Saturday, May 31, 2008

Trent Arrivey wins NCAA West Regionals in high jump


Washington State University sophomore Trent Arrivey (above/photo courtesy WSU Sports Information) from Woodinville won the men's high jump with a personal-record height of 7-feet, 3 inches during Friday's first day of the NCAA West Regional Track & Field Championships held at Matador Stadium on the California State University at Northridge campus.

Arrivey (pronounced air-eh-vee), cleared 7-3 1/4 (2.22m) on his third and final attempt and then watched as USC's Manjula Wijesekara missed on his final attempt at that height. Arrivey made three attempts at 7-5 (2.26m), and was close on the third attempt but was happy to end the day with the West Region title, a PR, the sixth-best high jump in WSU history and a trip to the NCAA Championships.

Arrivey, who celebrated his 20th birthday Thursday, commenting on his day said, "I no-heighted at this meet last year so today was a good day to redeem myself. Ever since the dual meet against Washington (May 3), when I barely missed at 7-4 1/2 I just knew I something more in there. I felt good at the end of the event but I felt bad in warm-ups and don't think I even made a bar in warm-ups."

In addition to qualifying for the NCAA meet, Arrivey's mark earns him a provisional qualifying mark for the US Olympic Trials at the end of June in Eugene, Oregon.

McKenzie Garberg, a senior from Benton City, Wash., started the day with a fourth-place finish in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 200-9 (61.18m) and then went on to take fourth place in the discus with a toss of 173-8 (52.93m). She is the WSU record-holder in the hammer with a toss of 204-9 (62.42m) thrown earlier this season, and a 2007 All-American in the discus.

Jon Jeffreys will make a return trip to the NCAA Championships after he finished fourth in the men's javelin. The senior from Spokane Valley, Wash., threw a distance of 220-9 (67.28m).

University of Washington senior Norris Frederick, the Roosevelt High grad, will be on his way to Des Moines, as he took second in the long jump with a mark of 25-2 ½. The seven-time All-American has now qualified for NCAA Outdoors all four years of his career.

Frederick also finished sixth in the high jump, but almost assuredly will receive an at-large bid due to his No. 5 national ranking, and the fact that he finished top-12 in the region. Frederick cleared 6-11, tying for fourth-best, but was sixth due to missed attempts.

The NCAA West Regionals continues Saturday on the campus of Cal State Northridge.

NOTE: The sports information offices of Cal State Northridge, the University of Washington, and Washington State University all contributed to this report.

Friday, May 30, 2008

It's NCAA regionals weekend around the country...

For many of America’s top collegiate track and field athletes, this weekend is a critical step for those who want to compete at the NCAA championships in two weeks in Des Moines, Iowa, as four sites around the country host the regional championships, including the West Regionals in Northridge, California, where the University of Washington and Washington State University are.

Here are links to Washington and Washington State’s official press releases….

Automatic NCAA Championships berths will be granted to the top-five finishers in each individual event, and top-three relays, from each of the four Regionals contested nationwide May 25-26. Athletes qualify for Regionals by meeting pre-determined standards, or by winning their conference title.

The NCAA then supplements the Championships field with the highest-ranking competitors (6-7 per individual event and 5-6 per relay) from the national performance lists, provided the athlete competed in their event at a Regional meet and was not among the finishers to earn automatic berths.

The lone exceptions are the 10,000 meters and multi-events, in which athletes qualify directly for the NCAA Championships by meeting provisional and automatic standards.

In the pros, former Husky and two-time Olympian Aretha Thurmond competes in the discus at the Reebok Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium in New York City, against a field that includes Olympians Suzy Powell and Anna Soderberg from Sweden.



Former Auburn HS star Chris Lukezic, a 2005 world championships team member, is entered in the men’s 1500 meters. Ex-Cougar Ian Waltz and former Washington prep discus standouts Jarred Rome (above file photo of Waltz & Rome from 2006/photo by Paul Merca) and Will Conwell, are all entered in their specialty.

The meet will be televised on ESPN2 Saturday night, and on CBS on Sunday. For information on the Reebok Grand Prix, click here to visit their web site.

PITTER PATTERS—In some news items that I missed from last week, Seattle Pacific junior teammates Lauren VerMulm and Jeeni Schantin finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the javelin at the NCAA Division II championships last week in Walnut, California.

VerMulm threw 150-04, eclipsing her previous season best mark of 148-10. Schantin’s toss landed at 145-09.

Lisa Anderberg placed eighth in the 800m with a time of 2:12.65. Suzie Strickler finished seventh in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:45.54.

Jane Larson finished second in the 3000 crossing the line in 9:41.20, two seconds behind Chico State’s Sarah Montez (9:39.00).

Fellow Falcon Brittany Bekins placed 10th in the heptathlon finishing with 4514 points.

Western Washington University sophomore Monika Gruszecki (Lynnwood/Meadowdale) placed second in the women's javelin, junior Heidi Dimmitt (Wenatchee) finished fourth in the women's 400-meter hurdles and senior Keith Lemay (Lynden/Lynden Christian) was sixth in the men's 800

Gruszecki, the defending national champion, posted a mark of 152 feet, 3 inches on her first throw, her best of the competition. That bettered her personal record of 146-10 accomplished as a freshman by over five inches.

Dimmitt, who also was making her second straight trip to nationals, had a personal-best time of 1:00.52, the second fastest in school history, as she placed fourth in the 400 hurdles.

Lemay, who was a late addition after a pair of injury withdrawals, made the most of his opportunity as he placed sixth in the 800 with a 1:51.62 clocking.

The Vikings' Sarah Porter (Fr., Hockinson) placed ninth in the women's 10,000 meters, breaking her own school record with a 36:11.17 clocking.

NOTE: The sports information departments of Seattle Pacific, Western Washington, the University of Washington, and Washington State University, along with Global Athletics and Marketing all contributed to this report.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pat Tyson hired as full-time head track/XC coach at Gonzaga!


Here is the official Gonzaga press release on the hiring of Washington state coaching legend Pat Tyson (left/photo by Paul Merca) as its first full-time track & cross country coach.

paulmerca.blogspot.com hopes to talk to Tyson soon.

New head coach Pat Tyson doesn't think it will be too long before the Gonzaga University cross country and track and field programs will be off and running.

Bulldog athletic director Mike Roth on Wednesday announced the hiring of the Spokane coaching legend to become the first fulltime cross country/track and field coach in the history of the program.

"From the day this job was open I've had people calling me to endorse Pat for this position," Roth said. "He was obviously the people's choice and it didn't take long for him to become our choice. We're excited about the excitement we expect him to bring to the program. His reputation and record speak for itself."

Tyson, who spent the just-completed spring season as head track and field coach at South Eugene, Ore., High, is also looking forward to the challenge.

"I'm going full circle back to Spokane," said the former Mead High cross country head coach and track assistant. "The Pacific Northwest is such a rare place in the history of distance running in America. It's the roots of one of greatest who ever came along in Gerry Lindgren (former Rogers High of Spokane, Washington State University, USA Olympian and international distance standout in the 1960's). You have the Greater Spokane League and the buzz of distance running throughout the Northwest and the West Coast, and here you have GU saying we're ready to connect to this and willing to let this thing grow to the highest level. That is intriguing. That is cool."

