Dempsey Season Hits Ground Running Saturday
UW Indoor Preview
Saturday, January 15
SEATTLE -- The Dempsey doors reopen this Saturday for the first Husky home indoor meet of 2022. Washington welcomes in its largest fields since the 2020 season for the UW Indoor Preview, which will get underway at 9 a.m. in the Dempsey and run all day until approximately 4:45 p.m.
The first of four meets set for the Dempsey this winter, the UW Indoor Preview will feature a large group of Huskies making their season debuts, joined by teams including Stanford, Washington State, Princeton, Oregon State, Boise State, Portland, Western Washington, Seattle U, Seattle Pacific, Simon Fraser, and Western Oregon. A number of professional and post-collegiate athletes will also compete on Saturday, including former Husky and 2021 Olympian Amy-Eloise Neale.
The women's triple jump, men's long jump, and women's weight throw all start at 9 a.m. with the first running events getting underway at 10 a.m.
A few Husky sprinters had openers in Spokane back in December, but several more will get into the blocks for the first time Saturday. The women will have Aaliyah Wilson and freshman Danielle Hunter in the 60-meters, then Wilson, Hunter, Victoria Gersch, and Olivia Ribera in the 200-meters along with redshirt freshman Camille Duckett. Wilson and heptathlon All-American Ida Eikeng will run the 60m hurdles. Freshman Anthony Smith goes at 60-metesr and 200-meters and Cass Elliott is entered at 400-meters. Multis Ollie Thorner and Jami Schlueter (unattached) run the 60m hurdles.
In the distances, several Huskies who raced last at the NCAA Cross Country Championships get back in action. On the women's side, NCAA competitors Madison Heisterman and Anna Gibson are in the top women's mile heat, with Taylor Chiotti and Sophie O'Sullivan in heat two. All-Americans Allie Schadler and Haley Herberg plus NCAA scorer Sophie Cantine are set for a deep 3k heat, with Camila David-Smith in the second heat. Elle Rutherford and Marlena Preigh are also entered at 600-meters. For the men, West Region Champ Kieran Lumb, Luke Houser, and Joe Waskom are entered in the mile. The 3,000-meters will have very strong fields featuring All-American Brian Fay, Sam Affolder, and Isaac Mohn, plus freshman Dereje Himbago.
In the women's vault and jumps, Pac-12 Champion Makenna Barton competes for the first time at home after she opened with a strong 13-7 clearance in Spokane. Ashley Helms, Delaney Ezeji-Okoye, and Holland Pilukas are all entered as well. Camille Duckett is set to long jump for the first time after missing the 2021 season, as will Ida Eikeng, and sophomore Lauren Heggen will long jump and triple jump on Saturday. Jaylen Taylor will open his senior season long jumping, along with multi eventers Thorner and Schlueter. Thorner will also pole vault for the men.
School record-holder MaKayla Kelby will lead the Dawgs in the women's shot put, along with freshman Kaia Tupu-South, and Hannah Rusnak competing unattached. Beatrice Asomaning will throw the weight coming off a solid opener in Spokane. For the men, NCAA All-American Jayden White starts his sophomore season in the weight, joined by Connor Jost and Sam Van Peursem. Van Peursem and Nolan Such will also go in the shot put.