Thursday, July 19, 2018

Henry Wynne of the Brooks Beasts finishes third in Morton Mile...

DUBLIN, Ireland—Henry Wynne (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle based Brooks Beasts finished third in the Morton Mile, the climactic event of the annual Morton Games track and field meet in the Irish capital Thursday evening.

Wynne ran 3:56.86, as Oregon alum Sam Prakel won the race in 3:55.80, followed by two-time US Olympian and Bowerman TC member Lopez Lomong, who ran 3:56.58, just ahead of Wynne.

New Brooks Beasts member David Ribich finished eighth in an outdoor personal best of 3:58.09.

In other events, Marcus Chambers of Tacoma finished third in the men’s 400, as the Oregon alum and Foss HS grad ran 46.03.  Israel’s Donald Sanford won in 45.81.

2016 French Olympian and Seattle resident Justine Fedronic, who trains under Brooks Beasts coach Danny Mackey, was ninth in the women’s 800, as the Stanford alum ran 2:04.17. Virginia Tech alum Hanna Green was victorious, running 2:01.66.

Complete results of the Morton Games are available here.

Friday, the IAAF Diamond League tour makes its annual stop at the home of the world governing body of track & field, as the State Louis II in Fontvieille district of Monaco hosts the annual Herculis Meeting, one of the best one-day meets on the international circuit.

Pullman’s Katie Nageotte, fresh off a second place finish at the Athletics World Cup meet in London last week, goes in the women’s pole vault against one of the best fields assembled anywhere this season.

Nageotte jumps against a field that includes reigning world and Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, as well as fellow Americans Sandi Morris and Jenn Suhr.

Nageotte’s fellow Ashland University alumnus Drew Windle of the Brooks Beasts will run in the men’s 800 (which is not a Diamond League scoring event at this meet), as he tries to better his 2018 season best of 1:46.88. The 2018 world indoor silver medalist goes up against a field that includes Athletics World Cup 1500m winner Marcin Lewandowski of Poland, and Canada’s Brandon McBride.

Newly appointed University of Washington volunteer assistant coach Matthew Centrowitz looks to shake off a disappointing finish from last week’s race in Rabat, as the reigning Olympic champion is entered in the men’s 1500.

Among the top entries include Kenya’s Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot, brothers Jakob and Filip Ingebrigtsen of Norway, Jakub Holusa of the Czech Republic, and Ayanieh Souleiman of Djibouti.

Former Renton resident Devon Allen is entered in the men’s 110 hurdles, as he goes against Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov, France’s Kevin Mayer, and fellow American and current world record holder Aries Merritt.

The start lists for the Herculis Meeting are available here.

The Olympic Channel (channel 660 on Comcast Seattle) will show the meet live beginning at 11:00 am, Seattle time.

Former University of Connecticut Husky Stephanie Bohannon was named by Washington Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Maurica Powell and Head Coach Andy Powell as the new director of operations, replacing Kelsey Quinn from the previous staff.

"As a former middle distance runner at the University of Connecticut, I couldn't be more delighted to become a Husky once again on Montlake. I am grateful for the vision of UW leadership and the Powells that will deliver a meaningful and rewarding experience for our student-athletes, fans and the entire UW family."

Bohannon will serve as meet director for Washington's home cross country and track meets, including the series of Dempsey Indoor meets that attract some of the nation's finest fields of professional, collegiate, and prep talent. She will also have a hand in all aspects of team travel, recruiting, compliance, academics, communications, and alumni and donor relations.

She comes from the University of Oregon, where she served as the director of operations for the Oregon track and cross country teams for the last two seasons.

Washington’s release is available here.

NOTE:  The University of Washington, the IAAF, the Morton Games, and Athletics Ireland contributed to this report.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

UW alum Izaic Yorks of the Brooks Beasts takes fourth in 1500m at Athletics World Cup...

LONDON, England—University of Washington alum Izaic Yorks (above/photo by Kirby Lee, Image of Sport) of the Brooks Beasts finished fourth in the 1500 in the final day of competition at the Athletics World Cup Sunday evening at London Stadium.

As expected, the race began slowly, with the field bunched together, going through the first 400, with Simon Denise of France leading in 68.31.

The second 400 was marginally faster, with Denissel crossing 800 at 2:15.96.

As the eight man field approached the kilometer mark, the pace picked up sustantially, dropping to 58.57 for the third 400.

