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Dempsey Wraps With Inaugural Pac-12 Invitational

Feb 24, 2022

Pac-12 Invitational
Friday-Saturday, Feb. 25-26
Dempsey Indoor

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SEATTLE -- Every team in the Pac-12 is Dempsey-bound this weekend as Washington's indoor home season finishes up with the inaugural Pac-12 Invitational. The meet, taking place Friday and Saturday, will be a final chance for the conference's athletes to secure a trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships or to close the indoor season with season- or personal-bests.

The Pac-12 Invitational is not an official conference championship, as the conference does not sponsor indoor track. But the conference teams have still come together to help put the strongest fields possible together this weekend in the hopes of building a strong Pac-12 presence at nationals. A select few professional athletes will also be in the meet, and unattached competitors are also permitted.

Action begins in the Dempsey at 12 noon on Friday and will continue until approximately 7:30 p.m. that night. Saturday gets underway at 10 a.m. and should be wrapped up by 3 p.m. Runnerspace.com will provide live video coverage once again for a subscription.

Athletes on the cusp of NCAA inclusion will have eyes on the No. 16 marks nationally in their event heading into the weekend. The top-16 individuals in every event, and top-12 relays, advance to Birmingham, Ala. for the NCAA Indoor Championships, held on Mar. 11-12.

In the most recent USTFCCCA national rankings, the Husky men's team is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team at No. 14. Oregon ranks 16th, USC comes in at 20th and Arizona State is No. 24. The Husky women's team is No. 15, one spot behind Oregon which is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team at No. 14. USC is ranked 18th and Colorado ranks 20th.

The Dawgs will be represented in the women's sprints by Aaliyah Wilson and Danielle Hunter in the 60-meters and 200-meters. Victoria Gersch will race the 400-meters. Wilson will also be going over the hurdles.

The 800-meters will feature Marlena Preigh and Elle Rutherford, while the women's mile boasts Sophie Cantine, Sophie O'Sullivan, Haley Herberg, and Taylor Chiotti, as the top heat looks to crash the NCAA Indoor mile party.

In the women's 3k, six women featuring seed times of 9:05.00 or better will be looking to punch their NCAA tickets with season-bests. One will be Allie Schadler, who comes in with a 9:03.22 season-best. The women's 5,000-meters has Camila David-Smith, coming off a big 5k PR of 16:34.01, along with Andrea Markezich.

In the field events, Ashleigh Helms, Holland Pilukas, and elaney Ezeji-Okoye will go in the women's vault.

In the throws, MaKayla Kelby looks for a PR in the women's shot put along with unattached freshman Kaia Tupu-South, while Beatrice Asomaning looks to build on her huge six-PR series from two weeks ago in the weight throw. 

The women's pentathlon will be a major focal point for the Huskies on Friday as Ida Eikeng looks to put together a five event run to earn a spot at NCAA Indoors. All-American Hannah Rusnak is also slated to compete in uniform for the first time this season.

On the men's side, freshman Anthony Smith is coming off running the 400m leg on the Huskies' record-setting DMR, and will drop down to the 60-meter distance this week. Jonathan Birchman, Matthew Wilkinson, and Sam Baricevic will all run at 400-meters.

Cass Elliott will race at 800-meters, after he ran the 800m leg on the record-setting DMR in Arkansas. The men's mile will see Isaac Green in the top heat, coming in with a 4:03.39 season-best.

The top heat of the men's 3k is loaded up to hunt NCAA qualifiers, with Taylon Hull and Sam Affolder both in the field. In the 5,000-meters, Tibebu Proctor will race it for the first time this indoor season, along with Isaac Mohn and Dereje Himbago.

Donald Jones will go in the men's pole vault, with Jaylen Taylor triple jumping for the Dawgs.

Men's throws will once again be in the spotlight, as Jonah Wilson chases a qualifier in just his second shot put competition of the season, while Connor Jost likely needs one more PR to make nationals in the weight throw. Sam Van Peursem will also shot put, and school record-holder Jayden White will be in the weight throw, with his NCAA Indoor spot likely secure, ranking No. 6 coming in.

The first heptathlon of the Dempsey season will get going Friday and feature Ollie Thorner, as well as freshman Jami Schlueter competing unattached.