Huskies Sweep Multiple Events In Fresno
FRESNO, Calif. – Husky sprinters and multi-event athletes made a big impact on the West Coast Relays with just a dozen athletes at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Huskies swept the top two or three spots in three events today and had multiple season- and personal-bests.
Early on in the day, the Dawgs had a 1-2-3 sweep in the women's long jump. Hannah Rusnak had a big season-best winning leap of 19-6 ¾, while Jelani Heath was second at 18-11 ¾ and Ida Eikeng went 18-11 ¼.
Another top-three sweep came late in the day as Cass Elliott, Jonathan Birchman, and Matthew Wilkinson went 1-2-3 in the 400-meter hurdles. Elliott had a season-best 50.76 which will move him up to No. 11 nationally based on marks entering the weekend. Birchman lowered his career-best to 51.77 in second and Wilkinson ran 53.04 for third.
Eikeng and Rusnak also took first and second in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Eikeng won in 13.85 and Rusnak was second in 14.02, into a -0.4 headwind.
Victoria Gersch lowered her 400-meter PR for the third meet in a row, as she was fourth overall in 54.53 and climbed up one more spot on the Husky top-10 list to No. 7.
Gersch doubled back and took fourth in the 200-meters in 24.03, while Ida Eikeng ran 24.01 for third. Those would be PRs and top-10 times as well but both were slightly wind-aided. Olivia Ribera also had a wind-aided 200m time of 24.49, and Rusnak posted a 25.59 with Heath going 25.76.
Freshman Anthony Smith dropped his 200-meter season-best to 21.19 with a third-place finish today. He also took second in the 100-meter dash in 10.67. On the women's side, Aaliyah Wilson went 11.66 to finish fifth in the 100-meters, a time just .04 off her career-best.
Ollie Thorner and Jami Schlueter also had impressive days in three events apiece. Schlueter took second in the long jump with a season-best 22-10 ½, just behind volunteer assistant coach Tim Duckworth who had a winning mark of 24-10. Ollie Thorner jumped 21-3 ½.
Schlueter then had a strong 110m hurdles time of 14.53 seconds, with Jonathan Birchman running 14.60, and Thorner crossing in 15.54.
Lastly, the two threw the discus, with Thorner getting a PR of 130-5 and Schlueter going 122-7.
Washington wrapped up the day on the track with a runner-up men's 4x400m relay time of 3:11.93, with Smith, Wilkinson, Elliott, and Birchman carrying.