April 19, 2012
BEACH INVITATIONAL - APR. 20-21
WALNUT, Calif. - An impressive group showing from the Husky mid-distance crew was led by Chelsea Orr, who posted one of the top-10 times in the NCAA this season at 1,500-meters as the Mt. SAC Relays opened up at Hilmer Lodge Stadium. Orr was one of three Huskies under 4:24 at 1,500-meters and five Dawgs ran under 4:30.
Orr, the lead leg on UW's NCAA Champion DMR team, ran in the top heat of the day, and broke the 4:20 mark in the first 1,500-meter run of her career. The Sammamish native was second only to a post-collegiate runner, clocking 4:19.21 for the top collegiate time in a field of over 120 athletes. Orr jumps up to the No. 9 time in the nation this season.
Junior Christine Babcock knocked a couple seconds off her season-best time, running 4:22.58. Freshman Eleanor Fulton was third in the second section, clocking 4:23.74. Sophomore Mackenzie Carter, who had run 4:49 in her only previous 1,500m race last year, slashed that PR all the way down to 4:26.64. Junior Justine Johnson ran 4:29.84, and freshman Baylee Mires just missed being the sixth Husky under 4:30, as she ran 4:30.11 in her first 1,500-meters.
New personal bests for freshman Meron Simon and sophomore Kyle Blume highlighted six Husky men in the 1,500 races. Simon, the Federal Way product, ran 3:50.23 in the fourth section. Blume, down in the 10th section, knocked almost seven seconds off his PR, finishing in 3:51.79. Senior Ryan Soberanis also ran well in the No. 2 heat, taking second in the race in 3:50.33. Michael Miller Jr. also was near his PR, clocking 3:52.63
Sophomore Aaron Beattie completed his first career 10k in the evening, finishing up in 30:20.49.
Over at Azusa Pacific, junior Sarah Schireman and sophomore Shelby Williams each wrapped up their first heptathlons of the season, with Williams posting a big PR and Schireman coming in just off her career-best.
Williams opened and closed the competition with big PRs, running 15.16 in the 100m hurdles, and 2:24.72 for 800-meters. She also had the second-best shot put mark of the competition with an outdoor PR of 41-4 ¼. That added up to 4,679 points, more than 300 points better than her top mark a year ago, and the new No. 7 mark in school history.
Schireman had the second-best long jump in the competition, going 18-9 ¼ to match her lifetime best indoors or out. She also had one of her best high jump efforts, clearing 5-3, and ran 14.84 in the 100m hurdles en route to scoring 4,633 points, just 24 points off her PR.
The Relays continue all day Friday and Saturday with the sprints and field events getting underway. Huskies will also be in action at the Beach Invitational in Long Beach with the hammer throw on Friday and the bulk of the events on Saturday.