance of 13-1 1/2. The bar was moving up to 13-5 1/4 when lightning was detected in the area and we all cleared out once again. Each lightning strike mandates at least a 30-minute wait until they can resume competition.
Miller came in at the opening height of 12-9 1/2. She cleared that bar on her first try, and 13 more vaulters eventually joined her over. Four of the initial 24 vaulters went out without clearing that bar. At the next height, Miller didn't get up to the bar on her first jump, then came down over it on her second attempt, but on her third try she went over clean. Again 14 women total made that height, including two who had passed at the opener. Two more went out, and three vaulters have yet to jump at any height, leaving 17 still in the field with Miller in a logjam tie for seventh-place. Barring a total collapse by the rest of the field, Miller will need to clear 13-5 1/4 to be in the mix to get on the podium, which would be an amazing achievement but is now realistically within reach.
Friday, 1:30 p.m. CT: So we're not totally "live" on this post, apologies for that, but don't forget to follow @UWTrack on Twitter for quicker updates. Jeremy Taiwo wrapped up the decathlon early this afternoon, finishing in 15th place overall. This was the third day of the event, which was suspended during the javelin throw due to thunderstorms last night. Things picked up again at 10:30 this morning. Taiwo had just one javelin throw left, and did not improve with his left-handed toss. Finishing last in the javelin, was was unfortunately expected, dropped him from seventh to 16th heading into the final run. With the scoring spots fairly out of reach Taiwo ran a controlled race and placed 12th in 4:34.99, well off his pace from Pac-10s. So Taiwo wound up with 7,517 points, still a solid score considering all the points potentially still on the board for Taiwo. It was clear he was disappointed to not be in contention at this meet, but Taiwo has always embraced the camraderie of the multi-events and the entire group took a victory lap and posed for pictures afterwards. And despite the setback in the pole vault and the obvious issues with his elbow, this is still the first time Taiwo has completed a full decathlon at the NCAA outdoor meet, so that's one positive to take away. His 15th-place finish will earn him All-America Second Team honors.
Now the Husky men are all wrapped up at Nationals. They'll finish with 11 points, so we'll see where that winds up placing them. Probably borderline Top-25. The women will be looking to get on the board for the first time this afternoon, as sophomore Logan Miller competes in the pole vault at 5:25 p.m. Central and freshman Megan Goethals runs in a very intriguing 5,000-meter final at 8:10 p.m. tonight.
Remember to watch Goethals on live TV on the CBS Sports Network. That's the CBS cable channel, not the standard network channel.