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Houser Breaks 1,500m Record, White Levels Up In Hammer

Apr 15, 2022

SEATTLE – One night after Brian Fay shattered the Washington 5,000-meter record, Luke Houser put his name at the top of the heap in the outdoor 1,500-meters. Houser's record run at the Bryan Clay Invitational, and Jayden White launching with the farthest hammer throw mark by a Husky in 44 years at the Beach Invitational, made for a banner day for the Dawgs.
Friday was the third-straight day of UW track action around the Southern California region. It was the first day of the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, third day at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, and second day at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa.
UW had six new top-10 marks today, two in the distance events, two in the throwing events, and two in the sprints.
The first big mark came from White in the men's hammer at Long Beach. After throwing 215-feet earlier this week at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate just yesterday, today he connected on his first attempt for 226-feet, 7-inches, a PR of eight feet. In round two he went a few inches further, to 227-3. That would be his best, and moves him up from No. 3 to No. 2 on the Husky top-10, passing Martin Bingisser. It also made it the farthest toss by a Husky since four-time NCAA Champion Scott Neilson capped his career in 1978 with a best of 238-7.

Also grabbing a PR today in the hammer was senior Connor Jost, who extended his lifetime-best by a few inches to 207-11. That improves his mark but doesn't move him up from his No. 7 spot in school history. Sam Van Peursem also had a season-best 190-6 throw, while on the women's side, Beatrice Asomaning threw the hammer 173-9.
At Azusa, Houser and freshman Nathan Green were in the second-fastest 1,500-meter heat based on seed times, but all the heats proved to be quite fast regardless. Houser came in with a 1,500m PR of 3:43.39, though his mile PR this season indoors of 3:56.57 proved he could go faster. He stuck with the fast pace throughout and moved out of the main pack up to third at the tape, crossing in 3:37.51. That broke the 2016 school record of 3:37.74 set by Izaic Yorks, the NCAA runner-up that season.
Green also clocked himself a two second PR and broke 3:40, going 3:39.63, which now ties him for fifth in UW history with Austin Abbott.
On the women's side, the Huskies had impressive 1,500-meter results across the board, led by Anna Gibson who was third in the top section in 4:15.15. Madison Heisterman jumpstarted her outdoor season with a time of 4:17.67, and freshman Julia David-Smith PR'd in 4:19.70. Sophie Cantine was less than a second off her PR in 4:21.99, and Sophie O'Sullivan doubled back from a 2:07 time in the 800-meters yesterday and ran a 4:25.05.
At the Mt. SAC Relays, the Husky sprinters came away with numerous PRs. It was sparked by the women's 4x100-meter relay, which opened the day by winning its heat with a time of 45.40 seconds. The group was comprised of Aaliyah Wilson, Olivia Ribera, Jelani Heath, and Victoria Gersch, and it was good for the fifth-fastest time in school history.
Gersch and Ribera would come back to PR in the 400-meters. Gersch ran her fourth-consecutive PR in the event, getting down to a 54.20 today, and jumping from No. 7 to No. 3 on the Husky top-10 list. Ribera, who was not at full health indoors, showed she's back in form with a 54.97 time, a PR by one-hundredth of a second, but all the more satisfying after her delayed start to 2022.
Wilson in the 100-meters, ran 11.95 into a headwind, while freshman Anthony Smith also faced a stiff headwind and went 10.74. Gersch and Ribera each ran a third race today, at 200-meters. Gersch broke 24.00 for the first time at 23.94, wind-aided. Ribera posted a 24.35
All three men in the 400m hurdles ran under 52-seconds today, which was a first for freshman Matthew Wilkinson, as he ran 51.96, a PR by more than a full second as he had never gone under 53.00. Jonathan Birchman won his heat in 51.93, and Cass Elliott ran 51.83. Birchman also raced the 110m hurdles, going 14.54.
Delaney Ezeji-Okoye and Ashleigh Helms pole vaulted today at Mt. SAC, with Ezeji-Okoye making 12-7 ½ on her first attempt. Helms did not record a make.
Saturday will be the final day of the Beach Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays.

Mt. SAC Relays - Walnut, Calif.
Apr. 13-16 -- Multi-events will take place the 13th and 14th, with steeplechase joining the mix on the 14th
Event Schedule | Live Results
Huskies Entered:
 Sam AffolderWill AndersonMakenna BartonJonathan BirchmanIda EikengCass ElliottDelaney Ezeji-OkoyeVictoria GerschAshleigh HelmsTim LuebbertOlivia RiberaHannah RusnakJami SchlueterAnthony SmithJaylen TaylorOllie ThornerJoe WaskomMatthew WilkinsonAaliyah Wilson

Beach Invitational - Long Beach, Calif.
Apr. 15-16
Event Schedule | Live Results
Huskies Entered:
 Beatrice AsomaningConnor JostMaKayla KelbyElijah MasonNolan SuchSam Van PeursemJayden White