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April 25, 2013

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Washington UW-WSU Dual Meet

April 27 at Husky Outdoor Track
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SEATTLE - A new era in the long, storied tradition of Washington track and field begins this Saturday with the first competition on UW's new purple track playground. After a Friday ribbon cutting ceremony and alumni reunion, the Huskies get down to business on Saturday against their oldest rival, as Washington State tries to spoil the party in the annual dual meet.

This will be the 97th dual meet showdown between the Huskies and Cougars, with the first head-to-head battle all the way back in 1901 in Seattle, with the Huskies earning a 96-26 win. Saturday will be much closer, with both the men's and women's battles possibly going down to the wire. Scoring for the dual meet is 5-3-1 for first, second, and third places in individual events, and five points only for the winning relays.

Husky Stadium had been the home for UW outdoor track meets since the early 20's, but the track was removed as part of the ongoing stadium renovation, and the new location just north of Husky Soccer Field was selected, providing a much more intimate and fan-friendly setting, with all field events able to take place in one spot.

Historically in the series, Washington State holds a 61-34 advantage on the men's side, with one tie. The women's dual began in 1979, and Washington holds the 21-16 all-time lead. Last season, in Pullman, the Husky women earned a 89-74 win, but the WSU men came out on top, 87-76.

The hammer throwers will be the first athletes to make a dent in the grass infield, as the hammer goes on its own at 10 a.m. Three more events get underway at 12:30 p.m., the women's javelin, long jump, and pole vault, all three of which figure to be big in UW's chances. Seniors Logan Miller is aiming for a fourth-straight dual win in the vault.

The first gun will go off at 1 p.m. for the women's steeplechase, another talented field led by meet record-holder Mel Lawrence, along with WSU senior Caroline Austin, ranked 24th nationally, and 27th-ranked Husky senior Aaron Nelson, now ranked 17th in the nation, and WSU's 23rd-ranked Andrew Gonzales.

In the sprints, senior James Alaka will be looking to sweep the 100- and 200-meter dashes for the fourth year in a row, with some strong support from freshman Quadelle Satterwhite. Junior Chris Williams, Shayne Moore, and Howard Lao in the short hurdles, and Dan Sanders in the long hurdles.

The Cougars have one of the nation's top quarter-milers in Shawna Fermin, but a big part of the Husky women's win last year was a sweep in the 400-meter hurdles, led by Gianna Woodruff, who both rank in the top-40 nationally.

Exactly who runs what from 800-meters up to 3,000-meters is known only to the coaches right now, but on the women's side the Huskies have a lot of firepower, with Megan Goethals who won the 3,000-meters last year and also could drop down to 1,500-meters. Eleanor Fulton have also been having excellent seasons and will try to help UW rack up big points in the distances. WSU will look to Ruby Roberts, who ran a 4:22 time at the Pepsi Team Invite, and Courtney Zalud, a 2:08 800-meter runner to counter.

Men's distance events look to be very closely matched and could swing the meet one way or the other. Jesse Jorgensen of WSU has the top 800-meter time this season, but UW will look for a boost from sophomore Joey Bywater already got a 1,500-meter win at the Pepsi Team Invite, and won this race last year in Pullman, but his top time is less than a second ahead of WSU's Todd Wakefield. Wakefield is also one of three WSU distance runners who have run 14:02 in the 5k this year, though Husky sophomore Tyler King has a 14:00.58 time that makes him one of the favorites in the 3k.

The men's jumps will also have a lot of intrigue, with several All-Americans in action. Senior Kasen Covington winning the triple jump on his final attempt by tying Scott-Ellis' mark. This year, Covington has the better mark coming in, but he has seen limited action since going 51-6 ½ in the outdoor opener due to a hamstring issue.

Also looking to come back from a nagging leg issue is junior Jax Thoirs, Chris Williams, and J.J. Juilfs give UW the top three marks this season in the pole vault, so the Huskies will be hoping for a sweep at that spot.

Big expectations will be placed on the Husky men's javelin throwers once again, as they've swept the dual the past couple of years. Jimmy Brookman, and Quinn Hale all rank in the top-40 nationally. The other three throwing events on the men's side might favor WSU on paper, but the Huskies will hope for a strong showing from Robert Henderson, and the potential return of Danny Shelton in the shot put with spring football wrapped up.

Women's throws after the javelin will be another proving ground for the young Huskies. Bev Coleman, Alyx Toeaina, Hannah Sherrill, and Carolyn Gravelle could produce one of the highlights of their first seasons with a win or two on Saturday.

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