A quick glance into the accepted entries for Saturday’s UW Indoor Preview at the Dempsey Indoor reveals:
—In the women’s 60, a potential matchup between NCAA scorers Hannah Cunliffe (left/photo by Paul Merca) of Oregon, and the Huskies’ Kennadi Bouyer. Cunliffe, the Federal Way HS product, is coming off an injury suffered at the NCAA West Regionals last year that dashed any hopes of her making a run at an Olympic berth;
—The women’s 600 will see defending NCAA 800 champ Raevyn Rogers match up against Olympic Trials competitor Lauren Wallace, NCAA runner-up Olivia Baker of Stanford, and former Olympia prep standout Brooke Feldmeier;
—Olympic Trials finalist Alexa Efraimson from Camas heads the field in the women’s mile against Nozomi Takamatsu of Japan, who won the 2014 Youth Olympics and was fourth in the 3000 at the 2014 IAAF world juniors in Eugene. Takamatsu is also entered in the 800;
—The women’s 3000 has Olympians Kim Conley and Kate Grace entered, along with former Tacoma resident Brie Felnagle, who is now training with Conley and Grace in Sacramento;
—Three of the last four Pac-12 pole vault champions are entered, including Kristina Owsinski from UW (competing unattached); current champ Elizabeth Quick of UW, and Kristine Felix of WSU.
—Olympic Trials finalist and reigning Pac-12 discus champion Valarie Altman of Stanford is entered in the weight throw.
On the men’s side, Rio Olympic 1500 meter champion Matthew Centrowitz (left/photo by Paul Merca) is the headliner, as he’s entered in the 3000, where he’ll face Nike Oregon Project teammate Suguru Osako;
In the mile, Canadians Luc Bruchet and Charles Philibert-Phiboutot face off against Olympic Trials 5000m 4th-place finisher Eric Jenkins of the Nike Oregon Project, Ireland’s 2011 world championship finalist and 2012 Olympian Ciaran O’Lionard, and Colby Gilbert of the host Huskies;
—Shaquille Walker, formerly of BYU and one of the newest members of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts, is entered in the 600;
—Former Husky and Olympic Trials long jump finalist Norris Frederick is entered in the high jump, an event he hasn’t seriously competed in over the past few years.
—WSU alum and 2011 USA 400 hurdles champ Jeshua Anderson is entered in the men’s 60 hurdles.
As always, the list of accepted entries are tentative, as athletes are bound to scratch and/or switch events. The University of Washington will post final entries and heats/flights sometime on Thursday.
A link to the meet time schedule is available here; the final time schedule will be posted on Thursday as well.
A preview of Saturday’s meet will be posted on either Thursday or Friday.
NOTE: The University of Washington contributed to this report.