Yorks was positioned well as the field went down the backstretch on the outside of lane one.  Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski, the sixth place finisher at the Olympics in Rio at 800 meters and a 1:43.72 performer at that distance, took advantage of his speed and moved quickly from fifth to first, where he would stay and take the win in 3:52.88.

The Washington alum was third off the final turn, but could not hold off the late charge of Great Britain’s Neil Gourley, as Gourley finished third in 3:53.24, to Yorks’ 3:53.50.

Germany’s Timo Benitz was second in 3:53.11.

Afterwards, he said, "I uncharacteristically had a moment where I misgauged what was going on, and it compromised me. I tried to hit a slipstream behind (Lewandowski), and one of the other runners kept me on the outside."

The United States took the overall team title and the winning payout of $450,000 for winning the Athletics World Cup, with a final score of 219 points. Poland was second with 162 points and host Great Britain & Northern Ireland was third with 155 points.

Complete results of the Athletics World Cup are available here.

In Leira, Portugal, Western Washington alum Bethany Drake (left/photo courtesy International Throws Meeting organizers) finished fourth in the javelin at the second day of the two-day International Throws Meeting Sunday.

Drake, who was third in Saturday’s competition, threw a best of 169-4 (51.61m), as Zahra Bani of Italy won with a toss of 187-10 (57.25m).

Fellow Viking alum Katie Reichert was fifth with a throw of 168-3 (51.29m).

Results from the International Throws Meeting are available here.

NOTE: USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

Washington's Elijah Mason finishes eighth at IAAF World Under-20 Championships...

TAMPERE, Finland—University of Washington redshirt freshman Elijah Mason (left/photos by John Nepolitan) finished eighth in the finals of the men’s discus Sunday afternoon on the final day of competition at the IAAF World Under-20 Track & Field Championships at Ratina Stadium.

Mason threw a best of 190-2 (57.96m) with the lighter 1.75 kilo implement used by under-20 athletes in the second round of competition. That mark was good enough by one centimeter to get into the finals and obtain three more throws.

His only other legal throw on the day came in the sixth and final round where he threw 186-3 (56.77m).

Afterwards, he said “I’m not too upset. (Despite fouling four times) I felt that I was hitting the positions I needed to hit.”

When asked about the issues with the sticky ring in Saturday’s qualifying & today’s final, and whether it affected him, he said, “I had 4 fouls because of that and because I wanted to shoot all of my shots. I was going for a big throw and because I knew that going slow and being conservative wasn’t going to get me that. So the plan was to go all out!”

“Hey! I’m not disappointed. I made it here and that’s already more than 99% of the world can say. I had troubles in the ring but everyone had to throw in the same conditions so it is what it is. This is a blessing of a lifetime that I’ll never forget. Eighth in the world isn’t too bad! I’m taking home an unbelievable blessing and a lifetime memory!”

Kai Chang of Jamaica won the competition with a best throw of 204-7 (62.36m).

Complete results of the IAAF World Under-20 Track & Field Championships are available here.

NOTE:  USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Katie Mackey wins 1500m at inaugural South Carolina TrackFest...

MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina—University of Washington alum Katie Mackey (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle based Brooks Beasts won the women’s 1500 at the inaugural South Carolina TrackFest at the Peyton Johnson Moore track.

Mackey finished in a time of 4:09.45, just off her season best of 4:09.10, run last month at the Portland Track Festival.

In the women’s 800, Hannah Fields of the Beasts finished second in a season best 2:02.98, as Agnes Abu of Ghana won in 2:02.19.  Beasts teammate Natalja Piliusina was third in 2:04.32.

Complete results of the South Carolina TrackFest are available here.

Katie Nageotte finishes second at Athletics World Cup in London...

LONDON, England—Pullman’s Katie Nageotte (above/photo by Kirby Lee, Image of Sport) and Vancouver’s Kara Winger each earned second place finishes in their event as the first day of the inaugural Athletics World Cup concluded at London Stadium.

Nageotte, who trains at Washington State University under Cougar assistant coach and American record holder Brad Walker, cleared a best of 15-4.25 (4.68m), as she and Great Britain’s Holly Bradshaw cleared three consecutive heights on their first attempts through that height.

However, Nageotte could not match Bradshaw at the next height of 15-7 (4.75m), as she missed all three tries, and Bradshaw cleared for what was the eventual winning height.

Afterwards, she said, “From a team standpoint I am really excited to bring the team seven points. I'm a little disappointed in myself as I feel I was jumping really well and it felt like I was ready to jump much higher.”

