May 5, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - In the final tune-up before the Pac-12 Championships next weekend, UW track picked up five victories tonight in the Oregon Twilight Meet at Hayward Field. While the majority of Huskies are still looking forward to the conference meet, junior Sarah Schireman and sophomore Shelby Williams officially kicked off Pac-12s in the first day of the heptathlon, also at Hayward Field today. Williams and Schireman completed four of the seven events today.
First up was the 100m hurdles, and Schireman ran a multis PR of 14.62 to take eighth overall. Williams did not get off to a great start, running 15.43, but things would pick up from there. Williams jumped an outdoor best of 5-1 ¼ in the high jump, while Schireman went 5-0 ¼. Williams then went out and got the win in the shot put, tossing a new PR of 42-4 ¾. Schireman also had a new best of 32-11 ¼. Lastly in the 200-meters, Schireman set another PR, running 25.91, and Williams was close behind at 25.96.
That leaves Williams in 10th-place after day one with 2,998 points, just 77 points away from eighth. Schireman is 15th with 2,884 points. Day two includes the long jump, javelin, and 800-meter run.
The Twilight Meet kicked off in the evening and freshman Gianna Woodruff won the first race of the night, running 1:01.42 to take the 400-meter hurdles.
Senior Ryan Hamilton knocked off a couple Ducks to win the 100-meter dash, clocking a season-best 10.51 seconds, but with a major tailwind of 5.4 meters per second at his back. Still, it sets Hamilton up well for next week back on the same track for the Pac-12 meet.
Freshman Naivasha Sophusson Smith had a big PR in the 100-meter hurdles, running 14.51 seconds. Redshirt frosh Tate Latimer also won her heat in a wind-aided personal best of 14.46 seconds, winner her heat by six tenths of a second.
The Huskies then racked up a string of wins in the jumps, starting with junior Julian Bardwell, who went 23-6 ¾ on his fourth attempt for the victory. Senior Taylor Nichols got the win in the triple jump, going a season-best 39-8 ¾ on two different jumps.
Back on the track, redshirt freshman Chloe Curtis continues to improve each time out on the track. She won the first section of the 800-meter run tonight in a PR of 2:12.65. Going all the way back to the indoor season in January when she ran a time of 2:17, Curtis has improved in every one of her six outings since.
In the men's 800-meter run, sophomore Kyle Blume also was the winner in the first section, running an outdoor best 1:51.61. Brad Whitley was third in 1:52.54, and Charlie Williams was seventh in the second section at 1:52.07.
Redshirt freshmen Georgia Reynolds and Ashley Schnapp both cleared personal-bests in the women's pole vault. Reynolds got over 12-6 ¾ on her third attempt to place fifth. Schnapp cleared 11-7 on her first try.
Wrapping things up on the track were Kayla Evans and Breanna Huschka in the 3,000-meters. Evans, who just made her season debut last week in the UW-WSU dual meet, ran 11 seconds faster than last week to finish third in 9:46.28. Huschka was fifth in 9:52.68, a full 14 seconds faster than a week ago.