Huskies Win Ten Events At Outdoor Opener
SEATTLE – For the first time in twenty-one months, some Husky track and field athletes went outside today. After the entire outdoor season was canceled a year ago, Washington finally got back to outdoor track today with a small group competing well in West Seattle at the Doris Heritage Festival hosted by SPU. The Huskies won nine events today, with sprinters, throwers, and multi-eventers getting some great season-opening marks.
Ida Eikeng, the multi-eventer, had herself a busy day in winning the javelin and shot put and taking third in the high jump behind her teammates. Eikeng showed just how much she loves adding the javelin to her outdoor workload. The sophomore launched her first attempt 164-feet, 7-inches. That mark ranks fourth-best in school history and was the best javelin throw for a Husky since 2011. She followed up with tosses of 162-9 and 155-8. The 164-7 mark would rank ninth in the NCAA this season based on marks entering the weekend.
Redshirt freshman Tanya Simora took third in the javelin at 145-10, Kathleen Horn was fifth at 142-9, and Natalie Holmer was seventh at 132-2, with all three making their long-awaited Husky debuts. Multi-events Lyndsey Lopes and Lauren Heggen also threw, Lopes going 117-1 and Heggen 83-6.
In the men's javelin, Dalton Sugg finally got to don the Husky singlet for the first time in three years, following a year of injury recovery and then the pandemic. He came through with a win in his first meet back, throwing a best of 202-8.
White won his first hammer throw competition with a best of 198-2. Connor Jost was second with a toss of 175-9 and Sam Van Peursem took fourth at 174-1. In the women's hammer, Ginny Mehl took second in her first time throwing the implement, going 151-8, and Beatrice Asomaning was third at 146-3.
Eikeng got another win, in the women's shot put, going 43-8 ½. Hannah Rusnak was third with a best of 39-11 ½ and Lopes threw 33-7 ½ in the shot.
The trio then moved over to the high jump. Eikeng and Lopes both made it over 5-5, while Rusnak got one more bar, clearing 5-7 for the win. The three were the top-three finishers in the event.
Late in the afternoon, the Husky sprinters closed things out with four consecutive event titles.
First in the men's 400-meter hurdles, senior Julian Body got a win in 53.60 seconds in his first official race in uniform after competing unattached through the indoor season. Freshman Jonathan Birchman was right behind in second in 53.78.
Senior All-American Darhian Mills got to race the 400m hurdles for the first time since the 2019 NCAA Outdoor final. She opened up a huge lead by the second hurdle and went on to win in a time of 60.60 seconds.
Evan Mafilas ran away with the 200-meter dash in 21.85 seconds despite a -0.7 headwind. Then Olivia Ribera won the women's 200-meters in 24.79 with senior transfer Victoria Gersch making her Husky debut and winning her heat in 25.62.
Decathlete Parker Kennedy also got some sprint work in, taking third in the 400-meters in 49.95 and coming back to run the 200-meters in 23.24. Fellow decathlete Ollie Thorner went 37-5 on his best shot put.
The final win of the day came from freshman Lauren Heggen in the women's long jump. She went 18-3 3/4 to get the victory. Jelani Heath jumped 18-0 1/2.