Carlson's Record And Williams' Leap Sparks Track
Jan. 26, 2013
SEATTLE - Kasen Williams likely has a few game balls in his trophy case since arriving at Washington, but the star wideout picked up his first "game baton" this evening, as the recent addition to the Husky track squad made a big splash in his long jump debut. Head Coach Greg Metcalf honored Williams with the men's performer of the meet honor and gave the women's award to a familiar face, as senior Jordan Carlson smashed one of her own school records yet again, with a UW Invitational meet record tacked on.
The long Saturday inside the Dempsey paid dividends for the Husky track and field squads, as seven new marks were logged into the UW top-10 lists. Freshmen accounted for four of those marks, counting Williams as a de facto redshirt freshman, with Chris Williams, Daje Pugh, and Bev Coleman also earning their first list positions.
"This was a very fun and entertaining and quality day of track and field here in the Dempsey," said Metcalf. "Kasen Williams, he was fun to watch today, to not compete in almost two years and have the confidence to come back and nearly jump a PR, needless to say we're happy to have him on board. And then Jordan Carlson had just another monster effort today, she continues to rewrite our recordbooks and set the standard of toughness for our women's team."
Williams loomed large on the long jump runway in the Dempsey early this morning. A state champ with national-caliber marks in all three jump events in high school, Williams took second in the long jump competition with a best of 24-feet and 4.25-inches, just one inch short of his lifetime-best despite no competition in nearly two years. It was the best long jump by a Husky since Norris Frederick in 2008, and already places Williams sixth on the Husky indoor top-10 list. On his very first attempt, Williams flew 23-10 3/4. After the second flight finished, Williams returned for three more attempts in the finals, and his best came on the fifth jump of his sequence.
It was another stellar day for the businesslike Carlson, who crushed her indoor school record with a victory in the 400-meter dash, and then came back for the final race of the evening to anchor the women's 4x400m relay to the No. 3 time in school history. The senior's top heat of the 400m scratched down to just two competitors, so Carlson had little to push her except her own determination, but that amounted to a lot, as she went all out to stop the clock at 54.07 seconds, well under her old indoor school record of 54.67. That puts her at 13th nationally, and also broke the meet record set by Keshia Baker of Oregon back in 2008.
Closing things out on the relay, Carlson carried the stick on the heels of strong legs from sophomore Gianna Woodruff, Pugh, and junior Kayla Stueckle. The Huskies finished third behind Oregon and UCLA, but their time of 3:44.67 was the best by a UW 4x4 since 2000.
Jordan Carlson ran the fastest indoor 400m dash in school history, setting the UW Invitational meet record as well, then came back to anchor the 4x4 to its best time since before the Dempsey opened.
It was a second straight impressive meet for the Husky hurdlers, as freshman Chris Williams and senior Shayne Moore battled the past two Pac-12 short hurdle champions in Johnathan Cabral of Oregon and Ray Stewart of Cal. Williams placed third behind those two, lowering his PR again in the process down to 8.05, after running 8.17 two weeks ago. That new mark jumps him up to fifth on the indoor top-10. Moore was fourth overall in 8.15, matching his career-best time. Howard Lao also made the final with an 8.37 prelim time.
In the women's hurdles, freshman Daje Pugh dropped another tenth of a second off her early-season best, as she won the first final flight, placing fourth overall, in a time of 8.62 seconds. That breaks her into the top-10 list at a tie for eighth. Fellow frosh Kimberly Stueckle also reached the final, and then clocked a PR of 8.83 seconds to take eighth overall.
Perhaps the day's most anticipated race was the top flight of the women's 3,000-meters, featuring several top pros, NCAA Champions, and All-Americans, including two of UW's own, Megan Goethals and Christine Babcock. The two Huskies got separated a bit from the lead pack but continued to work to close the gap, running side by side for much of the race. Goethals wound up eighth in the loaded field in 9:10.34, just off her PR, and Babcock was right behind in ninth in 9:11.22, a new personal-best for her that puts her fourth on the Husky top-10. The two also now rank sixth and eighth, respectively, on the NCAA ranking charts. In the heat just prior, freshman Maddie Meyers also had an impressive 3k time of 9:33.49, coming one day after anchoring the DMR.
"There were a lot of great performances today, our young hurdles crew, Megan Goethals and Christine Babcock in the 3k, I thought our 4x4 relays ran very solid and our throwers made some progress," said Metcalf. "We were better today than two weeks ago, but we have to continue to progress two weeks from now for the Husky Classic, and then we have to start deciding who is on our team for the MPSF Championships. Some people today showed that they are going to be part of that group, and we have some others who are on the bubble and need to take that next step."
Several Huskies teed it up in the men's mile and all had solid runs. Senior Joey Bywater was in the top flight of the invitational sections, and he stepped to the lead on the penultimate lap trying to push the pace after it started to lag. The field fell just short of the four-minute mark, with Bywater ending up fourth in 4:03.52, second among collegiate athletes.
In the first invitational mile heat, Kyle Blume had a PR by over three seconds, running 4:08.53, while Brad Whitley was right on his heels, also topping his previous best by a couple seconds with a 4:08.73 run. Freshman Nick Harris posted a 4:12.31, and freshman Hap Emmons ran 4:13.37, both excellent mile debuts. Junior Taylor Carlson also clocked 4:13.19.
Sophomores Tyler King and Aaron Nelson both lowered their personal-bests in the top flight of the men's 3,000-meters. King crossed the line in 8:09.47, finishing ninth, while Nelson was 15th in the large pack in 8:18.38.
Another top-10 mark from another freshman was produced by Bev Coleman in the women's weight. She improved by seven feet from just two weeks ago, throwing 49-4 1/4 which puts her ninth in school history. In the men's shot put, sophomore Danny Shelton and freshman Jack Scheideman each showed progress, with Shelton upping his career-best by a couple inches to 51-5 ¾, while Scheideman tossed 49-1 ½, a season-best. In the men's weight, competing unattached, newcomer Robert Henderson threw 56-0 1/2 to take eighth.
Another freshman to impress once again was Quadelle Satterwhite. After placing third in the 200-meters yesterday, the Lincoln product was in the finals of the 60m dash again today, placing seventh overall in 6.91 seconds. Junior Matt Anthony also had a solid day, going 7.02 in the prelims to make the final.
That final heat of the 60-meter dash also featured a Husky football player making an amazing college track debut, but it was not Kasen Williams. Greg Ducre, a cornerback for the Dawgs who played in every game this past fall, turned heads with a 6.83 time in the 60-meter prelims, which he then dropped all the way to a 6.76 in the final to take second overall. Ducre was competing unattached, having just recently started workouts, so his time won't show up in the recordbooks, but that would have been the No. 4 mark in school history, faster than former football sprint standouts such as Napoleon Kaufman and Isaiah Stanback.
The biggest meet on the Dempsey calendar, the Husky Classic, is now the next goal for the Dawgs. That will be another two-day affair, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9.