“I definetely can go higher. I'm frustrated because indoors I jumped 4.91 and 4.86 and after it has been a few 4.70's or really close.”

“Where I am at in my training, I feel that I am capable of jumping 4.80/ 4.90's again but it's nice to be frustrated with these heights as last year these heights were PB's. I have come along way at this level and you always want to compete at your best, I did some things well but I am looking forward.”

In the javelin, Winger held the lead for the first three rounds, throwing her eventual best mark of 199-3 (60.75m.)

However, South African veteran Sunette Viljoen came through in the fourth and final round with the winning toss of 202-4 (61.69m), while the Skyview/Vancouver grad responded with a throw of 192-8 (58.73m).

“It was fun out there. It is great to be with the other athletes out there. It was nice to see the crowd so close and cheering us on. I'm looking forward to cheering on the rest of the team tomorrow and if I can help them in any way I will.”

Former Renton resident Devon Allen finished third in the men’s 110 hurdles, running 13.36, as France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde won in a season best 13.22.

After 17 events completed, Team USA leads the competition (8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring) with 109 points, followed by France with 85 points, and Poland at 77.

Sunday, Washington alum Izaic Yorks lines up for Team USATF in the men’s 1500.

Complete day 1 results of the Athletics World Cup are available here.

Elsewhere on the European circuit, Tacoma’s Marcus Chambers finished third in in his heat and fifth overall in the 400 meters at the 21st Kortrijkse Guldensporenmeeting in Kortrijk, Belgium Saturday, running 47.45, as Fitzroy Dunkley of Jamaica won in 46.18.

In other events, Henry Wynne of the Brooks Beasts was 11th in the top section of the mens 1500, running 3:43.32, as Stanford’s Sean McGorty won in 3:36.61. Former Husky and Colorado alum Nick Harris won his section of the 1500 in 3:42.29.

In the women’s 800, former Washington State volunteer assistant coach and Idaho alum Liga Velvere of Latvia won her section in 2:01.21, which turned out to be the overall winner.

Seattle resident Justine Fedronic was fourth in that section, running 2:03.44.

In the women's 1500, Washington alum Mel Lawrence was tenth in the top section, running 4:13.83, as Missouri's NCAA 5000m champ Karissa Schweitzer won in 4:06.77.

Complete results are available here.

In Leira, Portugal, Western Washington alum Bethany Drake finished third in the javelin at the first day of the two-day International Throws Meeting Saturday.

Drake threw a best of 171-5 (52.25m) from a short approach, as Lidia Parada of Spain won with a best of 178-10 (54.52m).

Fellow Viking alum Katie Reichert was fifth with a best of 160-0 (48.78m).

Courtesy of Drake’s Instagram page, here is video of one of her throws:



The meet resumes Sunday.

Results are available here.

NOTE:  USA Track & Field, the Athletics World Cup and the meet organizers contributed to this report.

Washington's Elijah Mason qualifies for finals in the men's discus at IAAF World U20 championships...

TAMPERE, Finland—University of Washington redshirt freshman Elijah Mason (left/photo courtesy UW Athletics) qualified for the finals of the men’s discus Saturday morning at the IAAF World Under-20 Track & Field Championships at Ratina Stadium.

Competing in the first of two flights, Mason got his qualifying mark of 186-6 (56.86m) in the first round, then fouled in round 2.  He then had a third round toss of 179-2 (54.61m), as the throwers were using the 1.75 kilo (3.9 pounds) disc instead of the international 2 kilo (4.4 pounds) implement.

Mason’s mark was the tenth best in the two combined flights, as Yauheni Bahutski of Belarus had the furthest throw of the day, spinning the platter 202-6 (61.72m) in the third round in flight 2, and getting one of the two automatic qualifying spots.

Afterwards, Mason said, “I was having trouble with the ring being very grippy and I felt just about stuck. I got the job done and made it past qualification but I need to do significantly better tomorrow. Overall today’s competition was not the best but I made it through.”

When asked about what technical adjustments he needs to make for Sunday’s finals, he said, “I need to get over my left better out of the back and not rush the throw. I also need to keep my momentum from shifting to far forward because I was having foul trouble (in round 2).”

Mason will throw in the finals Sunday at 1:40 pm local time (3:40 am in Seattle). The meet can be streamed live as part of the NBC Sports Gold ($) track & field package.

In the women’s triple jump, Curtis High School graduate, and Flying AJ’s Track Club member Lexi Ellis finished 17th overall in the qualifying round, as the Washington state high school record holder jumped 41-8.75 (12.72m).

