Feb. 9, 2013
SEATTLE -- Some the fastest times in the nation are produced every year at the Husky Classic. At Friday's competition, Wisconsin's Caitlin Comfort and Ashley Beutler didn't disappoint.
The yearly event takes place inside the Dempsy Indoor, which features a 307-meter track. The oversized track is known for providing some of the fastest times in the nation and that held true Friday in the women's 5000 meters.
UW senior Comfort was the first Badger to take the track in the invitational 5000 meters and placed 13th, finishing the event in 16 minutes, 9.17 seconds against a stacked field which included some of the top runners in the nation.
Comfort's performance ranks in the top 20 nationally and is the second-fastest 5000 time recorded by a Big Ten athlete during this season. Penn State's Brooklyne Ridder sits atop the Big Ten standings, after she edged out Comfort by finishing in 12th with a time of 16:07.52.
The event produced some of the fastest time this season, with eight runners finishing in under 16 minutes. Until Friday's competition, only four runners nationally had recorded sub-16-minute times in the event. Oregon's Jordan Hasay took home the title, winning the event with a time of 15:46.30. Hasay's performance is the second-fastest time recorded in the 5000 meters this season.
In the open 5000 meters, senior Ashley Beutler and senior Hanna Knurr competed for Wisconsin. Beutler finished eighth in the event with a personal-best time of 16:24.42, which is the fourth-fastest time recorded by a Big Ten athlete in the event this season.
Knurr took 55th, finishing in a time of 17:26.77 to crush her previous best time of 17:44.75, which she recorded at the 2012 Cyclone Classic.
The 2013 version of that meet is where several UW athletes will compete Saturday in Ames, Iowa. Check back to UWBadgers.com for updated information on their performances.