BOSTON – Three Huskies raced today in Boston, at the site of next month’s NCAA Indoor Championships, and all three are hoping to use their efforts today to push them into championship form. Carley Thomas, Wilma Nielsen, and Nathan Green held their own against some of the world’s best mid-distance runners at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, with Green breaking the School Record in the 1,000-meters.
Thomas and Nielsen were up first together in the women’s 800-meters. Thomas was coming off an NCAA-leading time of 2:00.95 a week ago in the Dempsey, while Nielsen, an All-American transfer from Bradley, had just run one mile last week in her Husky debut.
After the first of the four laps, Thomas went to the lead and pushed the pace in a field of mostly high-level pros. She couldn’t quite hold on for the win but finished fourth as the top collegian in 2:01.96. Nielsen came through in 2:02.91, exactly matching her indoor PR. As it’s her first 800-meters as a Dawg, Nielsen goes straight to No. 2 in school history behind Thomas.
Green dropped down from his mile distance of one week ago to race at 1,000-meters today. His field included the reigning 800-meters World Champion plus the reigning 800m bronze medalist, plus several other big talents like 2023 Husky grad Sam Ellis. Green went along for the ride with the fast pace, and came across the line in 2:18.56. That broke Joe Waskom’s School Record by two tenths of a second, and ranks Green No. 5 in NCAA history.
— Washington Track & Field and Cross Country (@UWTrack) February 4, 2024
Next week the Huskies have another huge home weekend in the Dempsey, hosting the Husky Classic on Friday and Saturday.