Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday afternoon notes for UW Invitational indoor meet...

In preparation for this weekend's UW Invitational at the Dempsey Indoor, we've compiled some notes to help spectators follow the progress of the multi-events, the distance medley relays, and the 5000 meter runs.

The women's pentathlon features 2008 US Olympian in the high jump Sharon Day against former NCAA scorer Amy Menlove of BYU, who currently leads the 2009 performance list.

Two of the top decathletes in America go head to head in the two-day heptathlon, as Oregon's Ashton Eaton, the NCAA champ goes against former Seattle Pacific multi-eventer Chris Randolph.

In the women's 5000, former Harvard All-American Lindsay Scherf, now competing as a grad student at Oregon is the headliner, while Stanford's freshman sensation Chris Derrick, who finished seventh at the NCAA cross country meet leads the field.

Both distance medley relays promise to provide some fireworks, with the host Huskies opening up their women's DMR with freshman Christine Babcock, and junior Katie Follett, the reigning Pac-10 1500m champ and Olympic Trials qualifier on the anchor, against the usual suspects of Oregon, Brigham Young, and Stanford.

On the men's side, can anyone beat Arkansas, with Dorian Ulrey, who ran 3:57.60 in the mile last weekend, and the McClary twins (Andy & Alex) from Shelton? Teams from Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, and Washington will give it a shot.

In what may be perceived as a bit of gamesmanship, Oregon has not announced lineups for either the men's or women's DMRs; they have in their arsenal Olympians Galen Rupp and Andrew Wheating, and Nicole Blood and Alex Kosinski to call upon.

Updated start lists, results and time schedules are posted on the track & field site at

Notes for the remaining events will be posted later this evening or early Saturday morning.

UW INV 09 Fri Notes

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