Dec. 15, 2009
SEATTLE - The Husky track and field team opened up the Dempsey Indoor for the indoor track season this past Friday, holding an intrasquad scrimmage. Approximately 60 athletes were split into a Purple team and Gold team, and competed in 11 events for both men and women plus a full team relay to close out the night.
Some of the events were a bit off the beaten path, including an 88.11 meter dash, covering the exact distance of the Dempsey straightaway back behind the usual start line. Dominique Lauderdale won the women's sprint in 10.87 seconds for Team Purple, and Ryan Hamilton took the men's 88.11-meter dash in 9.63 seconds for the Gold. Both athletes can likely stake their claim to a world record in the peculiar distance.
Other highlights included a full team javelin contest using "turbo-jav" training devices. Lacking the proper form, most sprinters, jumpers, and vaulters sent the implements spiraling into the ground. Luckily, All-American javelin throwers Kyle Nielsen and Brooke Pighin were on hand to show how it's done, and both launched the devices across the field.
The night ended with each team lining up for the longest and most diverse relay in Dempsey history. Every member of both teams lined up to go once around the track. The race was remarkably close for such a long event and had several lead changes, as occasionally a strong but not necessarily fleet-footed thrower would be caught by a sprinter from the other side. In the end, the Gold Team secured its overall victory with a win in 22-minutes, 25.60 seconds, with Purple finishing in 22:46.30.