SEATTLE - After a productive week at home, the Husky track squad follows a familiar routine this weekend, splitting up and sending one group to Oregon and another to California for a pair of meets. A group of more than thirty athletes is heading to the famous Mt. SAC Relays, which run from Thursday to Saturday, with another group of just under thirty heading to the Oregon Relays in Eugene to compete Friday and Saturday.
In addition to Mt. SAC, some of the Huskies heading to California will also compete at the Bryan Clay Invite hosted by Azusa Pacific at Cougar Athletic Stadium in Azusa as well as the Beach Invitational hosted by Long Beach State.
The group in California starts Friday (ed: No Huskies were in the early steeeple sections Thursday as orinally written) at the Mt. SAC Relays with a long day including Liberty Miller in the steeplechase, as well as Tim Cummings and Aaron Nelson, who will steeple for the first time after he ran the No. 2 time in school history at 10,000-meters his last time out.
Friday at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in the city of Walnut, the Mt. SAC Relays have a huge day of action highlighted by the distance carnival in the evening. Husky distance runners making the trip to California include Nick Harris, Blake Nelson, Meron Simon, Lindsay and Kaylee Flanagan, Katie Flood and Megan Goethals.
The pole vault crew will be in California made up of Diarama Planell Cruz, Kristina Owsinski, Ashley Schnapp, Elizabeth Quick, J.J. Juilfs, Jax Thoirs, and Chris Williams, with Williams also sprinting. Sprinters on the trip include Krista Armstead, Haley Jacobson, Kayla and Kimberly Stueckle, Gianna Woodruff, and Howard Lao, Travis Marshall, Quadelle Satterwhite, and Lucas Strong.
The horizontal jumpers will also be heading farther south after the group focused on its sprinting speed here in Seattle last week. Julian Bardwell, Kasen Covington, Kate Adler, and Shaniae Lakes will be on board, as well as A.J. Maricich in the high jump. Nick Pfeiffer is also completing a decathlon as part of the Mt. SAC week.
The team heading to Oregon features some more sprinters and distance runners, with all of the Husky throws group going to Hayward Field. Throwers looking to build off a solid meet last week include Dan Boyden, Curtis Clauson, Carson Fuller, Quinn Hale, Brian Hutchison, Jack Scheideman, and Kyle White for the men, and Ashley Alexander, Koryn Andrus, Bev Coleman, Carolyn Gravelle, and Alyx Toeaina for the women.
Sprinters in Eugene include Matt Anthony, Andrew Brown, Colton Dunn, Devin Liebel, Andrew Prentice, and Kaid Tipton. A mid-distance group made up of Derrick Daigre, Hap Emmons, Brad Whitley, and C.J. Smith will run, along with longer distance runners on the women's side: Grace Hodge, Breanna Huschka, Erin Johnson, Megan Morgan, and Jenna Sanders.