Wolves Running to Success
Western’s Track and Field in Seattle
Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 19:01
This year, Western's Track and Field team's first meet saw that six student-athletes earned their place on the Wolves' all-time top 10 list at the Husky Preview on Saturday, Jan. 14," according to wouwovles.com. Ashley Potter, Conner Kasler, Audrey Hellesto, Dan Sprinkle and Ryan Hansen each earned special mention on the website's article covering the meet in Seattle, Washington.
Potter managed "a leap of 17-8.25 (5.39m) in the long jump to propel herself into fifth place" on this prestigious list, according to wouwolves.com. Kasler "recorded the second fastest time in school history in the 3,000 meter race with a mark of 8:38.92. This was interesting for Kasler, who typically runs mid-distance for the Wolves, including qualifying for the NCAA National Championships in the 800m last season."
Ali Mosher, a senior on the Women's Track and Field Team, was interviewed by Sports Information Director Daniel Barnts in his Wolves Weekly video series. According to Mosher, the many new athletes on the team this year "are adapting well," and "seem to have a lot of talent." That is reflected by freshman Hellesto's success in being included in the six athletes from Western that made the all time top ten list of performance by the Wolves. Mosher ranks 17th in the 60 meter hurdling women's competition in the Husky Preview, according to the Track and Field Results Reporting System.
This upcoming challenge is the University of Washington Invitational Dempsey Indoor Meet (UW Invite.) This may result in the Vikings becoming rivals to Western not only in basketball but also track and field. The UW Invite will take place on Jan. 27 and 28. The meet is open to all Division I universities, but Division II universities are only able to participate if approved by Meet Director Jason Drake according to gohuskies.com. Western gained approval to join this multi-event competition that includes everything from pole vaults to hurdles.
Western will stay in Seattle to compete in two more events hosted by the Vikings: The Husky Classic on Feb. 10-11 and the University of Washington's Indoor Open meet. Then it will be time for the Indoor GNAC Championships on Feb. 17-18.
Head Coach Mike Johnson said that these meets are "all in some of the nation's finest facilities." He explained that "everyone wants to come" to compete in meets of this quality. Western is in a "race against the best competition." Johnson says fans can follow live results of Western's meets on gohuskies.com.
The Husky Preview's success suggests more to come this week for the UW Invite. According to the Track and Field Results Reporting System, Western's Hardie matson ranks third in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump. Ryan Hansen ranks seventh in the 800 meter run. Kendale Hamlett and Tyler Thomas rank at eighth and 11th respectively on the 200 meter run. Janelle Everetts ranks seventh in the women's 800 meter race. Hellesto Audrey ranks ninth in teh 400 meter run. Katie Pelc har ranks eighth in the high jump, while Ashley Potter ranks ninth in the long jump.
Many at Western hope to continue off of past success as the team continues to compete with Division I teams in the Husky Classic.