Monday, April 19, 2010

Former Washington State runner Drew Polley finishes 16th in Boston Marathon...

Former Washington State University standout Drew Polley (left/photo courtesy Washington State University) finished 16th in Monday's running of the Boston Marathon from Hopkinton to Boston.

The ex-Cougar stopped the watch in a time of 2:16:36, earning him a spot on the line for the 2012 Olympic Trials race in Houston.

Polley, who attended South Kitsap High School. and now trains out of Rochester Hills, Michigan as part of the Hansons/Brooks Distance Project, was the fifth American finisher in the race.

According to Polley's coach, Kevin Hanson, he ran a negative split (second half faster than the first) on a course that is much more different in the first half than the second half.

In Polley's marathon debut in November of last year, he ran 2:20:59 to finish eighth at the Rock 'n Roll San Antonio Marathon. He made his professional debut last June with a fourth place finish at the Rock 'n Roll Seattle Half Marathon, clocking 1:06:44.

PAC-10 NOTES: Washington State's Jeshua Anderson and Washington's Katie Follett were named by the Pacific-10 Conference as its male and female track athletes of the week for the week ending April 18th.

Anderson won the men's Invitational 400m hurdles at the Mt. SAC Relays in a season-best and world-leading time of 49.11 seconds. The defending NCAA and Pac-10 Champion is undefeated in the 400 intermediate hurdles this season.

Follett won the invitational heat of the 1,500-meters at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday night and took over the NCAA lead with a time of 4:10.66. That run broke the Washington school record, and is the second-fastest in the world this year. Follett, the NCAA runner-up in the mile indoors, lowered her personal-best by more than four seconds in the victory. The seven-time All-American in cross country and track ranks second in the world behind only Kenya's Ann Karindi Mwangi who has run 4:09.41. She currently leads the NCAA by more than two seconds.

NOTE: The Pacific 10 Conference contributed to this report.

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