June 8, 2011
June 8-11 Des Moines, Iowa Drake Stadium
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Wednesday; 9:00 pm Central: Hopefully you were able to keep up on the Twitter feed and on the live results, and aren't just learning now that Scott Roth is your NCAA Outdoor Pole Vault Champion! I was down by the pit getting photos and then following the Husky champion around to interviews and to the award stand. Working quickly on the recap now so check back later tonight for more details.
Wednesday; 7:20 pm Central: Freshman Maurice McNeal's fantastic rookie campaign just closed out in the 400-meter semifinals. Again stuck in the difficult lane one, McNeal nevertheless made a good charge at a very fast field, but ran out of gas a bit down the stretch and finished seventh in his heat in 46.27 seconds, still the second-best time of his season.
All that's left now for the Dawgs today is Scott Roth in the pole vault. He will be the last vaulter to enter, and is warming up now on the infield. Figures to be coming in for the first time at 17-6 1/2.
Wednesday; 7:00 pm Central: Jeremy Taiwo's first day is done and he ended it with a very nice final push in the 400-meter dash. Taiwo had a very slow start but kicked it up a gear with 150-meters to go and maintained it to the finish to stop the watch at 48.64 seconds. That was eighth in the field in the 400-meters, jumping Taiwo up to sixth overall in the cumulative standings at the end of day one with 4,074 points. A very nice finish after what was literally a bit of a slow start for Jeremy in the 100-meters.
Wednesday; 5:30 pm Central: A lot has happened over the past couple hours. Sorry we couldn't update but the javelin is a loooong way away from the press box. Unfortunately for the Huskies the javelin did not go as dreamed. Both Joe and Kyle were in the second flight, and the first flight clearly had more ideal conditions, especially with their first attempts. Four of the top six finishers came from flight one, and had their best throws on their first or second attempts. Still, Nielsen made it into the final with a mark of 234-5 on his first throw, but he could not improve upon that and finished eighth. Joe Zimmerman had a tough series, with a best of only 217-10 on his third throw which placed him 20th overall.
On the bright side, Jeremy Taiwo had his best event of the day in the decathlon, and got the overall victory in the high jump as he was the only competitor over at 6-9 3/4. A bit surprising that nobody was able to match him, but the pace was quick and the temperatures hot so it may have drained some of the decathlete's energy. Taiwo was extremely close to clearly 6-11 on his final try but just clipped the bar. He'll head into the 400-meters in 10th-place overall.
Track action has now begun, and the Husky men's 4x100-meter relay will be up soon, as will Scott Roth in the pole vault final.
Wednesday; 2:45 pm Central: After an opening shot put of 39-8, Jeremy Taiwo had a strong second throw of 42-7, just off his season-best. That was 14th overall in the shot put, typically one of his weaker events, but won't cost him much ground. Now, however, comes one of the most pivotal events for Taiwo, the high jump, which should be a strength if he can deliver as he did at Pac-10s. And there would be no better time for his first career 7-foot clearance than today. Also at this time, the first flight of the javelin is out warming up on the field outside of the stadium, but both Kyle Nielsen and Joe Zimmerman will be in flight two.
Wednesday; 2:00 pm Central: Taiwo has moved up to 12th overall after the long jump, after starting out just 20th after the 100-meter dash. He improved on each one of his attempts, going from 22-11 on his second jump to 23-6 on his third try. No PRs or season-bests so far for Taiwo but the shot put coming up next would be a great place to start. Remember to follow @UWTrack on Twitter for quicker updates, and the live results link at the top of the page is doing a great job so far of providing attempt-by-attempt results.
Wednesday; 12:30 pm Central: The NCAA finals are officially underway as the decathlon kicked off with the 100-meter dash at 12 noon local time. Junior Jeremy Taiwo was in the third of three eight-man heats, running in lane eight. He looked good out of the start but slowed a bit near the finish, from my vantage point at the start line it was hard to make out. But he finished in 11.27 seconds, an okay time but not the 10.98 he ran at Pac-10s. The second heat had a much bigger tailwind and was by far the fastest, so those eight men get an early advantage. Long jump will be next.
Wednesday; 12:00 pm Central: Good morning to the Husky fans back in Seattle, GoHuskies.com is here at Drake Stadium for the NCAA Outdoor Championships which will kick off with the men's decathlon featuring All-American Jeremy Taiwo in just a few minutes. The plan is to create a new page like this one for each day of the competition, and post updates as soon as we can after the Huskies compete.
Today is easily the biggest day of the four-day competition for the Husky men's team. Their three point scorers from last year's meet are all competing today, with Scott Roth in the pole vault and Kyle Nielsen and Joe Zimmerman in the javelin competition both later this afternoon. If those three have great days, UW could be leading this competition for a day or two and be in contention for a top-10 finish, a place they haven't been since 1979. On the track today will be UW's 4x100-meter relay, and then freshman Katie Flood at 1,500-meters and Maurice McNeal in a ridiculously fast 400-meter semifinal heat.