March 27, 2013
Mar. 29-30, at Cobb Track & Angell Field in Palo Alto
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SEATTLE - The Husky track Spring Break tour wraps up this weekend in Palo Alto for the annual Stanford Invitational, this Friday and Saturday at Cobb Track and Angell Field. Washington has spent the week training in Santa Barbara after competing at the USC Invitational last week to begin the outdoor season. Live results and a live video stream on Flotrack.org will be available to follow along this weekend.
The Stanford Invitational is traditionally one of the marquee outdoor meets for distance runners, with great fields and hopefully friendly weather conditions. The Washington entries reflect that, with a big focus this weekend in the 1,500-meters, 5,000-meters, and 10,000-meters.
The women’s 1,500-meters will be one of the events to watch on Friday evening, as there are more than a hundred entries, including a whopping 11 Huskies. Notably, senior Chelsea Orr, and Mel Lawrence, back for her final season of outdoor track and looking to go out on a high note after a couple injury-plagued seasons.
Eleanor Fulton, Joelle Amaral, Maddie Meyers will join the fray at 1,500-meters, with Chloe Curtis stepping up from 800-meters and Baylee Mires running the 1,500 this week after running a 400m PR last weekend. Liberty Miller and Justine Johnson are both coming off excellent steeplechase debuts last week and will run 1,500-meters as well.
Babcock could bypass the 1,500-meters as she is also entered in the 5,000m. Phoebe Merritt is another entered in both the 1,500m and 5,000m.
The 10k races, going off around 9 p.m. Friday night, will feature junior Megan Goethals making her debut at the distance, along with Lindsay Flanagan, a Pac-12 scorer at 10k a year ago.
The men have five entries at 1,500-meters, led by Joey Bywater who opened up at 800-meters last week. Michael Miller and Kyle Blume and Tyler King had a big personal-best in the 1,500m last week and he’ll step up to the 5k this week.
The Dawgs got victories in the field events from Kasen Covington, and freshman Jax Thoirs last week and all three will be looking for strong follow-ups in Palo Alto. Maricich and Chase Walker go in the high jump, Covington will be in both long and triple jumps, and Thoirs will vault along with sophomore J.J. Juilfs, freshman Chris Williams, and senior Jeremy Taiwo, working on another event for his decathlon.
UW could get a boost in the throws this week as transfer Robert Henderson is entered in both the discus and hammer throws. Henderson impressed in the weight throw indoors while competing unattached. After a big opening weekend from the men’s javelin crew, three of the four will be in action again, with Joe Zimmerman taking the week off, but Jimmy Brookman, Quinn Hale, and Carson Fuller all throwing.
Field event entries on the women’s side include Jaleecia Roland in both the triple and high jumps, Sarah Schireman in the long and triple jumps, and Shelby Williams in the high jump. Logan Miller, Georgia Reynolds, and Kristina Owsinski will vault once again.
Freshmen Hannah Sherrill and Alyx Toeaina will both throw discus, and seniors Jordin Seekins and Ally Mueller will go in the javelin fresh off PRs for both of them at USC.
It will be a lighter week for the sprints group this weekend, but plenty remains to watch. Freshman Daje Pugh will run in the 400-meter hurdles, her first open race since a slight hamstring injury during the indoor season. She was the California state champion last year in the 300m hurdles. Haley Jacobson and Gianna Woodruff will both dash over 200-meters. Jacobson ran the 100-meters last week but the timing system malfunctioned and the times were lost.
Men’s sprinters slated to compete include Shayne Moore in the 110m hurdles, looking for a second straight PR. Dan Sanders, Andrew Prentice, and Matt Anthony will all run the open 400-meters, and hurdler Howard Lao will take away the barriers and run a straight 100m dash.