He believes Gonzaga can - and will - compete with the likes of West Coast Conference foe University of Portland, which has won every men's team title since the inception of the WCC Cross Country Championships in 1979 and 18 of the last 21 WCC women's titles.

"Gonzaga is a sleeping giant, and I've had a lot of people tell me that. Spokane is fertile ground, has the trails and has the support of the running community. Portland has set the bar and Gonzaga is ready to chase it. It's a cool opportunity and I'm jacked to be a part of it."
Tyson joined the Mead staff in 1986 and by the time he had left the Panthers at the end of the 2003-04 school year he had produced 12 Washington State Cross Country team titles, nine individual cross country champions and 17 individual track and field distance champions (1,600 meters and above).

Several of his distance runners also dot the All-Time Top 100 List for the state of Washington. He took a leave of absence from Mead in the spring of 2005 and went to the University of Oregon as a volunteer coach, returning to Mead for the 2005-06 season. Tyson spent the 2006-07 school year at the University of Kentucky, overseeing the Wildcats' men's and women's cross country teams and distance runners, then accepted the South Eugene position this past January.

Prior to his 18-year stint at Mead he coached three seasons at Shorecrest High in Seattle where his cross country squads went 31-3 and qualified for the State Meet all three years with titles in 1985 and '86 at Spokane's Hangman Valley Golf Course. He also coached at Shoreline Junior High from 1973-82 while compiling a 68-12 junior high record.

Tyson's distance running legacy has deep roots. He ran cross country and track collegiately at the University of Oregon and was a roommate and teammate of the late Steve Prefontaine who won NCAA titles in both cross country and track. As a Duck he competed in two NCAA Cross Country Championships, finishing 33rd in the 1971 meet and 54th in the 1972 championship while helping Oregon to first and third-place finishes, respectively. He graduated in 1973, leaving as one of the top six runners in Duck history in the outdoor 3-mile and 6-mile.

In addition to building on a strong cross country foundation already in place at Gonzaga - the women won the 1995 WCC team title and the men finished second to Portland for nine straight years from 1987-95 and most recently had runner-up finishes in 2003 and '04 - Tyson will expand the Bulldogs track and field program.

"We will continue to be a distance running Division I collegiate program like Georgetown, Villanova, Iona, Providence, American University, Colorado, Wisconsin, Stanford and Portland," Tyson said. "I don't know if we'll get to the point where we have full-fledged track and field, but that doesn't mean we can't have the elements of track and field."

He also said the Northwest will be his prime recruiting area. "Recruiting will definitely start in the Northwest. We have it. I think I can do it," he said.

He officially begins his new duties June 16 and will also be involved in working the USA Olympic Team Trials June 27-July 6 in Eugene.

NOTE: Oliver Pierce of the Gonzaga sports information office contributed to this report.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Weekend thoughts from Tempe and Carson...

This past weekend took me to Tempe, Arizona for the Pac-10 Track & Field Championships, and to Carson, California for the adidas Track Classic, two distinctively contrasting track and field events that I enjoy.

On the one hand, you have some of the West Coast’s best collegiate athletes scrape, fight, and claw for every point available, knowing that a seventh or eighth place finish may or may not be the difference in their team’s final placing. In contrast, the professionals running at the adidas meet are running with the big picture in mind, and that’s the Olympic Track & Field Trials next month in Eugene.

Some observations—

UPSET SPECIAL: In the women’s 1500 meter run at the Pac-10 Championships, it was widely acknowledged that the favorites were Oregon’s Nicole Blood and Lauren Centrowitz of Stanford.

While Washington’s Katie Follett (above/photo by Paul Merca) had one of the conference’s top times, and was an NCAA indoor All-American, the storyline that nearly everyone on the FOX Sports Net broadcast discussed centered around Blood and Centrowitz.

Before I left the production truck to report to the broadcast booth (I was working as the spotter for the announce team of Dwight Stones, Tom Feuer, and Ato Boldon), I mentioned to Mitch, the graphics coordinator that he should build a Katie Follett ‘hero graphic’.

As they built hero graphics for Blood and Centrowitz, I said, “Follett’s your upset special. Anyone who can run 2:06 for 800 the week before under absolutely horrendous conditions in Seattle should be a legit contender!”

With 300 to go in the race, Blood and Centrowitz positioned themselves towards the front for the stretch run. Coming off the curve, Follett swung outside, and as they entered the final straightaway, the duo appeared to forget the UW sophomore momentarily, and that was all Katie needed, as she made the mad dash to victory, clocking 4:22.41.

“Greg (Metcalf, UW coach) didn't want me to take the lead until about 75 meteres to go," said Follett. "The plan was to be patient. I really felt good coming off the turn, and I went for it."

Ten minutes before Follett pulled off the victory, the Huskies’ 4 x 100 meter relay team turned in an upset victory of their own, winning the race in 39.52 seconds with a team of Jordan Boase, James Frederickson, Joe Turner, and Ryan Hamilton, using precise passing to overcome the raw speed of Arizona and Arizona State.

Unfortunately for the Huskies, that was one of the few highlights of the meet, as both teams finished dead last (and we’re not counting Oregon State on the women’s side, which only had a few distance runners). Ninety-nine times out of 100, dead last…not so good.

DUEL IN THE DESERT: As I wrote on this site last week, the men’s 400 was the most anticipated race of the entire meet, with the defending champion, USC’s Lionel Larry pitted against the Huskies’ Jordan Boase, an d a slew of the conference’s best quarter-milers.

The race was all that it was hyped to be, as for 250 meters, Larry and Boase raced mano-a-mano around the Sun Angel Track oval, with no one giving an inch.

At the top of the curve, Larry slowly began pulling away from the junior from Bothell High School, and extended his lead to the finish, winning in a time of 44.77, the fastest time by a collegian this year. Boase hung on and broke 45 seconds for the second time in his career, stopping the watch in 44.97.

JESHUA’S THE REAL DEAL: Although Washington State freshman Jeshua Anderson entered college as the national record holder in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles, the jury was out on him on whether he could make the transition from running 300 to 400 meters over hurdles, and whether or not his commitments to football would hinder his progress.

Cougar fans got a glimpse of his talents last season, as eight of his 12 receptions went for 28 yards or more – but Cougars fans already wonder if rapid progress on the track won't tempt him to turn pro.

Anderson, running 13 steps between hurdles for most of the distance, won the men's 400m hurdles with a personal-best and improved NCAA regional qualifying time of 49.55 seconds. His time also improved his freshman school record by .11 seconds and becomes the third-fastest intermediate hurdles time ever run by a Cougar.

TRANÉ REPEATS AS STEEPLE CHAMP: Sara Trané, a junior from Pixbo, Sweden, won the women's 3000m steeplechase for the second consecutive year with a time of 10 minutes, 17.80 seconds.

"Sara ran really well in spite of it being really hot at race time," Cougar distance coach Jason Drake said. "We knew from the way the USC runner (Zsofia Erdelyi) had run in the past that she might go out a little fast and sure enough, she took off after a couple of laps. Sara let some of the runners pass her and then slowly came back and reeled them off. In the last lap she passed Lindsay Allen from Stanford. Sara ran a really smart race especially for the conditions which weren't ideal for distance running."

Trané laughed as she recounted her last lap of Friday's race and compared it to her sprint to victory at the 2007 championships saying, "In the last 200 meters I kept thinking, `I can't do this again' but then I had to. Last year was such a surprise but this year I wasn't as far behind the lead runner but I really didn't think I would win again so I am really happy."



