Huskies Fully Launch Into Outdoor Season At Two Meets
SEATTLE - After an appetizer of an outdoor opener on Saturday in West Seattle, the Husky Track and Field squad gets a couple main courses this week, traveling to a pair of meets for its first outdoor competitions outside of Seattle since 2019. The Huskies will spend their spring break running, jumping, and throwing at meets hosted by UCLA and North Carolina State.
Action starts on Wednesday at UCLA, which hosts the Jim Bush Legends Invitational at Drake Stadium. Field events start at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday and track events begin at 1 p.m. The Huskies will have their sprinters, throwers, jumpers, and multi-eventers at UCLA in a meet that includes the Bruins along with UC Riverside and UC Irvine.
Sprinters heading to Los Angeles include Olivia Ribera, Victoria Gersch, Aaliyah Wilson, and Darhian Mills for the women, and for the men Evan Mafilas, Kemuel Santana, Julian Body, and Jonathan Birchman.
Throwers entered at the Jim Bush include Pac-12 discus champion Elijah Mason, who would throw the discus for the first time since the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships, along with All-Americans Jonah Wilson and Jayden White, and Connor Jost, Sam Van Peursem, Nolan Such, and Dalton Sugg for the men. Women's throwers feature indoor shot put school record-holder MaKayla Kelby, Ginny Mehl, Beatrice Asomaning, Kathleen Horn, Tanya Simora, and Natalie Holmer.
Jumpers making the trip include Jaylen Taylor, Lauren Heggen, and Jelani Heat, and vaulters include Makenna Barton, Ashleigh Helms, Delaney Ezeji-Okoye, Donald Jones, and Zach Shugart. The multis group of Lyndsey Lopes, Ida Eikeng, Hannah Rusnak, Ollie Thorner, and Parker Kennedy are all set to compete in several events each.
The Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, North Carolina will have a much larger field with representatives of 70 teams converging on Paul Deer Track. The Husky distance runners will be looking to post some strong early season marks as they transition out of the indoor and cross country seasons less that finished less than two weeks back.
All of Washington's entries will be spread amongst the 800-meters, 1500-meters, 5000-meters, and 10,000-meters, with several athletes initially entered in multiple events. Thursday will feature the men's 1500-meters, the men's 5000-meters, and the women's 10,000-meters. Then Friday will reverse that, with the women's 1500- and 5000-meters, and the men's 10k races. Saturday will wrap up with 800-meter competition.
The Huskies making the trip to Raleigh include Katie Rainsberger, Marlena Preigh, Haley Herberg, Sophie O'Sullivan, Shona McCulloch, Naomi Smith, Camila David-Smith, Hannah Waskom, Kiera Marshall, and Andrea Markezich on the women's side. The men making the trip include Andrew Jordan, Isaac Green, Luke Houser, Mick Stanovsek, Julius Diehr, Joe Waskom, Isaach Mohn, Cruz Culpepper, Daniel Maton, and Leo Daschbach,