Future Huskies Post U.S.-Leading Times
A number of UW's recent track and field signees have wasting little time making names for themselves early in the outdoor season. Several members of the group have already established themselves atop the national leaderboards.
Mid-distance standouts Chloe Curtis of Redondo Beach, California and Sean Krinik from Yorba Linda, California, each posted the nation's top times at 800-meters at the Azusa Distance Meet of Champions on March 28. Curtis won in a new personal-best of 2:09.07, while Krinik posted a 1:50.16 for the victory. Curtis also doubled back and won the 3200-meter run in 10:31.24.
Curtis' exploits earned her a feature interview on dyestat.com, one of the main hubs of prep track and field. The following is an excerpt on her #1 800-meter time:
"I just ran hard down the backstretch to make sure I was separated from the pack, and closed in a 63 last 400 for my 2:09. I was pretty happy with the race, and I got a PR, but I feel like I'm ready to go much faster right now. When I found out I had the US #1 time I was really happy about it, and it makes me feel good knowing that I'm already running fast this early in the season."
As for Krinik, the defending California state champion in the 800, his coach Pat Hadley told the OC Register, "He's faster at this time of year than he was this time last year, so that's really exciting."
Still, perhaps the most impressive mark thus far was just turned in by Boise, Idaho's Kasen Covington, who won the triple jump at the Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational in Nevada this past Saturday, April 3, with a new lifetime-best jump of 52-feet, 4-inches. If Covington were to duplicate that mark at UW, he would shoot to second in school history. Covington also won the long jump with a mark of 23-4 3/4. His triple jump marks currently ranks second in the country, just a quarter-inch out of first.
Finally, of Del Mar, California currently ranks second on the athletic.net national list at 3200-meters with a time of 10:30.05. Add that to Megan Goethals' indoor national title at 2-miles from last month and it has already been quite a track season for the future Dawgs with much more to come!
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