Dec. 4, 2008
SEATTLE - While final exams loom for UW's student-athletes, members of the Husky track and field squad will look to perform well in some early season tests this Saturday at the UW Winter Preview meet. Field events begin at 10 a.m. and running events at 11 a.m. down in the Dempsey Indoor facility.
This is the second year that Washington has got a head start on the indoor season with a December meet. The meet gives many of UW's freshmen a chance to get their first collegiate marks under their belts and gauge their progress with weeks of training and bigger meets ahead.
By Dempsey standards, the Winter Preview is a small-scale event, but still between 200 and 300 athletes from small colleges and clubs are expected to compete. Admission is free for all spectators.
The Dempsey has become the premier indoor track and field facility on the west coast, welcoming thousands of competitors and producing hundreds of NCAA qualifying marks year after year. The Winter Preview is the first of six collegiate meets on the schedule between December and March of 2009. The indoor season culminates with the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 13-14 hosted by Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.
Some of team's sending competitors include Seattle U., Seattle Pacific, Western Washington, Central Washington, University of Puget Sound, St. Martin's, Western Oregon, Evergreen St., and San Francisco St.
Most of the Huskies entered in the meet will participate in the field events. The pole vault competition could be one to watch, as NCAA runner-up Jared O'Connor is entered on the men's side, as is NCAA Regional qualifier Sarah Pappas on the women's side. Veterans Ryan Vu and Andrea Peterson are also entered.
The Huskies' top returning multi-event scorers will be in action as well, as Liz Fuller and Andrew Ferleman should hone their skills in several events. One freshman worth watching could be Newport High product Jeremy Taiwo, who figures to make an impact in the jumps this season.