SEATTLE – With the release of their 2019 schedule, Seattle U track and field looks forward to improving on their tremendous 2018 indoor and outdoor seasons, which saw a number of school records broken and an incredible amount of new personal records from both men and women.
The entire regular indoor track and field season takes place over four events at the Dempsey Indoor facility at the University of Washington in Seattle. First, the Redhawks compete at the UW Preview on Jan. 12, followed by the two-day UW Invitational on Jan. 25-26. The next month brings the Husky Classic, spanning Feb. 8-9, and the Last Chance College Elite Meet just a week later on Feb. 15. Seattle U takes their first trip of the season to Nampa, Idaho, for the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, which will take place from Feb. 22-23. Here, they will attempt to perform well enough to nab a spot in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, all the way in Birmingham, Ala., from March 9-10.
Outdoor track and field picks up almost immediately after the Indoor Championships, when the Redhawks head down to Portland, Ore., for the Lewis and Clark Invitational from March 15-16. The jam-packed schedule that follows contains a number of new challenges, including two multi-meet spans that require the team to split into two groups. The first of these contains the Mike Fanelli Track Classic (hosted by San Francisco State at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif., from March 28-30) and the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. (March 29-30).
On April 13, Seattle U heads to Lacey, Wash., for the St. Martin’s Invitational, followed by another two-meet split from April 18-19, which includes the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., and the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, Calif. They will then travel back north for the Oregon State High Performance meet in Corvallis, Ore., and open the month of May with the Ken Shannon Invitational in Seattle (May 4). Finally, the WAC Outdoor Championships arrive on May 9-11 in Orem, Utah, with the NCAA West Outdoor Preliminary spanning May 23-25 in Sacramento, Calif. The Redhawks hope that a stellar performance in this meet will propel them to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held in Austin, Texas, from June 5-8. They aspire to continue competing late into the month of June at the USA Track and Field Under 20 Championships (June 15-17 in Bloomington, Ind.) and the USATF Senior Championships (June 21-24 in Des Moines, Iowa).
“There’s no question about it – both the team and the staff are very excited about the 2019 indoor and outdoor seasons ahead of us,” said Head Coach Kelly Sullivan. “At this time last year (Sullivan’s first year as head coach), we were all able to focus on each other and figuring out how the program was going to work. We were so fortunate to have inherited such a great group of young people last year, and we built off of that together.
“This year, it just seems so much more relaxed, and we are able to focus on each other and the upcoming seasons. We are about fifty-fifty in terms of returners and newcomers, and I am so impressed with how the two have meshed. We have also added four new coaches and volunteers to the staff in Clara Nichols, Carey Campbell, Tony Monroe and Zee McClanahan – each brings a lot of experience to the program.
In other words… bring it on.”