Fast Time Trials Highlight Fall Quarter Training
SEATTLE – On what otherwise would have been NCAA Championships weekend to wrap up the cross country season, the Husky men's and women's distance teams still found a way to compete, holding an exciting time trial Friday night in the Dempsey.
Races included a men's 5k, women's 5k, then a combined mile run with the men starting thirty seconds behind a group of women and trying to close the gap.
The big highlights included five men breaking 14 minutes in the 5k time trial, with seven PRs, as redshirt freshman Joe Waskom got the win in a big PR of 13:51.3. That's a time that would rank him sixth in school history. He was followed under 14 minutes by Talon Hull in 13:53, Mick Stanovsek in 13:54, Tibebu Proctor in 13:57 and Andrew Jordan in 13:58.
The women's 5k was won by freshman Naomi Smith in an impressive time of 16:21 which would rank ninth in school history.
The combined mile had a postseason feel as All-American Allie Schadler turned in what would rank as the second-fastest mile in UW history, and sophomore Daniel Maton broke the storied four-minute mark for the first time in his career.
"We are extremely thankful to our administration, facilities, and medical staff for providing the opportunity for us to train and compete together during fall quarter," said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Maurica Powell. "From the top down the emphasis has been on creating a safe environment and our athletes have embraced that and have been able to come together and see improvement. We're looking forward to competing again in 2021."
Volunteer assistant coach Alli Cash rolled to the overall win in 4:30 and Schadler was right behind in 4:33 which would be a second faster than Amy-Eloise Neale to put Schadler in second all-time behind Katie Flood's 4:28.48 mile record. It would also have been an NCAA Indoor Championships qualifying time this past season.
New Husky Taylor Chiotti ran a time of 4:39, a full 15 seconds faster than her official indoor mile PR, and Madison Heisterman came through in a PR of 4:42 with Kelly Makin running 4:45.
Maton, in the chase group, was clocked at 3:59.6, which is 11 seconds faster than his mile time from his first indoor season back at the start of 2020.
This was the last in a series of time trial tests for the women's team over the past month with 6k and 3k runs mixed in. Results from earlier trials included Schadler running a 19:44 6k time and a 9:07 3k. Mel Smart had a 19:36 time for 6k and Haley Herberg ran a 19:40.
Along with Friday's runs, Chiotti has posted a 9:17 3k time while Smith ran 9:20 and Heisterman a 9:36 for 3k. Kiera Marshall had times of 20:53 for 6k and 9:45 for 3k and Hannah Waskom ran 20:58 and 9:44. Makin ran a 9:48 3k and Camila David-Smith a 9:44. Marlena Preigh set a 4:50 mile time and freshman Sophie O'Sullivan has gone 9:48 for 3k and 4:52 for the mile. Shona McCulloch went 20:50 in the 6k and 16:53 in the 5k.
Additionally, Makenna Schumacher, Andrea Markezich, and Kirstie Rae have had a productive 10 weeks of consistent training and will look to test their fitness in the competitive lineup in January.