Jumping in group B, Ellis, who will attend the University of Oregon this fall, got her best mark in the first round. In round 2, she jumped 41-5.25 (12.63m) and 40-11.75 (12.49m) in the third round.

The timetable and results link for the IAAF World U20 Championships are available here.

NOTE:  The IAAF contributed to this report.

Friday, July 13, 2018

2016 Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz to serve as volunteer assistant coach at Washington...

SEATTLE—A few hours after finishing tenth in the men’s 1500 at the Meeting Mohammed VI IAAF Diamond League stop in Rabat, Morocco, where he ran a 2018 season best 3:35.17, Washington track & field director Maurica Powell and head track & field coach Andy Powell announced the addition of 2016 Rio Olympic 1500 meter gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz (left/photo by Paul Merca)  as a volunteer coach for the Huskies.

Centrowitz ran for Andy Powell at the University of Oregon, and established himself as a future star at Oregon, where he won three Pac-12 titles and the 2011 NCAA 1,500-meter title.

Besides reuniting with the Powell’s, he joins his close friend and roommate at Oregon, Chris Kwiatkowski, who was named an assistant coach by the Powells on Thursday.

"I'm very excited to be reunited with the Powells, who helped guide me through my collegiate career and beyond," said Centrowitz. "I'm also grateful to continue having Chris Kwiatkowski in my corner. These relationships have been key to my success."

Said Kwiatkowski, "Matthew's presence alone will be incredibly impactful for our program. At all levels, his achievements have reached the pinnacle of our sport. He will be such an amazing role model for our team; an example of what it takes to be a true champion both on and off the track."

Centrowitz will continue his professional running career as a member of the Nike Oregon Project.

The University of Washington release is available here.

Meanwhile, University of Washington redshirt freshman Elijah Mason competes Saturday morning (11:30 pm Friday night) in the qualifying round of the discus at the IAAF World Under-20 Track & Field Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Also competing early Saturday morning is Curtis HS graduate and incoming University of Oregon freshman Lexi Ellis in the women’s triple jump qualifying round.

Should both Mason and Ellis get through qualifying (top 12 overall), they would advance to the finals on Sunday.

The time schedule for the IAAF World Under-20 championships as well as the link to live results is available here.

In London, Pullman’s Katie Nageotte, former Renton resident Devon Allen, and Vancouver native Kara Winger compete for Team USA on the first day of the two-day Athletics World Cup at London Stadium Saturday.

Nageotte gets the meet started at 6:45 pm (10:45 am Seattle time) in the women’s pole vault, while Allen runs the 110 hurdles at 8:37 local time (12:37 pm in Seattle).

Winger throws the javelin at 9:15 pm local time (1:15 pm in Seattle).

In this spectator friendly and made-for-television meet, eight countries—the United States, Poland, Jamaica, South Africa, China, Germany, France, and host Great Britain each have one entry in each of the standard running events to 1500 meters, plus all field events and the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays.

On Sunday, Washington alum Izaic Yorks of the Brooks Beasts, who was second at the USATF outdoor championships to Centrowitz, will represent Team USA in the men’s 1500.

$2 million in prize money will be at stake in this meet.

The meet will be streamed as part of the NBC Sports Gold ($) package starting at 11am Pacific.

The meet timetable is available here.

NOTE:  The University of Washington, the IAAF, and British Athletics contributed to this report.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Washington State's Alissa Brooks-Johnson named to Team USA for Thorpe Cup...

INDIANAPOLIS—Washington State University graduate Alissa Brooks-Johnson (left/photo by Paul Merca) will represent Team USATF at the annual Thorpe Cup heptathlon and decathlon dual meet July 27-28th in Knoxville, Tennessee at Tom Black Track on the campus of the University of Tennessee.

The Thorpe Cup is an annual competition between the United States and Germany in which decathletes and heptathletes from each country compete for gold. Each year the location in which competition is held alternates between Germany and the United States. There will be seven athletes entered in each discipline.

Brooks-Johnson is the three-time Pac-12 champion in this event and has finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships over the past two years, finishing sixth this year.  The Doty native was seventh at the USATF championships in Des Moines last month to qualify for selection onto the Thorpe Cup team.

The USA Track & Field release is available here.

NOTE:  USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

Bellingham native Chris Kwiatkowski added to Husky track and field staff as assistant distance coach...

SEATTLE—The University of Washington track & field staff, led by program director Maurica Powell & head coach Andy Powell, announced the hiring on Thursday of Bellingham HS product Chris Kwiatkowski (left/photo courtesy American University) as an assistant distance coach.

