Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Former Husky Ingvill Måkestad sets Norwegian national record over 800m...

GöTEBORG, Sweden--Former University of Washington middle distance standout Ingvill Måkestad from Norway (left/photo courtesy tv2sporten.no) set a national record in the 800 meter run at the Folksam Grand Prix meeting at Ullevi Stadium Tuesday night.

Måkestad, racing for the first time at 800 meters since the European Team Championships in June in Bergen, Norway, clocked 2:00.82 to finish third behind winner and US Olympian Erin Donohue's 2:00.34.

Ingvill broke the Norwegian national record of 2:01.7 set on August 28 1981 by Randi Langøigjelten Bjorn, a mark established three weeks after Måkestad was born.

After the race, Ronny Nilsen of the Norwegian athletics federation said, "I can not say I'm surprised. She has run well at 1500 meters throughout the season. And it was expected that she would reduce her time in the 800."

On her personal web site, Måkestad said, "I knew it was possible today!"

In other events at the Folksam Grand Prix, University of Washington freshman James Alaka from Great Britain finished third in the men's 200 meters in a time of 21.18. 2009 USA World Championships team member Rae Edwards took home the victory in 21.05.

High jumper Ebba Jungmark from Sweden, who won an NCAA Indoor title while at Washington State University in 2008, placed second in her specialty with a leap of 6-2 (1.88m), as she finished behind countrywoman Emma Green's winning mark of 6-4 3/4 (1.95m).

Complete results from the Folksam Grand Prix are available here.

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