Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Alaka's future so bright, he's gotta wear shades after winning Pac-10 sprint double...

With apologies to the 1980s band Timbuk 3, University of Washington sophomore James Alaka (center/photo by Randy Miyazaki, trackandfieldphoto.com)'s future is so bright that he's gotta wear shades after receiving the gohuskies.com student-athlete of the week award after taking the 100/200 sprint double at last weekend's Pac-10 Conference championship meet in Tuscon, becoming the first Husky to take the sprint double since Ja'Warren Hooker turned the trick in 2000.

Despite competing while sick with a cold, Alaka claimed his first title in the 100-meters, as he accelerated through the middle of the track and leaned across the line for the win in 10.29 seconds, edging Arizona State's Ryan Milus who was second in 10.34.

An hour later, the British national, nicknamed the "Flash Man", used a late surge in the final ten meters to run down USC's Joey Hughes, throwing himself across the line to get the victory in 20.85 to Hughes' 20.87,

Courtesy of gohuskies.com, here is a video interview with Alaka.

Next up for Alaka is the NCAA preliminary rounds May26-28 in Eugene, with trips to the NCAA championships on June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa on the line.

NOTE: The University of Washington contributed to this report.

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