ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A weekend trip away from the Dempsey was capped off today with a number of season-bests for a portion of the Husky track squad at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic. If the Huskies want to see more of the AlbuquerqueConvention Center this season, they’ll need to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which will be held in the building for the first time on March 14-15.
Competing today were the Husky sprinters, mid-distance crew, jumpers and women’s vaulters. Washington picked up four more new indoor top-10 marks to go with the three set last night. Senior Kayla Stueckle moved up the 400-meters list, sophomores Derrick Daigre and Izaic Yorks both jumped into the 800-meter list, and freshman Elizabeth Quick grabbed a spot in the pole vault.
Stueckle, the 400m hurdles specialist, cut into her indoor PR in the open 400-meters, running 55.91-seconds today, which becomes 56.02 when adjusted for altitude, to rank ninth on the UW top-10. Sophomore Krista Armstead also had a big indoor PR, going 56.86, converted to 56.97. In other sprint highlights today, sophomore Chris Williams had a season-best time of 8.05 seconds in the 60m hurdles final (converted to 8.07) to finish sixth overall. Haley Jacobson also had a season-best of 7.70 (7.72) in the 60m dash.
A big run from Daigre in the 800-meters today should give him confidence going forward that he could make a run at a return to New Mexico. Daigre was second overall, and the top collegiate, in a big indoor career-best of 1:50.42, which drops down to 1:49.80 as the mid-distance crew benefits from the altitude conversions. That puts him up to fifth on the Husky top-10 list. Sophomore Izaic Yorks was next across the line in 1:51.40, which drops to 1:50.78, the new No. 10 time, and Meron Simon was fifth overall in 1:52.62 (converted to 1:51.99).
Sophomore C.J. Smith picked up an overall event victory in the women’s 800-meters, where despite a slow overall pace, Smith continues to show a lot of potential as she pulled away for the win in 2:14.04, which converts to 2:13.09, exactly matching her time from a week ago.
After a tough week last week at the UW Invitational, the women’s vault crew bounced back in a big way today. Junior Diamara Planell Cruz was in the upper-13-foot range again, going 13-8 ¼ today to take second, while senior Logan Miller jumped a big season-best of 13-4 ¼ to finish third. Quick also broke the 13-foot mark for the first time, going 13-0 ¼ to take over the No. 10 spot on the indoor top-10 list. Ashley Schnapp also had a small PR of 12-6 ¼.
The two Huskies who have held down the triple jump for the past several years each had solid marks today, just off their indoor career-bests. Senior Kasen Covington, the Pac-12 Champion, jumped 50-feet, 8-inches today to finish fourth and second among collegiates. That moves him up to 23rd in the NCAA. ShaniaeLakes took a good step to regaining her form after her redshirt season, as she went 39-7 ¼ today. Julian Bardwell also had a season-best 47-8 ½ on the men’s side and Jaleecia Roland extended her career-best out to 38-11 ¾.
Next week all the Dawgs will be back in the Dempsey for the biggest regular season meet of the year, the Husky Classic, which runs Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15.