SEATTLE--While Patrick Casey of the Oregon Track Club's 3:58.06 winning time in the men's mile was the sexy pick for performance of the meet at the season-opening UW Indoor Preview meet at the Dempsey Indoor on the campus of the University of Washington, the sprints and jumps highlighted a busy day on the 307-meter oval.
Casey, formerly from Montana State and the University of Oklahoma, became the 100th runner to break 4 minutes in the mile in the 11-year history of the Dempsey Indoor facility.
USC's Aaron Brown (left/photo courtesy USC Athletics) nearly eclipsed the meet and facility record in the 60 meter dash, as he won the event in 6.59, 1/100th of a second off the time set by Josh Norman in this meet three years ago.
In the 60 hurdles, USC's Aleec Harris broke the meet record in the preliminaries of 7.85 set by Stanford's Myles Bradley in 2012, as he ran 7.84, only to have Johnathan Cabral of Oregon beat that in the finals, as the Duck won in 7.77, the fifth fastest time in the collegiate ranks early on in the season.
The women's 60 hurdles saw USC grad and world championship semi-finalist Nia Ali win in a time of 8.18, just 5/100ths of a second off the meet record set by Jenny Adams in 2006.
In the 60 dash, Oregon's Jasmine Todd broke the facility and meet record, running 7.20 to beat Shayla Sanders' facility record of 7.21, and the meet record of 7.29 set by English Gardner.
In that 60 final, Federal Way's Hannah Cunliffe, who has committed to attend the University of Oklahoma next fall, finished third in 7.35.
The men's 200 saw USC's Aaron Brown run 20.88 to break the meet record of 21.53 set by Canada's Shane Niemi, and threaten the facility record of 20.84 set by US Olympian Ryan Bailey in 2010.
USC's Jenna Puterbaugh nearly broke the meet record of 23.86 in winning the women's 200 in 23.88.
Stanford's Kristyn Williams crushed the meet record in the women's 400, running 53.39, and beating the meet record by over two seconds.
In a spirited battle over 800 meters, Lauren Wallace, an alum of UC Davis won the race in 2:05.24, beating US world championships team members Kim Conley, Shannon Rowbury, and Jordan Hasay.
In the men's long jump, Washington alum Norris Frederick opened his 2014 campaign by winning on his first attempt, sailing 25-10.25 (7.88m).
Britain's Emma Nuttall, who attends Canada's Trinity Western, won the women's high jump by clearing 6-1 1/4 (1.86m), almost taking down Hawaii's Amber Kaufman's meet record of 6-1 1/2 (1.87m).
Washington's Diamara Planell Cruz set a Puerto Rican national record in the pole vault, as she cleared 13-11 1/4 (4.25m).
In Pullman, vertical jumpers Kristine Felix and Charlotte Muschamp (above/photo courtesy WSU Athletics) highlighted action at the WSU Open Indoor meet at the WSU Indoor Facility.
Felix won the women's pole vault with a indoor personal best of 13-0 3/4 (3.98m), while Muschamp won the women's high jump with a lifetime best of 5-10 (1.78m).