CAN SOMEONE (ANYONE) PLEASE PUT SOME BUTTS IN THE SEATS? Despite the great competition at the adidas Track Classic in Carson, including an American record in the pole vault by Jenn Stuczynski (above/photo by Paul Merca) of 16-0 3/4, some great throwing in the discus by the Washington duo of Jarred Rome & Ian Waltz, and Bernard Lagat’s ability to shake off a recall in the first 100 of the 1500, one noticed the complete lack of fans in the seats at the Home Depot Center

The Home Depot Center in Carson, is part of a sports complex, that includes the soccer stadium where the Women’s World Cup finals were contested (and the home of the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA of MLS), the velodrome used in the cycling competition at the 1984 Olympics, and several baseball/softball/soccer fields and tennis courts.

Despite the 90+ degree temperature in mid-afternoon, there was some great competition, and great athletes at the meet, including hometown hero Allyson Felix, reigning Olympic 400 meter champ Jeremy Wariner, and double world sprint champion Tyson Gay. In fact, the women’s 100 field had seven of the top ten ranked sprinters in the world!

Even with a star-studded lineup, some cool adidas and Nutrilite giveaways, a “Fastest Kid in the City” race on the track, and a live telecast on ESPN2, the meet managed to draw just over 3200 paid spectators (and in my opinion, that looked a bit generous) to this event, promoted by Mark Wetmore’s Global Athletics & Marketing group.

Among the complaints I’ve heard include everything from the $15 parking fee, the 12:30 pm start time, the relative inaccessibility of the Home Depot Center, the $40 (finish line)/25 (homestraight)/10 (backstretch) ticket pricing structure, etc.

You just had a feeling that this was going to be a badly presented meet when the starter tried to start the 400m hurdles on live TV while the poor guy in lane 9 (and everyone in the crowd) was screaming to get him a new set of blocks. To make matters worse, the starter admonished the nearby pole vault official for yelling at him, while the runner in lane 9 had his hands up waiting for new starting blocks.

I do know this—the starter should never be allowed to start a meet of that caliber again!

It’s too bad that despite the efforts of Wetmore, Global PR chief Barbara Huebner, one of the best PR people in the sport, and the athletes, that a paltry crowd in the nation’s second largest market saw this meet. This sport deserves better than that.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Olympic Trials qualifiers...(update #3)

Updated 5/20/08

The following is a list of athletes with ties to the state of Washington who have earned either an 'A' or 'B' qualifying standard for the US Olympic Team Trials--Track & Field in Eugene, Oregon June 27-July 6th.

It's my intent to update this list every Tuesday from now until the 17th of June, two days after the close of the qualifying period for the Olympic Trials.

Notable improvements over last week's listings include Aretha Thurmond in the discus, Brie Felnagle in the 1500, and Jeshua Anderson in the 400 hurdles.

Added to the list is a number indicating what currently is the mark needed to get the final spot in the Trials, courtesy of Track & Field News' eTrack Newsletter.

As always, please contact me with any corrections, missing marks, etc.

Qualifying window: January 1, 2007 - June 15, 2008

Men

"A" "B" Field Size
100m 10.07 10.28 32-- none
200m 20.30 20.75 30

JORDAN BOASE (UW) has B standard @ 20.37
20.55 is currently #30

400m 45.00 45.95 28

JORDAN BOASE (UW) 44.82
45.64 is currently #28
Alex Harcourt (UW) has B standard @ 45.87
Craig Everhart (H.S.I.) has B standard @ 45.94

800m 1:46.50 1:48.50 30

Ryan Brown (Asics) has B standard @ 1;46.71
1:47.55 is currently #30
Alex McClary (Arkansas) has B standard @ 1:47.90
Chris Lukezic (Reebok) has B standard @ 1;48.03

1,500m 3:39.00 3:43.00 30

BERNARD LAGAT (Nike) 3:33.85
Chris Lukezic (Reebok) 3:36.95
Andy McClary (Arkansas) has B standard @ 3:39.81
3:40.78 is currently #30
Jordan McNamara (Oregon) has B standard @ 3:41.13

5,000m 13:33.00 13:50.00 24

BERNARD LAGAT (Nike) 13:16.29
NOTE: The 5000 is filled. At least 24 athletes have earned an A standard. You must make the A standard to get into the Trials.

10,000m 28:15.00 29:00.00 24

Michael Kilburg (Portland) has B standard @ 28:20.57
28:26.61 is currently #24

John Moore (Portland) has B standard @ 28:28.52
David Kinsella (Portland) has B standard @ 28:28.87
Jake Schmitt (Washington) has B standard @ 28:56.05
Jeremy Mineau (Washington) has B standard @ 28:57.02

110m Hurdles 13.40 14.00 32
DOMINIQUE ARNOLD (Nike) 13.17
AREND WATKINS (Nike) has B standard @ 13.41
13.61 is currently #32

400m Hurdles 49.00 51.00 28

Jeshua Anderson (WSU) has B standard @ 49.55
Eric Dudley (unat-ex WSU) has B standard @ 49.58
49.92 is currently #28
Sean Williams (CNW) has B standard @ 50.43 but may compete for Spain
James Frederickson (UW) has B standard @ 50.63

3,000m Steeplechase 8:32.00 8:45.00 24--none
20 km Race Walk 1:36:00 -- 15--none
High Jump 2.28 m 2.20 m 24

Norris Frederick (UW) has B standard @ 2.22m/7-3 1/4
7-3 1/4 is currently #24

Pole Vault 5.70 m 5.50 m 24

BRAD WALKER (Nike) 5.95m/19-6
Scott Roth (UW) has B standard @ 5.53m/18-1 3/4
5.51 is currently #24
Tyson Byers (WSU) has B standard @ 5.50m/18-0 1/2

Long Jump 8.05 m 7.80 m 24

Norris Frederick (UW) 8.12m/26-7 3/4

Triple Jump 16.66 m 15.80 m 24--none
Shot Put 20.00 m 18.60 m 24--None
Discus Throw 63.75 m 58.80 m 24

JARRED ROME (Nike) 68.37m/224-3
IAN WALTZ (Nike) 67.98m/223-0
Will Conwell (CNW) has B standard @ 63.61m/208-8
Reedus Thurmond (CNW) has B standard @ 61.42m/201-6
60.64 is currently #24
Matt Lamb (WSU) has B standard @ 60.47m/198-4

Hammer Throw 72.00 m 64.00 m 24

Nick Owens (UNC) has B standard @ 71.20m/233-7
Adam Midles (USC) has B standard @ 69.57m/228-3
David Paul (En WA) has B standard @ 68.94m/226-2
67.96 is currently #24
Martin Bingisser (ex UW) has B standard @ 67.70/222-1

Javelin Throw 77.00 m 70.00 m 24

Justin St. Clair (ex UW/Boise St) has B standard @ 74.71m/245-1
Jon Jeffreys (WSU) has B standard @ 72.35m/237-4
72.34 is currently #24
Pat McCormick (Spokane CC) has B standard @ 71.51m/234-7
Rob Minnitti (ex UW) has B standard @ 70.27m/230-6

Decathlon 7900 pts. 7600 pts. 18

Chris Randolph (CNW) has B standard @ 7798 pts.
Rickey Moody (WSU) has B standard @ 7787
7691 is currently #18

