May 11, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - One of the best track meets annually in the country, the Pac-12 Championships brought out the best in a number of Huskies today, as Washington put five athletes on the podium at USC's Loker Stadium. Ten more Dawgs advanced into the finals for Sunday's action, which picks up at 9 a.m.
Although UW did not capture any titles on day one, the Huskies had three runner-up finishes and two more third-place efforts on a very solid day one. The Husky men currently sit third overall with 37 points behind UCLA's 53.5 and Oregon's 49.5. On the women's side, the Huskies and Cougars are tied for seventh with 23 points, while Arizona and Arizona State lead with 60 and 45 points, respectively.
"I always tell our team that this meet is truly special, and it takes some special efforts to score points and make the podium in a meet that has current and future Olympians competing in it," said Head Coach Greg Metcalf. "Today I thought we had a lot of athletes meet the challenge. It was a good day, and we left some points out there where it could have been a great one, but I liked our effort and I'm excited for Sunday."
Big performances, plural, today came from freshman Chris Williams, who started his day in the pole vault, then mid-way through that competition went and made the 110-meter hurdle finals, and returned to the pole vault to finish second. The Philadelphia native set PRs in both events in the process.
Williams needed a third-attempt clearance at his opening bar, 15-7 ¼, and then with that weight off his shoulders he headed over to the hurdles prelims. He proceeded to win his heat in 14.03 seconds, which moves him up to No. 4 on the Husky top-10 list. In the interim, he passed the next pole vault height, coming back in at 16-7 ¼, which he cleared on a third attempt once again. But William then had a first try make at 16-11, already a new PR, and then topped that with a 17-3 make on his second try. He finally went out with two misses at 17-7 and one at 17-11 as UCLA's Michael Woepse took the title.
Defending pole vault champ J.J. Juilfs was unable to repeat, but did return to the podium with his best day of the outdoor season thus far, as the sophomore cleared 16-11 to finish third-place. Joining Williams in the 110-meter hurdles final tomorrow will be senior Shayne Moore, who tied for the fifth-best time of the day at 14.40 seconds.
Former Pac-10 champion Mel Lawrence returned to the podium today for the third time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. A sixth-year senior, Lawrence has endured several injury setbacks since setting the meet record in 2009 which still stands. She ran to a second-place finish today, losing only to 2012 U.S. Olympian Emma Coburn of Colorado, posting a time of 10:08.19. Just two spots back in fourth-place was sophomore Liberty Miller, who ran another career-best of 10:10.10. Right after that in the men's steeplechase, redshirt freshman Aaron Nelson scored in his first conference meet, as he wound up seventh in 8:59.70.
The evening came to a close with the third runner-up effort of the day for the Dawgs, as senior Joe Zimmerman grabbed the second spot on his final throw in the javelin. Zimmerman was momentarily bumped down to third by Oregon's Ethan Powell who threw 222-8 on his last attempt, but Zimmerman answered with a toss of 227-9 to get back to second for the second year in a row. For his career, Zimmerman scored 26 points at Pac-12s for the Dawgs. Sophomore Quinn Hale and senior Jimmy Brookman dealt with some frustration with their marks, but still came in sixth and seventh for the Dawgs to add five more points.
The first points put up for the women's team came from senior Jordin Seekins, who threw 141-7 to place seventh overall, her first time scoring at the meet. Senior Ally Mueller just missed the final by one spot, going 133-11 in her last outing as a Dawg.
Closing things out for the women's team this evening was the 10,000-meters. Junior Lindsay Flanagan took a big lead early, but was eventually joined by Arizona's Jennifer Bergman and Stanford's Jessica Tonn who sat behind her for several more laps. The two eventually passed Flanagan, but the Roselle, Ill. native still cruised to a third-place finish, a career-best. Her time was 34:46.68. And with one big final sprint down the homestretch, senior Kayla Evans passed one more runner to move up to seventh-place in her first ever 10k, scoring at the conference meet for the first time as well, in the final race for the gritty veteran.
Joey Bywater made his fourth career Pac-12 final at 1,500-meters, and did it in style today, as he made a big jump out form the rail to the outside on the final lap and passed several runners to take the lead and hold it for the prelim win in 3:47.08.
In the women's 1,500-meters, senior Eleanor Fulton and redshirt freshman Joelle Amaral just missed out on the 12-woman final, as they were 14th and 15th. Fulton ran 4:30.01 and Amaral 4:30.83. Freshman Maddie Meyers was 17th overall in 4:31.71.
It was a mixed bag for three-time conference champ James Alaka, as he looked strong in the 100-meter dash, powering into his fourth final with a career-best-matching time of 10.22 seconds, with the help of a 3.9 meter tailwind. That was the fifth-fastest time of the day for the 2011 100-meter champ. But he won't get to defend his 200m title as he placed ninth overall in that prelim in 21.13. Freshman Quadelle Satterwhite also ran a wind-aided 100m PR, clocking 10.46 seconds for 11th overall and was 12th in the 200m in 21.42.
The Dawgs had a nice showing in the women's 100m hurdles today, setting several PRs despite not quite reaching the finals. Freshman Daje Pugh broke the 14-second mark for the first time this season, just getting under at 13.99 seconds. She finished 12th overall, one spot ahead of sophomore Naivasha Sophusson Smith who also had a big PR of 14.01 seconds. Those times now rank eighth and ninth on the Husky top-10 list. Freshman Krista Armstead, who ran 55.84 in the 400-meter prelims, but will not advance.
In the 800-meters, the Dawgs moved one runner into the final on each side, as Baylee Mires made her first women's final and Michael Miller made his first men's final. Mires was in the second prelim heat and ran a confident race with an extra push late to take second and get an auto spot with a time of 2:09.60. Miller was third in the first heat in 1:50.73, and had to wait for two more races to learn that he got the last time qualifier. Sophomore Derrick Daigre was third in his flight but 10th overall, missing the final in 1:51.01.
Three more Huskies moved through to Sunday's final rounds in the 400-meter hurdles. On the women's side, junior Gianna Woodruff made her first final, clocking 59.78 for the eighth and final spot. In the men's hurdles, senior Dan Sanders finds himself in his first Pac-12 final as he ran a career-best 52.63 seconds to qualify fifth.
2013 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships
Loker Stadium - USC - Los Angeles, Calif.
Day 1 of 2
Washington Point Scorers
3. Mel Lawrence, 10:08.19; 4. Liberty Miller, 10:10.10; Javelin: 7. Jordin Seekins, 141-7.
3,000m Steeplechase: 7. Chris Williams, 17-3; 3. J.J. Juilfs, 16-11; Javelin: 2. Joe Zimmerman, 227-9; 6. Quinn Hale, 213-2; 7. Jimmy Brookman, 211-7.
Advancing to Sunday Finals
James Alaka, 100m
Michael Miller, 800m
Joey Bywater, 1,500m
Chris Williams, 110m Hurdles
Shayne Moore, 110m Hurdles
Dan Sanders, 400m Hurdles