Thursday, May 6, 2010

Huskies host Ken Shannon/Ken Foreman Invitational at Husky Stadium Saturday...

The University of Washington opens and closes out its home outdoor track & field schedule Saturday with the annual running of the Ken Shannon/Ken Foreman Invitational at Husky Stadium.

Unlike its indoor meets, which attract numerous high caliber entries, the Ken Shannon/Ken Foreman meet will be local in caliber, with the likes of Western Washington, Central Washington, Seattle Pacific, Seattle University, Central Washington, along with numerous club and unattached athletes running, jumping and throwing on the Husky Stadium oval and runways.

The meet gets underway at 9:30 a.m. with several field events, and the first running event is scheduled for 10 a.m. The final even is the women's 4x400-meter relay, expected to begin at 3:05 p.m.

Among the top names expected to compete Saturday include former NCAA 800m champ Ryan Brown (above/photo by Paul Merca), who was on the 2009 USA world championships squad; Husky javelin All-Americans Brooke Pighin & Kyle Nielsen; reigning NCAA indoor pole vault champ Scott Roth from the UW; former Canadian indoor pole vault record holder and ex-Husky Carly Dockendorf; and 2008 Tunisian Olympian and former Stanford pole vaulter Leila Ben-Youssef.

Recent GNAC heptathlon champion Crystal Sims from Seattle Pacific is entered in the 100 hurdles, the 200 and the 400. After posting a 14.95 in the hurdles at the GNAC heptathlon, she is within four-tenths of a second of the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. 2009 NCAA indoor triple jump champion Emily Warman from Western Washington is entered in both the long and triple jumps.

The Huskies are sitting out many of their top line runners this Saturday. Notably absent from the start lists are sprinter James Alaka, hurdler Falesha Ankton, and distance runners Colton Tully-Doyle, Jake Schmitt, Katie Follett, Mel Lawrence, all of whom are prepping for next weekend's Pac-10 meet in Berkeley. Likewise, Seattle Pacific will sit out All-Americans Jessica Pixler and Jane Larson, and Western Washington will rest Sarah Porter.

The start lists for Saturday's meet can be accessed here...

Meanwhile, the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships are this Saturday and Sunday down in Berkeley, Calif. hosted by the Golden Bears. Action starts at 11 a.m. each day at Edwards Stadium. Washington's Jeremy Taiwo took third last year as a freshman in his first collegiate decathlon, scoring a PR of 7,299 points. He enters this season as the third-seed once again after posting 7,289 points at the Mt. SAC Relays last month. Junior Andrew Ferleman will compete in his second-straight Pac-10 decathlon as well. Ferleman was 10th a year ago in Eugene.

Washington State will be represented by Kyle Schauble and Ramsey Hopkins in the decathlon.

In the women's heptathlon, freshman Sarah Schireman and junior Lindsey Kirschman will both compete in their first Pac-10 multi meet for the UW, while Angela Jensen and Jasmine Johnson-McKewon represent WSU. Points from this weekend's multi-events will be added into the team scores next week when the Pac-10 Championships hit full swing on May 15-16.

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