Huskies Out Quick In Outdoor Opener In Raleigh
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY TRACK & FIELD
Mar. 24-26 | Raleigh, North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. – The first big day of the outdoor season for the Husky track team saw several sure-thing NCAA Prelim marks posted by the Dawgs at the Raleigh Relays, with the distance runners and throwers showing off early season form.
The distance Dawgs had a couple big heat victories and saw an outstanding collegiate debut from freshman Nathan Green in the 1,500-meters. Green, a true freshman from Idaho who redshirted the fall and indoor seasons, showed up ready for his first race in the Husky singlet today with a time of 3:41.37. That already jumps Green to No. 8 in school history.
Green's no-relation namesake Isaac Green posted a fantastic early season time in the 5,000-meters. Twelfth at the NCAA Outdoor meet in the 5k last year, Green ran 13:40.20 today to take third overall. In the prior heat, indoor DMR All-American Luke Houser won his 5,000-meter outdoor debut in 13:48.48, closing with an impressive 57.75-second final 400-meters.
Another heat win came at the end of the night, as Andrea Markezich took 14-seconds off her 10,000-meters PR to win heat two in a time of 34:05.64. Haley Herberg had a tough second half of her 10k after leading early on and finished in 34:03.10.
Also in the men's 5k, Ryan Renken had a strong run in 14:02.01.
The javelin throwers got a chance to air it out today after being cooper up all indoor season. The men were led by a new addition, just added to the roster for spring quarter, Roan Allen a transfer from University of British Columbia. Allen threw 212-5 to take eighth today. Zach Annanie only had one attempt, but threw 194-10 while Brady Gockel had an opener of 188-1.
Sophomore Kathleen Horn, who set the UW freshman record last year in the women's javelin, threw 161-0 today, just off her PR, to place eighth. Natalie Holmer had a best of 137-2. Some question to the validity of a final round mark for Ida Eikeng remains, as she was credited with a 182-3 in the sixth round, but the mark remains in doubt.
Junior MaKayla Kelby was third overall in the shot put today as she went 52-6 ½ to get into West Prelim qualifying position right off the bat. Sam Van Peursem threw 55-11 on the men's side for 11th.
In the women's pole vault, the Huskies tied for the top clearance in the open section. Delaney Ezeji-Okoye and Ashleigh Helms each made 12-9 ½ today. Holland Pilukas cleared 11-9 ¾.