Ken Shannon Invite ends regular season for Huskies

While senior Jeremy Taiwo, freshman Josh Gordon, and junior Shelby Williams were in Los Angeles for the multi-event portion of the Pac-12 conference championships, the blue skies and beaming sun in Seattle made the Ken Shannon Invitational seem like it was in Southern California.

​Held at the new purple Husky track, which saw action for the second and final time this season, the Invitational provided the Huskies a chance to polish their skills before heading to Los Angeles next weekend for the continuation of Pac-12 championships. For others, it was an opportunity to hone in on what to improve on in the summer months ahead.

​Overall, nine Huskies recorded individual wins, with freshman pole vaulter Jax Thoirs and sophomore sprinter Haley Jacobson setting new Husky top-10 marks.

“He jumped great,” Metcalf said of Thoirs. “He’s only a freshman, but this is what we believed he could do. We know he’s full of great talent.”

​Thoirs, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, broke the Scottish national record in his pole vault win last week at the UW-WSU Dual Meet with a height of 17-7 1/4. This week, he outdid himself again, vaulting to No. 9 on the UW’s top-10 list with a height of 17-8 1/2.


Thoirs Vaulter Magazine
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