Friday, May 14, 2010

Former Husky Ingvill Makestad sets personal best in 1500 at Doha Diamond League meeting...

DOHA, Qatar--Former Washington Husky Ingvill Makestad (left/photo courtesy set a personal best in finishing sixth in the 1500 meter run at the Doha Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar at the Qatar Sports Club stadium

Makestad ran 4:06.08 in a very fast race won by 2008 Olympic champion Nancy Langat in a 2010 world-leading time of 4:01.63, as Langat ran down Ethiopia's Gelete Burka (4:02.16) over the last 200.

Makestad's previous personal best was 4:09.62, set last year in Heusden, Belgium, which was short of the A standard needed to compete in last year's IAAF world championships in Berlin.

(The Norwegian national record is 4:00.55 set by Grete Waitz in 1978. In an earlier version of this story, we stated that Makestad's time was a new national record. We regret the error.)

While early, Makestad's time puts her among the top contenders in that event for this summer's European Championships in Barcelona, a meet that she told earlier this season that she was aiming for, going so far as to skip the world indoor championships in Doha.

Rainier Beach HS graduate Ginnie Powell-Crawford was overtaken in the final stages of the 100 meter hurdles by both reigning world indoor champion Lolo Jones (12.63) and Olympic bronze medalist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (12.67).

In the women's discus, three time US Olympian and former Washington Husky Aretha Thurmond finished fourth with a mark of 204-3 (62.26m). Cuba's Yarelis Barrios won the event with a toss of 212-11 (64.90), with reigning world champ Dani Samuels of Australia second at 212-2 (64.67), and Croatia's Sandra Perkovic third at 204-6 (62.33).

Complete results of the Doha Diamond League meet can be accessed here.

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