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Track Travels To Hayward For Pepsi Team Invite
Release: 04/04/2013
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April 4, 2013


Washington Pepsi Team Invitational

Saturday April 6, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
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SEATTLE - A full Husky track squad heads to Eugene this Saturday for the annual Pepsi Team Invitational, the first scored meet of the outdoor season for the Dawgs. This will be the 12th appearance at the Oregon-hosted meet in the past 13 years for Washington, with highly-ranked Texas A&M and cross-state rival Washington State on hand as well to make for some great regional and national match-ups. The meet will be webcast live by the Pac-12 Networks.

Held at Oregon's Hayward Field, the meet gets underway Saturday at 12 noon with the women's javelin and men's discus throws. The first event on the track is the women's steeplechase at 12:50 p.m., with the final event of the day, the men's 4x400m relay, set for 4:20 p.m. The meet is scored 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for individual events and 9-7-6-5 for relays, with only two competitors max per school scoring in each event, and one relay per school.

The Huskies have already seen a number of their competitors this outdoor season, as Texas A&M and Washington State were at the Trojan Invitational two weeks ago, and Oregon had a distance running contingency at the Stanford Invitational last week. The Oregon women are ranked No. 2 nationally while Texas A&M is ranked No. 3, and the Huskies are ranked 15th. The Aggies have the No. 1-ranked men's team, with Oregon ranking No. 4.

The quickest event of the day, the men's 100-meter dash, will be one of the most hotly contested, as senior James Alaka makes his season debut at the distance against Texas A&M standouts Prezel Hardy Jr. and Ameer Webb, and Oregon gridiron star De'Anthony Thomas. Alaka is also slated to run at 200-meters, where he is the two-time defending Pac-12 Champion, along with Matt Anthony and freshman Quadelle Satterwhite, who is also entered at 100-meters.

Washington's trio of short hurdlers--Shayne Moore, Howard Lao, and Chris Williams--will have still competition in Pac-12 Champ Johnathan Cabral of Oregon and Wayne Davis of Texas A&M, ranked first and sixth nationally. Senior Dan Sanders had one of his best openers in the 400m hurdles two weeks ago and runs again Saturday along with freshman Derrick Jones.

The 1,500-meters could be a battle on the men's side with Joey Bywater coming in ranked fifth in the nation, going against Oregon's Matt Miner and Elijah Greer, ranked second and fourth. Kyle Blume, Tyler King, and Michael Miller will also line up at 1,500m, with Miller coming off a PR of 3:47.70 last week.

At the longer distances, Aaron Nelson will look to follow up on a great steeplechase debut from two weeks ago, while James Cameron runs the event for the first time in two years. Rob Webster Jr. also moves up to 5,000-meters for the first time this season, with Aaron Beattiedropping down from 10k.

The men's javelin throw will be one of the attention-grabbing field events, as seniors Joe Zimmerman and Jimmy Brookman, sophomore Quinn Hale and freshman Carson Fullerare part of one of the best regular season javelin fields possible. Zimmerman is the top-ranked Husky right now at No. 7 nationally, but he's just fourth in the field as Sam Humphreys of A&M ranks first in the NCAA, Sam Crouser of Oregon is third, and Devin Bogert of A&M is sixth.

Senior Jeremy Taiwo will be one to watch in the men's high jump, his first time competing in that event since the NCAA Indoor Championships. Junior A.J. Maricichwill also look to go above and beyond the seven-foot mark for the second straight meet.

Taiwo is also entered in the long jump, along with freshman Josh Gordon who leapt nearly 24-feet last week at the Spring Break Open, and Kasen Covington, who will compete in both long and triple jumps. Covington took the week off at Stanford after opening his outdoor season with a career-best 51-6 ½ jump at USC that ranks 11th nationally.

In the pole vault, sophomore J.J. Juilfs is back in his hometown which could give him a boost as he looks to regain his regular 17-foot form from a year ago. Juilfs set his PR at Hayward Field last year to win Pac-12s. Freshmen Chris Williams and Jax Thoirsalso vault, with Thoirs sitting No. 28 nationally with his clearance of 17-2 ¾ at USC.

Robert Henderson will be busy in the throws, as he's entered in the hammer, discus, and shot put, with Taiwo also contributing to the discus and shot put and freshman Kyle Whitegetting a shot at all three as well.

At Stanford last week, Husky distance runners Megan Goethals, Christine Babcock, and Lindsay Flanagan ran times that ranked first, second, and third in UW history. All three will be back on the oval on Saturday, with Goethals and Flanagan stepping down to 5,000-meters after running the Nos. 1 and 3 10k times last week, and Babcock running in a loaded 1,500-meter field along with freshman Maddie Meyers and redshirt frosh Joelle Amaral. Kayla Evanswill also debut in the 5k.

Sophomore Baylee Mires moves to 800-meters after starting the outdoor season at 400m and then jumping to 1,500m last week, setting PRs at both. Eleanor Fultonalso will help challenge All-Americans Anne Kesselring and Laura Roesler of Oregon.

In the women's steeplechase, senior Mel Lawrence will compete in her first steeple in two years, and her first at Hayward Field since the 2010 NCAA Championships. She'll be joined by Justine Johnson and Liberty Millerwho ran the event for the first time two weeks ago.

In the women's sprints, junior Kayla Stueckle could chase a PR on the track where she set her best 400-meter hurdles time last year at Pac-12s. Stueckle opened at 59.21, a time that currently ranks her 13th. Gianna Woodruff will run the distance for the first time a week after a nice PR at 200-meters, and freshman Daje Pughwill run both short and long hurdles.

UW will be young at the shorter distances, with sophomore Haley Jacobson running the 100m and 200m, freshman Alexis Ford going at 200m and 400m, and freshman Krista Armstead also running 400m. Freshman Kimmie Stueckle will run in the 100m hurdles along with sophomore Naivasha Sophusson Smith, and Stueckle will also run the open 100-meters.

Multi athletes Jaleecia Roland and Shelby Williams will be busy trying to collect points on Saturday. Roland is in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump. Williams competes in the high jump and long jump. Senior Sarah Schireman, just short of a PR a week ago, will look to break the 19-foot mark in the long jump while also trying her skill at the triple jump.

Four women's vaulters will be in action including senior Logan Miller, who won this meet last year with her first 14-foot clearance. Miller was slowed by a foot injury indoors and has been working her way back into shape; joining her are Kristina Owsinski, Georgia Reynolds, and Ashley Schnapp.

In the throws, it will be up to the freshmen, Bev Coleman, Alyx Toeaina, Hannah Sherrill, and Carolyn Gravelle to pick up points in the shot put, discus, and hammer throws. Seniors Jordin Seekins and Ally Mueller will throw the javelin against a field that has four athletes in the top-40 nationally.

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