Big Fields Assembled For UW Invitational
Friday-Saturday, Jan. 28-29
SEATTLE -- The second Dempsey Indoor meet of the season--the UW Invitational--is on tap, with large and deep fields ready for action this Friday and Saturday. More than seven-hundred athletes are entered, including more than fifty Washington athletes set on improving on their season opener or hunting for NCAA qualifying marks.
Friday's action begins at 3 p.m. and will feature the 60m hurdles, 200-meters, and the first 5,000-meter races and distance medley relays held this year in the Dempsey, as well as the weight throws and high jumps. Saturday gets going again at 9:30 a.m. and will continue until approximately 4:30 p.m.
Teams from near and far are sending full or partial squads to the Dempsey this weekend. From the Pac-12, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, and Washington State will all be represented. Other notable teams coming in are Boise State, BYU, Gonzaga, Northern Arizona, Portland, San Francisco, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, and Utah State. The PNW will be well represented as well, with large contingents from Seattle U., SPU, Western Washington, Western Oregon, Central Washington, and George Fox.
Some of the largest sprints fields of the year will go this weekend. On the women's side, UW will feature Aaliyah Wilson, Victoria Gersch, Danielle Hunter, and Olivia Ribera in the 60m, 200m, and 400m, with Wilson and Ida Eikeng in the 60m hurdles. Freshman Anthony Smith will run the 200m and 400m for the men.
The mid-distances will be highlighted by more elite mile fields, and some thrillers lined up in the 800-meters as well. School record-holder Carley Thomas is entered in the women's 800m top heat along with Madison Heisterman and Anna Gibson, coming off big mile PRs. Marlena Preigh is in the fourth of the five heats. Cass Elliott is set to run in the top men's 800-meter heat. One week after Heisterman and Gibson posted the two top mile times in the NCAA, All-American Allie Schadler will take her turn at the mile, along with Haley Herberg, Taylor Chiotti, and another mile run for Sophie O'Sullivan. After Kieran Lumb and Luke Houser joined the sub-four mile club two weeks ago, a copule more Huskies could be knocking on the door as well, as Brian Fay, already a sub-four miler prior to coming to UW, is in the top mile heat, and Joe Waskom is in the second-seeded heat.
The women will mostly steer clear of the longer distances this week with a few exceptions. Camila David-Smith and Andrea Markezich will run the 3,000-meters, with Rosalie Fish entered unattached. The top heat of the men's 3k features Luke Houser, Sam Affolder, and Waskom, with Isaac Green and Tibebu Proctor in earlier heats. Isaac Mohn and Dereje Himbago step up to the 5k. The women's distance medley relay should once again be a big showdown between BYU, Utah, and the Huskies on Friday night, as they chase NCAA Indoor qualifying times.
In the women's jumps, Ida Eikeng and Hannah Rusnak go in the high jump, while Ashley Helms, Makenna Barton, Holland Pilukas, and Delaney Ezeji-Okoye all go in the pole vault. Camille Duckett is entered in the long jump as is Jelani Heath, unattached. On the men's side, Sam Care and Donald Jones will pole vault, and freshman Jami Schlueter will go in the high and long jumps, unattached. Jaylen Taylor is scheduled to triple jump for the first time this season.
MaKayla Kelby and Ida Eikeng will put the shot, along with freshman Kaia Tupu-South and Hannah Rusnak both competing unattached, and Beatrice Asomaning looks for a second-straight win in the weight throw. Sam Van Peursem goes in the men's shot put and the weight throw along with Connor Jost.