SEATTLE – With numerous strong performances at both the Mt. SAC Relays and the Oregon Relays today, it was a couple times posted at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif. that stole the show for the Husky track team. Redshirt freshmen Blake Nelson and Nick Harris finished side by side in the 1,500-meters, each earning spots on the Husky top-10 list.
Nelson, Harris, and Meron Simon were the only three Huskies at the Bryan Clay meet today. Running in the same heat, Nelson and Harris crossed together, with Nelson edging his teammate with a time of 3:43.39, and Harris finishing in 3:43.44 as they were fifth and sixth in the heat. Sophomore Izaic Yorks also has a time of 3:43.38 from just a few weeks back, which was the No. 7 time in school history. Nelson now slides in at No. 8, with Harris as the new No. 10 time. Just two tenths of a second separate the fifth through tenth spots on the 1,500-meters list. All three should easily qualify for NCAA West Prelims.
Back at Mt. SAC in Walnut, Calif., junior Katie Flood ran on her biggest stage since the U.S. Olympic Trials two years ago, and ran a season-best time of 4:18.44 in a 1,500-meter field of mostly professional and post-collegiate athletes. In the women’s 5,000-meters, seniors Megan Goethals and Lindsay Flanagan were in the invitational section, stepping down from the 10k they each ran last time out. Goethals finished 20th in the loaded field in 16:04.86, and Flanagan was 26th in 16:21.98.
Also at Mt.SAC, senior Kasen Covington extended his season-best in the triple jump to 50-8 ¼, taking fourth overall, getting the mark on his sixth and final attempt. Also in the field, Kristina Owsinski and Diamara Planell Cruz both cleared 13-1 ½ in the pole vault, with Elizabeth Quick clearing 12-7 ½. Senior A.J. Maricich went 6-8 ¼ in the high jump.
In the men’s steeplechase, Tim Cummings had a solid effort with a time of 9:02.78, though Aaron Nelson struggled to a 9:12.68. Junior Liberty Miller was in the invite section of the steeplechase later in the evening, and lowered her season-best to 10:21.49.
The day at Mt.SAC started in the sprints, with sophomore Quadelle Satterwhite running a season-best 21.46 in the 200-meters, just off his career-best. Satterwhite also ran a wind-aided 10.77 in the 100-meters, with sophomore Travis Marshall posting the top time by a Husky of 10.67. Junior Haley Jacobson was just off a career-best in the 100-meters as well, as she ran 11.87 seconds to take third in her heat. Krista Armstead went 56.27 in the 400m and Kimberly Stueckle ran 14.06 in the 100m hurdles.
The first of two days of action at the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field featured some big throws and solid runs by the Huskies. Quinn Hale had another great day in the javelin, finishing second overall with a best of 229-2. Curtis Clauson threw 210-2 for fifth-place.
Sophomore Bev Coleman took sixth in the hammer throw, less than a foot off her PR with a best of 163-1. Carolyn Gravelle also threw 152-9 to finish 10th. Sophomore Kyle White had a big eight-foot PR in the men’s hammer, throwing 179-6.
Freshman Gina Flint, competing unattached, had a fourth-place shot put finish with a toss of 47-4 ¼, a mark that would rank 10th on the top-10 list if done in uniform.
On the track, junior Derrick Daigre took third in a very strong men’s 800-meter field, running 1:50.47. Senior Brad Whitley also clocked a 1:51.94 in the prior flight.
Freshman Andrew Brown ran a slightly wind-aided 21.93 for 200-meters.