Thursday, January 15, 2015

UW Indoor Preview kicks off Saturday with several intriguing matchups...

American 3000m steeplechase record holder Evan Jager
makes his 2015 season debut Saturday at the Dempsey
(Paul Merca photo)
The Dempsey Indoor facility at the University of Washington opens its doors to the hundreds of track and field athletes itching to get their run, jump, and throw on as the Huskies host the UW Indoor Preview Saturday beginning at 9 am, with the final event slated for approximately 5:45 pm

All nine Washington Division I and II schools are slated to have entries in the Saturday extravaganza.  In addition, squads from Hawaii, USC, Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford will have entries, while members of the Beaverton-based Nike Oregon Project and the Bowerman Track Club will make their 2015 season debuts.

Some of the best action on the track may occur early, with a stacked women’s 60 meter dash featuring Oregon’s Pac-12 champ Jenna Prandini potentially facing off against Pac-12 scorers Tynia Gaither and Alexis Faulknor of USC, along with world junior champs relay gold medalist (4 x 100) Ariana Washington of Oregon and Washington State alum Princess Joy Griffey.

The men’s 1000 meter run features American steeplechase record holder Evan Jager of the Bowerman Track Club in a matchup against two time world championships 1500m medalist Matthew Centrowitz of the Nike Oregon Project and Indiana alum Andy Bayer.

The women’s kilometer features Olympians Shannon Rowbury and Geena Lara, with Treniere Moser and Oregon alum Jordan Hasay of the Nike Oregon Project in the field with world junior 1500m 4th-place finisher Elise Cranny of Stanford thrown in the mix.

Lara is also entered in the mile, where she’ll face Camas HS senior and US junior 1500m champ Alexa Efraimson, who now competes as a pro for Nike, along with Seattle’s Phoebe Wright.

Canadian Olympian Cam Levins of the Nike Oregon Project headlines the mile, against WSU’s MPSF 800m champ Jesse Jorgensen, and Stanford’s Sean McGorty and Erik Olson.

World junior 3000m champion Mary Cain drops down in distance to run the 600 meters.

There’s plenty of action in the field events as well: The long jump features UW alum and Dempsey fan favorite Norris Frederick; high jump field is led by Canadian Olympian Mike Mason; both pole vault fields features the Huskies’ Pac-12 champs Diamara Planell Cruz and Jax Thoirs; and in the men’s shot, NCAA D2 scorer Frank Catelli, formerly of Western Washington, makes his Husky debut.

In Reno, Nevada, American record holder and Washington alum Brad Walker makes his season debut Friday night at the UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit, where he’ll face a field that includes defending world and Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France.

The link to the Pole Vault Summit is available here.

1 comment:

cohaagen said...

Ryan Bailey in the 400m
Mike Berry in the 200m

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