"I am thrilled to join the University of Washington cross country and track & field program," he said. "Maurica and Andy Powell are two of the most electrifying coaches in the country and I feel so fortunate to reunite with them.

Kwiatkowski is a 2012 graduate of the University of Oregon, where he competed in both cross country and track on the Duck’s national championship teams under Andy Powell. He was a multi-time scorer at the Pac-12 Championships in both cross country and outdoor track for the Ducks. A finalist in the 5,000m at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships, finishing 15th, Kwiatkowski holds personal bests of 3:47.8 in the 1500m, 13:51.8 in the 5,000m, 28:56 in the 10,000m and 48:17 for 10 miles. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology.

Kwiatkowski (c) at 2006 Washington state
high school meet (cover photo
courtesy NW Runner magazine)
He began his coaching at American University as a volunteer assistant in August of 2012. Under the tutelage of former AU head coach Matt Centrowitz, Kwiatkowski worked his way up to become the full-time assistant coach for the Eagles cross country and track programs starting in 2016. During this time, Kwiatkowski also balanced a professional road-racing career which culminated with a 77th place finish in the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon.

Kwiatkowski found his way to American through his best friend and college roommate – Matthew Centrowitz, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the 1500m. His connection with the Centrowitz family runs deep. He is the co-author of the elder Matt Centrowitz’s published memoir “Like Father, Like Son”.

The 2007 Bellingham High School grad was the Washington state 2A champion in the 3200m with personal bests of 4:16 for 1600m and 9:05 for 3200m.

"I want to thank my mentor, Matt Centrowitz, as well as Sean Graham and the administration at American University," said Kwiatkowski. "Without them, I would not be here."

With Kwiatkowski’s hiring, the Huskies have filled four of its six coaching spots, with only a sprints and a throws coach position remaining to be filled.

NOTE:  The University of Washington and American University contributed to this report. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Olympic pole vault silver medalist Toby Stevenson named associate head track coach at Washington...

SEATTLE—The University of Washington announced the hiring of 2004 Olympic pole vault silver medalist Toby Stevenson (above, with Tim Mack at 2004 Olympics/photo by Paul Merca) as the school’s associate head coach in charge of the jumps and multi-events.

Toby Stevenson (photo courtesy
University of Kentucky)
In a released statement, Washington track & field and cross country program director Maurica Powell said, "Toby Stevenson is a tremendous addition to our staff, and we are incredibly excited for him to begin working with our student-athletes at Washington.”

"Toby is in rare company, having coached both a men's and women's individual champion at the 2018 NCAA Championships in two different events, and having also won an individual NCAA title as a competitor. Toby is charismatic and fiercely competitive, and he will make an immediate impact with our men's and women's jumpers and multi-event athletes."

Powell’s husband, Andy, who is the head track & field coach for the Huskies, was a teammate of Stevenson’s at Stanford when the Cardinal won the 2000 NCAA outdoor track & field championship.

Stevenson comes from Kentucky, where he coached junior Olivia Gruver to her second straight NCAA outdoor title, as well as coaching decathlete Tim Duckworth to both the NCAA decathlon and heptathlon crowns this season.

Before Kentucky, Stevenson had a three year stint at Stanford, highlighted by his work with Katerina Stefanidi, the 2012 NCAA outdoor women's pole vault champion who went on to win the 2016 Olympic title for Greece as well as 2017 IAAF World Championships gold.

Athletes under Stevenson’s direction have won five individual NCAA crowns in his seven years coaching at the college level.

"I am excited to be a part of the UW family," Stevenson said. "I would like to thank Maurica and Andy for the opportunity to be a part of such a program and for their confidence and trust in me. There is a rich tradition at UW and their vision for the future of the program is inspiring and passionate. I am looking forward to pushing that vision alongside them."

"I need to thank (former University of Kentucky) Coach Edrick Floreal for his leadership, guidance and friendship over the past 20 years and his trust in me as a coach. Thank you for everything. I would also like to thank all the administration, staff and student athletes at the University of Kentucky for making my time there an amazing experience. I wish them all the best of luck."

Stevenson reached rarefied air himself, as he was the 10th man in history to clear the 6.00-meter mark in the pole vault. He qualified for Team USA for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and won the Silver Medal with a clearance of 19-4.25 (5.90m).

