Dual Meet Takes Dawgs Back To Pullman
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY TRACK & FIELD
UW-WSU Dual Meet
Friday, Apr. 22
Pullman, Wash. | Mooberry Track
SEATTLE -- After competing in four meets last week, the Huskies are laser focused on just one meet this week, the long-running tradition of the Washington vs. Washington State Dual Meet, part of the Boeing Apple Cup Series. The Huskies will be on the way to Pullman for the first time since 2018 for the meet, which goes down this Friday, Apr. 22.
It is the 102nd installment of the Dual, the first exclusive head-to-head version of which was held in 1901. The women are competing for the 42nd time.
The first field event is the women's pole vault and starts at 10:30 a.m. Running events get underway at 12 p.m. with the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Action should conclude by approximately 4 p.m. with the 4x400m relays.
Washington is traveling 28 men and 29 women to take on the Cougars.
One of the few remaining D-I head-to-head track meets, the UW-WSU Dual uses a scoring format of 5 points for 1st-place, 3 for 2nd-place, and 1 for 3rd-place in every individual event. Relays are big as only the winning team gets 5 points. With 19 events per gender, there is a total of 163 points up for grabs, so a team reaching 82 points clinches the win.
Washington and Washington State's first track meet came in 1900, in a tri-meet that included Idaho. The first head-to-head meeting came the next year in 1901 which the Huskies won in Seattle, 96 to 26. The UW men won 14 of the first 16 Duals, but the Cougars dominated a 20 year stretch from 1976 to 1995, winning 19 men's duals in a row. The Husky men have won seven of the past eight Dual Meets. WSU has the overall men's lead, 59-41-1, and in Pullman they lead 37-15-1.
On the women's side, the Dawgs won the first six dual meets, and 15 of the first 18, before WSU won 10 of the next 11. The Huskies have retaken the recent edge, winning five of the past six. The Huskies hold the edge in the women's series, 23-18, and are tied 11-11 in Pullman.
Last year, the Dawgs got a second-straight sweep in Seattle. The women cruised to a 95-68 point victory, while the men's meet was close throughout, but UW put it away, 86-77.