After Norris Frederick finished his University of Washington career in 2008 as one of the school's greatest all-around jumpers, there seemed to be a void in who might fill the gap for the Huskies in the jumps.
The void is about to be filled.
In a series of tweets on his account (@CoachMetcalf), University of Washington head track coach Greg Metcalf announced that standout wide receiver Kasen Williams (left/photo by Paul Merca) will join the Husky track team and make his 2013 debut at next weekend's UW Invitational.
The sophomore from Skyline High School did not compete in track during the 2012 season, but enters the University of Washington with personal bests of 24-5 1/2 (7.45m) in the long jump and 50-9 1/4 (15.47m), set as a senior in 2011 in winning the Washington state 4A championships, as well as the high jump, where he cleared 6-10 (2.08m), short of his personal best of 6-11 (2.11m).
During his high school career, Williams won five individual state titles, and was named the 2011 Gatorade track & field athlete of the year in Washington state.
In a text to paulmerca.blogspot.com, Metcalf stated that Williams would contest the long jump next weekend, but will take a wait-and-see approach on the triple jump.
This past season, Williams had 77 receptions for 878 yards and six touchdowns for the Huskies.
GEUBELLE TRACKS UNCHARTERED GROUND
ncaa.com has a feature post on University Place resident Andrea Geubelle, the reigning national collegiate champ in the triple jump indoors.
Reflecting on 2012, and in particular, the NCAA outdoor championships--where she thought she won--and, the US Olympic Trials, where she got third, but didn't make the Olympic team, she said, "“I was really happy with myself but I was disappointed with the outcome of everything. I got [personal records] in both the long and triple jump but the outcome of my final two meets wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted an outdoor national championship and I wanted to make the Olympic Team.”
PAC-12 PUTS THE KIBOSH ON FLOTRACK & RUNNERSPACE (for now)…
If you were expecting to see full videos of every race from last weekend's UW Indoor Preview from media partners Flotrack and Runnerspace.com, including Mary Cain's stunning 9:02.10 in the 3000 to set a national high school record, there's a good reason why you didn't.
According to Jim McDannald of TrackFocus, live webcasts and archived replays are no longer allowed, due to the conference's aggressive approach to controlling video content, though Ken Goe of the Oregonian posted that the UW is working with the Pac-12 to find a solution that would allow a third party to stream meets from the Dempsey.