Dressel Leads Distance Crew at Husky Classic
SEATTLE, WASH. — University of Colorado sophomore John Dressel opened the weekend by posting the fifth fastest NCAA 5,000-meter run time of the season, turning in a performance of 13:42.57 on the first day of the Husky Classic here Friday night at the University of Washington.
Dressel, placed fourth overall in the 5,000 meters in the top section of the elite field, coming in behind Oregon’s Edward Cheserek (13:32.59), Colby Gilbert (13:34.85) and Erik Peterson (13:40.90). His time of 13:42.57 is a PR and moves him to sixth all-time for Colorado. Ryan Forsyth dropped 15 seconds off his personal best time from last year in the 5,000 to post a 13:57.80 and finish 13th overall. He is now in the top-25 nationally in the event.
In his indoor 5k debut, sophomore Reilly Friedman took first place in his heat to finish with a PR 14:38.64 and place 35th overall. The trio of Ethan Gonzales (14:20.02), Christian Martin (14:26.35) and Chris Herrick (14:46) also debuted in the indoor 5,000 posting solid scores on the day.
Freshman Makena Morley led the women in the 5k race, debuting in the event with a time of 16:11.72, which placed her 14th overall and 10th on CU’s all-time performers list behind leader Jenny (Barringer) Simpson. Many of CU’s distance athletes competed on Friday including Annie Kelly who ran a great 5k race, placing 28th overall with a PR time of 16:30.11.
Down in Fayetteville, Ark., the sprinters and jumpers kicked off the Tyson Invitational here Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Isaiah Oliver paced the Buffaloes collecting two PRs and advancing to the semifinals in the 60 meter hurdles.
Oliver advanced out of prelims in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.40. He went into the semifinals determined as he dropped .27 seconds to finish 21st overall and earn a PR time of 8.13. In the men’s long jump, Oliver also added a PR mark of 22-11.75/ 7.00.
HUSKY CLASSIC (Dempsey Indoor, Seattle, Washington)
Women’s 5,000: (1. Tessa Barrett, Penn State, 15:51.32) 14. Makena Morley, 16:11.72; 21. Tayler Tuttle, 16:20, 73; 28. Annie Kelly, 16:30.11; 36. Carrie Verdon, 16:48.67
Men’s 5,000: (1. Edward Cheserek, Oregon, 13:32) 4. John Dressel, 13:42.57; 13. Ryan Forsyth; 13:57.80; 30. Ethan Gonzales, 14:20.02; 31. Christian Martin, 14:26, 35. Reilly Friedman, 14:38; 42. Chris Herrick, 14:46
Men’s Weight Throw: (1. Zeb Hoffman, Unattached, 67-11.75/20.72) 23. Greyson Webber, 50-08.00/15.44; 28. Matthew Denton, 47-03.75
TYSON INVITATIONAL (Randal Tyson Track Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas)
Women’s 400Meters: (1. Kyra Constantine, USC, 53.83) 28. Gabby Scott, 56.25; 36. Alexandria Peters, 56.45
Men’s 40-Meters: (1. AJ Boully, Utah State, 46.69) 40. Darrin Haynes, 49.53
Men’s 60 Meter Hurdles: (1. Larry Donald, Arkansas, 7.88) 22. Kodie Artner, 8.31; 24. Isaiah Oliver, 8.40; 26. Jaron Thomas, 8.43; 28. Andrew Ghizzone, 8.49
Women’s 60 Meters: (1. Destiny Carter, Kentucky, 7.30) 38. Rajon O’Quinn, 7.68
SEMIFINALS Men’s 60: (1.Grant Holloway, Florida, 7.64) 21. Isaiah Oliver, 8.13
Women’s Long Jump: (1. Mercy Abire, Oral Roberts, 20-1/6.12) 27. Maja Wichhart-Donzo, 17-9.5/5.42
Men’s Long Jump: (1. Rayvon Grey, LSU, 24-11.25/7.60) 18. Isaiah Oliver, 22-11.75/7.00, 23. Andrew Ghizzone, 21-8/6.60
Action from the Husky Classic and Tyson Invite continue tomorrow. The Husky Classic will kick off the morning with Buffs competing in the women’s weight throw as the Buffs competing at the Tyson Invitational will start with the triple jump in the afternoon.
Coach Lindsey Malone
I am very impressed with my group today. The important part about coming to a meet like the Tyson Invitational is you want to come to a different track with different faces with schools you won’t see until conference and nationals. So to be able to come to a competition with a totally different track, raised runways and a 200 meter bank, also with a lot of big names here. They stayed consistent, which is incredibly important.
Isaiah still getting back into it and he has done a great job. Getting to run a couple rounds of the hurdles was important. We have been working on the runway difference between our track and this track, it is really important to get experience on a different runway because conference will be on raised runways and we have to have the ability to make those big changes in the moment and be able to trust. So, a lot of this weekend is preparing them mentally and physically.