Women

"A" "B" Field Size

100m 11.13 11.35 32--none
200m 22.80 23.25 32--none
400m 51.45 52.60 30--none
800m 2:01.50 2:06.50 30

Rebekah Noble (Oregon) has B standard @ 2:03.22
2:04.54 is currently #30
Brie Felnagle (North Carolina) has B standard @ 2:04.63

1,500m 4:10.00 4:19.50 30

Brie Felnagle (North Carolina) 4:08.54
4:15.20 is currently #30
Rebekah Noble (Oregon) has B standard @ 4:17.43
Katie Follett (UW) has B standard @ 4:19.20
Amanda Miller (UW) has B standard @ 4:19.49

5,000m 15:28.00 16:00.00 24--none
10,000m 32:45.00 34:00.00 24--none
100m Hurdles 12.85 13.25 32

GINNIE POWELL (Nike) 12.45
Ashley Lodree (ex UW) has B standard @ 12.99
13.19 is currently #32
Diana Pickler (Asics) has B standard @ 13.25

400m Hurdles 56.00 57.80 30--none
3,000m Steeplechase 10:00.00 10:20.00 24

Kelly Strong (Asics) 9:47.68
10:07.09 is currently #24
Meghan Leonard (WSU) has B standard @ 10:16.75

20 km Race Walk 1:48:00 1:50:00 16--none
High Jump 1.86 m 1.83 m 24

Diana Pickler (Asics) has B standard @ 1.84m/6-0 1/2

Pole Vault 4.47 m 4.20 m 24
Kate Conwell (CNW) has B standard @ 4.32m/14-2
Jennie Sewell (CNW) has B standard @ 4.26m/13-11 3/4
4.26 is currently #24


Long Jump 6.53 m 6.43 m 24--none
Triple Jump 13.50 m 13.10 m 24

Tiombe Hurd (Nike) 13.57m/44-5 1/4
13.17 is #24

Shot Put 17.50 m 17.00 m 24--none
Discus Throw 59.00 m 56.00 m 24

ARETHA THURMOND (Nike) 62.11/203-9
Cecelia Barnes (ex UW) 60.17/197-5
56.03 is currently #24

Hammer Throw 66.80 m 63.00 m 24-- none
Javelin Throw 54.50 m 50.50 m 24

Carolee Gutierrez (En WA) has B standard @ 53.53m/175-7
50.81 is currently #24

Heptathlon 5750 pts. 5500 pts. 18

DIANA PICKLER (Asics) 6205 points
Julie Pickler (Asics) 5990 points

5638 is currently #18

DISCLAIMER: This list is unofficial. USA Track & Field maintains the official entry lists, which can be seen here...

Names listed in green ALL CAPITAL LETTERS indicates athlete has met the Olympic Games A standard.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Pro spotlight--adidas Track Classic



Thanks to a last minute ticket switch, courtesy of Alaska Airlines, I was able to make a stop in Los Angeles and attend the adidas Track Classic in suburban Carson, after working the Pac-10 track championships for Fox Sports Net Friday and Saturday.

Jenn Stucyznski broke her own American record today in the women’s pole vault, clearing 16-0 3/4, making her the athlete of the meet.

Bernard Lagat (speaking to media in the mixed zone/photo by Paul Merca) overcame a recalled start after several runners went down at the start of the race to win the men’s 1500 in a time of 3:35.14, the seventh fastest time in the world this year, and the fastest by an American.

In a race that played out in a very similar fashion to last year’s World Championship finals, the former Cougar stayed off the pace and away from traffic, content to let others do the work.

Coming off the final turn, Lagat swung wide and cleared himself away from his pursuers to claim the win. Nick Willis of New Zealand claimed second, running 3:35.75, with Kevin Sullivan of Canada third in 3:35.78,

“My intention today was to come here and win the race,” Lagat said.

On the fall by Lopez Lamong that caused the recall, he said he didn’t remember seeing what happened. Lagat was ahead of the group that got tangled up when he heard the recall gun. When asked when the last time he’d been involved in a start like that, he cited the Olympics.

In other events including athletes from the Pacific Northwest, former Marysville-Pilchuck discus thrower Jarred Rome threw a nation-leading mark of 213-6. Training partner and former Cougar Ian Waltz finished second with a toss of 208-0.

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).

Friday, May 16, 2008

It's Pac-10 weekend!


The headline says it all...the road to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa starts this weekend for most of the major conferences around the country, including the Pac-10 Conference, which has its championship meet Friday and Saturday in Tempe, Arizona on the campus of Arizona State University.

Here are the press releases from the University of Washington, and Washington State University touting this weekend's meet. If you've followed this blog all season (or if you have stumbled upon this for the first time), the key athletes to watch for Washington are Jordan Boase (sprints), Norris Frederick (jumps), Katie Follett (1500), and Kelley DiVesta (pole vault). For the Cougars, it's Jeshua Anderson (400 hurdles), Jon Jeffreys (javelin), Ebba Jungmark (high jump), and Sara Trane (steeple).

Here's the release from the Pac-10, with a preview of athletes to watch on both the men's and women's sides...

The Eugene Register-Guard posted form charts for both the men's and women's competition. It's an interesting read on the form charts, which were compiled by John Auka (men), one of the statisticians for Track & Field News, and Tom Heinonen (women), the former UO women's coach.

If you want a national perspective of what's going on this weekend, here's a link to Track & Field News' super conference weekend, which has links to all the major meets happening around the country.

Oh yeah, if you like prep action, this weekend is the district meets throughout the state of Washington, and of course, the pros are at it, including Bernard Lagat, at the adidas Track Classic in Carson, California on Sunday.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Will the men's 400 be the best race of the Pac-10 championships?

Last month, Washington’s Jordan Boase made the Pac-10 conference 400 meter dash even more interesting with his 44.82 run at the Sun Angel Classic.

Besides the victory, and claiming the third fastest time in the country (as of this writing), he took down a number of key competitors, including Arizona State’s Three J’s (Joel Phillip, Jimmie Gordon, and Justin Kremer).

Add to the mix USC’s Lionel Larry, who made the World Championship team last year, and Arizona’s Bobby McCoy, you have a race that could potentially be as good, if not better, than the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa in June.

Here’s the low-down on each of the six runners, courtesy of the University of Washington, University of Southern California, University of Arizona and Arizona State University sports information offices:

Jordan Boase (Washington)-- Boase used the April 12th Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. to shock the track world with a NCAA-leading time of 44.82. The time came against a strong field including ASU's Joel Phillip who placed just ahead of Boase in second at NCAA indoors. Boase broke the school-record outdoors, held for eight years by UW legend Ja'Warren Hooker, who previously held every significant sprints record. His time also tied 2004 Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner for second-fastest in the world this year, though Wariner has since retaken the world lead.

Boase backed up his 400m time at the UW-WSU dual, running solo for the first time since the Sun Angel and clocking an NCAA-leading 20.37 in the 200-meters. The run broke Hooker's dual meet record, and was just 0.14 seconds shy of Hooker's school record. Boase has achieved the U.S. Olympic Trials "A" standard in the 400-meters, guaranteeing himself a spot in the Olympic trials this summer in Eugene, where he figures to have a legitimate shot at making at least the relay pool.

