Thursday, February 2, 2012

Maddie Meyers and Chris Williams sign national LOIs with UW; Weekend Preview--Vandal, Bronco & Jerome...

As expected and reported back in November, the University of Washington received a national letter of intent from Northwest School standout Maddie Meyers (in purple/photo courtesy The Northwest School), the national high school record holder in the 2000 meter steeplechase.

Meyers, who as a junior, won the 2010 Jim Ryun Dream Mile at the adidas Grand Prix, the Nike Border Clash, and was a Foot Locker Cross Country Championships finalist, finished sixth at the 2011 IAAF World Youth Championships in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France in the 2000 steeple, where she set her American high school record.

Meyers, who was nominated as a finalist for the women's Sports Star of the Year award by the Seattle Sports Commission, currently owns eight Washington state 1A track titles, and four state 1A cross country crowns.

She'll be joined by hurdler/pole vaulter Chris Williams of Strath Haven, PA, who is currently the national leader in the 60 meter hurdles at 7.87, and has pole vaulted 15-6 (4.72m) this indoor season.

Future teammate Katie Flood was added by the USTFCCCA to The Bowerman "also receiving mention" list--a group of athletes just outside the Watch List's top ten. The Bowerman Award is considered the Heisman Trophy of track and field, awarded to the top male and female athlete in the sport. The Watch List is updated throughout the season, drawing attention to the top athletes in college track and field.

The Huskies' release on the honor bestowed upon Flood is available here, along with a link to the USTFCCCA release.

This weekend, Washington State University, along with Eastern Washington, Spokane CC, Central Washington, and Whitworth, travels to Moscow, Idaho for the Vandal Indoor on Friday, and the Idaho Open meet on Saturday at the Kibbie Dome.

Both pole vault competitions will be the highlights of Friday's Vandal Indoor, as Keisa Monterola of Eastern Washington, who is currently second on the TFRRS national Division I list at 14-4 (4.37m), faces Husky alum Carly Dockendorf in the women's vault. In the men's vault, Rice alum Jason Colwick, who no-heighted at the UW Invitational, looks to face training partner Levi Keller of Club Northwest, as the former NCAA champ tries to get back to his winning ways.

A trio of Huskies--throwers Elisa Bryant, Erica Huse, and Connor Larned will compete in the weight throw and the discus (one of the rare indoor meets that hold a discus).

The start list for the Vandal Indoor is available here, while the start list for the Idaho Open is here.

A group of Washington sprinters, led by reigning Pac-10 100 and 200 meter champ James Alaka, will compete in Nampa, Idaho at the Bronco Classic, hosted by Boise State.

Alaka is entered in the 200 meters, and will run a leg of the 4 x 400 meter relay on the site of this year's NCAA championships.

Also accompanying the group to the Bronco Classic is Boise native Kasen Covington, who is entered in the triple jump.

2011 world championships competitor Michael Mai, who was based at Joint Lewis-McChord south of Tacoma, before going into the Army World Class Athlete Program, is entered in the weight throw in Nampa.

The start list for the Bronco Classic is available here.

Finally, will attend the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Indoor Classic Saturday at the Richmond Olympic Oval just outside Vancouver, featuring two time world championships competitor and Beijing Olympian Ruky Abdulai, who will run the 60 hurdles, the flat 60, and throw the shot put, as she prepares for a return to the Olympics, this time in the heptathlon.

The start list for the Harry Jerome Indoor is available here.

1 comment:

sunrun said...

Katie Flood is amazing. Go Maddie. Go Dawgs!

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