Saturday, May 17, 2008

Thoughts from Tempe...

As written in Thursday’s blog about the men’s 400 meters, the race is going according to form, with just about all of the key players (Washington’s Jordan Boase, USC’s Lionel Larry, Arizona’s Bobby McCoy, and Arizona State’s Joel Philip & Justin Kremer) advancing through to tonight’s final.

The most notable casualty was ASU’s Jimmie Gordon, who failed to finish.

One name I didn’t mention in the preview of the 400 was Stanford’s Andrew Dargie, a freshman from Calgary, who has considerable international experience.

In talking to Boase, the junior from Bothell was pretty pleased with his winning time of 46.26 in heat one, and is looking forward to Saturday night’s matchup with defending Pac-10 champion Lionel Larry.

“It’s going to be fun, and it’s going to be fast. It’s going to depend on who feels good tomorrow, and who wants it more.”

In final events contested Friday night, Sara Trané, (left/photo courtesy WSU Sports Information) a Washington State University junior from Pixbo, Sweden, won the women's 3000m steeplechase for the second consecutive year with a time of 10 minutes, 17.80 seconds.

Senior Meghan Leonard (Newberg, Ore.) finished third with a time of 10:23.25, and senior Collier Lawrence (Reno, Nev.) took fifth place with a time of 10:34.24. Freshman Amanda Andrews (Oak Harbor, Wash.) finished 13th in time of 11:08.24.

UW’s Mo Huber finished 11th in 10:49.34.

In the men’s steeple, UW’s Carl Moe was fourth in 8:47.93. WSU’s Alex Grant was 5th in 8:51.24, and Sam Ahlbeck was 7th in 8:55.26.

In the women’s 10000, UW frosh Lauren Saylor was 5th in 37:37.36, and senior Trish Rasmussen took 6th in 37:53.64.

UW senior Norris Frederick finished in the runner-up spot in the long jump, with a mark of 25-4.

In the javelin, WSU’s Jon Jeffreys was third with a toss of 230-9. The Huskies’ Kyle Nielsen finished 8th with a mark of 210-10.

WSU’s Mckenzie Garberg was 6th in the hammer with a throw of 194-4. Super frosh Marissa Tschida threw 158-5 for third in the javelin.

Huskies and Cougars who clocked the fastest times in the semifinals include Katie Follett (UW, w1500, 4:26.68), Lorraine King (WSU, w400H, 59.13), Jeshua Anderson (WSU, m400H, 49.97), and Joe Turner (UW, m200, 21.06).

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