Lionel Larry (USC)-- Senior Lionel Larry ran his first 400m race of the season on April 20 at Mt. SAC and finished third in the Invitational 400m race as the only collegian with a time of 46.24. Larry finished second in the 400m race at the 2007 NCAA Championships (by .02) and has a PR of 44.67 in the event, which ranks third all-time at USC. He set that mark in the semi-finals at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last June, where he placed third.

He was a four-time winner at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet, running a 45.04 time in the 400m race (the fourth-fastest time in the world this season), the anchor on both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams and capturing the 200m dash in his first 200m race as a Trojan with a regional-qualifying time of 20.65.

Bobby McCoy (Arizona)—The senior from Houston, Texas ran 45.60 in Tuscon in the annual dual meet against the Arizona State Sun Devils on May 3rd. He preceded that performance with a strong second leg in UA’S 39.51 victory in the 4 x 100 meter relay.

If that wasn’t enough, McCoy made jaws drop as he pulled off an incredible comeback in his anchor leg of the 4 x 400-meter relay in which his competitor from ASU had nearly twenty steps on him before McCoy even had the baton. McCoy ran a split of 44.60 seconds to pass ASU on the home stretch and the team finished with a national top-20 time of 3:07.88. That time would have given him the fastest time in the country had it been an open 400m.

“I saw my teammates give it their all and so I came out with a lot of heart and ran to the best of my ability,” McCoy said after the race. “It just brings a lot confidence that I’m capable of those times and now I just have to go out and run them in an open race.”


Joel Phillip (Arizona State)—Philip, the junior from St. Paul’s, Grenada, ran his season best time of 45.34 in finishing second to Boase at the Sun Angel meet in April. His time is currently the fourth fastest time on the current NCAA list.

Phillip has also run 51.44 in the 400 hurdles, which makes him a factor in that event as well. Though he did not compete in that event at the Pac-10 Championships last week, he has scored 6799 in the decathlon, winning the NJCAA title for Central Arizona CC last year.

Phillip was second in the NCAA indoor meet, running 46.27, and ran a 45.47 anchor leg on the Sun Devils’ 4 x 400 relay team that placed third in March.

Jimmie Gordon (Arizona State)—Gordon, a senior from Arlington, Texas, has laid low since his fifth place finish at the Sun Angel race, where he ran 46.78. He improved his season best to 46.60 in finishing 3rd in the dual meet against Arizona.

In the Arizona dual meet on May 3rd, he finished sixth in the 200 meters, running 21.54.

Has a personal best of 46.29, set in the semi-finals of last year’s NCAA Championships in Sacramento.

Gordon finished eighth in the NCAA indoor 400, running 47.47, and ran the leadoff leg for the Sun Devils on their 4 x 400 relay team that placed third.

Justin Kremer (Arizona State)—Like teammate Jimmie Gordon, the sophomore from Grand Canyon, Arizona has laid low since the Sun Angel race, where he ran 46.26, a time currently ranked #16 on the NCAA performance list heading into the conference championships.

He set his personal best in the 200 meters of 21.17 on May 3rd in the Arizona dual meet, where he finished third.

Kremer ran a 46.02 third leg for the Sun Devils on their 4 x 400 relay team that placed third.

The semi-finals of the men's 400 meters is Friday night at 6:25 pm. Larry and Phillip are in heat one, while the other four are in heat two. Note that the winner plus the next seven fastest times will move on to the finals on Saturday night.

Heat sheets for the Pac-10 Championships can be accessed here...

Meseret Defar to make WR attempt at 5000m...


And you thought the prelude to the Nike Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene couldn't get any better with the addition of Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele?

Fellow Ethiopian Meseret Defar (left/photo by Paul Merca) will take a shot at her own world record of 14:16.63, which she set last year in Oslo.

“Meseret is focusing on running fast at the Prefontaine Classic,” said her representative Mark Wetmore. “Her training is geared toward that race.”

As with Kenenisa Bekele's 10k record attempt, the 5k will be run in the morning, right after the conclusion of the 10k.

“We certainly found something worthwhile to fill up some of the time between the 10k and the rest of the meet,” said meet director Tom Jordan. “Meseret has been one of the most consistent performers in the sport over the last four years, and to have her attempt the world record in Eugene is perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the fans at the Pre Classic.” To help establish a fast pace, Olga Komyagina of Russia will fly in for the meet. Komyagina finished 5th in this year's World Indoor Championships 3000 meter race, which Defar won.

In addition to that gold, and winning the gold in Athens, Defar won 5k gold at last summer's World Championships in Osaka, silver in the 2005 World Champs, and was named Track & Field News's 2007 Athlete of the Year.

Click here to read the full release....

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Video interview of James Li

Courtesy of the Voice of America, here's an interview of former Washington State University distance coach and current University of Arizona distance coach James Li, who is the coach of double world champ Bernard Lagat.

The interview can be accessed here...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Olympic Trials qualifiers...(update #2)

The University of Washington's Jordan Boase (file photo from 2006 NCAA by Paul Merca) has the automatic qualifying mark in the 400 meters, and also owns the Olympic Games "A" standard.

(updated 5/13/08)

The following is a list of athletes with ties to the state of Washington who have earned either an 'A' or 'B' qualifying standard for the US Olympic Team Trials--Track & Field in Eugene, Oregon June 27-July 6th.

It's my intent to update this list every Tuesday from now until the 17th of June, two days after the close of the qualifying period for the Olympic Trials.

I apologize in advance for any formatting errors. Also, please drop me a note if I happen to miss anyone on this list, or forget to update a mark!

NEW: Athletes highlighted in green have also met the Olympic Games "A" standard. The Olympic Games qualifying standards are listed here...

Major meets this weekend included the Pac-10 Conference championships and the adidas Track Classic in Carson, California.

Qualifying Standards--US Olympic Team Trials--Track & Field

Qualifying window: January 1, 2007 - June 15, 2008

Men

"A" "B" Field Size

100m 10.07 10.28 32-- none

200m 20.30 20.75 30

Jordan Boase (UW) has B standard @ 20.37

400m 45.00 45.95 28
Jordan Boase (UW) 44.82
Alex Harcourt (UW) has B standard @ 45.87
Craig Everhart (H.S.I.) has B standard @ 45.94

800m 1:46.50 1:48.50 30
Ryan Brown (Asics) has B standard @ 1;46.71
Alex McClary (Arkansas) has B standard @ 1:47.90
Chris Lukezic (Reebok) has B standard @ 1;48.03

1,500m 3:39.00 3:43.00 30
Bernard Lagat (Nike) 3:33.85
Chris Lukezic (Reebok) 3:36.95
Andy McClary (Arkansas) has B standard @ 3:39.81
Jordan McNamara (Oregon) has B standard @ 3:41.13

5,000m 13:33.00 13:50.00 24
Bernard Lagat (Nike) 13:16.29
Michael Kilburg (Portland) has B standard @ 13:49.88i

10,000m 28:15.00 29:00.00 24

Michael Kilburg (Portland) has B standard @ 28:20.57
John Moore (Portland) has B standard @ 28:28.52
David Kinsella (Portland) has B standard @ 28:28.87
Jake Schmitt (Washington) has B standard @ 28:56.05
Jeremy Mineau (Washington) has B standard @ 28:57.02

110m Hurdles 13.40 14.00 32
Dominique Arnold (Nike) 13.17
Arend Watkins (Nike) has B standard @ 13.41

400m Hurdles 49.00 51.00 28

Eric Dudley (unat-ex WSU) has B standard @ 49.48 (updated 5/13; ran @ Taylor Classic, Chapel Hill NC 5/9)
Jeshua Anderson (WSU) has B standard @ 49.66
Sean Williams (CNW) has B standard @ 50.43 but may compete for Spain
James Frederickson (UW) has B standard @ 50.63

3,000m Steeplechase 8:32.00 8:45.00 24
Joe Gray (Ok St) has B standard @ 8:44.73

20 km Race Walk 1:36:00 -- 15--none

High Jump 2.28 m 2.20 m 24
Norris Frederick (UW) has B standard @ 2.21m/7-3

Pole Vault 5.70 m 5.50 m 24

Brad Walker (Nike) 5.95m/19-6
Scott Roth (UW) has B standard @ 5.53m/18-1 3/4
Tyson Byers (WSU) has B standard @ 5.50m/18-0 1/2 but has retired.

