May 4, 2013
Complete Results | Dual Scores: UW Men 83, Seattle Men 40; UW Women 99, Seattle Women 32
SEATTLE - With clear blue skies and temperatures in the upper 70s, the new Husky Track was especially welcoming for the local teams and hundreds of fans that came out to today's Ken Shannon Invitational. The final meet of the regular season provided a number of Huskies a chance to fine tune or prove themselves ready for next week's Pac-12 Championships, while others used it as a stepping stone into the summer months.
This was just the second but final home meet of the season on Washington's new outdoor track facility, but with the weather today, the Huskies may be hosting outdoor meets a few times a week next year. Husky athletes registered nine victories today, along with new top-10 all-time marks from sophomore sprinter Haley Jacobson and freshman vaulter Jax Thoirs.
Jacobson, a Bellevue native and Issaquah High grad, posted a big PR in the 100-meter dash, taking second in a time of 11.85 seconds that places her seventh on the Husky top-10 list. She had only broken the 12-second mark once before, and never before with a legal tail wind.
Last week, Thoirs broke the Scottish National Record in the pole vault and went to No. 10 on the UW pole vault list by virtue of his win in the dual meet. Today he outdid himself by a few more centimeters, raising his national record to 17-8 ½ and jumping another spot to No. 9 on the Husky lists.
The meet ended on a high note over in the discus ring, as junior Robert Henderson likely secured himself a spot at Pac-12s with a final round toss of 171-7, good for second overall. That was a PR of just over 11-feet for the transfer.
In the men's 800-meters, Washington rolled to the top-five spots, led by sophomore Derrick Daigre who continues to build on his late season momentum, running a career-best 1:49.52 today for the win. Daigre only just officially began his year last week with a win in the dual meet. Michael Miller was right behind in an outdoor best of 1:50.22, with Brad Whitley (1:51.60) and Kyle Blume (1:51.73) close behind and Hap Emmons running unattached in fifth in 1:53.02.
Not long after Jacobson's impressive run in the 100-meters, sophomore Gianna Woodruff turned in an excellent 200-meter dash, clocking a time of 24.06 seconds that would have been the No. 4 time in school history were it not for a tailwind that was just over the allowable speed.
Sophomore Naivasha Sophusson Smith and freshman Daje Pugh went 1-2 in the 100-meter hurdles, running 14.14 and 14.18, respectively. Similar to Woodruff, those times were just barely "wind-aided", but it was still a big step for Sophusson Smith, whose previous best under any conditions was 14.41, and also a best for Pugh.
Freshman Kaid Tipton posted a very satisfying victory in the 400-meter hurdles, dropping more than two seconds off his PR to cross first in 54.31 seconds.
One of the brightest positives today was seeing sophomore Meron Simon back on the track today for the first time since last spring. The Federal Way native had an outstanding freshman season on the track but has redshirted this entire year while battling back from an injury. In his first race, competing unattached, Simon looked like he hadn't missed a beat, as he won the 1,500-meters in a PR of 3:48.72. Right behind was another unattached Dawg, true freshman Blake Nelson, in 3:49.60, a great sign for things to come for both.
James Cameron got a win in the men's steeplechase early in the afternoon, running a season-best 9:23.20, and senior Kayla Evans led wire to wire to win the women's 5k late in the day in 17:49.52. A big PR also was turned in by redshirt frosh Joelle Amaral in the 800-meters, as she took second in 2:11.61.
A couple Husky alums and record-holders looking to make their marks on the next level this season also had nice wins. Jordan Carlson ran away with the 400-meters in her first time on the purple track; she posted a 53.34 which might remain the track record for quite some time. Freshman Krista Armstead posted a season-best 56.27 to finish second. Javelin school record-holder and three-time All-American Kyle Nielsen also returned to town and won the javelin with a best toss of 233-4.
Another Husky record-holder, senior Logan Miller, cleared 12-10 ¾ on her first try to win the pole vault, missing three tries at 13-6. Also not to be overlooked was a win for Julian Bardwell in the long jump, competing unattached but going 23-5 ½ into a headwind. And on Friday evening, freshman Carolyn Gravelle had a three-foot PR in the women's hammer throw, tossing 151-4 on her sixth and final attempt.
The Huskies will now finalize their roster and head south to Los Angeles for the Pac-12 Championships, kicking off the postseason at USC's Loker Stadium.