Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Huskies open the doors to the Dempsey for UW Indoor Preview meet Saturday...

All five of Washington’s NCAA Division I schools, along with Division II Western Washington and Seattle Pacific will have entries competing at Saturday’s UW Indoor Preview at the Dempsey Indoor.

In addition, several athletes with aspirations of competing and or making the podium at this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will make their 2016 season debuts Saturday.

Brianne Theisen-Eaton (above/photo by Paul Merca), the Canadian and Oregon alum and world championship silver medalist in the heptathlon, is entered in the women’s 400 meter dash, where she’ll face reigning Pac-12 400 hurdles champ Jaide Stepter of USC.

Reigning Olympic long jump champion Brittney Reese makes her season debut by running the 60 meter dash where she'll potentially face Oregon's Jasmine Todd, who won a relay silver medal for the USA at the world championships in Beijing last summer.

Defending world 60 hurdles champion and USC alum Nia Ali is scheduled to make her season debut in her specialty

US Olympian Kim Conley is slated to run in the women’s 3000, where she’ll face a field that includes Canadian world championships competitor Natasha Wodak and Canadian Olympian Nicole Sifuentes.

The women’s 600, which is contested indoors infrequently, features Seattle Pacific alum McKayla Fricker against reigning NCAA 800 champ Raevyn Rogers of Oregon, and 2015 SEC 800 champ Brooke Feldmeier from Tumwater, who transferred to Oregon.

On the field, the last three Pac-12 champions in the pole vault are scheduled to battle, including Kristine Felix of Washington State (competing unattached), and the Huskies’ Diamara Planell Cruz and Kristina Owsinski.

A good battle is scheduled in the long jump, featuring former NCAA national champion Andrea Geubelle of University Place goes against Washington State alum Blessing Ufodiama, and reigning world indoor 60 hurdles champ and former USC multi-event specialist Nia Ali.

On the men’s side, the Dempsey’s reputation as one of the most prolific producers of sub-4 minute miles will be put to the test featuring Oregon alum Trevor Dunbar, who faces Canadian Luc Bruchet.  Both are also slated to run the 3000.

The high jump features Canadian Olympian Mike Mason against Pan Am junior champ Randall Cunningham II of USC, while the pole vault features Washington’s Jax Thoirs, an NCAA scorer indoors last year, along with fellow Dawgs Lev Marcus and Chris Williams.

Washington alum Norris Frederick makes his 2016 season debut in the long jump.

Husky cross country All-Americans Izaic Yorks and Colby Gilbert make their 2016 debuts in the 1000 meters, while Maddie Meyers is scheduled to run on the Huskies’ 4 x 800 meter relay.

One major change spectators need to be aware of is that a $5 admission fee will be charged for all indoor meets.

The time schedule for the meet, which starts at 9am is available here.  Note in both instances, the schedule, heats, and entries are subject to change.

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