Long Jump 8.05 m 7.80 m 24
Norris Frederick (UW) 8.12m/26-7 3/4

Triple Jump 16.66 m 15.80 m 24--none

Shot Put 20.00 m 18.60 m 24--None
Discus Throw 63.75 m 58.80 m 24

Jarred Rome (Nike) 68.37m/224-3
Ian Waltz (Nike) 67.98m/223-0
Will Conwell (CNW) has B standard @ 63.61m/208-8
Reedus Thurmond (CNW) has B standard @ 61.42m/201-6
Matt Lamb (WSU) has B standard @ 60.47m/198-4

Hammer Throw 72.00 m 64.00 m 24
Nick Owens (UNC) has B standard @ 71.20m/233-7
Adam Midles (USC) has B standard @ 69.57m/228-3
David Paul (En WA) has B standard @ 68.94m/226-2
Martin Bingisser (ex UW) has B standard @ 67.70/222-1

Javelin Throw 77.00 m 70.00 m 24

Justin St. Clair (ex UW/Boise St) has B standard @ 74.71m/245-1
Jon Jeffreys (WSU) has B standard @ 72.30m/237-2
Pat McCormick (Spokane CC) has B standard @ 71.51m/234-7
Rob Minnitti (ex UW) has B standard @ 70.27m/230-6

Decathlon 7900 pts. 7600 pts. 18
Chris Randolph (CNW) has B standard @ 7798 pts.


Women

"A" "B" Field Size

100m 11.13 11.35 32--none


200m 22.80 23.25 32--none

400m 51.45 52.60 30--none

800m 2:01.50 2:06.50 30
Rebekah Noble (Oregon) has B standard @ 2:03.22
Brie Felnagle (North Carolina) has B standard @ 2:04.63

1,500m 4:10.00 4:19.50 30
Brie Felnagle (North Carolina) 4:09.93
Rebekah Noble (Oregon) has B standard @ 4:17.43
Katie Follett (UW) has B standard @ 4:19.20
Amanda Miller (UW) has B standard @ 4:19.49

5,000m 15:28.00 16:00.00 24--none

10,000m 32:45.00 34:00.00 24--none


100m Hurdles 12.85 13.25 32


Ginnie Powell (Nike) 12.45
Ashley Lodree (ex UW) has B standard @ 12.99
Diana Pickler (Asics) has B standard @ 13.25

400m Hurdles 56.00 57.80 30--none

3,000m Steeplechase 10:00.00 10:20.00 24
Kelly Strong (Asics) 9:47.68
Meghan Leonard (WSU) has B standard @ 10:16.75

20 km Race Walk 1:48:00 1:50:00 16--none

High Jump 1.86 m 1.83 m 24
Diana Pickler (Asics) has B standard @ 1.84m/6-0 1/2

Pole Vault 4.47 m 4.20 m 24
Tamara Diles (Palouse TC) has B standard @ 4.27m/14-0 but has retired.
Jennie Sewell (CNW) has B standard @ 4.26m/13-11 3/4
Kate Conwell (CNW) has B standard @ 4.21m/13-9 3/4

Long Jump 6.53 m 6.43 m 24--none

Triple Jump 13.50 m 13.10 m 24
Tiombe Hurd (Nike) 13.53m/44-4 3/4

Shot Put 17.50 m 17.00 m 24--none

Discus Throw 59.00 m 56.00 m 24
Aretha Thurmond (Nike) 61.52/201-10
Cecelia Barnes (ex UW) 60.17/197-5

Hammer Throw 66.80 m 63.00 m 24-- none

Javelin Throw 54.50 m 50.50 m 24
Carolee Gutierrez (En WA) has B standard @ 53.53m/175-7

Heptathlon 5750 pts. 5500 pts. 18
Diana Pickler (Asics) 6205 points
Julie Pickler (Asics) 5990 points

The list of athletes who have officially entered the Olympic Trials is posted here...

Further information on the US Olympic Track & Field Trials are available at eugene08.com, and at the Trials information page at usatf.org.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Kenenisa Bekele to make world record attempt at 10k at Pre Classic...

Kenenisa Bekele (above/photo by Paul Merca) of Ethiopia, the reigning World and Olympic champion at 10000 meters, will attempt to break his own world record in the event of 26:17.53, set three years ago in Brussels, Belgium at the Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday, June 8th.

“The record is not easy,” acknowledges Bekele’s representative, Jos Hermens, from his Global Sports Communication office in the Netherlands. “But this is an absolutely serious attempt. His training is going well, and he is 100% ‘go’ for the record.”

Because the margin for error is so small with a record so good, the race will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, before the start of the other events at the 34th annual Prefontaine Classic. “We compiled 20 years of data about wind conditions, humidity, temperature--you name it,” said meet director Tom Jordan. “The conditions are slightly better during the morning than the evening, and Kenenisa will have the thousands of Hayward Field fans behind him.”

The full story can be read here...

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Brad Walker wins in Osaka...


Waitaminute! Aren't you a little late with the headline from the World Championships?!?

Not really...

Returning to the scene of his most significant victory, Brad Walker of Mountlake Terrace (second on the left/press conference photo courtesy Osaka Grand Prix LOC) won the pole vault at today's Osaka Grand Prix meeting at Nagai Stadium, clearing 17-8 1/2, defeating fellow American Russ Buller, who jumped 17-4 1/2, under rainy conditions.

According to the iaaf.org web site, temperatures at the start of the meet at 3 pm local time were at 12.5 degrees celsius (55 degrees F), making vaulting conditions less than ideal.

Walker said after the competition, “Because of the weather, I just concentrated on winning, and flying home without injury.”

Two-time Olympian Aretha Thurmond from Federal Way finished third in the women's discus competition, throwing 193-6, behind Aimin Song (198-1) and Taifeng Sun (197-8) of China.

Recent University of Washington grad Ryan Brown finished second in the 800 meters, running 1:48.07.

Another former Husky, Carly Dockendorf, finished in a tie for third in the pole vault, jumping 13-1 1/2.

Complete results from the Osaka Grand Prix are posted here, and the meet summary is here.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Märt Israel finishes second in Salinas; four former Huskies to compete in Osaka Grand Prix meet...


Märt Israel (left, competing in the 2007 World Championships/photo by Paul Merca), a former University of Washington discus thrower from Estonia, finished second behind fellow countryman, training partner, and reigning world champion Gerd Kanter in the Hartnell College throwers' meet in Salinas, Califonia on Thursday May 8th, throwing 213-4.

