LOS ANGELES--The University of Washington's javelin crew, which was itching to compete after seeing their fellow teammates run, jump, and throw during the indoor season, opened up the 2014 season in grand style as the USC Trojan Invitational got under way Friday night.
The Huskies' Quinn Hale (above/photo by Randy Miyazaki, trackandfieldphoto.com) got things going by winning with a collegiate leading throw of 235-7 (71.82m), the eighth best performance all time in Husky history.
Teammate Carson Fuller also threw 225-10 (68.83m) for the Huskies, which would be the third longest in NCAA Division I so far this young season.
In the women's javelin, Ashley Alexander and Brooke Brown went 1-2 for the Dawgs, as they threw 140-0 (42.68m) and 132-9 (40.47m), respectively.
The men's long jump saw the Huskies' Kasen Covington finish second with a leap of 23-10 1/4 (7.27m), as Viktor Fajoyomi of the host Trojans won with a jump of 24-7 (7.49m). UW teammate Julian Bardwell was seventh at 22-6 1/4 (6.86m).
Washington's only other competitors were Jack Scheideman in the men's hammer, who finished seventh with a toss of 175-10 (53.60m), as Remy Conaster of USC won with a national-leading distance of 238-8 (72.76m). The Huskies' Bev Coleman was tenth in the women's hammer at 161-4 (49.17m), as the Trojans' Lauren Chambers won with a throw of 198-0 (60.35m).
The USC Trojan Invitational resumes Saturday at Loker Stadium on the campus of USC.