Husky Track Completes Busy Weekend In California
April 17, 2010
Scott Roth was left on his own to finish up UW track's stay at the Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday, but the NCAA Indoor pole vault champion is used to standing alone. For the first time all year, however, Roth settled for second in the pole vault, though he was the top collegiate finisher, clearing 17-8 ½.
Many more Huskies were in action further up north in the state at the Mondo Invitational, hosted by Sacramento State. The Huskies won seven events at Hornet Stadium today, and had two new Top-10 marks written into the record books.
Fleet-footed freshman James Alaka got the win in the 200-meter dash, and put his name up on another Husky top-10 list in the process. Alaka won in 20.94 seconds, becoming just the eighth man in UW history to break 21-seconds. Alaka now ranks eighth all-time in addition to ranking fifth in the 100m dash with his time of 10.32 seconds from last Saturday.
Sophomore Ryan Hamilton matched his PR in the 100-meters, where he placed fourth in 10.76 seconds. He then came back to place fourth in the 200m in 21.85.
Senior Falesha Ankton had a good day of work, taking fourth in the 100-meters in 12.04 seconds, and running fifth in the 200-meters in 25.06. Nikki Codd was very strong in the 800-meter run, taking second in 2:08.31 which would rank her in the top-40 nationally heading into the weekend.
The Huskies got a win from senior Syreeta Martin, who took two seconds off her previous season-best in the 400-meter hurdles, winning in 1:02.44. In the same event on the men's side, junior Miles Timpe earned a win in 55.57 seconds.
All of Washington's three women's triple jumpers had season-bests, and in the case of Nicole Vielma, a big career-best. Vielma jumped 38-11, more than a foot past her old best mark. She was third, right behind sophomore Taylor Nichols, who closed in on the 40-foot mark with a season-best 39-7 ¾. That mark will get Nichols into 10th on the all-time Top-10 list. Sophomore Lindsey Fleishman was also fifth with an outdoor PR of 37-10. Nichols also placed third in the long jump with a season-best 18-1 ½.
Redshirt freshman Clayton Johnson had a major PR in the triple jump despite jumping into a headwind, as he won the event with a best of 47-feet, 8-inches, ten inches farther than his previous best. In the men's long jump, freshman Julian Bardwell was second with a best mark of 22-11 ¾ coming on his first attempt into a slight headwind.
Yet another win came from sophomore Richard Anderson in the shot put, who equaled his career-best at 52-6 on his first throw of the day. Anderson also had a big PR in the discus, throwing 155-8 to take third. Senior Zack Midles was second at 157-11, while the win went to sophomore Conner Larned, competing unattached, who threw 161-2. Midles also got the victory in the hammer throw, winning by more than 30 feet with a best of 200-7.
The Huskies will be back in California next weekend for the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, hosted by Cal-Berkeley.