SEATTLE—Distance races highlighted day 1 of the Husky Classic at the Dempsey Indoor on the campus of the University of Washington, with the men’s and women’s 5000 taking center stage.
Colorado’s Pierce Murphy led 13 men across the line under 14 minutes, as he won the fast section of the 5000 in 13:39.29, making it the third fastest collegiate time in the country this season, pending the outcome of other major meets around the country this weekend.
Among the 13 towed by the fast pace was Washington All-American Aaron Nelson (left/photo by Paul Merca), who finished seventh in a time of 13:47.42, breaking the previous school record of 13:48.86, set by Colton Tully-Doyle in 2010.
In the women’s 5000, Stanford’s Jessica Tonn was content to let others do the work for most of the race, staying off the pace until the final lap to win in 15:47.65, the fifth fastest Division I time this season.
Seattle Pacific’s quartet of Jessica Rawlins, Jasmine Johnson, Lynelle Decker and Anna Patti overcame an early lead by Eastern Washington leadoff leg Sarah Reiter to win the distance medley relay in 11:50.92, while the Eagles set a new school record with their mark of 11:58.15, with Reiter, Paula Gil Eehevarria, Katie Mahoney, and Catie Arrigoni.
The Huskies won both 200 meter dashes, with Gianna Woodruff (24.43), and Quadelle Satterwhite (21.52) taking the wins.
Oergon’s Greg Skipper (68-10.75/21.00m) and Cal’s Chioma Amaechi (66-8.5/20.33m) won the men’s and women’s weight throw.
The meet continues Saturday, with star-studded fields in the distance races, featuring several members of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts, along with Olympians Andrew Wheating, Bridget Franek, and Geena Lara, while Olympian Ryan Bailey and Colorado alum Joe Morris headline the sprint fields.