Feb. 6, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - For the second straight year, the men's and women's track and field teams will split for two meets this weekend. The middle and long distance runners are traveling once again to the Dempsey Indoor facility in Seattle to compete in the UW Husky Classic while other event groups will head to Albuquerque for the Don Kirby Elite Invitational.
Redshirt sophomore Daniel Herrera, Nick Hartle (800m), Alex Monsivaiz (800m), Austin O'Neil (mile) and Ferdinand Edman (mile) will return to Seattle this weekend.
The women to see action in Seattle are Turquoise Thompson, Jennifer Owen, Annie Mooney, Kelsey Smith, Sarah Toberty and Meghan Marvin. The senior captain Thompson will compete in the 200m, 400m, and 800m races. Two weeks ago she posted an 800m time of 2:12.97 at the Dempsey Indoor and will look to improve upon her result in a familiar environment. Toberty, another senior Bruin, will also return to post another solid performance in the 3,000m alongside Smith, Mooney and Marvin.
The action will begin in Seattle Friday, Feb. 8 with the women's 200m dash at 4:00pm and will finish Saturday afternoon. For more information on this weekend's Husky Classic, please click here.
Bruins will also see plenty of action in this Friday's Don Kirby Elite Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. The meet includes Oregon, Texas, Florida, Ohio State, Stanford, Cal-Berkeley, UCLA, Arizona State, Utah State, San Diego State, Indiana State and Texas Tech.
Sophomore Kylie Price will look to make a splash in several events at the Albuquerque Convention Center this Friday. In the USTFCCCA national rankings, she currently sits ranked 22nd in the 60m dash as well as 13th in the long jump. She will compete in both events this weekend, as well as make an appearance in the 200m dash. Tatum Souza, no. 23 nationally in the pentathlon, is another ranked Bruin to watch out for. Although the five-leg event will not take place, Souza is scheduled to compete in the shot put, long jump, high jump and 60m hurdles.
Perhaps the most Bruin-friendly event on the women's side is the pole vault. It will feature 20th- ranked junior captain Allison Koressel as well as Liz Goodrich, Natasha Kolbo and Courtney Reginato. Last season, all four Bruins placed in the top fifteen in this event.
The men's side also has much to look forward to at Friday's meet. Two Bruin heptathletes, 10th-ranked Marcus Nilsson and 20th-ranked Dominic Giovannoni, will compete in a myriad of events. Like Souza, the two Bruins will not officially compete in the heptathlon, but will see action in the shot put, pole vault, 60m high hurdles, and high jump (Giovannoni only).
Speaking of men's pole vault, the field would not be complete without junior captain Mike Woepse. The nation's seventh best pole vaulter, Woepse looks to defend his title in this meet's event from last season. In 2012, he claimed the title with a winning performance of 18-0.50.
The Don Kirby Elite Invite starts Friday at 1:15 p.m. with the men's long jump. For live results, click here.