Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ginnie Powell wins first USA Indoor title...

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico--Rainier Beach High School graduate and two-time USA Outdoor 100m hurdles champion Ginnie Powell (left/photo by Paul Merca) added the first USA Indoor title of her career to her resume by winning the Visa Women's 60m hurdles final in 7.87 seconds at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Powell won a tough battle and a spot on Team USA for the IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships in Doha, Qatar in two weeks against three-time USA Indoor champion and two-time USA Indoor Visa Championship Series winner Lolo Jones.

Jones pressed Powell all the way to the finish before finishing as the runner-up in 7.89 seconds.

Former Husky Ashley Lodree made the finals after running 8.20 in the semis, and finished eighth in 8.39. Current Husky Falesha Ankton, who doesn't have indoor eligibility remaining, failed to advance to the finals, running 8.44.

Afterwards, Powell said, "I was really focused and strong and confident. I put it all out there on the track. (Coach) Bobby (Kersee) told me to really sprint off the last hurdle and I did."

Former Husky Norris Frederick finished third in the men's long jump with a mark of 25-10.75/7.89m. However, neither Frederick nor the two finishers ahead of him will advance to the world championships, as none have attained the world indoor qualifying standard of 8.10m/26-7.

In the women's 60 dash, Lodree finished fourth in her semi-final in 7.46, and didn't advance to the finals.

Twins Alex and Andy McClary from Shelton finished ninth and tenth in the men's 1500, running 3:55.39 & 3:55.81, respectively.

Two marks we overlooked from Saturday's competition was former Husky Eric Garner, who finished 15th in the men's 3000, running 8:42.98. Former Tacoma high school standout Craig Everhart failed to advance to the finals in the men's 400, running 47.48 in his section.

Complete results from the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships can be accessed here.

1 comment:

Martin said...

One more Washington result: Ellensburg native and former Spokane Falls CC thrower Jake Shanklin placed 9th in the weight throw.

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