April 17, 2013
|Mt. SAC Relays
April 18-20 at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.
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SEATTLE - Another trip to the sunshine state is in store for the Husky track and field team this week. The annual Mt. SAC Relays, in Walnut, will be the third of four big meets for the Dawgs in California this season. Much of the team has had two solid weeks of training after a busy start to the outdoor season, so rested bodies, elite fields, and hopefully some warm weather could be a recipe for a lot of success at Mt. SAC.
The bulk of the meet takes place this Thursday through Saturday, April 18-20, with four more Huskies in action starting today in the decathlon and heptathlon at Azusa Pacific University. Jeremy Taiwo leads the way in the multis, with freshman Josh Gordon entered in his first decathlon. Shelby Williams and Jaleecia Roland start their heptathlons today at Azusa as well.
The Mt. SAC Relays, held at history Hilmer Lodge Stadium, have something for everyone, with dozens of high school individual and relay races, top notch collegiate competition, as well as some of the very best Olympic athletes in the world entered every season. Washington takes a full squad, its third meet in California after opening the outdoor season with the Trojan Invitational in L.A. and the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto. Next month the Huskies will be back in L.A. for the Pac-12 Championships.
Thursday's action will be only on the track, with nine hours straight of distance events starting at 1:30 p.m. The 1,500-meters, 3,000-meter steeplechases, and 10,000-meter runs will all take place Thursday.
On Friday, the action starts at 10:15 a.m. and runs all day long. Sprints and hurdles and relays go off early in the day, with 5,000-meter races late. Field events also have a full slate on Friday beginning at 10 a.m.
Saturday finishes with mostly high school events, but there are a number of invitational heats with the top athletes in the Relays going sprints and hurdles up through 800-meters, along with the top relays. Invitational flights in all field events are also on Saturday, with the exception of the discus.
The 1,500-meters on Thursday will be the first big event for the Huskies. Many Dawgs are entered at both 1,500-meters and 800-meters, some will run both and others will scratch out of one event when the time comes. Those entered in both include Mel Lawrence is entered at 1,500-meters as well as the invitational section of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, both of which are on Thursday.
Huskies in the invitational sections include juniors Megan Goethals and Lindsay Flanagan in the 5,000-meters on Friday night. Goethals recently broke the school record in the 10,000-meters at the Stanford Invite and Flanagan ran the No. 3 time in the same race.
The men's 4x100-meter relay, slated to consist of Chris Williams, James Alaka, Quadelle Satterwhite, and Maurice McNeal will be in the invitational heat. Alaka will have a big opportunity to bounce back from his tough day in Oregon, as he is in the invitational heats of both the 100m and 200m, with Olympian Ryan Bailey and Pac-12 Champ Aaron Brown in the 100-meter heat. McNeal also is slated to run for the first time since tweaking his achilles at Stanford.
Senior Logan Miller, coming off a big season-best at the Pepsi Team Invite, is in the invite flight of the women's pole vault. She'll be the only UW field event athlete in action on Saturday, as the rest are in the open flights on Saturday.