Monday, April 11, 2011

"Flash Man" James Alaka of Washington named Pac-10 Men's Track Athlete of the Week...

WALNUT CREEK, California--The Pacific-10 Conference announced Monday that Washington sophomore sprinter James Alaka (left/photo by Paul Merca) was named its track athlete of the week for his performance at the Pepsi Team Invitational in Eugene, Oregon over the weekend.

Alaka won both the 100 (10.53) and 200 meter (21.18) events and then ran a leg on the victorious 4x100 meter relay team that clocked a season-best 40.24 seconds.

The London, England native becomes the first Husky male to win the honor since sprinter Jordan Boase picked up the award in 2008.

After competing unattached during the indoor season, Alaka is off to a strong start, winning the 100 at the Stanford Invitational last month, before getting his two individual wins at Hayward Field.

The other athletes honored by the conference were: Mike Morrison, California (men's field athlete); English Gardner, Oregon (women's track athlete); and, Julie Labonte, Arizona (women's field athlete).

Courtesy of media partner, here is video of the Huskies' winning 4 x 100m race, with Alaka running second leg.

NOTE: The Pacific-10 Conference contributed to this report.

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