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Loaded Fields From 600 to 3,000 Meters Include Return To Track For Matthew Centrowitz, 2023 Openers for NCAA Champions Joe Waskom, Charles Hicks, Jorinde Van Klinken

By Doug Binder, DyeStat Editor

Photo courtesy World Athletics

Heralded Stanford freshmen Roisin Willis and Juliette Whittaker are due to make their collegiate track and field debuts on Saturday at the Washington Indoor Preview at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle. 

Willis and Whittaker, members of the 2022 U.S. U20 national team who both medaled in the 800 meters final in Cali, Colombia last summer, were high school stars throughout the past four years. 

The both participated in one cross country meet in the fall, but Saturday’s meet will be the first time they have competed on the track for the Cardinal. 


Willis, from Stevens Point WI, the World U20 gold medalist in the 800, is entered in the 400 meters. 

Whittaker, from Mt de Sales MD, the World U20 bronze medalist in the 800, will compete in that event Saturday. 

The UW Preview is the first of four home meets for Washington at the Dempsey. 

Matthew Centrowitz will choose between the 1,000 meters and mile. The 2016 Olympic 1,500 meters champion will be making his first appearance on the track since August of 2021 after returning from knee surgery. 

The men’s 1,000 also includes reignng NCAA 1,500 meters champion Joe Waskom of Washington, along with teammates Nathan Green and Luke Houser

Johnny Gregorek of Asics is entered in both the 1,000 and 3,000 meters. 

The women’s 600 meters includes adidas professional Kaela Edwards taking on Washington’s Carley Thomas, Marlena Preigh and freshman Chloe Foerster

Whittaker will contend with pros Alli Cash (Asics) and Laurie Barton (Brooks). 

Michaela Meyer and McKenna Keegan, both of the Union Athletics Club, are entered in the 1,000 meters. 

Nia Akins of Brooks is in the women’s mile, along with Kayley DeLay, Washington’s Anna Gibson, New Mexico’s Gracelyn Larkin, Boise State’s Kaiya Robertson and Oregon’s Mia Moerck. Cash, Keegan and Edwards are also listed on the entries ad may opt for the mile. (Some of these entries are likely pacing duties).

The lineup for the women’s 3,000 meters includes Stanford’s Zofia Dudek and freshman Riley Stewart, Oregon’s Klaudia Kazimierska and Izzy Thornton-Bott, Portland’s Laura Pellicoro, and Jennifer Randall from Cascadia Elite.

Oregon transfer Jorinde Van Klinken, recently named to the Bowerman Award…

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