The successful pro career came after a record-setting collegiate career at Stanford. He won the 1998 NCAA Championship and was runner-up in 2000 in Stanford's team title season. Stevenson was a six-time All-American and won the 2000 Pac-10 title clearing 18-9.25 (5.72m) for a meet record that still stands today.

During his pro career, Stevenson set the Dempsey Indoor facility record, clearing 19-0.75 (5.80m). Stevenson was famous for being one of the few pole vaulters to wear a helmet in competition.

In-between college coaching stops, Stevenson lived in Sweden where he was the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of the Hammarby Track & Field Club in Stockholm, overseeing a large staff and handling budgeting, expenses, travel, compliance standards and other daily operations to help develop elite athletes.

Stevenson’s hire officially ends Pat Licari’s twenty-one years of service at the University of Washington. Licari was hired in 1997 by former head coach Orin Richburg.

Licari leaves Washington after coaching athletes to seven NCAA titles, 15 Pac-12 titles, and 62 All-America awards during his tenure at UW.

Husky alum Jeremy Taiwo, who was coached by Licari, reacted by saying, “I’m hoping that these incredible coaches (the past UW staff) that have believed in me and that have taken the time to invest in me and other incredibly successful athletes at the collegiate and Olympic level, find the incredible opportunities that they deserve."

“I hope to see a competitive Husky track and field team, so I hope for (the Powells) decision making abilities in developing a balanced team with an equally strong focus on the field event athletes and sprinters/runners as it will directly correlate to the future success of Husky athletes at the conference and national levels.”

If Stevenson’s hire is any indication, it is assumed by people around the program that sprints coach Eric Metcalf and throws coach Jason Schutz will not be retained, and that the Powells are starting fresh.

Washington’s release is available here.

IN OTHER NEWS...

At the Meeting Internazionale Di Atletica Leggera in Lignano, Italy, Drew Windle of the Seattle based Brooks Beasts finished third in the 800 meters in his first race since the Portland Track Classic in June.

Windle ran 1:46.88, as Joshua Ralph of Australia won in 1:46.68.

Camas’ Alexa Efraimson finished second in the women’s 1500, as she ran 4:08.39.

NCAA indoor mile champ Elinor Purrier took the win in 4:07.79.

Tacoma's Marcus Chambers was second in his section (3rd overall) in the men's 400 running 45.56. Kenya's Emmanuel Korir was the overall winner in a meet record 44.52.

The results are available here.

In Barcelona, David Ribich of the Brooks Beasts finished twelfth in the 1500 meters at the Míting Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona Wednesday.

Ribich, the Western Oregon grad, ran 3:42.58, as Ronald Musagala of Uganda won in 3:36.78.

Results of the Míting Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona are available here.

In an announcement on Twitter last week, Utah State University All-American Dillon Maggard announced that he’s signed a contract to run for the Brooks Beasts.




The native of Kirkland, Washington, recently competed at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, where he placed 13th in the finals of the men’s 5,000-meter run with a time of 13 minutes, 55.06 seconds.

Maggard (left/photo by Paul Merca), who graduated from Lake Washington HS with times of 1:56 for 800 and 4:19 in the mile, was a nine-time All-American at Utah State. He finished sixth at the NCAA cross country championships.

Indoors, he was part of the Aggies’ distance medley relay that finished fifth, and also took fifth in the 3000.

At the NCAA outdoor championships in Eugene, he placed third in the 10,000 meters with a school-record time of 28:38.36. Just two days later, he finished sixth in the finals of the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:57.40.

NOTE:  The University of Washington, Utah State University and the University of Kentucky contributed to this report.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Windle and Efraimson race in Lignano Wednesday...

Drew Windle (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle based Brooks Beasts and Camas native Alexa Efraimson are among the entries for Wednesday’s Meeting Internazionale Di Atletica Leggera in Lignano, Italy.

Windle, who withdrew from the 800 at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa as a precaution due to a slight injury suffered earlier in the month, is entered in the men’s 800 against fellow Americans Erik Sowinski, Drew Piazza, and Harun Abda.

Efraimson is entered in the women’s 1500 against a predominantly American field that includes NCAA indoor mile champ Elinor Purrier, along with Emily Lipari, Rachel Schneider, and Danielle Aragon, with Great Britain’s Hannah England thrown in for good measure.

The start list for the Meeting Internazionale Di Atletica Leggera is available here.

Italy’s RAI Sport is streaming the meet starting at 9:15 pm, local time (note that it’s geoblocked in the USA)

Sam Read named new Eastern Washington cross country coach...

