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Milers Close Dempsey Opener With A Bang

Jan 15, 2022

SEATTLE – Husky distance runners Madison Heisterman and Kieran Lumb each took over the top spot in the women's and men's NCAA mile rankings this evening, as their gritty runs around the Dempsey highlighted the first home meet of the season for the Washington track and field team.
 
Heisterman was the top women's collegiate finisher in the women's mile at today's UW Indoor Preview, posting a five-second PR of 4:34.51, taking the early NCAA lead and climbing from No. 10 to No. 4 in school history. And close behind her was junior teammate Anna Gibson, who had a six-second PR of 4:37.95 and goes to No. 2 this season nationally, and No. 9 in school history.
 
Minutes later in the top heat of the men's mile, which was the final event of the long day of competition, Lumb, the University of British Columbia transfer who won the West Region cross country championship in the fall, wowed in his first track race as a Dawg. He took control after the pace setters moved off the track, and took the victory in an NCAA-leading time of 3:55.53, the third-fastest time in Husky history. It also ranks as the ninth-fastest mile in Dempsey Indoor history.
 
Lumb became the twelfth Husky to break the sub-four-minute mile barrier, and the thirteenth came less than two seconds later, as Luke Houser finished fifth in the same race and also shattered the four-minute mark for the first time in 3:57.17. That puts Houser fourth all-time among Husky milers, right behind Lumb.

 
The other big highlight of the miles was who came across first in the women's top heat. Former Husky great and 2021 Tokyo Olympian Amy-Eloise Markovc (formerly Neale) made a brilliant return to the Dempsey and got the victory in a time of 4:30.78. Her collegiate mile PR of 4:34.15 still ranks No. 3 in UW history, one spot ahead of where Heisterman now ranks.
 
Sophomore Carley Thomas also ran away with the second heat of the women's mile tonight, winning with a time of 4:46.18, and Sophie O'Sullivan came through in 4:49.09, which was 13 seconds faster than her season opening mile last year. Julia David-Smith, running unattached, also had a solid mile time of 4:52.70.

 
Highlights earlier in the day came from the sprints group, where Aaliyah Wilson won the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.47 seconds, and Ida Eikeng rolled to a 60-meter hurdles win in 8.32 seconds. Freshman Anthony Smith was fifth overall in the 60m final in his Dempsey debut in 6.86 seconds, and Cass Elliott was the men's 400m winner in 48.98.
 
Sophomore Jayden White picked right up where his freshman season left off in the weight throw, as he launched the winning toss just over 70-feet, at 70-1 ½, to go to No. 7 in the NCAA so far this season. Connor Jost was just a foot off his PR with a best of 66-1 ½. The Huskies also went 1-2 in the men's shot put, as Sam Van Peursem had a best of 58-10 ¾, and Nolan Such had an indoor PR of 54-0 ½.
 
On the women's side, Beatrice Asomaning had the first win of the Dempsey season in the weight throw, as she threw 58-10 ¼. Freshman Yvonne Colson was third, competing unattached, at 50-3 ¼.
 
Makenna Barton picked up a victory in the women's pole vault, going 13-2 ¼, while Delaney Ezeji-Okoye was third at 12-2 ½ and Holland Pilukas and Ashleigh Helms both made 11-8 ½. Eikeng had a strong long jump series to go with her hurdles win, going 18-8 ½ to take second-place. Freshman Jami Schlueter competed unattached in the long jump and hurdles for the men, long jumping 22-3 ½ and going 8.42 in the hurdles.

 
More distance highlights came in the 3,000-meters, where All-Americans Allie Schadler and Haley Herberg pushed the pace in the top women's heat. Schadler finished up in third today in 9:14.45, and Herberg was sixth in 9:19.96. Sophie Cantine also posted a time of 9:31.31 for eighth-place.
 
On the men's side, five men went under the old Meet Record, including volunteer assistant coach Sam Prakel who was second in 7:46.06. In the second heat, sophomore Sam Affolder finally got to enjoy his first Dempsey race, and he made it an impressive one, running 8:04.58 for second in his heat. Isaac Mohn also took third in the third heat in 8:16.91.