Catching Up With Track Alums
With all the attention devoted to the future Huskies making their way to campus next fall, it's time to take a look around what some of the alumni are up to in their professional careers.
A number of former UW standouts joined the current crop of athletes at the Mt. SAC Relays last weekend. Nine-time All-American Norris Frederick won the men's long jump title with a best mark of 26-4 1/4, one of his best career outdoor jumps that ranks him third among Americans this year indoors or out.
2006 grad and top-20 New York Marathon finisher Mike Sayenko clocked a 13:57.43 time in the invitational 5k. Former All-American Martin Bingisser also placed seventh in the hammer throw invite with a best of 216-2. Sean Williams, part of UW's school-record 4x400m team from 2005, also ran 47.11 to win his open 400-meter section.
Down at Auburn University, three-time Olympian Aretha Thurmond won the women's discus with a toss of 199-feet, 8-inches on her fifth attempt. Thurmond now holds the U.S. lead. Training partner and UW grad Will Conwell also won the men's discus with a mark of 185-3.
2009 grad and 400-meter record-holder Jordan Boase has been training at Florida State, and he got his outdoor season going at the Kansas Relays last week. Boase was part of a 4x400m relay squad dubbed the International All-Stars which closed the meet with a victory in 3:08.30. He also took fourth in the open 200-meters in a time of 21.05 seconds.
Finally, 2009 World Championships competitor and current volunteer assistant coach Ryan Brown started his outdoor season along with a number of other Huskies at the Mondo Invitational at Sacramento State last weekend. Brown won the 800-meters in a time of 1:50.16.
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