April 14, 2010
This weekend Washington track will be at various points around the state of California, with the Mt. SAC Relays being the focal point of the week's action. It will be a big weekend in particular for the distance crew and the multi-event group which will get their first full multis under their belts for the outdoor season.
The invitational portion of Mt. SAC, featuring all UW athletes, runs this Thursday, April 15, until Saturday, April 17 at the Hilmer Lodge Stadium located on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, east of Los Angeles. The multi pack will be at the Mt. SAC multi-events which run Wednesday and Thursday at Azusa Pacific, while a number of sprinters will be further north at Sacramento State for some Saturday sprinting.
The Mt. SAC Relays are an annual highlight on the outdoor track schedule, where a number of the world's top athletes compete along with top collegians down to high school competitors. Seventeen Huskies in all will be at the Hilmer Lodge track to compete this weekend, as will a number of American and international pros.
The first Huskies to see action will be the multi group which kicks off today. Sophomore Jeremy Taiwo will be contesting his first full multi-event indoors or out since last season's Pac-10 Championships, where he took third in the decathlon. Junior Andrew Ferleman, redshirt freshman Jake Vetter and freshman Bryce Borer will also test their skills over the two-day event.
In the California Invitational Heptathlon, senior Lindsey Kirschman, and freshmen Sarah Schireman and Shaniae Lakes will all look to complete their first collegiate heptathlons. Lakes is coming off a freshman record in the triple jump last week in Oregon, where she hit 41-feet for the first time in her career.
At the main site, four-time All-American and NCAA Indoor Champion Scott Roth will be in action in the pole vault for the second week in a row, vaulting on Saturday afternoon. Roth has won every meet this year but will be going against a few pros that have cleared 19-feet in their careers. Senior Ryan Vu will also vault in the University Open flight on Friday.
The distance events should be fast and furious. Senior Katie Follett will race a number of pros in the top heat of the 1,500-meters on Friday. Follett is also entered in the 800-meters on Saturday. Senior Kailey Campbell will be in the Olympic Development section of the 1,500, and freshmen Justine Johnson and Courtney Lightfoot will also run in 1,500m open heats.
Senior Anita Campbell is entered in both the top invitational heats of the 5k and the 10k, though she will certainly only compete in one or the other. An All-American and Pac-10 champ in the 10k last year, Campbell just opened her final outdoor season last week.
In the men's distance events, junior Colton Tully-Doyle will move back up to the 5,000-meters after consecutive runs at 1,500m and compete in the Olympic Development heat late Friday night at 11:25 p.m. Also running the 5k in Tully-Doyle's heat is senior Jake Schmitt, who ran under 29-minutes in the 10k in his last outing at Stanford. In the top open 5k heat is junior Jordan Swarthout, who just had a huge PR of 14:08 a week ago in Oregon and is clearly running the best of his career right now.