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MPSF Meet Bigger And Better In The Dempsey
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Feb. 20, 2013

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Washington MPSF Championships

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SEATTLE - Conference championship action returns to the Dempsey Indoor this weekend, as an expanded Mountain Pacific Sports Federation again boasts one of the deepest and most competitive fields in the NCAA. Just a few weeks remain in the indoor season, with the Huskies and the rest of the MPSF battling not only for conference titles but for bids to the NCAA Indoor meet coming in early March.

This is the 10th consecutive year that the Dempsey has hosted the MPSF Championships. The two day meet, held this Friday and Saturday, serves as the indoor conference championships for every Pac-12 team that sponsors indoor track, as well as several other schools from the Big West and West Coast conferences. This season, the Hawaii women's team joins the mix for the first time, bringing the total to 15 women's teams and 12 men's teams.

Whereas with earlier invitationals that Husky track hosts many teams might only bring a handful of athletes, it's a different story for MPSFs, as full teams are represented across the board. Many of the teams in the MPSF rank among the best in the country. On the women's side, second-ranked Oregon leads the way, and should battle for the MPSF title with No. 8 Arizona State, No. 11 Arizona, and No. 16 Stanford. Several ranked men's teams are tightly bunched, with No. 11 Oregon, No. 13 Arizona State, and No. 14 Arizona leading the way.

Friday's meet begins at 12 noon with some field event finals, and track finals later in the evening. Events decided on Friday include the weight throws, pole vaults, long jumps, 5,000-meters, 200-meters, distance medley relays, and the women's pentathlon. Prelims will also be run in the 60m dashes and hurdles.

At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, things with finals in the mile, 60m dash and hurdles, 400-meters, 800-meters, 3,000-meters, and 4x400m relays wrapping things up by 3:00 p.m. In the field, Saturday features the shot put finals, high jumps and triple jumps, and the final three events of the heptathlon.

A big highlight for Husky fans will be getting a chance to cheer for senior Jeremy Taiwo, a new world record holder, in the heptathlon. The All-American set a new heptathlon high jump world record two weeks ago when he cleared 7-4 ½ on his way to scoring 6,156 points, ranking third in NCAA history. Taiwo has not competed in the MPSF heptathlon since his freshman year when he won the title.

In the sprints, UW will look to James Alaka, Matt Anthony, and newcomers Greg Ducre and Quadelle Satterwhite in the 60-meters, with Anthony and Satterwhite doubling at 200-meters. Maurice McNeal will be one of the top contenders at 400-meters, and Dan Sanders could be a threat to score as well. UW's hurdlers have been strong this season, with freshman Chris Williams coming in with the No. 4 time in the conference at 7.92 seconds. He'll look to make his first final, along with Shayne Moore and Howard Lao.

Michael Miller, Kyle Blume, and Brad Whitley will run 800-meters, with Joey Bywater in the top mile heat and freshmen Nick Harris and Hap Emmons in earlier flights. This weekend could see the return of All-American James Cameron, who is entered in the men's 3,000-meters for the Dawgs. Aaron Beattie and Tyler King will battle a talented field at 5k.

Pac-12 pole vault champ J.J. Juilfs will look to contend for another conference title, and also needs to improve his season-best if he wants to make a second straight NCAA Indoor meet. He'll be joined by Chris Williams and Jax Thoirs. A.J. Maricich and Chase Walker will go in the high jump. In the horizontal jumps, Kasen Williams chases points for the first time as a Husky trackster, as he's entered in both the long and triple jumps, along with Kasen Covington and Julian Bardwell. The lone men's thrower is freshman Jack Scheideman, who is coming off his first 50-foot toss last week in a meet in Idaho.

Looking at the women's entries, sophomore Haley Jacobson will hold it down at 60-meters, with Gianna Woodruff running at 200-meters as well as 400m. Senior Jordan Carlson will be one of the top 400-meter contenders despite a hamstring injury she suffered two weeks ago. Also at 400m are junior Kayla Stueckle, and freshmen Krista Armstead and Alexis Ford. Kimbery Stueckle and Naivasha Sophusson Smith will look for season-bests in the 60m hurdles.

An exciting sight in the entries is NCAA Champ Katie Flood, who has yet to race this indoor season. She could run either the mile, the 3k, or on the DMR. Multiple All-American and former MPSF 3k champ Megan Goethals is also entered at both 3k and in the 5k, while Christine Babcock will focus on the 3k as well as likely running DMR for the first time this season. Maddie Meyers is a mile and 3k entrant, with Joelle Amaral and C.J. Smith also in the mile field. Lindsay Flanagan and Liberty Miller are entered in the 5,000m Friday night.

At 800-meters, look for sophomore Baylee Mires to mix it up with a talented top flight of NCAA veterans as she tries to improve on her 2:06.73 PR set two weeks ago. Chloe Curtis will also run in the first heat.

On Friday, Jaleecia Roland and Shelby Williams will put in some long days in the pentathlon. Kristina Owsinski, Georgia Reynolds, and Ashley Schnapp are entered in the women's vault. Sarah Schireman will compete in the long jump, with Roland coming back to go in the triple jump on Saturday along with freshman Savannah Burr. Freshmen Bev Coleman and Alyx Toeaina will throw the shot, with Coleman entered in the weight throw as well.

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