Huskies Wrap Up At Raleigh
RALEIGH, N.C. – A busy and fruitful three days in North Carolina at the Raleigh Relays wrapped up for the Husky track and field teams today, with Husky athletes notching two more Top-10 marks to bring the weekend's total to eight.
The first full team trip of the year and the first meet of the spring saw UW set the table for the next three months, as well as collecting numerous marks that should hold up for NCAA West Prelim qualifying at season's end.
A First Team All-American indoors, Jayden White opened his outdoor season with a strong first hammer competition. White went 213-6 on his second attempt and 212-8 on his fourth attempt, just five feet away from his personal-best. Connor Jost had one throw for 179-6 but a couple fouls, while Sam Van Peursem had a best of 176-1.
In the women's hammer, junior Beatrice Asomaning put up a huge personal-best. She threw 178-0, fourteen feet farther than her old PR, and she breaks into the top-10 for the first time, up to No. 6.
The only other field event was the men's and women's long jump. Jelani Heath had her best mark since the 2020 indoor season, as she went 19-2 ¾ to finish fourth overall, while Hannah Rusnak leapt 18-1 ¾. Multi-events Ollie Thorner and Jami Schlueter jumped for the men, and both ended with bests of 21-8 ¼, both wind-aided.
Cass Elliott, an All-America honorable mention in the 400m hurdles last year, opened up in the event today and turned in a 51.89 second time to place fifth overall. Freshman Matt Wilkinson lowered his season-best to 53.70, and Jonathan Birchman ran 54.13.
Victoria Gersch and Ida Eikeng both continued stellar weekends with nearly identical times in the women's 200-meters today. Gersch, who went to No. 8 at UW in the 400-meters yesterday, tied for the No. 9 200m time today in 24.12. That was .01 ahead of Eikeng's time, though Eikeng ran into a -1.8 headwind. Eikeng's 24.13 was her fastest time in college. Aaliyah wilson also ran a 25.15, Hannah Rusnak went 25.73, Jelani Heath ran 25.94, and Camille Duckett ran 27.10.
A couple Husky freshmen doubled back from stellar outdoor openers. Anthony Smith, who ran the fastest wind-legal 100-meters by a Husky since 2013 on Friday, ran 21.45 in the 200-meters today. Nathan Green on Thursday had the No. 8 1,500-meter time in Husky history at 3:41.37, and he was back at it today in the 800-meters, clocking a 1:52.17.
The meet finished with the 4x400m relay, where the Husky men had a group of Smith, and the three 400m hurdlers, Elliott, Wilkinson, and Birchman, combining for a time of 3:16.11.
Washington will send athletes to two different meets in California next week, one group heading to the Stanford Invitational on Apr. 1-2, and another going to the West Coast Relays, a one-day competition on Apr. 1 at Fresno State.