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Huskies Win Six Events In Spokane

Dec 11, 2021

SEATTLE -- A group of thirteen Huskies headed over the Cascades and made it to Spokane to take part in another early season indoor opportunity, the Spokane Invitational, held at a newly constructed facility called The Podium. Six Huskies got individual wins today with a number of outstanding season-openers.

The Dempsey Indoor season is still a month away from starting the UW indoor home slate, but the Huskies aren't wasting any time getting early marks up among the nation's best.

2021 Pac-12 Champion Makenna Barton had an indoor PR today of 13-7 1/4 to win the women's pole vault. That goes to No. 6 in the current NCAA descending order list. Also in the field was freshman Holland Pilukas, who made 11-9 3/4.

Aaliyah Wilson made quick work of two 60-meter runs, as she won her preliminary heat in a time of 7.44 seconds and then won the final in 7.42. That puts her seventh nationally heading into the weekend.

Veteran throwers MaKayla Kelby and Beatrice Asomaning swept the shot put and weight throw titles. Kelby opened up her season with a shot put best of 51-9 3/4 to go to No. 8 in the NCAA thus far, and Asomaning had two throws over 60-feet in the weight throw, winning at 60-3 3/4.

Two freshmen sprinters had excellent collegiate debuts today. Danielle Hunter was second in the women's 200-meters in 24.96, then Anthony Smith got a win in the men's 200-meters in 21.73.

Another victory came from Cass Elliott who stepped back up to the 800-meters as has been his standard operating procedure indoors. Elliott rolled to a win in 1:51.98.

All-American Ida Eikeng had a typically busy day, doing three events on Saturday. She first long jumped 18-3 1/4 to take third, then she won her 60-meter hurdles prelim in 8.55 seconds. Eikeng skipped the hurdles final, but moved over to the shot put where she was second behind Kelby with a best of 43-5 3/4.

Ida Eikeng competed for the first time since taking fifth at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon.

Men's multi-eventer Ollie Thorner took fifth in the pole vault, clearing 15-7, and was 10th in the long jump at 21-1 1/4.

In the men's 400-meters, Jonathan Birchman took third in 49.75, and Sam Baricevic was sixth in 50.27.