White Re-Breaks Weight Record
Friday-Saturday, Feb. 25-26
SEATTLE – Jayden White looked NCAA-ready today as he broke his weight throw school record for the second time this season and third time overall on day one of the Pac-12 Invitational. The final home meet of the season for the Huskies in the Dempsey features all twelve conference teams in a non-scored format as athletes try to make the NCAA Indoor cut and tune up for the outdoor season.
White was already in a solid spot to qualify for nationals heading into the meet today, as he came in ranked sixth, and the top sixteen athletes advance to Birmingham, but he will be going in off a PR as he won the competition today with a new record throw of 74-1.
Senior Connor Jost was looking for one more big PR to try and jump into the top-16 as well, but in spite of another strong series and a best today of 69-5 ½, he couldn't improve on his 21st-place standing coming in.
The Dawgs posted several PRs on the track in the 5,000-meters. On the women's side, Camila David-Smith lowered her PR down to 16:32.82 and Andrea Markezich had an indoor best of 16:43.46. Tibebu Proctor broke 14-minutes indoors for the first time on the men's side, going 13:56.95.
The Dempsey is hosting its first multi-events of the season this weekend, with the women's pentathlon going today and the men's heptathlon completing the first four of seven events. Senior Hannah Rusnak turned in one of her best all-around efforts, taking third with a score of 3,939 points. She was joined by Ida Eikeng, who was leading through two events but did not finish the final 800-meter run.
In the first event, Eikeng won the 60m hurdles in a season-best time of 8.31, and Rusnak was fourth in 8.65 seconds. The two then tied for the win in the high jump with clearances of 5-6 ½.
The shot put saw Rusnak come through with another win, as she set a new indoor PR on her first attempt at 42-0 ¾. But Eikeng struggled with usually one of her best events, as she had two fouls to start and had to get a safe mark on her third attempt, standing in place to throw 36-9, well off her season-best.
Beatrice Asomaning wrapped up her indoor season with a second-place finish in the women's weight throw, going 64-2 ¼ on her best. She went to No. 2 in school history this season with a PR of 66-0 ½.
Delaney Ezeji-Okoye tied for fourth in the women's pole vault, as she made 12-8 ¼ on her first attempt, and went out attempting 13-2 ¼. Freshman Holland Pilukas made 12-2 ½ and Ashleigh Helms cleared 11-8 ½.
The first four events of the men's heptathlon were completed this afternoon, with Ollie Thorner and Jami Schlueter putting themselves near the top of the leaderboard. Thorner ran 7.21 seconds in the 60-meter dash, and followed with a 21-6 ¾ long jump. In the shot put, he had a best of 40-8 ¾. Thorner closed day one with a 6-4 clearance in the high jump.
Competing unattached, the freshman Schlueter opened with a 7.18 time in the 60m dash. Schlueter then was second in the long jump at 22-10, a season's-best. He then threw 41-10 in the shot and ended day one with a high jump clearance of 6-0 ½.
Schlueter sits fourth with 2,936 points and Thorner is fifth with 2,893 heading into the second day.
The final day of the Dempsey season gets underway on Saturday at 10 a.m.