Husky Classic & Indoor Open
Classic: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15
Open: Sunday, Sunday, Feb. 16
Husky Classic: Heat Sheets | Final Schedule | Live Results
Invitational Section Entries | Initial Accepted Entries
Indoor Open: Updated Heat Sheets (Saturday Night) | Final Schedule
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SEATTLE – The indoor track season reaches an apex this weekend with the annual Husky Classic, as the Dempsey welcomes in many of the nation’s top teams for a huge weekend that will go a long way towards shaping the NCAA Championship picture. Half of the teams in the top-25 of the men’s and women’s rankings will be represented in the Dempsey this weekend.
The Husky Classic frequently features the fastest distance races on the indoor schedule, many times faster than the NCAA meet itself, as teams send their top contenders to Seattle in hopes of running season-bests that will qualify them for the NCAA Indoor meet just a month away on March 14-15. Thirteen of the top-25 men’s teams in the country will be in attendance, and 12 of the top-25 women’s teams will be on hand, though many teams send just a handful of athletes.
Top-10 teams on the men’s side include No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Oregon, No. 6 Florida State, No. 7 Penn State, and No. 8 Arizona, while there will be five top-10 women’s teams including No. 2 Oregon, No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Arkansas, and No. 9 Stanford. The Husky women’s team remains ranked 22nd this week.
Washington will also be hosting the UW Indoor Open on Sunday, which will be another full day of action made up of mostly smaller schools though several Huskies will compete that day as well.
Friday’s Husky Classic begins at 4:00 p.m. with the weight throws and the 200-meter dashes. Friday night will be highlighted by the invitational sections of the 5,000-meters, set to go at 5:30 p.m. and featuring numerous All-Americans and conference champions. Friday also features the secondary pole vault flights and distance medley relays.
Saturday picks up early at 8:00 a.m. on the track and starts at 10:00 a.m. in the field. The invitational sections, which feature the two fastest heats in each event except the hurdles, begin at 3:05 p.m. and run until the men’s invite 4x400m relay wraps up at 5:30 p.m. The UW Indoor Open on Sunday is set for a 9:00 a.m. start.
Most of the national meet qualifiers on the track will come out of the invitational sections on Saturday. Huskies running in the invite heats on the women’s side include Eleanor Fulton and Amy-Eloise Neale in the mile, Liberty Miller, Katie Knight, and Kaylee Flanagan in the 3,000-meters, and Kayla Stueckle in the 400-meters. Husky men in the invitational heats include Derrick Daigre in the 800-meters, Blake Nelson, Meron Simon, and Izaic Yorks in the mile, and freshman Andrew Brown in the 400-meters.
If the indoor season ended today, three Huskies would be in the top-16 in their respective events to qualify for NCAA Indoors, but of the three, only sophomore Jax Thoirs seems certain to stay in that range, after his 18-0 ½ clearance in the vault last week in New Mexico. Women’s vaulter Diamara Planell Cruz is currently tied for 14th, so she will look to continue to raise the bar this weekend. Senior Logan Miller and freshman Elizabeth Quick also went over 13-feet last week and they along with Pac-12 scorers J.J. Juilfs, Chris Williams, and Kristina Owsinski continue to make the vault a big event for UW.
The Husky throwers stayed at home last week rather than travel to New Mexico, so this weekend will be another chance to gauge their progress. Brian Hutchison, Jack Scheideman, and Dan Boyden will all go in the shot put, with Scheideman in the weight throw as well. Bev Coleman and Alyx Toeaina will throw shot and weight for the women, with Hannah Sherrill also in the shot put and Carolyn Gravelle coming off a PR in the weight two weeks ago.