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Huskies Win DMR, Weights, Sprints In Invite Opener

Jan 28, 2022

UW Invitational
Friday-Saturday, Jan. 28-29
Dempsey Indoor

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SEATTLE – If the UW Invitational had wrapped up tonight, the Husky track and field squad would have felt pleased with a job well done. But there's still a full day of competition on Saturday, which goes to show how well the Huskies performed on the opening evening. Multiple wins in the sprints and throwing events was capped by a stellar winning run from the women's distance medley relay in the Dempsey indoor facility.
For the first time this season, the distance medley relays took to the Dempsey stage, always one of the marquee races for the Huskies. The women put an 'A' team together tonight, with Madison Heisterman, Carley Thomas, Anna Gibson, and Allie Schadler taking the stick in turn.

Heisterman, coming off her NCAA-leading mile run from two weeks ago, gave UW the lead over a talented BYU squad in the opening leg. Thomas rolled through her 400-meter leg and handed to Gibson, who battled one of the NCAA's top 800-meter runners, passing to Schadler right behind the Cougars. Schadler waited behind the BYU anchor for a couple laps before passing with two laps to go, and gradually she pulled away to win by six seconds in 11:00.83. That's the fifth-fastest time in UW history for the quartet, and will put the Huskies squarely in the mix for an NCAA ticket, currently ranking second nationally.
For over forty years, Hall of Famer Scott Neilson was the only Husky weight thrower to pass the 70-foot mark, and the 21-meter mark. Now in the past two seasons he's been joined by not one, but two Dawgs. Last season, freshman Jayden White broke Neilson's record that had stood since 1979 with a best of 71-8 ¼.
A year ago, Connor Jost had a breakout season of his own and moved to third in school history with a mark of 67-11. But today Jost left that PR in the dust, as he launched three past his old PR, starting with his first throw of the day which went 70-5 ¾. On his third throw, he added about another inch, going 70-6 ½, and his final toss traveled 69-8 ¾. The day's best of 70-6 ½ puts the sixth-year senior into 10th on the current NCAA descending list, and improves his No. 3 all-time program ranking.

Beatrice Asomaning picked up her first PR of the season in the weight throw, and surpassed the 19-meter mark for the first time. She threw 19.10-meters, converting to 62-feet, 8-inches, which improves upon her No. 4 all-time mark in school history. Asomaning's second-best mark of 18.93-meters was also better than her old PR.
The first winner of the day for the Dawgs was Aaliyah Wilson, who posted a season-best time of 8.67 to take the women's 60m hurdles.
Another sprints victory came from freshman Anthony Smith, who was half a second ahead of the rest of the field in the 200-meters. He won in a time of 21.61 seconds, just a tenth of a second away from the 10th spot on the Husky top-10.
In the women's 200-meters, Victoria Gersch was second overall in 25.06, and Olivia Ribera made her season debut with a third-place time of 25.10. Danielle Hunter was eighth in 25.54.
The Huskies also got a strong run from junior Isaac Mohn in the 5,000-meters.  He was sixth overall in a time of 14:16.27.
Day two of the UW Invitational gets underway at 9:30 a.m. and will be televised live on