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Husky DMR Named National Athletes Of The Week

Feb 22, 2022

SEATTLE – Washington's men's distance medley relay is still making waves four days after its record-setting time. The quartet of Luke Houser, Anthony Smith, Cass Elliott, and Brian Fay today were named National Men's Athletes of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
 
Last weekend was unofficially a "DMR weekend" where many programs made it a priority to seek out the right setting to try and race a time that would ultimately stand in the top-12 for NCAA Indoor Championship qualification. The weekend resulted in the all-time collegiate top-10 in the men's distance medley relay undergoing a complete makeover, with Washington standing tallest.
 
The Huskies led an all-out assault on the record book on Friday night at the Arkansas Qualifier, as they finished first in a race that saw the top-3 teams crack the all-time top-5 performers and each of teams who competed carve their programs into the all-time top-10 performance list.
 
Washington stopped the clock in 9:21.10, good enough to become the third-fastest team in collegiate history with the fourth-fastest performance. Luke Houser (1200-meters; 2:52.90), Anthony Smith (400-meters; 46.72), Cass Elliott (800-meters; 1:48.68) and Brian Fay (1600-meters; 3:52.81) combined for that blistering effort.
 
Fay's final 1,600-meter split is the fastest officially recorded by the USTFCCCA in its list of the fastest DMR times in history, though not all races have officially timed splits.
 
Behind the Huskies, who won by more than one second, Alabama (9:22.43), Oklahoma State (9:22.70), Iowa State (9:24.07) and Arkansas (9:24.56) crossed the finish line in order. Those are now the fifth-, sixth-, eighth- and tenth-fastest performances in collegiate history.
 
Washington's men's squad also returned to No. 1 in the USTFCCCA Men's Mile Event Group rankings, which average out the marks for a team's top-four competitors in every individual event. With Joe Waskom lowering his PR down to 3:56.43 at the same Arkansas meet, the Huskies moved from No. 2 back up to No. 1 in the mile with four men (Fay, Kieran Lumb, Houser, and Waskom) who have all run sub-3:57.00.
 
It's the first USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week award for the Huskies since Olivia Gruver took the women's honor on Feb. 18, 2020.