Skip to main content

Huskies Tie Program Best With Sixteen Qualifiers

May 28, 2022

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Three more Huskies secured spots in Eugene today, bringing Washington's total qualifiers to sixteen from the four-day NCAA West Prelims, hosted by Arkansas. The sixteen advancing athletes ties for the most by a Husky team under the current NCAA Outdoor format, which dates back to 2010.
The women's team finished up the meet today at John McDonnell Field, and three Huskies earned their first career NCAA Outdoor bids. Beatrice Asomaning broke through in the discus to start things off, the first Husky qualifier in the event since 2000. Anna Gibson, an NCAA Indoor qualifier in the mile, is going to Outdoors now in the 1,500-meters as she ran the No. 2 time of the day. And Pac-12 Champion Carley Thomas was the final name on the list as she earned her way in in the 800-meters.
Ten men and six women will comprise the Husky contingent at Hayward Field for the national championships from June 8-11. After earning thirteen entries in 2019 and 2021, UW improved to sixteen this season, which matches the 2016 squad for most in the West/East Prelim format.
Asomaning, the third-year Olympia, Wash. native, came into the discus seeded 16th overall. She delivered on her opening round throw, going 182-4, the second-furthest mark of her career, and that would end up finishing 11th and takes Asomaning to her first NCAA meet.
MaKayla Kelby finished 16th in the discus, matching her finish in the shot put two days earlier. She had a best of 175-7 on her third attempt.

Gibson looked great as she took second overall in the 1,500-meter quarterfinal today to march on to the semifinals. She was in the top-five throughout and came around the final turn in third place, and picked up one more spot as she crossed the line in 4:16.92.
Madison Heisterman and Sophie O'Sullivan took shots in the previous 1,500m heat. Heisterman wound up eighth in her heat and 16th overall in 4:24.43, while O'Sullivan struggled to duplicate her first round effort, winding up 24th overall.
In the 800-meters quarterfinal, school record-holder Carley Thomas had a bit of a bumpy road, as she had a couple close calls with runners jostling around her, but she finally got free to sprint down the homestretch and finish fourth in her heat in 2:03.18. That was good for the best of the time qualifiers, as the Pac-12 Champ will return to the track where she just won the conference title.
The final event for UW was the 5k, where seniors Allie Schadler and Haley Herberg lined up. Herberg was looking to add a second event after qualifying in the 10k on Thursday. She fought gamely but wound up 10th in the heat and 22nd overall in 16:33.80. Schadler was in the top-five for much of the race, and when things started to pick up and the field broke up, she ran in fourth for several laps. But unfortunately she couldn't maintain that spot and fell back to seventh, finishing in 16:25.32. That would be 15th overall, a couple places shy of moving on. Schadler's outstanding Husky career wraps up with seven All-America honors.
Washington Results – NCAA West Preliminaries
May 28, 2022 | John McDonnell Field
Day 4 of 4

Women's 800m, Quarterfinal, Heat 3 of 3: 4. Carley Thomas 2:03.18 (advances to NCAAs)
Women's 1,500m, Quarterfinal, Heat 1 of 2: 8. Madison Heisterman 4:24.43; 12. Sophie O'Sullivan 4:44.69; Heat 2 of 2: 2. Anna Gibson 4:16.92 (advances to NCAAs)
Women's 5,000m, Semifinal, Heat 1 of 2: 7. Allie Schadler 16:25.32; 10. Haley Herberg 16:33.80
Women's Discus (top-12 to NCAAs): 11. Beatrice Asomaning 182-4 (advances to NCAAs); 16. MaKayla Kelby 175-7.
Huskies Advancing to NCAA Championships in Eugene
Roan Allen, Men's Javelin
Beatrice Asomaning, Women's Discus
Makenna Barton, Women's Pole Vault
Cass Elliott, Men's 400m Hurdles
Brian Fay, Men's 5,000m
Anna Gibson, Women's 1,500m
Nathan Green, Men's 1,500m
Haley Herberg, Women's 10,000m
Luke Houser, Men's 1,500m
Kieran Lumb, Men's 10,000m
Elijah Mason, Men's Discus
Carley Thomas, Women's 800m
Joe Waskom, Men's 1,500m
Jayden White, Men's Hammer
Ida Eikeng, Women's Heptathlon (advances without Prelim competition)
Ollie Thorner, Men's Decathlon (advances without Prelim competition)