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Huskies Reach Birmingham For Indoor Nationals

Mar 9, 2022

2022 NCAA Indoor Championships
Friday-Saturday, Mar. 11-12
Birmingham, Ala. | Birmingham CrossPlex

Live Results | ESPN3 Live Video

Complete Schedule | Women's Start Lists | Men's Start Lists

Schedule of Huskies in action

2:00pm PT - Men's Weight Throw (Final) - Jayden White
3:05pm PT - Men's 5,000m (Final) - Brian Fay
3:45pm PT - Men's DMR (Final) - Luke Houser, Anthony Smith, Cass Elliott, Joe Waskom
5:00pm PT - Women's Mile (Semifinals) - Madison Heisterman (heat 1), Anna Gibson (heat 2)
6:05pm PT - Women's 5,000m (Final) - Haley Herberg
6:45pm PT - Women's DMR (Final) - Taylor Chiotti, Victoria Gersch, Carley Thomas, Allie Schadler

5:00pm PT - Women's Mile (Final) - Madison Heisterman, Anna Gibson

SEATTLE -- Thirteen Husky athletes will vie for national titles this weekend as the NCAA Indoor Championships take place at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama. Washington has seven entries at the meet, and looks to finish up another record-filled indoor season with some peak performances, team points and All-America hardware. The meet begins this Friday, Mar. 11, and finishes up on Saturday, Mar. 12.

ESPN3 will stream the championships live starting at 11 a.m. Eastern time Friday, March 11 and starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time Saturday, March 12. A re-air of the championship will take place starting at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, March 13 on ESPNU.

Team scores at nationals are based on top-eight finishes in every event. First-place in any event earns 10 points, second-place scores eight points, third-place scores six, then 5-4-3-2-1 from fourth down to eighth-place. A first-place through eighth-place finish earns All-America First Team honors from the USTFCCCA and Second Team goes to the 9-16 finishers.

Friday will be especially busy as the finals of the distance medley relays and 5,000-meters are both on that first day of competition, and UW has four entries across those events. The first Husky in action at nationals will be second-year Jayden White, a Second Team All-American at this meet a year ago now looking for his first team points. White improved on his own school record this year, going 74-1 to qualify in seventh-place nationally. White gets underway at 2 p.m. Pacific time on Friday.

From there it's all track action starting with the men's 5,000-meters final at 3:05 p.m. Pacific, featuring Brian Fay, the Ireland native who ran the fastest 5k ever by a Husky earlier this indoor season when he clocked a 13:24.00. Fay will battle fifteen men in a tremendous 5k field in his first NCAA Track Championship. He was 38th for the Huskies in the fall at the NCAA Cross Country Championships for his first All-America honor.

Both the Husky men and women distance medley relays (1200m-400m-800m-1600m) made the field of 12 for nationals. The men will race at 3:45 p.m. on Friday and the women will go at 6:45 p.m. The men ran the fourth-fastest DMR time in NCAA history earlier this season with a 9:21.10 in Arkansas. Fay anchored the relay on that day, but he will be focused on the 5k so Joe Waskom will step in on the DMR this week, joining Luke Houser, Anthony Smith, and Cass Elliott. Elliott ran on the Husky men's DMR back in 2019, as the 400m leg, on a group that placed 10th, while Houser, the freshman Smith, and Waskom make their NCAA Indoor debuts.

The women's DMR is expected to feature Taylor Chiotti, Victoria Gersch, Carley Thomas, and Allie Schadler. The Dawgs qualified seventh overall with a time of 10:57.69, with Thomas on the 400m leg and Schadler anchoring. Chiotti and Gersch step into the mix this week after they ran big PRs in the mile and 400-meters, respectively, at the Pac-12 Invitational two weeks back. Thomas, the school record-holder at 800-meters, will move up to that leg on Friday.

The only non-final on Friday will be the women's mile heats at 5 p.m. Pacific time. Madison Heisterman is entered in heat one, and Anna Gibson is in heat two. Each heat features eight women and the top-four automatically advance plus the next two fastest times between the two heats. Gibson now ranks third in UW history with her career-best time of 4:32.34 and Heisterman is now fifth with a PR of 4:33.24. The two are seeded in the upper half of a wide open field that has all sixteen women with qualifying times within a five-second range.

Also in action on Friday will be All-American Haley Herberg, looking to score at her first NCAA Indoor Championships. Herberg was fifth in the 10k and 10th in the 5k at NCAA Outdoors last spring, and broke the UW indoor 5k record this season at 15:39.19. She races at 6:05 p.m. Friday night.

Saturday in Birmingham will just see Heisterman and Gibson should they advance through to the women's mile final. That race is scheduled for 5 p.m. Pacific time.