Track Is Back As Huskies Complete Intrasquad Meet
SEATTLE – The Huskies donned singlets, laced up spikes, crouched into starting blocks, and returned to the Dempsey today. Just doing that was enough reason to celebrate, but the Dawgs also turned in plenty of great marks during an intrasquad this afternoon, the first competition of any kind for UW in nearly a full year.
The exhibition meet was the first time the Dawgs were able to run, jump, throw and vault in uniform since the MPSF Championships on Feb. 28-29 of 2020. Specifics of an official indoor season are still being finalized, but the Huskies showed they're ready whenever the opportunity presents itself.
The meet began Friday afternoon with a pole vault competition. Husky alum Olivia Gruver wowed the spectators as usual with a first-attempt clearance of 15-feet, 1-inch. Makenna Barton cleared 13-1 ½ on a first attempt and Ashleigh Helms went 12-7 ½. Chase Smith led the men with a make of 16-8 ¾ while multi-eventer Ollie Thorner had a PR of 15-7.
Today, the first race was taken by Ida Eikeng who notched a win in the 60m hurdles in a solid season-opening 8.48 seconds. Aaliyah Wilson ran 8.65 and Lyndsey Lopes went 8.66 for second and third. On the men's side, newcomer Julian Body took the 60m hurdles in 8.24 seconds with freshman Jonathan Birchman second in 8.34.
Big highlights came from the throws sector, where true freshman Jayden White launched the weight 65-11 ½ on his sixth and final attempt. That mark would be the third-best toss in school history if duplicated in the regular season. Connor Jost also had a strong mark of 60-3 ¼. Sophomore Beatrice Asomaning had a PR in the women's weight, going 55-4 ¾ and Makayla Kelby threw 53-7 ¾.
Redshirt freshman Sam Van Peursem then impressed in the shot put, as he went 59-5 ¾ on his sixth throw for another would-be Top-10 mark, as that would put him No. 8.
Kelly Makin looked strong and aggressive in a victory in the 600-meters with a PR time of 1:32.55 with Marlena Preigh close behind in 1:33.21. Cass Elliott led the men's 600m wire to wire and cruised to a winning time of 1:19.96.
Kemuel Santana won a tight battle over 300-meters with Evan Mafilas, 33.97 to 34.05.
In a workout effort, seven Husky men ran the 3,000-meters between 8:15 and 8:17. Isaac Green, Alex Slenning, Luke Houser, Joe Waskom, Julius Diehr, Isaac Mohn, and Tibebu Proctor all crossed together as a group.
Freshman Lauren Heggen got off to a strong start in the triple jump, as she went an even 40-feet, a mark that would rank No. 8 in school history if done in an official meet. In the women's long jump, Jelani Heath went 18-10 for the win, while Eikeng jumped 18-6 ½ and Lopes went 18-0 ¼. Ollie Thorner jumped 21-10 ¾ on the men's side.