SEATTLE – Seattle U track and field have released their 2020 season schedule, this year featuring six indoor regular-season meets and eight outdoor regular-season meets.
The indoor season begins with the UW Indoor Preview, held on Jan. 18 at the University of Washington’s Dempsey Indoor facility in Seattle. Next, the Redhawks travel to Portland, Ore., for the University of Portland Meet on Sunday, Jan. 26, followed by a return to the Dempsey Indoor for the two-day UW Invitational (Jan. 31-Feb. 1).
Less than a week later, Seattle U heads to Moscow, Idaho, for the Idaho Team Challenge on Feb. 7. They make another return to the Dempsey Indoor on Feb. 14-15 for the Husky Classic, then compete at the Last Chance Collegiate Elite Meet on Feb. 21 in the same location to close out the regular indoor season. The WAC Indoor Championships take place from Feb. 28-29 in Boise, Idaho, where the Redhawks hope to clinch a spot in the NCAA Indoor Championships at Albuquerque, N.M., on March 13-14.
The outdoor season kicks off with the Doris Heritage Invitational on March 21, hosted by Seattle Pacific University in West Seattle. The Redhawks will then compete in two concurrent meets from Apr. 2-4 – the Mike Fanelli Track Classic in San Francisco and the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif. A one-day competition – the Saint Martin’s Meet in Lacey, Wash. – comes up next for Seattle U on Apr. 11.
The Redhawks travel back to California from Apr. 16-18 for another two-meet slate – the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., lasts from Apr. 16-17, while the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif, will take all three days to complete. Next, Seattle U takes on the Oregon State High Performance Meet in Corvallis, Ore., on May 1-2, followed by the Ken Shannon Invitational at University of Washington’s Husky Outdoor Track on May 8-9. The postseason begins with three days at the WAC Outdoor Championships, hosted this year in Edinburg, Texas from May 14-16. The Redhawks get another break before the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Lawrence, Kan., which lasts from May 28-30. Finally, the NCAA Outdoor Championships conclude the season with four days of competition (Jun. 10-13) in Austin, Texas.
This year, Seattle U track and field adds 10 new men and six new women to their squad for a total of 66 members, 42 of which are either freshmen or sophomores.
Hamza Ali – Distance
A transfer from the University of Minnesota, Ali was a member of the USA National U20 Men’s Cross Country Team, finishing in third place in the 8k race at the 2017 USA Track and Field Junior Men Cross Country Championships and moving on to compete at the World Championships. He had a number of top finishes during his career at Minnesota, most recently placing first in the 5k run at the 2019 Tomcat Twilight. His best marks include 3:52 in the 1500m, 8:16 in the 3k and 14:22 in the 5k.
Andrew Ayers – Distance
Ayers spent his undergraduate career at Lipscomb University, earning multiple top-five finishes racing for their cross country and track teams. He is talented in both long-distance and middle-distance, having finished in fifth place in the 8k run at the Evansville Invitational and third place in the 800m run at the 2017 Rhodes Invitational. He boasts personal-best times of 1:55 in the 800m run and 3:55 in the 1500m run.
Jay Grant – Distance
A three-sport athlete from Salem, Ore., Grant was a two-time All-Mountain Valley Conference First Team member for cross country. He had several first-place finishes throughout his high school career, most recently in the 3k run at the 2018 Battle of the South.
Gus Harquail – Distance
Harquail, a native of Portland, Ore., was a three-sport letterman during all four years of high school and earned numerous top finishes in both cross country and track, qualifying for 6A State in his senior year for both. He took second place in the 800m run at the 2019 6A-1 Portland Interscholastic League District Track and Field Championships, and also finished second in the 5k run at the 2018 Nike Portland XC Invite. His best event in track and field is the 800m run, in which his best time currently stands at 1:57.
Tolaska Hunts Along - Javelin
A native of Mandaree, N.D., Hunts Along is a transfer from the University of Michigan and played three sports at Santa Fe Indian High School. He qualified for State as the 5A District Champion for javelin in 2017 and 2018, earning a sixth-place podium finish in 2018.
Dominic Jacobs - Sprints
Jacobs attended Cleveland High School in Seattle, posting five first-place finishes in the 100m dash and three first-place finishes in the 200m dash in 2019. He is also a 15-year veteran of the USA National Taekwondo Team, and qualified for 2017 Nationals with Cleveland High’s ultimate frisbee team.
Xavier Kelley - Jumps
A graduate of Franklin High School in Seattle, Kelley qualified for the 2019 Sea-King Championships in both the long and high jump events. The 2020 season will be just his second on a track and field team.
Lance Mason – Distance
Mason, a freshman from Redmond, Wash., went to the Washington State Cross Country Championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and was also named to the All-Kingco Conference Cross Country Second Team in 2018. During his high school career, he had three first-place finishes in the outdoor 1600m run, one in the 3200m run and one in the two-mile run.
Noah Payne - Sprints
Payne is a native of Kula, Hawai’I, and the younger brother of current Redhawk sprinter Isaiah Payne. In 2019, Payne won every race that he entered in the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL), breaking the 100m dash record with a time of 10.79 and also winning the 200m dash championships that year, posting a PR of 21.89 earlier in that event.
Tom Topinka - Sprints
A freshman from Pearl City, Hawai’I, Topinka was a three-sport athlete at ‘Iolani School. In 2019, he took second place in the 100m dash at the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) varsity meet.
Tyianna Barnett - Jumps
Barnett attended Curtis High School in Seattle, and is tied for second place all-time in the program for the high jump with a mark of 5’3”. She made the Top Four High Jumpers list in the South Puget Sound League for two years straight, also making the 2018 Top 20 list for the state of Washington.
Delaney Griffin – Distance
A native of Portland, Ore., Griffin was a three-sport athlete at Franklin High School, where she owns a combined seven school records for cross country and track and field. In 2018, she was named to the All-State Cross Country Second Team, as well as a number of All-District First and Second Teams for various track and field events. She has personal-best times of 4:36 in the 1500m run and 9:59 in the 3k run, placing at State in both of those events in her senior year.
Ashley Hagar - Jumps
Hailing from Los Gatos, Calif., Hagar was the 2019 triple jump champion in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) De Anza Divison, later making the finals for that event in the California Coast Section. She also won the 2017 SCVAL junior varsity championships for the long jump and triple jump at Los Gatos High School. Her best mark in the triple jump currently stands at 35'9.
Emily Harris – Distance
A freshman from Morgan Hill, Calif., Harris qualified for the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in 2016 and 2018. She also qualified for State in those years for cross country and recently took first place in the 5k run at the 2018 Blossom Valley Athletic League Championships.
Maya McCabe – Distance
McCabe, a native of Ben Lomond, Calif., won a gold medal in the 4x800m relay event at the 2019 USA Track and Field Junior Olympics. A three-sport athlete in high school, she co-owns three school records in track and field (4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m), and qualified for State in both cross country and track in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Her best solo track and field marks stand at 57.49 in the 400m and 2:13.61 in the 800m.
Grace Much – Distance
A freshman from Bellingham, Wash., Much was named to the All-Northwest Conference Cross Country First Team during all four years of her high school career, also qualifying for State each year. She also qualified for State in 2018 for track and field, competing in the 4x400m relay, 1600m run and 3200m run.