Washington’s men’s distance medley relay qualified for the second time in the past three seasons with its MPSF winning time of 9:31.82, the second-fastest in school history and the fastest ever run by the Dawgs in the Dempsey. That group was made up of all South Sound athletes in Meron Simon (Federal Way HS), Quadelle Satterwhite (Lincoln HS), Derrick Daigre (Kent-Meridian HS), and Izaic Yorks (LakesHS). Nick Harris and Blake Nelson are listed as alternates.
Yorks also is in the field in the mile run, as he became the fifth Husky to break the sub-four-minute barrier this year, going 3:59.04 at the Husky Classic.
Two pole vaulters will take to the runway in New Mexico, as sophomore Jax Thoirs and junior Diamara Planell Cruz each made the final-16. Thoirs is tied for sixth nationally with a best of 18-0 ½, which he set in the same AlbuquerqueConvention Center that will host the finals. Planell Cruz posted her season-best back at the first meet of the season in mid-January, and she missed the MPSF Championships with a wrist injury, but will hope the wrist is strong enough to let her compete on meet day. Thoirs is the first Husky in the men’s vault field since teammate J.J. Juilfs in 2011, while Planell Cruz is the first female to make it since Kelley Divesta earned All-America honors in 2008.