SEATTLE--Betsy Saina's (left/photo by Paul Merca) world leading mark in the women's 5000 highlighted day 1 of the UW Invitational at the Dempsey Indoor.
Running from the front most of the way, Saina, a former NCAA champion at Iowa State University, ran 15:28.84 to beat Alisha Williams (15:34.28) and Oregon alum Alexi Pappas (15:42.87), with NCAA cross country runner-up Emma Bates of Boise State fourth in 15:52.61.
Lindsay Flanagan, who only has outdoor eligibility remaining for the UW was sixth in 16:12.90, while the Huskies' Megan Goethals was seventh in 16:35.86.
Barbara Nwaba led from the start to win the five-event pentathlon with the fifth best score in the world this season, scoring 4248 points.
The Huskies' Shelby Williams finished fifth with a final score of 3514.
There was excitement in the men's distance medley relay, as Oregon's A squad, anchored by NCAA cross country champ Edward Cheserek, beat the Ducks' B squad anchored by Trevor Dunbar 9:28.91 to 9:31.64.
The Huskies, with sub-4 miler James Cameron on the carry, finished third in 9:44.15.
The meet resumes Saturday, with a number of headliners, including world and Olympic champ Ashton Eaton, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Tia Brooks, Will Claye, Evan Jager, and Matthew Centrowitz.