SEATTLE – After splitting up the squad for the outdoor opener two weeks ago, Washington track will be united in the Bay Area this weekend for the Stanford Invitational. A big contingent of sprinters, throwers, horizontal jumpers, and distance runners will head for Cobb Track and Angell Field for the two-day meet which begins Friday.
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Traditionally, the Stanford Invite produces many of the fastest distance races of the outdoor season, with elite heats going one after another late into the night on Friday. The Huskies will look to do some damage to their PRs and the recordbooks in those events this weekend.
Friday’s distance races include the 1,500-meters, 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000-meters and 10,000-meters, all of which will have outstanding fields. For the Husky men, the four All-American distance runners from the NCAA Indoor meet will all be making their outdoor season debuts. Mile run All-American Izaic Yorks is in the top heat of the 1,500-meters, while DMR All-Americans Blake Nelson and Meron Simon are in the second section. Derrick Daigre will make his outdoor 800m debut on Saturday as well.
Also running for the men will be Nick Harris in the 800m and 1,500m, after he ran a big PR of 1:50.75 two weeks ago at Oregon. Redshirt freshman Hap Emmons makes his season debut at 1,500-meters, and Brad Whitley also is set to go in the metric mile after a good 800m opener at USC. Cross country All-American Aaron Nelson is entered in what would be his first career 10k on the track, as well as being entered in the 5k.
Last year at Stanford, Megan Goethals broke a 30-year-old school record in the 10k, and she’ll run the 25 laps for the first time this season on Friday, along with senior Lindsay Flanagan, who went to No. 3 on the school’s top -10 list at this meet last year. Also look for All-American Katie Flood in her first career 5k on Friday night, coming off a nice season debut of 4:20.57 in the 1,500m two weeks ago.
The 5k will also feature freshman Katie Knight in the second section, and freshman Kaylee Flanagan and junior Megan Morgan in section four. Junior Eleanor Fulton and freshman Amy-Eloise Neale will be in section two of the 1,500-meters, with Erin Johnson in section six. Fulton and sophomore C.J. Smith are in the 800-meter run on Saturday.
All-America honorable mention Liberty Miller will take to the water pits for the first time on Friday, running in the top flight of the steeplechase.
Four Dawgs are entered in the 100-meters: Matt Anthony, Travis Marshall, Quadelle Satterwhite, and Lucas Strong. Marshall, Satterwhite, and Strong are also in the 200m, along with freshman Andrew Brown. Brown is also slated for the 400-meters along with Andrew Prentice. The Huskies have a big group of hurdles led by honorable mention All-American Chris Williams and Howard Lao and Devin Liebel in the high hurdles, with Liebel, Derrick Jones, and Kaid Tipton in the 400-meter hurdles.
Racing for the women will be junior Haley Jacobson and freshman Kate Adler at 100-meters and sophomore Krista Armstead, Jacobson, and junior Gianna Woodruff at 200-meters. Armstead will also run the quarter-mile. Kimberly Stueckle will run the 100-meter hurdles, and Woodruff and All-America honorable mention Kayla Stueckle will run the 400-meter hurdles for the second time this season, looking to build off sub-60-second openers.
In the field, Kasen Covington will go in the triple jump invitational, as will Shaniae Lakes on the women’s side, with Julian Bardwell and Jaleecia Roland also in the collegiate sections. Covington and Bardwell are also in the long jump.
A big group of Husky throwers is on the way to the Bay, including Quinn Hale and Carson Fuller, who rank ninth and 16th, respectively, in the NCAA after their big opening marks at USC two weeks ago. Former NCAA Prelim qualifier Curtis Clauson will also throw for the first time since 2012 after missing last year after elbow surgery. Jack Scheideman, Brian Hutchison, and Dan Boyden all make the trip for the men as well to throw the shot, hammer, and discus in various combinations.
After opening with a 140-0 mark at USC, Ashley Alexander is in the women’s javelin invitational, with Koryn Andrus and Brooke Brown in the collegiate flight. Bev Coleman had a big hammer PR at USC and will spin the hammer again this weekend, as well as throwing the shot put. Alyx Toeaina and Hannah Sherrill are also in the shot put, with Sherrill also throwing discus.