Monday, February 16, 2009

Weekend wrapup: February 13-15th...

While most of the action in the Northwest focused on Saturday’s Husky Classic, some notable collegians and pros with Washington ties competed at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Bellarmine Prep standout Brie Felnagle, competing for North Carolina, finished third in the women’s mile in 4:32.17, behind Olympic steepler Anna Willard (4:30.69) and multi-time NCAA champion Sally Kipyego (4:32.01).

Former Auburn runner Chris Lukezic finished second to Olympic bronze medalist Nick Willis in the men’s mile at Tyson. Lukezic, trying to bounce back from a disappointing 2008 season, ran 4:03.87 behind Willis’ 4:02.70…

Speaking of pros, Aretha Thurmond announced on her blog,, that she will open her 2009 season with meets in New Zealand and Australia.

She writes, “I am heading to Auckland, New Zealand for a meet on February 20th and it sounds like the top 4 US women discus throwers which includes our current Olympic Gold Medalist Stephanie Brown-Trafton will be there as well as Former World Champion Beatrice Faumuina of NZ and Olympic Finalist Dani Samuels of AUS. For an opening meet it will be a super strong field and of course I am excited and ready to rumble. It’s always fun to get in some early meets and better evaluate your training. After the New Zealand meet I’ll have 2 more competitions, 1 in Sydney, Australia and the other in Melbourne, Australia.”

Chatted briefly with pole vaulter Brad Walker at the Husky Classic as he watched girlfriend Carly Dockendorf compete. Walker, the former Husky, is now based at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista after coach Dan Pfaff moved there after the Stockton-based training group disbanded when their funding dried up.

Walker has not set his 2009 competition schedule yet, but is certainly happy that he does not have the pressure of having to earn a World Championships team spot in June at the USA Championships in Eugene, by virtue of being the defending world champion (remember that reigning world champions receive automatic byes), a position that Bernard Lagat has as well in the 1500 and 5000…

One significant result we completely missed from the previous weekend was Jordan Boase’s 2009 debut on February 6th in Nampa, Idaho at the United Heritage Invitational hosted by Boise State University.

Boase won the 200-meter dash in 20.85 seconds, the second-fastest time in the NCAA going into this past weekend’s meets, and second all-time at Washington.

Here’s the link to the UW press release about Boase’s performance in Idaho.

Finally, here’s the link to the results from Sunday’s UW Indoor Open meet, featuring many of the region’s smaller schools and club teams, with a mix of high schoolers thrown in for good measure.

No comments:

Blog Archive