Thursday, March 3, 2011

UW Final Qualifier set for Saturday at Dempsey Indoor Facility...

SEATTLE--For many of the contestants at Saturday's UW Final Qualifier at the Dempsey Indoor facility, the meet is a last chance for athletes to attain a qualifying mark for next week's NCAA indoor track & field championships in College Station, Texas.

However, there will be some notable post-collegians competing in Saturday's meet, which closes out an outstanding indoor season on one of the country's fastest facilities.

According to the entry lists posted by the University of Washington on its web site, 2007 world outdoor pole vault champion Brad Walker (left/photo by Paul Merca) of Mountlake Terrace makes a rare competitive appearance at the Dempsey, as the former Husky will contest the event against a field that includes Club Northwest's Levi Keller and former NCAA indoor and outdoor pole vault champ Jason Colwick.

All three competed at last week's USA Indoor championships in Albuquerque, where Colwick finished 2nd, Keller 4th, and Walker, who missed the entire 2010 season with an injury suffered at the 2009 Herculis meet in Monaco that forced his withdrawal from the world championships in Berlin, no-heighted.

They will face Washington's Pac 10 champ Ryan Vu, who jumps in his final home meet as a Husky, along with Jeremy Klas of Idaho, and MPSF champ Greg Woepse of UCLA.

Events of interest includes the men's mile, with Oregon's Mac Fleet looking for a 3:59.00 mile; the women's 3000 with Washington's Megan Goethals & Katie Flood, Tara Erdmann of Loyola Marymount, and the Stanford duo of Jessica Tonn and Sequim native Stephanie Marcy looking to duck under 9:13.00; the men's 400 with Oregon's Michael Berry, a world junior champ from Seattle's Rainier Beach HS; the women's 800 with Berlin world championships competitor Geena Gall of the Oregon TC against Lea Wallace and Renisha Robinson of Sacramento State; and the men's 3000 which includes Portland's Trevor Dunbar and Alfred Kipchumba going against the UW's Max O-Donoghue-McDonald in an attempt to get under 7:54.50.

With the last chance meets, there will be scratches, and late adds.

Entries for the meet are posted here. 

The final time schedule is available here.

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