Sunday, July 4, 2010

Kara Patterson rides hot streak into Monday night's Harry Jerome Track Classic...

Vancouver's Kara Patterson, fresh off a clutch sixth round toss of 216-2 (65.90m) victory to take the women's javelin at Saturday's Nike Prefontaine Classic, is among the headliners for Monday night's Harry Jerome Track Classic at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC.

The three-time US national champion is on a major roll, after setting an American record mark of 218-9 (66.67m) in Des Moines on June 25th, and defeating world record holder and 2008 Olympic champ Barbora Spotakova eight days later.

While the Jerome meet will feature primarily Canadian competitors, a few athletes with Washington connections will participate in Canada's top invitational track and field meet.

Hometown favorite Kyle Nielsen from Langley, the third place finisher in the men's javelin for the University of Washington at last month's NCAA championships in Eugene, will throw against Husky teammate Joe Zimmerman, the recently crowned US junior champion. Nielsen is preparing to defend his Canadian national senior title later this month, and will also compete in the NACAC U-23 Championships in Miramar, Florida later this week.

The Husky duo will compete against US national champ and 2009 world championships team member Sean Furey.

Former Husky pole vaulter and current Seattle Pacific assistant track coach Carly Dockendorf, one of Canada's top performers in the event, will compete in her specialty.

University of Washington and Roosevelt HS grad Norris Frederick will high jump in a field that includes Canadian Olympian Mike Mason.

For more information on the Harry Jerome Track Classic, including start lists, please click here.


Washington State University freshman Holly Parent of Victoria, won the high jump title at the Canadian junior championships in Moncton, New Brunswick Sunday, with a jump of 5-9 3/4 (1.77m), and earned a spot on the Canadian junior national team that will compete in the IAAF world championships in Moncton later this month.

For complete results from the Canadian junior national championships, please click here.

At the Meeting de Atletismo in Madrid on Friday, Aretha Thurmond finished seventh in the women's discus with what she described as a career low 182-0 (55.47m).

As she described the meet on her web site, "The women’s discus got started about 30 min late because the men’s hammer went long. But we got about 15 min of warm up and there was a dark cloud moving our way. We thought we might be able to finish before the rain came, but that didn’t happen. By round 2 the thunder and lighting were on us. We ran for cover there were about 50 of us cramped in a little holding cell."

Thurmond next competes in the Samsung Diamond League meet on July 8th in Lausanne, Switzerland.

To read her thoughts on the meet, please click here. Complete results from Friday's Meeting de Atletismo in Madrid are available here.

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