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Dempsey Season Concludes With Husky Classic

Feb 25, 2021

Husky Classic
Friday-Saturday, February 26-27
Dempsey Indoor

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SEATTLE – The Husky Classic closes out the 2021 Dempsey Indoor schedule this Friday and Saturday as the Washington track team looks to take advantage of one last opportunity for indoor competition. Several Huskies will be aiming to earn a spot in the NCAA Indoor Championships while the rest will be chasing PRs or building momentum for outdoor track.
Once again the two day meet will be divided into primarily field events on Friday, Feb. 26 and track events on Saturday, Feb. 27. The Husky Classic will also have the first multi-event competitions of the season. Friday's first event is the men's heptathlon 60-meters and starts at 10 a.m. Two running events will close out Friday: the women's mile at 5 and the men's 3,000m at 5:20 p.m. Saturday starts at 10 a.m. and runs through 2 p.m.
As has been the case at the first two meets, the limited fields will include Washington State and BYU, along with several professional and post-collegiate competitors.
In the multi-events on Friday, Ida Eikeng is set to compete in her first official pentathlon for the Dawgs, while Parker Kennedy is one of three entries in the heptathlon. Lyndsey Lopes is also entered in the pentathlon unattached.
The throwing events should be eventful as they have been all season so far. Freshman Jayden White goes into the meet in a tie for 16th-place in the weight throw, with 16 athletes making the cut for NCAAs, so a third-straight PR would be huge for the nation's second-ranked freshman. Connor Jost is also coming off a huge PR at the UW Invitational and Nolan Such, Sam Van Peursem, and Jonah Wilson are also all entered in the weight.
Van Peursem, Wilson, and Such will all be in the shot put as well as Ollie Thorner. Wilson heads into the weekend ranked 11th nationally so his first trip to NCAA Indoors looks solid, but Van Peursem comes in ranked 18th in the nation so the redshirt freshman will likely need another PR to make his first trip to nationals.
In the women's throws, MaKayla Kelby ranks 39th nationally after her No. 2 mark in school history of 51-11 at the UW Invitational. She is now just eight inches from the school record and will have another shot to close out this indoor season. Beatrice Asomaning made yet another big jump in her weight throw PR progression two weeks ago, adding four feet to go 61-10 ¼. She'll look to close her sophomore season with one more PR toss.
In the jumps and vault, Lauren Heggen and Jelani Heath will both long jump for the women, with Heggen also attacking the triple jump on Friday. Jaylen Taylor will tackle both the long and triple jumps on the men's side. The men's pole vault will once again have Chase Smith and Zach Shugart going unattached, along with Donald Jones, while Makenna Barton and Ashleigh Helms look for some season-bests in the women's vault.
The two Friday night races both have outstanding fields. Allie Schadler is set to race in the top women's mile heat against a pair of BYU Cougars and several pro runners. The second heat is set to feature Katie Rainsberger, Madison Heisterman, Kelly Makin, and Taylor Chiotti, who would be making her Husky debut.
In the men's 3,000-meters, Andrew Jordan will take a shot at posting an NCAA Indoor qualifying time. Jordan currently ranks 13th in the 5,000-meters.
Saturday, the men's mile will see new collegiate 1,500-meter record-holder Sam Tanner looking to post an NCAA Indoor qualifying time. The loaded field will also feature Daniel Maton looking to grab his first official sub-four mile time. The sophomore from New Zealand, Tanner, made history two weeks back at the New Balance Grand Prix in New York when he hit the Olympic Standard with a 1,500m time of 3:34.72, but with that Olympic qualifier secured, he can now turn his attention to NCAA competition, starting Saturday. A time under 3:58 will likely be needed to make it to nationals indoors.
The top heat of the women's 800-meters should be another great battle with Marlena Preigh mixing it up with several pros and BYU runners, with Kelly Makin in the field as well.
In the sprints, Evan Mafilas, Julian Body, Cass Elliott, and Jonathan Birchman all go at 400-meters with all but Elliott also racing at 200-meters along with Kemuel Santana. Birchman and Julian Body will also go in the 60-meter hurdles. Olivia Ribera and Darhian Mills go in the top heat of the women's 400-meters.