Husky Tracksters Fare Well in Iowa on Day One of Drake Relays

April 26, 2001

SEATTLE--Day one of the Drake Relays proved promising for the Washington track teams as the Huskies boasted one event winner and two athletes who improved their season-best marks, Thursday.

Sophomore Gillian Palmer (Helensburgh, Scotland)won the women's invitational 5,000-meter run in a time of 16:25.13. Palmer, a provisional qualifier in the event, was three seconds off her season-best mark of 16:22.91.

Junior Kelsey Sheppard (Bellevue, Wash.) improved her provisional qualifying mark in the 400m hurdles by one-hundredth of a second in her preliminary heat at the Drake Relays. Sheppard clocked a 58.75 in the event, topping her previous season-best, a 58.76 recorded at the Stanford Invitational March 31.

Freshman Brad Goodrich (Maple Valley, Wash.) keeps edging closer to the provisional qualifying mark in the 400m hurdles, as he shaved another two tenths of a second off his season-best mark, recording a 52.53 in his preliminary heat at Drake. The mark, which better his previous best--a 52.77 reached at the Oregon Dual April 14, was not however fast enough to qualify him for the event finals.

Other Husky finishers were junior Jason Fayant (Spokane, Wash.), who finished seventh in the steeplechase with a 9:15.38, and junior Mike Hill (Bellevue, Wash.), who placed 10th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:52.01.

The Drake Relays continue Friday and Saturday. Full results are available on www.drakerelays.org.

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