Friday, August 10, 2012

Washington announces its 2013 indoor track & field schedule...

Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton holds the Dempsey Indoor record in the heptathlon (photo courtesy London 2012.com)

SEATTLE--The University of Washington announced its 2013 indoor track & field schedule Friday, and its menu includes no surprises, sticking to a six-meet schedule.

The indoor season kicks off with the UW Indoor Preview on January 12. Two weeks later comes the UW Invitational, on Friday-Saturday, January 25-26. Another two-day meet, the Husky Classic, arrives on Feb. 8-9. The day after the Husky Classic is the UW Indoor Open on February 10.

The MPSF Championships, the indoor conference meet for the West Coast's best teams, is set for February 22-23. Completing the schedule is the UW Final Qualifier on March 2nd.

A number of Olympians currently competing in London have seen action in the Dempsey over recent seasons. During the most recent season, Sally Kipyego of the Oregon Track Club Elite/Eugene broke the Dempsey records at 3,000-meters and the mile run, edging UW's NCAA champ Katie Flood in that mile race. Kipyego just recently won the silver medal for Kenya in the 10,000-meter run in London, and finished fourth in the 5000. High jumper Brigetta Barrett and shot putter Julie Labonte also broke Dempsey records in 2012, and are now in the Olympics for the USA and Canada, respectively.

Additional Dempsey records on the men's side belong to 2012 Olympians such as Ryan Bailey (200m record; competing for USA), Andrew Wheating (800m; USA), Chris Thompson (5000m; Great Britain), Nick Symmonds (DMR; USA), Jesse Williams (high jump; USA), Ryan Whiting (shot put; USA), and Ashton Eaton (heptathlon; USA). Women facility record-holders include current Olympians Geena Gall (800m record; competing for USA), Jenny Simpson (5,000m; USA), and Brianne Theisen (Pentathlon; Canada).

The University of Washington release is available here.

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