Friday, December 5, 2008

Huskies open 2009 indoor season Saturday...

It may still be 2008, but the University of Washington Huskies will open the 2009 indoor season with the UW Preview Meet at the venerable Dempsey Indoor facility.

This is the second year that Washington has got a head start on the indoor season with a December meet. The meet gives many of UW's freshmen a chance to get their first collegiate marks under their belts and gauge their progress with weeks of training and bigger meets ahead.
Field events begin at 10 a.m. and running events at 11 a.m.

By Dempsey standards, the Winter Preview is a small-scale event, but still between 200 and 300 athletes from small colleges and clubs are expected to compete. Admission is free for all spectators.

The Dempsey has become the premier indoor track and field facility on the west coast, welcoming thousands of competitors and producing hundreds of NCAA qualifying marks year after year. The Winter Preview is the first of six collegiate meets on the schedule between December and March of 2009. The indoor season culminates with the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 13-14 hosted by Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

Some of team's sending competitors include Seattle U., Seattle Pacific, Western Washington, Central Washington, University of Puget Sound, St. Martin's, Western Oregon, Evergreen St., and San Francisco St.

The women's 3000 meter run features a matchup between two cross country All Americans from this fall, Western Washington's Sarah Porter, and Washington's Amanda Miller.

The start list for the UW Preview Meet can be viewed here...

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