Reflections on the 2006 NCAA Track & Field Championships
Ryan Brown from the University of Washington has become one of my favorite athletes because of his incredible journey over the last 4 years. Check out the links below about him.
May 2005 (after Pac-10 Championships):
June 2006 (before NCAA Championships):
- Spring 2002 – Runs track for the first time and wins State in 1:55.3.
- Spring 2003 – Sets UW freshman record in the indoor 800 at 1:50.97.
- Spring 2004 – Decides not to run for UW to concentrate on school….says he really doesn’t like to run.
- Pac-10’s 2005 – Seeded 9th at the Pac-10 Championships. At 600 meters is stuck in 5th place before unleashing a great kick to pull off an upset win…in an amazing time of 1:47.31. Previous PR was 1:49.21. Coming into the meet he was only the #2 guy on his team in the 800.
- West Regional 2005 – Again comes from behind to win the 800, 1:48.191 to 1:48.195 over the heavily favored Jon Rankin from UCLA. Qualifies for the NCAA Championships, where he will be the #8 seed, after being the #9 seed coming into the Pac-10 Championships 2 weeks earlier.
- NCAA’s 2005 – Did not advance to the Finals but earned All-American status with the 10th fastest time in the 800. Also ran on the 4X400 relay team that was also 10th.
- Indoors 2006 – Ran on relay teams that placed 3rd (4X400) and 5th (DMR) to earn two more All-American honors.
- Outdoors 2006 – Hampered by some injuries during the outdoor season. Does not qualify for Regionals until the Pac-10 meet. Unable to defend Pac-10 and West Region titles in the 800 (places 3rd at both) but does manage to qualify for NCAA’s and enters the meet seeded 9th.
- NCAA’s 2006 – Wins the 800 Championship in 1:46.29, with another come from behind victory. Adds an 8th place finish in the 4X400.
4 years ago he was finishing his first ever track & field season as a high school senior.
2 years ago he was not even doing the sport.
16 months ago his PR was 1:49.21 and he was not even the best on his team in the 800.
Today he is an NCAA Champion with a PR of 1:46.29 and is a 6-time All-American.
I vaguely remember this athlete because she was in the same event as Shannon Rowbury, who I was following closely at the 2005 NCAA Championships. In the prelims Amy ran a :04 PR (4:18.19) to qualify for the Finals. In the Final, she placed 12th (last).
In 2006, she was 2nd at Pac-10’s in the 1500 and then qualified for NCAA’s by placing 3rd at the West Regional. Coming into NCAA’s her season best was 4:18.88 and her PR was the 4:18.19 from 2005. She was seeded 9th for NCAA’s. In the Prelims she was ran 4:20.99 and was the 12th and last qualifier for the Finals (qualified by 0.37 seconds). In the Final, she was running where she was seeded (last) with 250 meters to go. That’s when she made a huge surge, had to go into lane 3, and passed the entire field to win the 1500 Championship in 4:14.63 (nearly a :04 PR). Her high school PR’s were 5:07 (mile) and 2:15 (800).
Nice re-cap of the race (re-cap of Ryan Brown’s 800 win, too)…scroll down and look for the Saturday entries. http://gohuskies.cstv.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/060606aab.html
Post-race interview: http://www.trackshark.com/podcasts/2006/amy_lia.php
The University of Texas senior hurdler had quite a busy meet. With 100m and 200m star, Marshavet Hooker injured and out of the meet, Melaine had to step up to lead the team.
– 3:00pm – 4X100 Prelim. 1st in heat 4 (43.25).
– 4:30pm – 100H Prelim. 1st in heat 3 (13.00).
– 6:30pm – 100H Semi-Finals. 2nd in heat 2 (12.86).
– 4:10pm – 400H Prelim. 1st in heat 4 (57.69).
– 4:00pm – 4X100 Final. Anchors Texas to 1st place (42.84).
– 5:00pm – 100H Final. 3rd place (12.75).
– 6:10pm – 400H Semi-Finals. 2nd in heat 1 (55.63).
– 12:52pm – 400H Final. 1st across the finish line (53.84) but is later DQ’ed.
9 races over 4 days. First person since Jesse Owens (1935 & 1936) to win 4 events at the NCAA Championships. Won the 100 (10.09) and 400 (44.53) with PR’s. 1st person to win gold in the 100 & 400 at the same NCAA Championships.
– 3:20pm – 4X100 Prelim. 1st in heat 2 (38.87).
– 6:10pm – 400 Prelim. 1st in heat 2 (45.51).
– 3:50pm – 100 Prelim. 1st in heat 3 (10.25).
– 5:35pm – 100 Semi-Final. 2nd in heat 2 (10.15).
– 6:55pm- 4X400 Prelim. DNR (LSU used an alternate to place 1st in heat 3).
– 4:10pm – 4X100 Final. 2nd leg on LSU’s 1st place team (38.44).
– 5:35pm- 400 Semi-Finals. 1st in heat 1 (44.96).
– 12:42pm – 100 Final. 1st place (10.09).
– 1:20pm – 400 Final. 1st place (44.53).
– 2:45pm – 4X400 Final. Anchor leg on LSU’s 1st place team (3:01.58).