March 30, 2013
Mar. 29-30, at Cobb Track & Angell Field in Palo Alto
Live Results | Day One Recap
PALO ALTO, Calif. - At the end of a long road trip, the Huskies showed they still had plenty of energy left in the tank, with a number of season- and personal-bests this afternoon to close out the Stanford Invitational. The Husky 4x400-meter relays in particular finished off the long Spring Break trip with the best run in five years for the men, and the best in 13 years for the women.
The Huskies have been in California for the past ten days, starting the outdoor season at the Trojan Invitational last weekend, then training in Santa Barbara over Spring Break and continuing up to Stanford this weekend, bringing a lot of experience now back to Seattle. "The purpose of this trip was to become a more unified team, and I think we accomplished that," said Head Coach Greg Metcalf. "It was challenging but fun and we had a lot to be excited about on the track this weekend. Our relays really capped things off on a high note for us today, and we're happy to get to our own beds tonight."
At the end of the afternoon, the Husky women's 4x4 group of Baylee Mires, Gianna Woodruff, and Krista Armstead brought the stick around in 3:43.15, the best time by the Dawgs since 2000, and the seventh-best mark in school history. The women also had a second relay group of Haley Jacobson, and Daje Pugh run 3:49.37.
The Husky men followed suit with their best time since 2008, as freshman Quadelle Satterwhite led off, then seniors James Alaka and Dan Sanders carried, with another freshman, Andrew Prentice, closing out. Prentice brought UW home in a time of 3:09.38, which would rank the Dawgs ninth nationally and second in the Pac-12. Sprints coach Raul Sheen thought it was the best collective day he's seen from the long relays.
Woodruff also posted a big personal best of 24.59 in the 200-meters shortly before the relays. It was her first time running the race outdoors, but three-tenths faster than her top indoor time, and just .09 seconds off the No. 10 mark in school history. Sophomore Haley Jacobson also had a PR of 25.12.
In the finals of the 110-meter hurdles, senior Shayne Moore matched his PR for the second straight week, clocking 14.57 again to finish fourth.
Junior Kyle Blume had a strong run at 800-meters, as he led going away down the homestretch to win his section in 1:52.12. Brad Whitley ran 1:55.47 in another section but was tripped up around the final turn.
Senior Jeremy Taiwo focused on the pole vault this afternoon, and was just a quarter of an inch off his personal-best, as he cleared 15-11, then had a pair of close calls at 16-5. In the women's triple jump, Jaleecia Roland notched a 37-foot, 6-inch best on her third attempt to finish eighth.
Next up for the Huskies is the year's first trip to Eugene, as they head to the Pepsi Team Invitational at Oregon's Hayward Field on Saturday, April 6. It will be the first scored meet of the outdoor season.