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.
“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.