SEATTLE – A hectic weekend for the Huskies, with athletes competing at four different meets, wrapped up today with several more season-bests at the Mt. SAC Relays, Oregon Relays, and the Beach Invitational.
Running near her hometown of Los Angeles, junior Gianna Woodruff had her best race since a stress fracture kept her from competing at the NCAA semis last spring. Woodruff had only broken 59-seconds in the 400m hurdles twice before, both at NCAA West Prelims last year, but she ran the second-best time of her career today, clocking 58.54 seconds to finish ninth overall but first among collegiate entries. Senior Kayla Stueckle was second among college athletes in 59.28, a season-best for her as well. Woodruff will move into the top-25 nationally.
First up on the track at Mt.SAC was the 4x100-meter relay for the men. The Huskies ran a season-best 40.92 seconds, with Chris Williams, Quadelle Satterwhite, Lucas Strong, and Travis Marshall taking the stick around the track. Williams later was back for the 110m hurdles, running 14.52 seconds, another season-best.
The only Husky in the field at Mt.SAC was sophomore Jax Thoirs in the invitational section of the pole vault. The indoor All-American cleared 17-6 ½ on his first attempt, and then passed up to 18-4 ½ but was unable to clear that height. Still, his made mark will be more than enough to advance to West Prelims next month.
A few Husky jumpers also made a swing over to Long Beach for the Beach Invitational. A very encouraging mark there was senior ShaniaeLakes winning her flight of the triple jump with a mark of 40-feet, 6-inches, her best since returning from hip surgery that kept her out all of 2013. Senior Julian Bardwell also had a best in the long jump of 22-7 ¾.
Freshman Ashley Alexander had a big PR in the javelin, taking third overall with a best of 149-10 on her first attempt of the day. That moves her up to seventh on the Husky top-10 list and could potentially qualify her for NCAA West Prelims in her first year.
Redshirt freshman Jack Scheideman was third in the shot put at 53-4 ¼, just a few inches off his PR, and Brian Hutchison was fourth at 52-4.
Several Huskies raced at 1,500-meters at Hayward, led by senior Brad Whitley, who had a PR of 3:47.07 to finish seventh in the top heat. Freshman Colby Gilbert, running unattached, ran 3:49.44 to take second in the second heat, with Derrick Daigre posting a 3:52.37 after running the 800-meters yesterday, and Hap Emmons going 3:52.75.
In the 400-meters, freshman Andrew Brown was fourth in 48.62 seconds.