Jan. 27, 2006
SEATTLE - Washington's track and field teams clocked three relays among its all-time top-10, and put two pentathletes on its all-time top-10, on the first of two days of competition at the UW Indoor Invitational at Dempsey Indoor Friday night.
Friday night's action brought a packed house to Dempsey for the 2006 debut of Washington's distance medley relay team, which earned All-America honors last season.
Sophomore All-American Austin Abbott pleased the crowd early, staking Washington to a 10-meter lead over fifth-ranked Stanford at the first handoff. The Huskies continued to lead through the second and third legs, but the Cardinal surged past on the final leg, finishing in an NCAA provisional-qualifying 9 minutes, 41.08 seconds.
Cal was second at 9:42.31, while Washington was third in 9:44.54 - the sixth-fastest time in school history. The Huskies' men's "B" team (9:51.60, 9th) and women's "A" squad (11:38.61, 6th) also managed to crack UW's all-time top-10 lists.
While the relay squads made their marks on the track, Washington's multi-event competitors were making history on the infield. Freshman Daria Pavlov finished third in her UW pentathlon debut, her score of 3,806 points second-best in UW history only to Grace Vela's school record of 3,915.
Sophomore Liz Fuller also climbed the team's top-10 list, improving her previous best by more than 500 points in a fifth-place effort. Fuller's score of 3,564 points was UW's fifth-best all-time, while redshirt freshman Kaisa Keranen's 15th-place effort of 3,213 points ranks 10th all-time.
The UW Indoor Invitational continues Saturday. For complete results, visit www.gohuskies.com.