Huskies Look To Take Next Steps At UW Invite
Friday-Saturday, February 12-13
SEATTLE - After getting a baseline in their first meet in nearly a year, the Husky track and field team can now look to build some momentum at this weekend's UW Invitational in the Dempsey. Washington will once again be joined by Washington State and BYU for reduced fields in order to comply with Covid-19 protocols, but that didn't stop the teams from posting some of the top marks in the NCAA two weeks ago, and this weekend figures to be no different.
Once again the field events and track events will be generally split between Friday and Saturday. Friday's field event portion will start at 2 p.m. and continue until approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday will be all track events from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The exception will be a couple races held Friday night after the end of field action. The women's 3k and the men's 5k are set for 7 and 7:30 on Friday night, and both will have outstanding fields.
In Friday's field events, the women will send Ida Eikeng and Lyndsey Lopes to get some work in the high jump, and the women's pole vault will feature Makenn Barton, and Ashleigh Helms. Jelani Heath will take part in the long jump, with freshman Lauren Heggen looking to build on her 40-foot triple jump debut.
In the men's jumps, Parker Kennedy and Donald Jones will be in uniform in the pole vault, while Chase Smith and Zach Shugart compete unattached. Jaylen Taylor will be the one competitor in the men's triple jump.
Makayla Kelby was over 51-feet in her season shot put debut at the Preview, and she'll lead the field into Friday's competition, joined by Morgan Herrera and Eikeng and Lopes. Beatrice Asomaning added a couple feet to her weight throw PR two weeks ago and she will try to build on that again, joined by Herrera and Anna Schander.
In the men's throws, All-American Jonah Wilson is set to compete in uniform in the shot put for what would be the first time since the 2019 NCAA Outdoor meet, as he competed unattached last indoor season. He'll be joined by freshman record-breaker Sam Van Peursem who went to No. 5 behind Wilson with his opener of 62-10 3/4 two weeks ago. Nolan Such and Parker Kennedy will also put the shot.
Freshman Jayden White, who launched the best weight throw by a Husky in 42 years, will toss it again on Friday, trying to climb higher into the top-16 nationally. Connor Jost also PR'd in the opener and went to No. 9 in school history and he'll be after another improvement.
Friday field events will give way to a couple of marquee track events to end the first night. In the women's 3,000-meters, thirty entries include All-American Allie Schadler, and UW's lineup from the cross country opener back on Feb. 1, including top-10 finishers Haley Herberg and Naomi Smith, plus Andrea Markezich, Hannah Waskom, Kiera Marshall, and Camila David-Smith. Volunteer assistant Alli Cash will be in the field as will former UW All-Americans Mel Lawrence and Eleanor Fulton.
Twenty-three men are currently entered in Friday night's 5k, including Huskies Joe Waskom, Luke Houser, Andrew Jordan, Gavin Parpart, Isaac Green, Tibebu Proctor, Alex Slenning, Julius Diehr, Isaac Mohn, and true freshman Leo Daschbach, entered unattached. A slew of men from BYU's No. 1-ranked cross country team will make for a great race.
Saturday's track events start with the sprints. Kemuel Santana and Evan Mafilas are both entered in the 60m, 200m, and the 400-meters, with Julian Body and Jonathan Birchman in the 200m and 400m as well. On the women's side, Olivia Ribera will run the 400-meters along with Darhian Mills, racing unattached.
Body, Birchman, and Kennedy are all entered in the 60m hurdles.
In the mid-distances, Marlena Preigh will go at 800-meters, while the women's mile has another strong field. Katie Rainsberger, Kelly Makin, and Madison Heisterman will all be hunting season-bests.
The men's mile includes new sub-four miler Cruz Culpepper alongside another Husky sub-four miler in Mick Stanovsek, running unattached, as well as Daniel Maton.