Teams Travel Far And Wide For Husky Classic
2022 Husky Classic
Feb. 11-12 | Dempsey Indoor
SEATTLE -- The best fields to hit the Dempsey since the end of the 2020 season are assembling for this week's Husky Classic. The third of four meets on UW's indoor home schedule, the Husky Classic will take over the Dempsey this Friday and Saturday and is sure to produce many of the NCAA's top qualifying times across the board, and especially in the distance events, where the heats will be coming in hot.
On Friday, action begins at 2 p.m. and will go until approximately 9 p.m. The first night will end with the invitational heats in the 5,000-meters and 3,000-meters, two of the highlight events of the weekend. The weight throws and high jumps will also take place on Friday. Saturday starts at 10 a.m. with the field events, while the first running event starts at 11:30 a.m., with action closing out around 4 p.m.
The huge fields include full or partial squads from Arkansas, Boise State, BYU, California, Colorado, Fresno State, Gonzaga, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Portland, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington State, Wyoming, plus many more.
The Huskies will have nearly fifty athletes in action.
In the women's sprints, Aaliyah Wilson will go for a third-straight win in the 60-meter dash, looking to get under 7.40 for the first time this season. Danielle Hunter will also run the 60m. Victoria Gersch is entered in the 400-meters. Wilson and Ida Eikeng will both be in the 60m hurdles along with Hannah Rusnak unattached.
The women's 800-meters will see Carley Thomas looking to improve on her 2:05.40 season-best in a talented top heat. The top women's mile heat is loaded with women with sub-4:40 bests. Madison Heisterman and Anna Gibson, currently fifth and 25th nationally, will look for even faster PRs. Taylor Chiotti and Sophie Cantine will run in heat six of nine.
Allie Schadler will aim for a nationals qualifier in the 3,000-meters top heat, with former teammate and pro runner Katie Rainsberger returning to the Dempsey and racing in that heat. Haley Herberg steps up to the 5,000-meters on Friday and will also chase a nationals qualifier at that distance. Andrea Markezich and Camila David-Smith are also entered in the first heat of the 5k.
In the jumps, the women's pole vault will be one to watch again as Makenna Barton, Ashleigh Helms, Delaney Ezeji-Okoye, and Holland Pilukas compete in a talented field. Jelani Heat, Rusnak, and Camille Duckett will go in the long jump.
MaKayla Kelby goes in the shot put where she ranks 30th nationally. Eikeng will throw as well, along with freshman Kaia Tupu-South, competing unattached. The weight throw will have Beatrice Asomaning looking for a third-straight PR.
On the men's side, Anthony Smith goes in the 60-meters while the 400-meters will feature Jonathan Birchman, Sam Baricevic, and Matthew Wilkinson. Freshman Jami Schluter will hurdle unattached.
Cass Elliott moves back up to the 800-meters after running the 400m last week in Spokane. The mile will be full of Dawgs. 3:57 miler Luke Houser will be in the top heat, looking to go even faster to earn a trip to nationals. Joe Waskom, Isaac Green, Sam Affolder, and Talon Hull are all entered in earlier heats as well, along with former Husky All-American Mick Stanovsek.
Waskom, Affolder, and Hull are also entered in the 3,000-meters, as is Tibebu Proctor, Isaac Mohn, and Dereje Himbabo. In the 5k, Brian Fay moves up to the distance after his 3:55 mile two weeks ago. Green is also entered in the 5k where he is the UW outdoor record-holder.
In the jumps, Samuel Care, Donald Jones, and Ollie Thorner are entered in the vault, with Schlueter unattached in the high jump and long jump. Jaylen Taylor takes on the triple jump for the Dawgs.
In the shot put, Sam Van Peursem is coming off a big season-best, going over 60-feet in Nebraska last week. All-American Jonah Wilson is entered as well for what would be his season debut. Nolan Such and Thorner are also in the shot field. In the weight throw, Jayden White and Connor Jost, both ranking in the top-16 nationally look to improve their standing on the descending order lists.