CHENEY—Eastern Washington University formally announced Tuesday the hiring of former Montana State assistant coach Sam Read (left/photo courtesy EWU Athletics) as its new head cross country coach and assistant track coach.

The hire had been rumored over the weekend by letsrun.com.

Read was at MSU from 2014-18 where he assisted Dale Kennedy, the recently-retired director of cross country and track and field for the Bobcats, and Lyle Weese, Bobcat head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach, with distance runners. Read also a taught statistics and mathematics courses and supervised the Math Learning Center during his time at MSU.

"It's a pleasure to have Sam join our veteran track and field coaching staff as our new cross country and distance coach," said Eastern Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey. "His familiarity with the Big Sky will allow him to hit the ground running this week as he begins his new role at Eastern."

Montana State had four All-Americans and 17 Big Sky Conference champions (including two relays) in distance running while Read was there. Included were two sub-4 minute milers, including Christian Soratos.

Read competed in cross country and track and field at Wartburg in Iowa where his career was highlighted by a victory in the 10,000 meters at the 2014 Iowa Conference Track and Field Championships. He served as a member of the school's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics.

Read was 54th at the NCAA Division III cross country championships for Wartburg in 2013. That season, he led the Knights to a sixth place finish in the NCAA Central Regionals, and a fourth place finish at the Iowa Conference championship meet.

Eastern Washington’s release is available here.

NOTE: Eastern Washington and Wartburg College contributed to this report.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Washington alum Mel Lawrence takes third in Luzern...

LUZERN, Switzerland—University of Washington alum Mel Lawrence (left/photo by Mike Scott) earned a third place finish in the 3000 steeplechase Monday night at the Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern meeting.

Lawrence ran 9:35.29, which is just short of her personal best of 9:33.30 set at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Caroline Tuigong of Kenya took the victory in 9:32.61, with Germany’s Elena Burkhard, a former University of San Francisco standout, second at 9:34.51.

Vancouver native Kara Winger was second in the women’s javelin with a best of 203-11 (62.16m), as Germany’s Christin Hussong won with a throw of 205-6 (62.65m).

Former Renton resident Devon Allen was second in the men’s 110 hurdles in 13.35, as Hungary’s Balazs Baji nosed him out for the win in 13.33.

Allen also ran in the B section of the 200 meters, where he finished third in 20.52.  Nathon Allen of Jamaica won in 20.46, while Alonso Edward of Panama won the A section in 19.90, the eighth fastest time in the world so far this season.

Allen and Winger will head to London for this weekend’s Athletics World Cup as part of Team USA.

Former Husky Martin Bingisser was seventh in the hammer with a throw of 202-9 (61.80m). Sean Donnelly of the USA won with a throw of 247-0 (75.30m).

Results from the Spitzen Leichathletik Luzern meeting are available here.

STUFF WE MISSED…

On Sunday, Pullman’s Katie Nageotte won the annual Stabhochsprung Meeting in Rottach-Egern, Germany.

Nageotte and Great Britain’s Holly Bradshaw both cleared 15-5.75 (4.72m), but Nageotte was successful on her first attempt, with Bradshaw needing three tries to extend the competition. Both athletes were unsuccessful at 15-9.75 (4.82m).

Nageotte flipped the tables on Bradshaw, who won this meet last year by a 15-9.25 (4.81m) to 15-6.25 (4.73m) margin.

The RunnerSpace.com story on the meet is available here.

On June 30th, Kara Winger finished sixth in the javelin at the Speerwurfermeeting in Jena, Germany, throwing 195-9 (59.66m). Christin Hussong of Germany was the winner at 208-9 (63.64m).

In the B section of the women’s javelin, Western Washington alum Katie Reichert was fifth with a best of 171-0 (52.13m), while fellow Viking alum Bethany Drake was ninth at 152-10 (46.59m).

Carolina Vlsca of Italy was the winner at 181-5 (55.30m).

Results of the Speerwurfer Meeting are available here.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

A shout out and a thank you to two outstanding sports information professionals...

For those who cover collegiate track and field and cross country in the state of Washington, the job of tracking nine NCAA Division I and II schools is tough enough.

This blog would like to honor two sports information professionals who have helped me immensely since I started this ten years ago as a lark.

On Friday, July 6th, Washington State University track, cross country and volleyball media contact and assistant director for media relations Linda Chalich (left/photo courtesy WSU Athletics) retired from her position with the school.

After graduating from WSU in 1975 with a degree in education, she returned to school and earned a second degree in communications in 1977.

