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Tanner Rolls To NCAAs With 3:55 Mile

Feb 27, 2021

Complete Results

SEATTLE – Sophomore Sam Tanner smiled his way to one of the fastest miles in UW and Dempsey history today, as the Collegiate 1,500-meter Record-holder took care of business and earned his ticket to nationals with an outstanding 3:55.23. Tanner crossed the line with an easy smile on his face after holding off a strong challenge from BYU's Lucas Bons who also earned his place at nationals in 3:55.45.
 
The two blazing mile times were the highlight of the final day of the Husky Classic, and the final day of the Dempsey Indoor season for UW Track. Tanner's time was the fifth-fastest mile in Dempsey history and third-fastest by a collegiate athlete, just behind UW's own Izaic Yorks (3:53.89) and Stanford's Sean McGorty (3:53.95) from the same race in 2016.
 
"With 200-meters to go I yelled to Sam that he would need a 29-second final 200-meters and he just smiled at me," said Head Coach Andy Powell. "That's about as easy as you'll see a 3:55 mile look."
 
It was the second straight day that the Huskies saw the No. 2 mile time in school history, as Allie Schadler ran the women's No. 2 mark last night in 4:31.21.
 
Tanner, who hit the Olympic Standard with an indoor 1,500-meter time of 3:34.72 two weeks ago in New York, came in with a goal of running under 3:58 today to make the 16-man field for NCAA Indoors. He easily achieved that with the fourth-fastest mile in the NCAA this season.
 
"A 3:55 any day is good, can't complain, happy to go to nationals," said Tanner." I knew I could get the qualifier so I just went out and wanted to race nice and relaxed and then pick it up the final 800."
 
Sophomore Marlena Preigh ran a great race in the women's 800-meters today, dropping her PR to 2:06.06 and climbing up to the No. 3 spot in school history. That mark would have tied for 15th coming into the day but may be bumped just outside the top-16 based on results in the Dempsey and elsewhere. Still it will was a big season-best for Preigh who previously had run 2:07.77 this season and her closest yet to breaking 2:06.
 
The Husky sprinters closed their indoor season with numerous season and personal-bests. Kemuel Santana started with a season-best 6.93 seconds in the 60-meters and then he ran an indoor PR of 21.58 in the 200-meters.
 
Cass Elliott ran a season-best 400-meters of 48.35 with Jonathan Birchman going 49.77. Julian Body had a win in the 60m hurdles in a season-best 8.04 seconds and Birchman also PR'd at 8.21.
 
On the women's side, Olivia Ribera posted a season-best 400-meters of 56.23 just ahead of Darhian Mills who ran 56.88 unattached.
 
Parker Kennedy wrapped up another strong two-day heptathlon effort today. He started with a 60m hurdles time of 8.79 seconds and then had a nice pole vault make of 15-5. Kennedy took the final 1,000-meters win in a time of 2:47.59 to finish with a final score of 5,231 points.
 
The Huskies will now go through the declaration process to determine which athletes will officially land themselves a spot at indoor nationals, which will be held Mar. 11-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.
 
Meanwhile, the Huskies will also be hosting the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships next Friday, Mar. 5, at Chambers Creek Park in University Place.