Oct. 25, 2009
SEATTLE - The 2010 Washington track and field schedule has been finalized and promises to be another memorable campaign. Once again the Dempsey Indoor facility will be one of the nation's top destinations during the indoor track season, and the outdoor schedule will see the Huskies hit up some of the most exciting meets in track & field.
The indoor season kicks off with the UW Indoor Preview at the Dempsey on January 16th. That will be followed by the two-day UW Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29-30. The largest meet of the year is the Husky Classic, now expanded over two days on Feb. 12-13. Both the Invitational and Husky Classic typically draw over a thousand competitors.
For a chance of pace, the Huskies will send a contingent to the Vandal Indoor in Moscow, Idaho. Next up will be the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships, the indoor conference meet annually hosted by the Huskies. The Pac-10 does not sponsor indoor track, but the MPSFs gather the majority of Pac-10 schools in the Dempsey along with two teams out of the Big West. MPSFs will be held Feb. 26-27.
The Dempsey schedule wraps up with the UW Last Chance Qualifier on March 6. The Huskies will then take their qualifying crew to the NCAA Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville on March 12-13.
Two weeks after nationals, the Huskies venture outside for the first time in late March, traveling to the Stanford Invitational Mar. 26-27. Then for the first time in several years, the Dawgs will check out the prestigious Texas Relays, which run from Apr. 1-4. Held in Austin, the Texas Relays will give UW a chance to preview the facilities that will host this year's West Regionals.
Washington will return to the Pepsi Team Invitational hosted by Oregon on April 10 after a year hiatus last season. The busy month of April continues with the Mt. SAC Relays from the 15th-17th, then in another change from recent years, the Dawgs will travel to Cal's Brutus Hamilton Invite which runs Apr. 22-24.
While a partial squad competes at Cal, Washington will head back to the legendary Penn Relays in Philadelphia over the same weekend. Last year was UW's first trip in over a decade, and they came away with a second-place men's sprint medley relay finish and a third-place finish in the women's 4x1,500-meters, breaking the previous collegiate record.
The annual UW-WSU dual meet is in Pullman this year on May 1, then the Huskies will be in Husky Stadium for their only home meet outdoors, the Ken Shannon Invitational.
Pac-10 Track will be in Berkeley, hosted by Cal from May 14-15, then West Regionals will be in Austin, Texas from May 28-29. Regionals follow a new format this year with just two regions, much larger fields and more preliminary rounds.
Finally, the NCAA Outdoor Championships are set for June 9-12 in Eugene, Ore.