Kanter, like Israel, visiting the States for a month of training and competition, threw a big 235-10 (71.88) on his final throw.

"I expected more," Kanter said. "I'm in my best shape ever. I expected to get closer to the record," referring to Germany's Jurgen Schult's world record of 243-0. Only Schult and Virgilijus Alekna have thrown farther than Kanter's throw here. Kanter himself has a best of 240-9, and a year ago at Hartnell he threw 5 inches further, 236-3, the longest throw ever on American soil.

Only each competitor's best throw was measured, according to Track & Field News correspondent Jack Pfeifer, in the magazine's web site.

Israel's toss in the wind-friendly confines of Salinas' Hartnell College, is currently the eighth longest throw in the world this year.

Israel competed for the UW during the 2007 season.

Jarred Rome, a 2004 US Olympian and Marysville-Pilchuck HS graduate, finished ninth with a mark of 208-2.

Recent UW grad Will Conwell was 20th in the competition with a toss of 197-10.

In the women's competition, former UW thrower Cecelia Barnes, a member of last year's world championship team, finished fourth with a throw of 194-8.

Saturday, former Huskies Ryan Brown, Brad Walker, Carly Dockendorf, and Aretha Thurmond will compete in the Osaka Grand Prix track meet at Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan.

Walker returns to the scene of his world championship victory in September to open his outdoor season. Thurmond, a two-time US Olympian, who competed in the US nationals after giving birth to son Theo, is back training full-time, and is commuting between Seattle and Auburn, Alabama, in what's believed to be her final year of competing full-time.

Thurmond tossed the platter 201-10 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California last month to earn both the Olympic Games and Olympic Trials 'A' standard, which she didn't have.

Results of the Osaka Grand Prix will be posted on the IAAF web site...

The start list for the Osaka Grand Prix is posted here...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Olympic flame reaches the top of Mt. Everest...

Courtesy of CCTV, the Chinese state-run television agency, here is footage of the Olympic flame reaching the top of Mt. Everest Wednesday night at 6 pm eastern time (Thursday morning at Mt. Everest).

Despite all the protests that have met the flame as it traveled around the world, the sight of the Olympic flame is one of the most symbolic and inspiring sights in the world...I keep thinking back 12 years ago when the Olympic flame passed by the University of Washington, and I stopped a Club Ballard team practice so my athletes could leave Husky Stadium to see the flame.

I constantly think of the song from the Athens 2004 album, called "Pass the Flame" and one of the lines, which goes:

"Pass the flame, unite the world...bring us all together!"

At the end of the day, that is what the Olympics and sport is all about.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Olympic Trials qualifiers...

Discus thrower Aretha Thurmond (above/2006 file photo by Paul Merca), a two-time Olympian from the University of Washington, earned her Olympic Trials qualifying mark at the Mt. SAC Relays in April

The following is a list of athletes with ties to the state of Washington who have earned either an 'A' or 'B' qualifying standard for the US Olympic Team Trials--Track & Field in Eugene, Oregon June 27-July 6th.

It's my intent to update this list every Tuesday from now until the 17th of June, two days after the close of the qualifying period for the Olympic Trials.

I apologize in advance for any formatting errors. Also, please drop me a note if I happen to miss anyone on this list, or forget to update a mark!

Qualifying Standards--US Olympic Team Trials--Track & Field

Qualifying window: January 1, 2007 - June 15, 2008

Men

"A" "B" Field Size

100m 10.07 10.28 32-- none

200m 20.30 20.75 30

Jordan Boase (UW) has B standard @ 20.37

400m 45.00 45.95 28
Jordan Boase (UW) 44.82
Alex Harcourt (UW) has B standard @ 45.87
Craig Everhart (H.S.I.) has B standard @ 45.94

800m 1:46.50 1:48.50 30
Ryan Brown (Asics) has B standard @ 1;46.71
Alex McClary (Arkansas) has B standard @ 1:47.90
Chris Lukezic (Reebok) has B standard @ 1;48.03

1,500m 3:39.00 3:43.00 30
Bernard Lagat (Nike) 3:33.85
Chris Lukezic (Reebok) 3:36.95
Andy McClary (Arkansas) has B standard @ 3:39.81
Jordan McNamara (Oregon) has B standard @ 3:41.13

5,000m 13:33.00 13:50.00 24
Bernard Lagat (Nike) 13:16.29
Michael Kilburg (Portland) has B standard @ 13:49.88i

10,000m 28:15.00 29:00.00 24

Michael Kilburg (Portland) has B standard @ 28:20.57
John Moore (Portland) has B standard @ 28:28.52
David Kinsella (Portland) has B standard @ 28:28.87
Jake Schmitt (Washington) has B standard @ 28:56.05
Jeremy Mineau (Washington) has B standard @ 28:57.02

110m Hurdles 13.40 14.00 32
Dominique Arnold (Nike) 13.17
Arend Watkins (Nike) has B standard @ 13.41

400m Hurdles 49.00 51.00 28

Eric Dudley (unat-ex WSU) has B standard @ 49.58
Jeshua Anderson (WSU) has B standard @ 49.66
Sean Williams (CNW) has B standard @ 50.43 but may compete for Spain
James Frederickson (UW) has B standard @ 50.63

3,000m Steeplechase 8:32.00 8:45.00 24--none

20 km Race Walk 1:36:00 -- 15--none

High Jump 2.28 m 2.20 m 24
Norris Frederick (UW) has B standard @ 2.21m/7-3

Pole Vault 5.70 m 5.50 m 24

Brad Walker (Nike) 5.95m/19-6
Scott Roth (UW) has B standard @ 5.53m/18-1 3/4
Tyson Byers (WSU) has B standard @ 5.50m/18-0 1/2

Long Jump 8.05 m 7.80 m 24
Norris Frederick (UW) 8.12m/26-7 3/4

Triple Jump 16.66 m 15.80 m 24--none

Shot Put 20.00 m 18.60 m 24--None
Discus Throw 63.75 m 58.80 m 24

Jarred Rome (Nike) 68.37m/224-3
Ian Waltz (Nike) 67.98m/223-0
Will Conwell (CNW) has B standard @ 63.61m/208-8
Matt Lamb (WSU) has B standard @ 60.47m/198-4

Hammer Throw 72.00 m 64.00 m 24
Nick Owens (UNC) has B standard @ 71.20m/233-7
Adam Midles (USC) has B standard @ 69.57m/228-3
David Paul (En WA) has B standard @ 68.94m/226-2
Martin Bingisser (ex UW) has B standard @ 67.70/222-1

Javelin Throw 77.00 m 70.00 m 24

Justin St. Clair (ex UW/Boise St) has B standard @ 74.71m/245-1
Jon Jeffreys (WSU) has B standard @ 72.30m/237-2
Pat McCormick (Spokane CC) has B standard @ 71.51m/234-7
Rob Minnitti (ex UW) has B standard @ 70.27m/230-6

Decathlon 7900 pts. 7600 pts. 18
Chris Randolph (CNW) has B standard @ 7798 pts.


