Brown, Sayenko Run Well At USA Championships

June 24, 2010

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Former Husky distance standout Mike Sayenko turned in a great run this evening at the USA Track & Field Championships, taking seventh-place in the 10,000-meter finals. Sayenko was one of five athletes with UW ties in action today at Drake Stadium. His former teammate, Ryan Brown, successfully moved through the first round of the 800-meters as well.

A 2007 grad who ranks fifth in UW's top-10 at 10,000-meters, Sayenko clocked a time of 29:26.89 today to post his best finish at the national championships. The Bellevue native who competes for Club Northwest had a breakout run at the 2009 New York City Marathon where he took 14th as the eighth-best American finisher.

Brown, also a 2007 alum competing for Asics, moved through to the 800-meter semifinals by virtue of a second-place finish in the second of three opening round heats. A nine-time All-American and two-time NCAA Champion, Brown finished powerfully down the stretch to break from a pack and secure one of the auto spots in 1:47.50. Brown was third at USAs a year ago but has not seen much competition so far this season.

Recent grad Katie Follett made her professional debut, running in the bright yellow colors of Brooks, her new sponsor. Follett, who just finished her Husky career as an eight-time All-American, was in the first heat of a loaded 1,500-meter field against a number of Olympians and World Championship competitors. Follett challenged up front early and wound up sixth in her heat in a time of 4:16.20, that wound up placing her 13th with just 12 advancing on to the final.

The U.S. Junior Championships, held in conjunction with the senior meet, got into full swing today as well. Husky freshman Shayne Moore set a big PR in the 110-meter hurdles, as he crossed the line in 14.35 seconds, well under his previous season-best of 14.69. That placed Moore 13th on the day.

In the junior long jump, incoming freshman Kasen Covington of Boise, Idaho placed fifth with a jump of 23-4 ½ into a headwind. Covington, part of a talented class of 2010 for the Huskies, will also compete in the triple jump finals on Friday.

Friday will be another busy day for past and present Huskies. Olympian Brad Walker will shoot for another U.S. title in the pole vault, Will Conwell will toss the discus and Falesha Ankton will run the 100-meter hurdles. In the junior events, freshman Joe Zimmerman will be among the favorites in the javelin coming off his fourth-place NCAA finish. Freshman Logan Miller will also compete in the junior women's pole vault.