In the summer of 1977, Chalich was named as the assistant sports information director at WSU under Rod Commons.

After one year in Pullman, the Spokane, Wash., native was named sports information director at Eastern Washington. She worked in Cheney for two years.

After moving to San Diego to start a family, she returned to the business in 1988 as an assistant director of media relations at San Diego State.

Four years later, she returned to Pullman as an an assistant athletic communications director, where she was responsible for the day-to-day publicity of the WSU track and cross country teams, as well as the women’s volleyball squad.

My first interaction with Linda came in the mid-1990s during my time as the head coach/team manager of Club Ballard, when I requested photos of WSU alums Gerald Edwards and Bill Ayears.  She also used some bio information about one of my high school club athletes, Kolleen Faires for the WSU media guide.

As I transitioned from being a club coach into a writing/blogging role with Northwest Runner and this site, Chalich became a go-to source for information, not only about the Cougars, but also neighboring schools, and other teams in the Pac-12.

Linda will still continue teaching at Washington State as an adjunct instructor in the sport management program.

The other sports information professional I’d like to mention is Blake Timm (left/photo courtesy GNAC) of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, who this past week was honored by the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as one of its three recipients of the Excellence in Communications Award for the 2018 track & field season.

The Excellence in Communications Award recognizes those athletics communications representatives at conferences and/or schools who have committed to outstanding coverage and support of collegiate track & field. Winners were selected by the communications staff at the USTFCCCA National Office after a long nomination period.

Former University of Washington head track & field coach Mike Johnson, who is currently the head coach at Western Oregon University, wrote about Timm, “Blake is always providing up to date and well-written spotlights on track and field. Blake is a true ambassador for the sport and the region. No other individual possesses and displays his variety of skills, professionalism, and attention to detail than he does.”

Timm’s attention to detail comes through every time you go through the GNAC track and field and cross country pages.

When you visit the site at any given time, you can quickly search a recap of what every school in the conference (including Washington schools Seattle Pacific, Central Washington, Western Washington, and Saint Martin’s) did the previous week, as well as where each school’s upcoming meets are, along with a link to each school’s TFRRS profile and team specific web site.

Believe me, the job of putting out information for this web site would be a lot tougher without the assistance and insights of professionals like Linda and Blake.

NOTE:  The sports information offices at Washington State University, the USTFCCCA, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and CoSIDA provided content for this post.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Kara Winger throws season best in finishing fourth at Lausanne...

LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Vancouver native Kara Winger (above/photo by Mike Scott) finished fourth in the javelin at the Athletissima Meeting Thursday night at Olympic Stadium, the eighth stop in the IAAF Diamond League tour.

Competing in the home city of the International Olympic Committee, the three-time US Olympian threw a season best of 206-9 (63.02m) in the sixth and final round.

Nikola Ogrodnikova of the Czech Republic took the win with a toss of 213-4 (65.02m).

Former Renton resident and Oregon alum Devon Allen finished second in the 110 hurdles, running 13.29, as 2015 world champion Sergey Shubenkov won in 12.95.

It was a tough day for Pullman resident Katie Nageotte in the women’s pole vault, as she mustered an eighth place finish, clearing 14-10 (4.52m).

Stanford alum and reigning world and Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece continued her winning ways, taking the victory at 15-9.75 (4.82m) on fewer misses over 2012 Olympic champion Jenn Suhr.

In the season long Diamond League tour, Winger is currently in fourth after three meets with 9 points, as Tatsiana Khaladovich of Belarus leads the series with 16 points.

After four of six meets in the 110 hurdles, Allen is currently in third place with 19 points, as Shubenkov leads the Diamond Standings with 21 points, with world and Olympic champ Omar McLeod of Jamaica second at 20 points.

Despite her eighth place finish Thursday night, Nageotte has earned enough Diamond points to qualify for the Diamond League pole vault finals in Zurich at the end of August with 17 points.  Fellow American Sandi Morris is the current Diamond League event leader after 4 of 6 meets on the Diamond League circuit with 27 points.

The women’s pole vault and javelin finals in the Diamond League will be contested at the Zurich Weltklasse meet on August 30th, while the men’s 110 hurdles final will be run at the Ivo Van Damme Meeting in Brussels on August 31st.

The IAAF Diamond League circuit resumes July 13th in Rabat, Morocco at the Meeting International Mohammed VI d’Athletisme.

The results from the Athletissima Meeting are available here.

NOTE:  The IAAF contributed to this report. 

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