Huskies And Cougars Renew Dual Tradition
2021 UW-WSU Dual Meet
Wednesday, April 21
Husky Outdoor Track
SEATTLE - One of the nation's longest-running track rivalries returns on Wednesday after a one-year pause, as Washington and Washington State clash in the Dual Meet, part of the Boeing Apple Cup Series. This will be the 101st battle between the men's squads, while the women's dual reaches its 41st installment. It will be the first collegiate meet at Husky Outdoor Track since the Ken Shannon Invitational on May 4, 2019.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, admission is only permitted for select athlete guests.
The first events will be the men's hammer throw and the women's high jump both starting at 10 a.m. The first running event, the men's 3,000m steeplechase, starts at 1:00 p.m. The meet should conclude around 4:10 p.m. with the women's 4x400m relay closing things out.
One of the few remaining D-I head-to-head track meets, the UW-WSU Dual uses a scoring format of 5 points for 1st-place, 3 for 2nd-place, and 1 for 3rd-place in every individual event. Relays are big as only the winning team gets 5 points. With 19 events per gender, there is a total of 163 points up for grabs, so a team reaching 82 points clinches the win.
Washington and Washington State's first track meet came in 1900, in a tri-meet that included Idaho. The first head-to-head meeting came the next year in 1901 which the Huskies won in Seattle, 96 to 26. The UW men won 14 of the first 16 Duals, but the Cougars dominated a 20 year stretch from 1976 to 1995, winning 19 men's duals in a row. The Husky men have won six of the past seven Dual Meets. WSU has the overall men's lead, 59-40-1 but the Huskies have a 25-22 lead in Seattle.
On the women's side, the Dawgs won the first six dual meets, and 15 of the first 18, before WSU won 10 of the next 11. The teams have now split over the past ten years, with UW winning four of the past five. The Huskies hold the edge in the women's race, 22-18, and have a 11-7 lead in Seattle.
At the most recent Dual Meet back in 2019, also in Seattle, both the Husky men and women scored over 100 points, the first time that has happened in the same Dual, and the Washington women posted their largest victory ever against the rival Cougars, by a 108-55 margin.