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Kelby Takes Down Shot Put Record In Home Finale

Feb 26, 2022

SEATTLE – One day after Jayden White broke his own school record in the men's weight throw, MaKayla Kelby erased her own school record in the women's shot put to highlight the final day of Dempsey action for the 2022 indoor season. Washington finished up hosting the inaugural Pac-12 Invitational, which saw multiple top-10 times get written into the UW record books.
Along with Kelby's record shot put toss, the Huskies saw the No. 2-tying mark in the 800-meters from Cass Elliott, the second-best men's heptathlon score in school history by Ollie Thorner, the No. 3 women's 400m time by Victoria Gersch, and more top-10 marks in the women's mile from Taylor Chiotti, and the men's 3,000m from Talon Hull and Sam Affolder.
Washington will now make its declarations for the NCAA Indoor Championships and wait to see who all makes the cut for the meet. Sixteen individuals in every event and twelve relays will be chosen for nationals, held this Mar. 11-12 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Kelby first broke the indoor school record in the shot put last year, with a best of 53-7 ¼, which broke a record that had stood since 1988. Earlier this season, she came within one centimeter of equaling that record, but today she blew by it with her fourth throw of the day. Kelby went 55-3 ½ to break the record by more than a foot and a half. Her fifth round throw was also better than the old mark, at 54-4 ½.
It should move Kelby up into the top-25 nationally this indoor season, but she needed a little more to reach the top-16 to make nationals. Still, it sets her up great for the outdoor season, and she can take aim at the outdoor school record as well, which stands at 55-7.
In the men's 800-meters, Cass Elliott continued to show his growing expertise in the event, as the 400-meter hurdler outdoors put himself up into a tie at No. 2 in school history for the 800-metres indoors. Elliott ran 1:48.40 today, which matches the time of Ryan Brown, who was the 2007 NCAA Indoor Champion in the event.
Thorner was last Husky on the track, finishing off his two-day, seven-event grind with a dominant win in the 1,000-meters to cap the men's heptathlon. Thorner won the last race with a PR time of 2:35.54. He previously tied his PR in the pole vault, making 15-9, and ran 8.65 seconds in the 60m hurdles to start day two. He finished with an overall total of 5,491 points to move up to No. 2 in school history.
Unattached freshman Jami Schlueter capped his first collegiate heptathlon with a score of 5,270 points which would rank him eighth all-time if done in uniform. Schlueter had a 8.36 time in the hurdles, then made 13-9 ¼ in the pole vault and ran 2:49.78 in the last 1,000m.

Gersch moved up the top-10 list in the women's 400-meters by breaking 55-seconds for the first time in her career. She came through in 54.91, going from No. 7 up to No. 3 all-time. The Huskies also saw men's 400m PRs from Jonathan Birchman (48.04) and Matthew Wilkinson (48.29).
Chiotti had her second big mile PR of the season, a couple weeks after she first impressed with a time of 4:40.51. The former Oregon runner went 4:37.42 today, taking over the No. 9 spot in school history, and becoming the fourth Husky miler this season to go under 4:38.00. Haley Herberger was seventh in the top heat in 4:42.01, working on her speed before the NCAA 5k.
In the men's mile, Isaac Green came within about an inch, literally, of joining the sub-four-minute mile club for the first time. Green was aiming to be the fifth Husky under the mark this season, but his lean came up just barely short as he clocked 4:00.07. It still cut a full three seconds off his lifetime-best.
The men's 3,000-meters saw the final new top-10 marks for the Dawgs today. Talon Hull and Sam Affolder each continued to thrive in their best indoor seasons to date. Hull took three more seconds off his PR today and went 7:57.33, while Affolder broke eight minutes for the first time in a big way, going 7:55.91, a PR by over eight seconds. Hull now ranks No. 8 in school history in the 3k and Affolder is No. 10.
Jonah Wilson put on a great show in the shot put today, along with Sam Van Peursem, but Wilson will have to wait for outdoors for a return to nationals. In just his second meet of the season, he had a big season-best toss of 63-3 ¼ on his first attempt, but needed another foot or so to reach the top-16. Van Peursem went 60-5 ¼ today to take fifth.