Minnitti Second, Conwell 12th at USA Track Champs

June 25, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Former Husky thrower Rob Minnitti earned a second-place finish in the javelin Sunday at the 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, capping an exciting week of top-10 finishes for UW athletes at the five-day meet.

Ten of the 18 Huskies competing at this week's national meet in Indianapolis, Ind., placed among the top-10 in their events, while two were crowned American champions. Former Husky and current UW volunteer assistant coach won her third U.S. discus title Saturday, and incoming freshman Scott Roth of Granite Hills, Calif., won the junior men's pole vault title Friday.

Minnitti, who trains at Washington while working on a volunteer basis with UW's javelin throwers, launched his fourth toss 255 feet, 10 inches -- a lifetime best and his first throw over 250 feet since 2003, when he also placed second at the national meet.

Six-time U.S. champion Breaux Greer, though, made it seven straight national championship wins with a throw of 280-2, breaking his own meet record set in 2001. Former UW All-American Justin St. Clair was seventh, at 238-5, while 2006 UW alum and reigning Pac-10 champion Juan Romero was 22nd at 208-11.

A graduate of South Kitsap High School in Bremerton, Minnitti won two letters at Washington before completing his collegiate career at Boise State following the retirement of legendary UW throws coach Ken Shannon in 2001. Minnitti returned to Seattle after graduation in 2003 to train with former Husky and three-time U.S. javelin champion Duncan Atwood, and officially joined the Husky coaching staff in 2005.

Fellow UW assistant coach Reedus Thurmond earned a top-10 finish Sunday, placing ninth in the discus. His throw of 187 feet, 2 inches was just six feet beyond that of his pupil, 2006 UW graduate Will Conwell, who placed 12th at 181-2. Former NCAA pole vault champion Kate Soma also competed Sunday, but was unable to clear the opening bar of 13-7 ¼.

Washington will have athletes in competition throughout the summer. Aretha Thurmond's win Saturday qualifies her for the IAAF World Cup in Athens in September, while Roth's earns him a spot on the U.S. junior national team for August's IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing. For the latest news and notes on Washington track and field, including full results from this weekend's USA Track and Field Championships, visit www.GoHuskies.com.

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