Saturday, March 26, 2016

Quick, Stevens earn victories at Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge; Thoirs and Smith tie in vault...

TEMPE, Arizona—Washington pole vaulter Liz Quick (left/photo by Paul Merca) and 1500 runner Johnathan Stevens each earned a victory, while reigning NCAA indoor champ Jax Thoirs and teammate Chase Smith tied for the win Saturday night to highlight the Husky track team’s performance at the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge meet at Sun Angel Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University.

Quick cleared 13-6.5 (4.13m) on her third attempt to turn back the challenge of Cal freshman Lauren Martinez, who cleared a best of 13-3.75 (4.06m).  The Huskies’ Kaitlin Zinsli was sixth with a best of 12-8.75 (3.88m).

Thoirs, the NCAA indoor champ, cleared a best of 16-11.5 (5.17m) along with teammate Chase Smith as they tied for the win.  Fellow Husky Blaise Black was third with a clearance of 16-7.5 (5.07m), while Chris Williams tied for eighth at 16-1.75 (4.92m).

Williams finished third in the110 hurdles in a time of 14.20.

Husky sophomore Johnathan Stevens won the men’s 1500 in a time of 3:43.70.

The Husky men’s 4 x 100 relay team of Williams, Jacopo Spano, Lucas Strong & Travis Marshall finished third in a time of 40.37.

On the women’s side, the Huskies’ Necy Wade finished fourth in the 200 in 24.59.

Freshman Charlotte Prouse was fifth in the 1500 in 4:22.15, just ahead of new Husky Isobel Batt-Doyle, an Australian import who transferred to UW from St. John’s. Batt-Doyle was sixth in 4:22.40.

Freshman Morganne Hill finished fifth in the 400 hurdles in 61.21, while fellow freshman Carly Lester was seventh in 61.98.

The Washington 4 x 400 relay team of Imani Apostol, Baylee Mires, Hannah Derby & Lester were seventh in 3:49.52.

The Huskies return to action on April 1-2 when they compete at the Stanford Invitational.

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