Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ryan Brown's third in 800m best in Sunday's competition by a Washington athlete at USA Indoors...

Competing in his first professional season on the indoor circuit, 2007 University of Washington grad Ryan Brown (left, /photo by Paul Merca) finished third in the men's 800 meters at the AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston.

Brown, the 2006 NCAA outdoor and '07 indoor champ who currently competes for Asics, was in good position to make a run at eventual winner Khadevis Robinson and early leader Karjuan Williams with one lap to go, when he opted to move into lane one. At the same time, defending champ Nick Symmonds made a move, and pinned the former Husky into a box on the inside with Robinson and Williams up front.

Robinson, Symmonds, and Brown were able to leave the fading Williams behind with about 100 meters to go, but by the time the trio entered the final straight, Robinson and Symmonds had gapped Brown.

In an extremely close race, Robinson held on for the victory, running 1:46.95 to Symmonds' 1:46.96. Brown finished in 1:47.99 to earn the bronze medal.

Current Husky Norris Frederick finished fourth in the men's long jump, with a mark of 24-10 1/2.

2007 Washington graduate Ashley Lodree, now training in southern California, finished fifth in the women's 60 meter hurdles, running 8.24.

Jennie Sewell of Club Northwest placed 12th in the women’s pole vault at 13-1 1/2, while CNW teammate Kate Conwell, the 2005 NCAA pole vault champ at Washington, no heighted (13-1 1/2).

Former Seattle resident Tiombe Hurd placed 7th in the women’s triple jump, bounding 43-0 1/4.

Pole vaulter Brad Walker, who won his event Saturday night, will be the one athlete with Washington state ties competing for Team USA at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain March 7-9. Walker is the defending world indoor pole vault champion.

Women's 60m hurdler Lolo Jones, and two-time Olympic shot put silver medalist Adam Nelson each walked away from the Reggie Lewis Center $25000 richer after winning the Visa Championship Series titles.

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