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As rain pours, Huskies struggle to continue improvement from yesterday

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Jason Palmer (middle) and Evan Mafilas (left) run in the 400-meter dash indoors in 2018. The duo helped the UW 4x100 team finish in fifth Saturday in Arkansas.

After a strong first day with 14 personal records and six people either moving up or into the top-10, the Huskies were rather pedestrian today in the National Relay Championships.

Washington only participated in six events today in wet and windy conditions in Fayetteville, Arkansas, making it difficult for people to beat personal or school records. Today, events were comprised of relay and field competition.

The group of senior Jordan Lucas, and sophomores Khalil Winfrey, Evan Mafilas and Kemuel Santana finished the 4x100 meter relay finals with a time of 41.10, and placed fifth.

Sophomore Jonah Wilson threw for 62 feet and three-quarters of an inch in the men’s shot put final, which was good for second place.

As the windy conditions continued to impact races, the men’s 4x400 relay team of freshman Cass Elliott, junior Jason Palmer, Mafilas, and Santana were able to cross the finish line in 3:13.11. They were in the middle of the pack, finishing eighth in the race.

In the triple jump, sophomore Jaylen Taylor jumped 49 feet and 11 inches. His mark was aided by the wind by four and seven tenths of an inch.

Next weekend, Washington is expected to travel down to Tucson, Arizona for the two-day Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships and host the Ken Shannon Invitational next Saturday as they gear up for Pac-12 Championships.

Reach reporter Daniel Li at Twitter: @Daniel_Li7

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