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Jan. 24, 2013


Washington UW Invitational

Jan. 25-26, in The Dempsey | Live VideoLive Results 
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SEATTLE - An annual highlight of the NCAA indoor track season, the UW Invitational brings more than a thousand athletes from around the country to the Dempsey this Friday and Saturday. Expect some new national leaders to walk out of the building on Saturday evening as the field assembled is strong on the track and in the field, with a full Husky squad looking to make its own marks.

Starting things off on Friday will be the men's heptathlon and women's pentathlon at 1:00 p.m. The first non-multi-events will be the 200-meters starting at 4:30 on Friday, followed by the 5,000-meter runs and the always-thrilling distance medley relay, which the UW women won at NCAAs last year, though the Huskies will have a different foursome Friday.

On Saturday, action resumes at 8:40 a.m. on the track and 9:00 a.m. in the field. The casual fan will want to drop in at 3:00 p.m. for the start of the invitational sections, which group the top heats of the mile, 400-meters, 800-meters, 3,000-meters, and 4x400m relays together for one excellent race after another until the day concludes at around 5:30 p.m.

Joining the Huskies will be large contingents from several Pac-12 schools, including Oregon, California, Stanford, UCLA, the Oregon State women, and a small group from Colorado. The lure of the Dempsey will bring athletes from as far away as Ohio University and Tulane. Also in attendance will be BYU, Colorado State, Gonzaga, Hawaii, Nevada, and UNLV, just to name a few.

After mostly sitting out during the first meet of the season, the UW distance crew will be involved in several of the weekend's most intriguing races. The top flights of the women's 3,000-meter run on Saturday will be especially loaded. The fastest and final heat features Husky All-Americans Megan Goethals and Christine Babcock against some top professional runners including UW alum Katie Mackey, and several NCAA Champions and All-Americans. Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino will be in the race, she edged Goethals by .03 seconds to win the NCAA 5,000-meter title last June. The first invitational heat will also be very strong, with Lindsay Flanagan, Justine Johnson, Liberty Miller, and Maddie Meyers all entered for UW.

Other women's distance Dawgs to watch include Joelle Amaral in section one of the mile invite, and Baylee Mires in the 800-meters. The 800-meters overall will be extremely strong, with over 30 women who have run under 2:10 in the building. Washington's DMR Friday night is set to include Amaral, Gianna Woodruff, Johnson, and Meyers.

The Husky men's DMR should lead off with Joey Bywater, who anchored the DMR to a school-record and NCAA appearance last year. Bywater is coming off his best fall and will hope to carry that to best spring. He'll pass to freshman Derrick Jones, then Brad Whitley, another DMR returner from last year, and Michael Miller will anchor for 1,600-meters. Miller will also run one of the invite races at  800-meters on Saturday.

Another great 3,000-meter field awaits on the men's side on Saturday, with Washington's Tyler King and Aaron Nelson toeing the line in the top heat. 2012 Olympian Donn Cabral and Hassan Mead (eighth in the 5k at last year's US Olympic Trials) head the field.

Some more names could be added to the 87 who have run four-minute miles in the Dempsey, as the top flight will be another brisk battle. Whitley and Kyle Blume will compete in the first heat of the mile invite, with freshmen Nick Harris and Hap Emmons, and junior Taylor Carlson also running earlier mile heats. Junior Gareth Gilna also opens his season at 800-meters.

After providing a number of highlights at the season-opening UW Indoor Preview, the Husky sprinters should be fired up for another big weekend. Washington will close the meet Saturday with two strong 4x400m relay squads competing against some top Pac-12 rivals. The men will go with Colton Dunn, James Alaka in his 2013 debut, Dan Sanders, and Maurice McNeal. The women's group includes Woodruff, Kayla Stueckle, Daje Pugh, and Jordan Carlson.

Carlson also opens up in the top heat of the 400-meter dash, looking to put her name in the NCAA conversation there. Pugh will try to improve on a nice first outing two weeks back in the 60m hurdles, while Stueckle will drop down to the open 200-meters, and Haley Jacobson goes for another PR in the 60m dash.

The men's sprinters will be busy in the short sprints, with freshmen Quadelle Satterwhite and Travis Marshall each running the 60m and 200m, and Matt Anthony also lining up in both. Dunn goes in the 200-meters as well. A host of PRs were set in the 60m hurdles two weeks back, and now will be challenged by Chris Williams, Shayne Moore, Howard Lao, and Kaid Tipton. Williams won the UW Indoor Invite with a time of 8.17.

The men's jumps will have the usual suspects of talented Huskies, with a talented pole vault flight drawing attention in the northeast corner. J.J. Juilfs will get to compete against UCLA's Michael Woepse, the NCAA runner-up outdoors. Freshman Jax Thoirs looks to build on a 17-foot clearance from the National Pole Vault Summit last weekend, and freshman Chris Williams goes in the first flight.

Senior Julian Bardwell and junior Kasen Covington will go in the top flight of the men's long jump, and the newest addition to the squad, football standout Kasen Williams will get his first taste of collegiate track and field in the first flight of the long jump. Williams swept the Washington state titles in the long, triple, and high jumps as a senior at Skyline in 2011, but did not compete in track last year.

Covington also goes in the triple jump for the first time this year, and junior A.J. Maricich will see his best competition thus far in the high jump, with several Pac-12 rivals from Cal, Stanford, and Colorado entered.

Sarah Schireman will be in the top flight in the women's long jump, and Roland will come back after her busy Friday to triple jump on Saturday. Redshirt freshman Kristina Owsinski is coming off a good showing at the National Pole Vault Summit and will look to continue her upward trend, and sophomore Georgia Reynolds looks to find her groove as well in the vault.

The young Husky throws group will look to keep building on the season-opener, with Jack Scheideman and Danny Shelton throwing shot on the men's side, and Alyx Toeaina, Bev Coleman and Carolyn Gravelle throwing for the women. Hannah Sherrill will also be in the weight throw for the women as will Kyle White for the men, with Scheideman, and all three women's shot putters doubling.

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