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Sam Rucker
Position: Sprints
Year: Senior
Hometown: Seabeck, Wash.
High School: Klahowya Secondary School
Experience: 3 Letters
2012: Concluded his career with his first All-America honor, as he was named honorable mention as part of UW's 4x100-meter relay ... starting with the Pac-12 Championships, he ran the lead leg on the 4x1, passing to James Alaka, Maurice McNeal, and Ryan Hamilton; the group placed fourth in the Pac-12 final ... the relay went on to NCAA West Prelims in Austin, Texas and earned the 12th and final qualifying spot with a season-best 39.98 run, the 10th-fastest time in school history ... the group advanced to the NCAA semifinals in Des Moines, Iowa and finished 19th overall with a time of 40.09 seconds ... also part of the 4x400m relay which qualified for West Prelims, finishing 21st in 3:11.73 ... the 4x400m relay was fifth at Pac-12s in a season-best 3:10.36 ... he set a new PR in the 400-meters at the UW-WSU Dual meet, earning a key third-place point in 48.32 seconds ... also ran 48.50 in the Pac-12 prelims, finishing 12th overall ... was the third leg on the 4x1 at the UW-WSU Dual, which got the win in 40.23 ... sixth in the 400m a the Pepsi Team Invite in 49.82 ... indoors, was the first leg on the 4x400m relay that ran 3:10.64 to finish fifth at MPSFs ... that time ranked them eighth on the UW indoor top-10 ... ran 49.31 seconds in the MPSF 400-meters to finish 20th ... part of the victorious 4x400m at the Husky Classic, running 3:11.06. 2011: Was the alternate on the 4x100-meter relay at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... won the 400-meter dash at the Ken Shannon Invite in a season-best time of 49.88 seconds ... ran on the 4x100m relay at Stanford which took second in 41.33 seconds, and on the 4x400m relay which was second in 3:12.89 ... indoors, scored at the MPSF Championships on the 4x400m relay, which took fourth in a season-best 3:12.17 ... 21st in the 400-meters at MPSFs in 49.68 ... season-best indoor time of 49.48 to take second at the UW Final Qualifier. 2010: Competed in three events at his first Pac-10 Championships, including both relays ... ran the lead-off leg on UW's 4x100-meter relay, which was the last team to qualify for the NCAA Championship West Prelims but then upset nine teams to finish 15th overall with a huge season-best of 40.14 seconds ... 4x1 relay took sixth at Pac-10s in 40.53 and the 4x400m relay was seventh in 3:17.35 ... also took 16th in the 400-meters in 49.82 ... ran a season-best 400-meters at the UW-WSU dual, clocking 49.68 for fifth place ... indoors, scored at the MPSF Championships, running the 400 leg in the distance medley relay, as the Huskies took fifth in a season-best time of 9:47.01 ... part of the fourth-place 4x4 team at the Husky Classic, running 3:17.96 ... ran best indoor 400m time of 49.80 at the Husky Classic. 2009: Showed great improvement during the indoor season, setting PRs at 200m and 400m ... fastest 400m dash came at the MPSF Championships, where he placed 10th in 48.68 ... also ran on the 4x400m relay at MPSFs, with the quartet placing fifth ... ran lead-off on UW's fastest 4x4 of the year at the Husky Classic, going 3:11.11 to place first ... best 200m time of 22.37 came at UW Last Chance Qualifier ... competed once unattached outdoors at the Ken Shannon Invite. 2008: Redshirted both seasons but saw action in the 200- and 400-meters running unattached ... turned in a season-best 400-meter time of 49.61 in poor weather at the Ken Shannon Invite, placing fourth. High School and Personal: Swept the Washington 2A State titles in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes as a senior ... did not lose a 400-meter race as a senior ... also captured the 2A state titles in the 100m and 200m dashes as a junior ... won Olympic League and West Central District titles in the 100, 200 and 400 ... also an all-league defensive back on the football team.

Major Meets
2009 MPSF - 10th, 400m; 5th, 4x400m
2010 MPSF - 9th, 4x400m; 5th, DMR
2010 Pac-10 - 16th, 400m; 6th, 4x100m; 7th, 4x400m
2010 Regional - 15th, 4x100m
2011 MPSF - 21st, 400m; 4th, 4x400m
2012 MPSF- 20th, 400m; 5th, 4x400m
2012 Pac-12 - 12th, 400m; 4th, 4x100m; 5th, 4x400m 2012 NCAA Prelims - 12th, 4x100m; 21st, 4x400m 2012 NCAA Outdoors - 19th, 4x100m (All-America Honorable Mention)

Collegiate Best Marks
200m.......22.31 / 22.37i
400m.......48.32 / 48.68i

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