March 28, 2008
SEATTLE - The Washington track and field team picked an unfortunate day to make their outdoor season debut, but persevered through the soggy, cold conditions to complete the UW Outdoor Preview, one of just two meets at Husky Stadium this year.
Given the strong winds and steady mix of rain and snow, fast times were hard to come by in the meet which featured a collection of local small colleges and club teams. Still, many Huskies got off to solid starts under the stadium lights.
Washington's men are ranked ninth to open the outdoor season after placing 10th at the NCAA Indoor Championships two weeks ago. Several of the top Husky distance runners competed in the 1500-meters, with sophomore Kelly Spady just beating out junior Jake Schmitt for the win in a time of 3:55.84. Freshman Charlie Williams and redshirt freshman Riley Booker were third and fourth, respectively.
Elsewhere, Jordan Swarthout placed second in the 3K, running 8:44.68. Freshman Miles Timpe was impressive in his Husky Stadium debut, winning the 400m hurdles in 55.21, while Corey Fredericks came out on top in both the long and triple jumps. Sophomore Cameron Elisara had the day's best shot put at 49-0 ¼.
The Husky women welcomed back senior Amy Lia to active duty, as she competed in the 800-meters, placing fifth in 2:22.66 in what was clearly a tune-up for the 2006 NCAA 1500-meter champion. Lia missed the majority of the 2007 season with injury and also was unable to run during cross country season. Lia ran second for much of the race but held back when Oregon State's Sylvia Veal made a kick to pull away and win.
Sophomore Mo Huber ran a strong 1500-meters, placing second to OSU's Noelle Harer in 4:41.04, and freshman Kenna Patrick was third out of 29 runner in the 3000-meters, running 10:13.28.
The pole vault was moved indoors due to the wet conditions, and thus was made into an exhibition. Still, senior Kelley DiVesta showed the form that made her an All-American two weeks ago at NCAA's, clearing 13-5 ¼ to win the event. DiVesta's clearance would have easily surpassed the NCAA Regional mark had it been achieved outdoors.
The Huskies will head south next week in search of better weather with some heading farther south than others. The Pepsi Team Invitational in Eugene, Ore. and the Stanford Invite are both scheduled for Saturday, April 5, and UW will likely be represented at both meets.
Darkness and increasing rain forced the men's discus event to be scratched.