SEATTLE – The Husky track team opened up their still-feels-new purple track for the first time this outdoor season, and just the third time ever, for the Washington Open today. It was a very productive day overall for the Dawgs, with some major progress coming from all event areas.
The throwers had a particularly strong day, with several personal-bests thrown out onto the grass infield. Sophomore shot putter Alyx Toeaina surpassed the 45-foot mark for the first time, going 45-1 ½ to take second overall to freshman teammate Gina Flint, who competed unattached but tossed a best of 46-8 ¼ on her sixth attempt.
Jack Scheideman and Brian Hutchison also had strong throws in the men’s shot. Scheideman was second overall with a PR of 53-4 ¼, and Hutchison was just behind him with a best of 53-2 ¾ on his last throw. In the discus, freshman Dan Boyden had a PR by 12-feet, throwing 165-0 to finish second, and Hutchison also tossed 156-3. Sophomore Carolyn Gravelle earned her way into the women’s hammer top-10 list with a PR of 156-11.
The Stueckle sisters had matching victories in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles to lead a nice day for the Husky sprinters. Kimberly Stueckle dropped her PR to 13.87 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, now sitting seventh by herself on the school’s top-10 list. Kayla Stueckle went under 60-seconds again in the 400m hurdles, clocking 59.85 to win by nearly two seconds. In that same heat, sophomore Krista Armstead hurdled for the first time, running a nice debut time of 1:01.79.
Sophomore Travis Marshall had a couple personal-bests in the short sprints to jumpstart his season. Marshall was second overall in the 100-meters, going 10.59 with a legal tailwind of 1.9; he followed that up with a career-best 21.70 in the 200-meters. Freshman Andrew Brown also had a day to build on with season-bests of 21.84 in the 200-meters and 48.08 in the 400-meters where he took second overall. Kaid Tipton added a win in the men’s 400m hurdles in 54.12, a PR by a few hundredths.
The distance Dawgs got a lot of work in today, with most athletes in action dropping down a distance or two for some speed work. Izaic Yorks was a winner at 800-meters in 1:50.56. Freshman Sumner Goodwin led four Huskies under 3:55.00 in the 1,500-meters, as he ran 3:53.55. Eleanor Fulton had a season-best 2:10.25 in the women’s 800-meters, and Erin Johnson posted a solid 2:12.34.
After a couple weeks off, the Husky pole vaulters were back in action today, and indoor All-Americans Diamara Planell Cruz and Jax Thoirs had wins despite breezy conditions. Planell Cruz went 13-1 ¾, as did Kristina Owsinski, with Ashley Schnapp and Elizabeth Quick both clearing 12-6 as well. Thoirs was clean over 16-9 ¼ before going out at 17-3. J.J. Juilfs also cleared 16-5 ¼, as did former Husky and NCAA Champ Scott Roth, who stepped away from the vault after taking third at the 2012 Olympic Trials, but was back in action this afternoon.
Next up for the track team is a pair of trips down the coast next weekend, with some athletes heading for the Oregon Relays and another group going to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California. The next home meet for the Dawgs will be the Ken Shannon Invite on May 10.