June 5, 2013
|NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 5-8 at Oregon's Hayward Field
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EUGENE, Ore. - The first final on the track at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships came on the first night, with junior Megan Goethals putting the Husky women's team on the board with a fourth-place finish in the 10,000-meters. The race had a little bit of everything, but the common denominator was Goethals' trademark toughness, as she got on the podium for the third time in her career at NCAA Outdoors.
The race went out slow and Goethals was in the middle of the pack. Eventually, the expected frontrunners, Betsy Saina of Iowa State and Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton of Wichita State, both native Kenyans, picked up the pace and broke from the pack. Goethals made the decision to try to hang with the pair, who both rank among the top-10 in NCAA history. She closed the gap for a few laps, but then the top two made another move and separated from the Husky, which left Goethals with a big gap in front and behind her in third-place.
Running by herself for several laps took a toll, and a chase pack of five women caught up with Goethals with about six laps to go. But that allowed her to settle in with that group and relax a bit. With two to go the race for third was on. Boise State's Emma Bates made a move and Goethals went after her but couldn't quite catch her, with Bates finishing third and Goethals fourth in 33:40.85.
Goethals is the second Husky to finish in the top-four of the 10k in the last five years, as Anita Campbell took third in 2009. It's the third podium finish for Goethals at outdoor nationals, as she was sixth in the 5,000-meters in 2011, then second in the 5k last year. She'll be running the 5k once again on Friday.
The other big highlight of the first of four days at Hayward Field was senior Jeremy Taiwo grabbing the lead in the decathlon through the first five events. Taiwo had several PRs en route to a day one total of 4,389 points, which is a career-best first day score by 174 points. The Renton, Wash. native, competing in his third NCAA decathlon, holds a slim six-point edge over Duke's Curtis Beach, followed by a gap of 159 points to third-place Johannes Hock of Texas.
Taiwo started the day with a career-best in the 100-meter dash. He was second in the third heat in a time of 10.84 seconds, his first time under 10.90. That was eighth overall, as the first heat benefited from a stronger tail wind. Up next was the long jump, where Taiwo fouled his first before getting a solid mark of 24-4 ¼. His third attempt looked big, but he had used up too much of the board for a foul. Taiwo's best shot put came on his second attempt, as he threw 44-11 ½ for a new outdoor career-best, remaining in seventh overall through three events.
The high jump was where Taiwo figured to make a splash, and that's exactly how it played out. Taiwo was the last jumper to enter the competition, passing the first few bars. He then cleared 6-7 ½ on his first attempt, passed another bar up to 6-9 ¾, and made that on his first try. Another pass up to 7-0 ¼ and Taiwo made that on his second try. The only jumper over that bar, Taiwo worked the crowd well, getting a slow clap before clearing 7-1 ½ on his first try. That matched his outdoor PR. The bar went to 7-2 ½, which would have equaled the decathlon meet record. All three of Taiwo's attempts were good, especially the third one, but the bar just wobbled and fell. Still, the 963 points from that event moved Taiwo all the way into the lead.
After a break in the action, the decathletes returned to the track for the 400-meters to wrap things up. Taiwo was in the middle of the track right next to Beach of Duke, who was second in the standings. Taiwo went out hard and although Beach got the win, Taiwo held on for second-place in a big new career-best of 48.11 seconds, which was the second-best time overall. Beach gained ground but Taiwo kept the slim lead.
Sophomore Baylee Mires made her NCAA Outdoor debut in the semifinals of the 800-meters today. The Spokane native looked strong through the first lap, sitting in fifth-place at the bell, but she faded with 300-meters to go and wound up eighth in her heat in 2:12.74. Still, Mires will be one of the top Dawgs to watch next season after setting the school record this year, placing fourth at Pac-12s and making her first nationals.
Also competing at her first nationals but falling short of the final was junior Kayla Stueckle. The Puyallup product had a big PR of 57.90 seconds two weeks ago in Austin to reach the NCAA semis, but she couldn't find the same rhythm today, placing sixth in her semi heat and 17th overall in 59.51 seconds.
First up on the track this afternoon was the men's 4x100-meter relay, as the Huskies made the semis for the fifth time in the past six years. But Washington's lane one assignment was not enviable. The group--Chris Williams, James Alaka, Quadelle Satterwhite, and Matt Anthony--made a solid run, taking sixth in their heat of eight in 40.32 seconds, but not enough to move on.
Washington Track & Field
NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 5, 2013 - Eugene, Ore.
Day 1 of 4
4x100m Relay (Semifinal 1 of 3):
6. Washington (Williams, Alaka, Satterwhite, Anthony), 40.32 (does not advance)
800m (Semifinal 3 of 3): 8. Baylee Mires, 2:12.74 (does not advance); 10,000m (Final): 4. Megan Goethals, 33:40.85; 400m Hurdles (Semifinal 2 of 3): 6. Kayla Stueckle, 59.51 (does not advance).
Taiwo Decathlon Day One
Long Jump: 24-4 ¼
Shot Put: 44-11 ½
High Jump: 7-1 ½
Day One Total: 4,389