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Huskies Host Strong Fields For Dempsey Opener – University of … – University of Washington Athletics

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SEATTLE – Records will fall, Olympians will shine, and NCAA tickets will be punched in another Dempsey Indoor season, kicking off this Saturday with the UW Indoor Preview. Washington hosts its first of four big collegiate indoor meets starting at 8 a.m. and continuing through the day until approximately 4:30 p.m.
A few Huskies got early starts on their season with competitions in December in Boston and Spokane, but for many more Dawgs Saturday will be their first competition since the end of the 2022 outdoor season last spring.
A great field for the Dempsey opener includes full or partial squads from Stanford, Oregon, Washington State, Oregon State, New Mexico, Boise State, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Portland, Santa Clara, Seattle U., Simon Fraser, Saint Mary’s, UC Davis, Western Washington and more.
A number of professional runners will be adding some spice to the fields as well, highlighted by 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Matthew Centrowitz, former volunteer assistant for the Huskies and a former student-athlete of Andy Powell‘s at Oregon. Several pros from Seattle-based Brooks Beasts will be competing as well.
As with any home opener, one of the main areas of excitement will be seeing new Dawgs in action, whether for the first time in their collegiate careers, or their first time in a new uniform.
Husky freshmen entered for their first Dempsey meet Saturday include Sophia McHenry (sprints), Rhonda Newton (sprints), Ava McCumber Gandara (sprints), Anna Terrell (sprints), Chloe Foerster (mid-distance), Avril Wilson (pole vault), Sarah Ferguson (pole vault), Rachel Bir (jumps), Bruno Comid Pescador (multiple), and Leland Lieberg (jumps). Wilson, Ferguson, Foerster, and Terrell already opened their seasons in Spokane but will get their first Dempsey marks on Saturday.
Transfers making their UW Dempsey debuts include Sarah Borton (pole vault), Nastassja Campbell (pole vault), Aaron Ahl (mid-distance), Aidan Ryan (distance), and Jacob Englar (pole vault). Redshirt freshmen also making their home debuts include Prestin Artis (sprints and jumps), Yvonne Colson (throws) and Kaia Tupu-South (throws).
Many of Washington’s returning Pac-12 scorers will be in action this weekend. On the men’s side, 400m hurdles champion Cass Elliott will race at 600-meters, and 400m hurdles scorers Jonathan Birchman and Matthew Wilkinson run the open 400m.
Pac-12 and NCAA 1,500m champ Joe Waskom will battle Centrowitz in the top heat of the 1,000-meters along with All-American Nathan Green, plus new Husky Sam Ellis competing unattached, and former World Championships competitor Johnny Gregorek. Pac-12 runner-up and NCAA fifth-placer Luke Houser runs heat two of the 1k.
In the mile, Green is entered there as well, as is Pac-12 10k runner-up Kieran Lumb, along with Centrowitz once again. Pac-12 steeplechase scorer Sam Affolder is entered in the second-fastest section. Lumb is also entered in the top heat of the men’s 3k, along with transfer Aidan Ryan, and future UW commit Tyrone Gorze.
Englar, in the pole vault, is a returning Pac-12 scorer, just for Washington State. The defending conference champ just started his UW studies at the start of winter quarter last week. Jami Schlueter and Ollie Thorner, Pac-12 scorers in the decathlon last year, will be testing themselves in several different events.
The women have reigning Pac-12 800-meter Champion Carley Thomas matching up with one of the top U.S. pros in Kaela Edwards in a 600-meter race. At 800-meters, Pac-12 finalists Anna Gibson, Sophie O’Sullivan, and Madison Heisterman are all entered. Those three are also all entered in the fast section of the women’s mile.
At 3,000-meters, All-Pac-12 Cross Country Team member Andrea Markezich races as does NCAA Prelims 10k qualifier and top-five scorer for the Dawgs at NCAA XC, Naomi Smith.
Joining the four newcomers in the women’s vault are returning Pac-12 scorers Ashleigh Helms and Delaney Ezeji-Okoye.
School record-holder and Pac-12 fifth-place finisher MaKayla Kelby leads three Dawgs in the women’s shot put, and NCAA Outdoor discus qualifier Beatrice Asomaning starts her season in the weight throw, where she ranks second in school history.
Last but never least, NCAA heptathlon silver medalist Ida Eikeng is entered in multiple events including the 60-meter hurdles, the high jump, and the shot put.

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