Strong Husky Presence At USA Track Championships

June 24, 2009

USATF Website

SEATTLE - The USA Track & Field Championships are set to go off this Thursday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon and a large number of current and former Huskies will be in Duck country to compete for national championships.

The championships run from Thursday, June 25 to Sunday, June 28 and will be televised Friday (5-7 p.m.) and Saturday (4:30-6:30 p.m.) nights on ESPN and on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. on CBS. Top three finishers in each event will qualify for the 2009 IAAF World Championships provided they have also met the necessary standards. The World Championships are in Berlin, Germany this year on August 15-23.

Fifteen members of the Husky track family are qualified in the senior events, with two more current Dawgs competing in the junior meet which is held over the same four days at Hayward.

Current Huskies competing at USA's include Pac-10 Women's Track Newcomer of the Year Mel Lawrence in the steeplechase, Pac-10 Champion and NCAA runner-up Scott Roth in the pole vault, and two-time Pac-10 1,500-meter Champion Katie Follett in the 5,000m.

Headlining the Husky alums in competition this weekend are Beijing Olympians Brad Walker and Aretha Thurmond. Walker, the reigning World Champion and American record-holder in the pole vault will look to win his third U.S. Outdoor title. Thurmond, a four-time national champion and three-time Olympian, will seek a trip to Berlin in the discus throw.

Recent grads Jordan Boase and Austin Abbott will be competing in the 400-meter dash and 1,500m run, respectively. Boase will look to bounce back from a disappointing NCAA Championships performance where he fell short of the final. Abbott on the other hand broke the 1,500m school record at NCAA's and placed seventh in the final for his sixth All-America honor.

Other former Husky greats in action include Ryan Brown (800-meters), Mike Sayenko (5,000- and 10,000-meters), Norris Frederick (long jump), Justin St. Clair (javelin), and Husky throws coach Reedus Thurmond along with volunteer assistant Will Conwell in the men's discus.

Entered in the U.S. Junior Championships are freshmen Ryan Soberanis and Kelly McNamee. Soberanis will run the 800-meters and McNamee will compete in the women's high jump.

GoHuskies.com will update the progress of all Huskies in action on the Dawg Blawg throughout the weekend. The meet will also be streamed live on www.usatf.org on Thursday.

Please visit www.usatf.org for start lists and schedules.

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