Women

"A" "B" Field Size

100m 11.13 11.35 32--none


200m 22.80 23.25 32--none

400m 51.45 52.60 30--none

800m 2:01.50 2:06.50 30
Rebekah Noble (Oregon) has B standard @ 2:03.22
Brie Felnagle (North Carolina) has B standard @ 2:04.63

1,500m 4:10.00 4:19.50 30
Brie Felnagle (North Carolina) 4:09.93
Rebekah Noble (Oregon) has B standard @ 4:17.43
Katie Follett (UW) has B standard @ 4:19.20
Amanda Miller (UW) has B standard @ 4:19.49

5,000m 15:28.00 16:00.00 24--none

10,000m 32:45.00 34:00.00 24--none


100m Hurdles 12.85 13.25 32


Ginnie Powell (Nike) 12.45
Ashley Lodree (ex UW) has B standard @ 12.99
Diana Pickler (Asics) has B standard @ 13.25

400m Hurdles 56.00 57.80 30--none

3,000m Steeplechase 10:00.00 10:20.00 24
Kelly Strong (Asics) 9:47.68
Meghan Leonard (WSU) has B standard @ 10:16.75

20 km Race Walk 1:48:00 1:50:00 16--none

High Jump 1.86 m 1.83 m 24
Diana Pickler (Asics) has B standard @ 1.84m/6-0 1/2

Pole Vault 4.47 m 4.20 m 24
Jennie Sewell (CNW) has B standard @ 4.26m/13-11 3/4
Kate Conwell (CNW) has B standard @ 4.21m/13-9 3/4

Long Jump 6.53 m 6.43 m 24--none

Triple Jump 13.50 m 13.10 m 24
Tiombe Hurd (Nike) 13.53m/44-4 3/4

Shot Put 17.50 m 17.00 m 24--none

Discus Throw 59.00 m 56.00 m 24
Aretha Thurmond (Nike) 61.52/201-10
Cecelia Barnes (ex UW) 60.17/197-5

Hammer Throw 66.80 m 63.00 m 24-- none

Javelin Throw 54.50 m 50.50 m 24
Carolee Gutierrez (En WA) has B standard @ 53.53m/175-7

Heptathlon 5750 pts. 5500 pts. 18
Diana Pickler (Asics) 6205 points
Julie Pickler (Asics) 5990 points

Further information on the US Olympic Track & Field Trials are available at eugene08.com, and at the Trials information page at usatf.org.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Weekend happenings...


Washington State (team photo courtesy WSU sports information) swept Washington in the annual UW/WSU dual meet in Pullman on Saturday, with the men winning 93-70, and the women crushing the Huskies 116-47.

Junior Jordan Boase of the UW took the NCAA lead in the 200-meters as well, running 20.37 seconds. The time is the second-fastest in Washington history, just behind UW legend Ja'Warren Hooker's 20.23, although Boase broke Hooker's UW-WSU dual meet record of 20.57 set back in 2001. Boase had not competed in the 200-meters since the MPSF Championships back in February, yet ran faster today than any collegian indoors or outdoors this year.

The WSU recap of the meet is here, while you can read the UW recap here...

At the Payton Jordan Cardinal invitational Sunday night, Bernard Lagat easily attained the Olympic A standard, running 13:16.29. Click here to watch the race, courtesy of flotrack.org.

Shalane Flanagan provided the biggest mark of the meet, setting an American record in the women's 10000, running 30:34.49.

Among the highlights involving Washington-affiliated athletes at the Payton Jordan meet, Chris Lukezic finished second in his heat of the mens 1500 in 3:40.29. John Moore (Olympia HS) of Portland finished 16th in the Kim McDonald Memorial 10000 in 28:32.31, while teammate Michael Kilburg was 21st in 28:34.51.

Washington's Katie Follett ran 16:01.16, just missing the Olympic Trials B standard in that event by 1.16 seconds.

The link to the recap and results of the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational is here...

Finally, the SPU women finished just four points behind Western Oregon to place second overall at the GNAC Championships in Ellensburg. The SPU men’s team totaled 30 points for a seventh place finish.

The Falcon women captured three individual titles as Jane Larson, who set a new GNAC record, won the 3,000 meters (4:29.66), Melissa Peaslee the pole vault (11-09.00), and Brittany Aanstad in the javelin (147-10).

Heidi Dimmitt's meet record time in the women's 400-meter hurdles was the top performance for Western Washington University as the Vikings placed third in both the men's and women's standings at the GNAC meet.

The Viking women finished with 142 points. Western Oregon won the women's title with 162, its fourth team championship in the last six years.

The Western men had 152 points, narrowly edging defending champion Central Washington for third by 0.5 of a point. Western Oregon claimed the team title with 166.5 points, and Alaska Anchorage was second at 157.

Also successfully defending her crown in the women's discus was Erica Rance (Sr., Seattle/Renton) with a season-best mark of 140-9 on her last throw. That was just four inches short of the provisional qualifying standard.

The other individual winner for the Western women Saturday was Clara Cook (Jr., Wenatchee) in the high jump. Cook, the GNAC champion and an NCAA Division II All-American in 2006, cleared 5-4 1/4.

The Western men also had three individual champions Saturday. Kevin Myhre (Jr., Edmonds/Meadowdale) won the 400 hurdles in a season-best time of 53.75, Keefe Brockman (Fr., Richland/Hanford) won the high jump at 6-6, also a season-best, and Jordan Welling (Fr., Burlington/Burlington-Edison) won the 5,000.

NOTE: The sports information offices of Seattle Pacific University, Stanford University, the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Western Washington University contributed to this report.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Dawgs & Cats this Saturday...GNAC Friday/Saturday in Ellensburg...Stanford Invite Sunday


The big happening in the state of Washington is the annual Washington/Washington State dual track meet in Pullman Saturday on the campus of Washington State University.

The rivalry dates back over 100 years, with the Husky men and Cougar women earning wins last year in Seattle. The meet takes place at WSU's Mooberry Track Complex, with the first events scheduled for 11 a.m. Both men's teams are currently ranked in the top-30, with Washington State, led by senior javelin thrower Jon Jeffreys (left/photo courtesy Washington State University) sitting at 25th and Washington climbing to No. 30 this week.

Washington and Washington State are two of the oldest track rivals in the nation, having met 92 times since 1900 and annually since 1946. The Cougars boast a 57-34-1 advantage on the men's side, but it is Washington which currently owns a three-meet winning streak, its longest since an 11-meet streak ended way back in 1932. Last year the UW men gave WSU its worst Husky Stadium defeat since 1922, winning 103-60. The Huskies also won the last meeting in Pullman, 112-91, in 2006. The women's situation is almost the exact opposite -- Washington holds the all-time series advantage at 19-13 (women's track was not considered a varsity sport before 1979), but the Cougars enter Saturday's meet having won three straight over UW, and 10 of the last 11 in the series overall. The one win in that span for the Husky women came in Pullman, a 108-95 victory in 2004.

Using season-best lists and past performances, the 2007 meet is predicted to finish with a WSU win on the women's side and a very tight contest on the men's side. Results from the meet will be posted at www.wsucougars.com following the last scheduled event.

In Ellensburg, Central Washington plays host to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) championships Friday and Saturday. Seattle Pacific, Seattle University, and Western Washington will send full teams to the GNAC meet.

Finally, a slew of athletes from the state of Washington led by double world champion Bernard Lagat will run at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford University on Sunday. This meet has traditionally hosted some of the fastest early season times, particularly in the distance races. Results will be posted on the track & field site at gostanford.com.

NOTE: The sports information offices of the University of Washington, Washington State University, Stanford University, and Seattle Pacific University all contributed to this report.

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