Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Huskies Open Indoor Season In Top-25

Huskies Open Indoor Season In Top-25

Huskies Open Indoor Season In Top-25

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SEATTLE - Washington's indoor track & field home opener is just a few days away, and the Dawgs will head into the season ranked in the top-25 on both sides. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association tallied up the top 2016 marks from all the returners around the country to put out its first set of national rankings on Monday. The Huskies start the season ranked 19th on the women's side and 25th on the men's side.

Saturday will see the Huskies reopen the doors of the Dempsey Indoor for the annual UW Indoor Preview starting at 9 a.m. and going nonstop until approximately 6 p.m.

The Husky men's squad is coming off its best NCAA Indoor finish in school history, as they took sixth in Birmingham, Ala. last year. But UW moves on without the ranking points provided by mid-distance star Izaic Yorks and NCAA Indoor pole vault champion Jax Thoirs. Colby Gilbert, eighth in the 3k at NCAAs last season, is ranked fourth among returners in that event for big preseason rankings points. Washington's NCAA runner-up DMR also returns Gilbert, Blake Nelson, and Jacopo Spano and is ranked second to start the year but the Dawgs will be without Yorks on the anchor.

The women are getting a large chunk of their ranking points from seniors Kennadi Bouyer and Elizabeth Quick. Bouyer has the No. 5 returning time in the 60-meter dash, with the school record 7.27 she clocked at the NCAA semifinals last year, en route to an eighth-place finish. Quick was ninth at the NCAA Indoor meet last year, after jumping a PR 14-3 1/4, which ranks her fourth among returning pole vaulters. The Huskies also have the No. 4 time from the DMR last season, when Eleanor Fulton, Krista Armstead, Baylee Mires, and Maddie Meyers finished second at nationals, but UW will have an entirely new foursome this season if they are to return to nationals.
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