Feb. 21, 2013
Once again this season, GoHuskies.com will check in from time to time with the captains of the different event groups on the Husky track and field team. The leaders of the sprinters, distance runners, jumpers, and throwers will update fans on practice progress, recent highlights and upcoming meets. Distance captains Joey Bywater and Christine Babcock here talk about some of the early highlights for the distance crew and look forward to the MPSF meet.
Joey Bywater, Senior, Distances
The 2013 indoor track season has been underway for some time but as far as we're (the men's distance crew) concerned, the previous meets have been hardly more than rust busters. That's not to say the rust-busting phase hasn't had its share of excitement as highlights include:
6 sub 4:10 milers: Gareth Gilna, Brad Whitely, Kyle Blume, Nick Harris, Mike Miller and myself. PR's in the 3k from Tyler King, Aaron Beattie, Dylan Morin DMR almost winning the UW invite closed By Gareth Gilna's monster mile leg. Freshman Mitch Montgomery running a 4:21 despite being tripped and going head over heels. 3 freshmen showing strong potential in Hap Emmons, Nick Harris, and Mitch Montgomery Brad Whitley making 1:51.96 for 800 look easy at the Husky Classic
We simply plan on seeing the fruit of our winter mileage begin to show when our wins count as points and we're sluggin' it out with our Pac-12 opponents. That part of our season begins this weekend as we have our first scored meet in which the distance crew expects to hold its own in helping the UW track team compete against the Pac-12 and a few others schools that make up our indoor conference meet. At this meet, I'm particularly excited to see Aaron Beattie and Tyler King look at knocking on the door of our top 10 list in the 5k as well seeing All-American and sub-4 miler James Cameron debuting after going more than a year without seeing competition. The DMR also hopes to post a NCAA qualifying mark and return to indoor nationals for the second year in a row.
Christine Babcock, Senior, Distances
Hi Husky fans!! I will warn you now...this captain's report may have to break off the rust after not composing one for almost nine months, so bare with me. Hopefully it won't be too bad! :)
Training has been going well and we are all gearing up for MPSF's this weekend. Look for a well-assembled DMR team, awesome 5ks, blazing miles, and exciting 3ks (my personal race of choice for the weekend)!! We are excited to have another opportunity to compete in front of our home crowd and would love all of your support this weekend! So come out and see what the Dempsey has to offer!
This year the astounding Coach Drake has added some much needed entertainment to our track meets! Not only have we welcomed the return of the video board (in a bigger and better fashion, I might add), but also we have guest appearances by Harry the Husky and the cheerleaders, armed with free t-shirts for those with the most spirit! And don't forget your kids--they can get the chance to race Harry the Husky in the 60m dash...it's always entertaining! There is also the opportunity to guess the winning times/heights/distances for the chosen events of the weekend, with the winner receiving a Portage Bay gift card! If it wasn't an NCAA violation, I would be first in line to guess the winning time, so take my place and make sure you check that out at the table near the front entrance!
Besides all the indoor excitement, we are thoroughly enjoying using our new purple outdoor track! It was well worth the wait...for those of you who have been around long enough, like myself, you know that this supposed purple track has been promised for years. I am blessed that it finally came to fruition before I graduated! If you have yet to see it, you should definitely go check it out!! When I say purple, I mean PURPLE (not the faded shade of purple that is in the Dempsey). It is awesome!! And, compared to our old red track in the stadium, it feels like you are running on a cloud! We also have some trusty friends in the form of wood coyote cutouts, helping keep the geese (and all that comes with them if you know what I mean) off our nice track. But don't worry, as intimidating as they may look, the coyotes won't bite!
Well, I better get back to preparing for this weekend, but thanks for reading and I hope to see you all there! GO DAWGS!!