Huskies Get Prep For Postseason At Sound Running
SEATTLE – Washington's mid-distance crew made use of a last tune-up for the coming postseason this evening in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. at the Sound Running Track Meet. Eight men raced in three separate 1,500-meter heats and Carley Thomas went solo for the women and came away with a season's-best at 800m.
The evening's first race saw the only UW woman on the start line in sophomore Carley Thomas. The Australian native turned in her fastest time in two years, clocking a 2:03.58, and continuing to pick up momentum after she posted her first 2:04 in two years just a week ago.
The men's 1,500-meters started to roll, with Isaac Green and Sam Affolder in the first heat up. Green pushed the pace for much of the heat, and wound up third in a new personal-best of 3:44.19. Affolder was close behind in fifth in 3:45.73, in his first time running the distance in college.
The next heat of the 1,500-meters featured Luke Houser, Nathan Green, Joe Waskom, and Ryan Renken doing some pacing duties. Houser took the lead on the final lap but couldn't quite hold onto it, and finished in 3:41.22. Green was able to kick to fourth-place in his second sub-3:40 time of the season, going 3:39.70. Waskom came across in 3:45.78.
The top 1,500m section featured two more current Dawgs, Brian Fay and Kieran Lumb, plus a coach in volunteer Sam Prakel, and two former Husky record-holders in Sam Tanner and Izaic Yorks.
Fay and Lumb came through with time of 3:40.43, and 3:42.90, respectively. For Fay, that puts him up on another Husky top-10 list, going to No. 8 all-time in the 1,500m.
Tanner, a New Zealand resident once again and running for Puma, looked impressive in his return to racing in the States, as he clocked a 3:38.58. Coach Prakel ran 3:39.55, while Yorks finished in 3:45.71.
The Pac-12 Championships are up next for the Dawgs, May 13-15, at Hayward Field in Eugene.