Husky Track Aligns For Quad-Meet At Oregon
April 6, 2011
PEPSI TEAM INVITATIONAL
» Live from 12-3 p.m. on Comcast Sports Net | Live Results
ON THE TRACK: The first scoring meet of the outdoor track season is at hand this weekend, as Washington returns to Hayward Field in Eugene for the annual Pepsi Team Invitational. This Saturday, April 9, The Husky men and women will go against host Oregon, Stanford, and Nebraska in a quad-meet format.
The action begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and is scheduled to wrap around 3 p.m. An hour into the meet, at 12:30 p.m., Comcast Sports Net will join the action live and televise the remaining two and a half hours of action. A link to the live results page is available on GoHuskies.com and will go active on the day of the meet.
The meet should be highly competitive and could produce a number of great marks for early in the season. On the men's side, Stanford, Nebraska, and Oregon all happen to be ranked eighth, ninth, and 10th in that order in the USTFCCCA's national Top-25. Washington is ranked a smidgeon out of the Top-25 at No. 26. The third-ranked Oregon women's team will be favored. The Stanford women rank 16th, Washington comes in at No. 32, and the Cornhuskers are ranked 38th.
Teams are allowed to score just two athletes per event in the meet, with the points breaking down as 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top eight scorers. Relays score as 9-7-6-5.
This will be the first outdoor meet with the full Husky squad in action. Two weeks ago the Stanford Invitational lured a big group of distance runners and sprinters, but many of UW's top field event athletes will be competing for the first time this weekend.
Senior Scott Roth will open up his outdoor season in the pole vault on Saturday, competing for the first time since winning the NCAA Indoor Championship last month. He'll be joined by sophomore transfer Robby Fegles, who vaulted last year for Lane CC, set to wear his new Husky jersey for the first time.
Also entering into their first action of the year are UW's All-American javelin duo of senior Kyle Nielsen and sophomore Joe Zimmerman. Nielsen and Zimmerman were third and fourth, respectively, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last season. NCAA prelim qualifier Jimmy Brookman gives UW a third big javelin arm.
Washington's sprints group will look to build off an impressive opening weekend at Stanford. Sophomore James Alaka comes in as the favorite in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and will be joined by junior Ryan Hamilton. Sophomore Colton Dunn and freshman Maurice McNeal will run the quarter-mile, with McNeal coming off a very impressive 21.23 opening at 200-meters at Stanford.
The men's 1,500-meter race boasts a loaded field with numerous All-Americans and NCAA competitors. Senior Colton Tully-Doyle and sophomore Joey Bywater, plus junior Ryan Soberanis and redshirt freshman Gareth Gilna give UW strong representation in one of the day's top fields. At 5,000-meters, junior Max O'Donoghue-McDonald will look for a strong encore from his Stanford 5k where he broke 14-minutes for the first time. Sophomore Rob Webster Jr. and freshman Aaron Beattie will also run. Sophomore James Cameron, on a roll since the indoor season began, will try out the steeplechase this week after running the third-best 5k in school history at Stanford.
In the jumps, Jeremy Taiwo and A.J. Maricich lead the way in the high jump, Julian Bardwell and Kale Schmidt highlight the long jump, and freshman Kasen Covington looks to contend with some talented Huskers in the triple jump, along with sophomore Clayton Johnson and Bardwell.
Aside from the javelin corps, the throwers will be led by Richard Anderson and Cameron Elisara in the shot put, Regional qualifier Angus Taylor in the hammer, and all three plus Conner Larned will toss the discus.
The distance battles on the women's side between Washington, Oregon, and Stanford should be fierce as usual. At 1,500-meters, freshmen Katie Flood and Megan Goethals will run against Oregon's NCAA mile champion Jordan Hasay. Sophomore Lindsay Flanagan has the top seed time in the 5,000-meters, coming off a great 10k run at Stanford that ranked fifth in school history. Freshman Mackenzie Carter will make her collegiate debut in the steeplechase as well.
Moving down to the shorter races, sophomore Justine Johnson stands a good chance of breaking 2:10 at 800-meters for the first time in a strong field. At 400-meters, junior Jordan Carlson is coming off a big PR at Stanford and will look to drop under 55-seconds. And one of the key Huskies to watch on Saturday will be senior Dominique Lauderdale, coming off her 100-meter dash win at Stanford in a wind-aided PR of 11.54 seconds. Running against stiffer competition could propel her closer to the 11.47 school record.
Kelly McNamee in the high jump and Logan Miller in the pole vault should be in the mix for some big marks and big points for the Dawgs, while four Huskies led by Taylor Nichols and Shaniae Lakes will line up in the triple jump.
In the throws, junior Elisa Bryant is seeded second in both the discus and hammer throws. Eastern Washington transfer Amanda Peterson is also slated to make her Husky debut in the javelin, along with sophomores Ally Mueller and Jordin Seekins.