Top NCAA Marks For Day One Of UW Invite
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SEATTLE – The weather outside just got colder, but the Dempsey track still remained hot this evening as several NCAA leading times were posted and numerous athletes likely secured a spot at nationals via today's UW Invitational. The men's 5,000-meters ended the night and saw a whopping four Huskies put their names in the UW top-10 list, with five putting themselves into the NCAA top-16 mix for indoor nationals consideration.
The men's 5k turned into almost a dual meet between the Husky distance runners, with a cross country team currently ranked ninth nationally, and the No. 1-ranked BYU cross country squad, most of which was racing on the track today. BYU took the top three spots, with the three fastest times in the NCAA this year, including a Dempsey Record 13:28.00 by Conner Mantz, but Washington then had six finishers before the fourth BYU runner crossed.
Andrew Jordan led the Husky charge with a time of 13:44.70, putting him fourth in the Husky all-time top-10 list. Isaac Green had nothing longer than a mile on his track PR list until tonight, when he busted out a 13:47.41 to go to No. 5 in school history. Luke Houser was just a couple tenths of a second back with a 13:47.68 which now slots him at No. 7, then redshirt freshman Joe Waskom earned himself the No. 9 position with a big PR of 13:52.36.
Running unattached, Julius Diehr kept the PR train going with a 13:53.30. Not far from joining the top-10 was Alex Slenning, who PR'd in 13:54.76, a time that would have been ninth-fastest in school history were it not for the new marks also run today. Tibebu Proctor also had a 14-second indoor PR of 14:00.38.
"Today started with some really great marks from our throwers, then it culminated with some huge performances from really our cross country team running the 5k against BYU, the No. 1 team in the country," said Head Coach Andy Powell. "It shows how fast our track is, I think we may have 10 of the top-16 times in the NCAA right now and we'll have five guys in there so that was really great."
The women's 3,000-meters also saw an NCAA leading time from BYU's Courtney Wayment in 8:54.90, and Husky All-American Allie Schadler will go to No. 4 in the NCAA as she broke nine minutes for the first time in 8:58.13, third-fastest in school history. Haley Herberg also had a 3k PR tonight in 9:16.39 and freshman Naomi Smith was right behind in 9:17.94.
Hannah Waskom shaved a few tenths off her 3k PR with a run of 9:40.59, with Camila David-Smith clocking 9:48.96, Andrea Markezich going 9:56.80, and Kiera Marshall running 10:00.18 as the group has gone back and forth between cross country and track.
"For Allie Schadler to run 8:58 in the middle of February, her first one when she's working hard still, it's a really good sign for her season and her trajectory," said Director of Track & Field Maurica Powell. "Then we had six more cross country runners who were able to tune up and sort of use it as a workout and en route to that, Haley Herberg and Naomi Smith were great and PR'd. Naomi, 9:17 is a great mark for a freshman, Hannah Waskom had a mini PR, and we'll come back tomorrow with some miles and some 800s."
Weight throw fireworks started right off the bat just like they did at the UW Indoor Preview. Freshman Jayden White, who had the best weight throw mark by a Husky in 42 years in his debut, bettered that mark today with his third round heave of 69-feet, 10.75-inches, nearly becoming just the second Husky to reach 70-feet. It will raise him up a couple spots to No. 15 in the NCAA this season.
Another huge roar came when senior Connor Jost uncorked his fifth round throw. Already having PR'd twice in rounds three and four, Jost went out to 64-7 ¼ in the fifth round and had an ecstatic moment of celebration with his teammates. Jost came into the day wit ha PR of 61-8 ½ set just two weeks ago, so to add nearly three feet to that in his senior season was thrilling for the Gig Harbor native.
Soon afterwards in the women's weight throw, sophomore Beatrice Asomaning continued her fast upward trajectory as she added four feet to her PR on her first attempt and then on her next throw she added eight more inches to that, getting a mark of 61-10 ¼ and becoming the fourth Husky women's thrower to surpass 60-feet.
All-American Jonah Wilson donned a uniform for the first time since the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships today, after he competed unattached in the 2020 indoor season. Wilson won his return to the shot put with a best toss of 64-2 ¼, not quite his personal best indoors, but officially in uniform it was a new best and it moved him to No. 3 in school history, and also jumped him up to No. 9 in the NCAA so far this season.
Redshirt freshman Sam Van Peursem took second in the shot at 59-3 ½, and freshman Nolan Such got a new season's-best on his last attempt, going 53-9.
"I was really happy for our throwers," Powell said. "It's great to see some PRs there and really happy to see Jonah out there with his first throws in a long time, and get up onto the indoor list."
Then in the final field event, the women's shot put, sophomore Makayla Kelby crept her way closer to the UW school record, as she posted a new personal-best of 51-feet, 11-inches, going up to No. 2 in school history. Kelby needs just eight more inches to catch Jennifer Ponath's 1988 record of 52-7 ½.
"Makayla and Beatrice both keep moving up our top-10 lists and they're still so young so it's awesome to see," said Maurica Powell.
Jaylen Taylor improved on his triple jump opener today as he went 47-3 ½, while freshman Lauren Heggen followed up her season-opening 40-foot triple jump from two weeks back with another solid best today of 39-5.
In the pole vaults, Makenna Barton took second and was the top collegiate finisher with a make of 12-8 ¼, and sophomore Ashleigh Helms made 12-2 ½. On the men's side, Chase Smith won with a clearance of 17-1 ¾ competing unattached. Zach Shugart cleared 16-2 unattached, and Donald Jones made 15-2 ¼.