Saturday, July 31, 2010

Carly Dockendorf finishes second at Canadian nationals...

TORONTO, Ontario--Former University of Washington pole vaulter Carly Dockendorf (left/photo courtesy University of Washington) finished second in her event as the Canadian national track & field championships concluded Saturday at the Varsity Centre on the campus of the University of Toronto.

Dockendorf, currently the pole vault coach at Seattle Pacific University, cleared 13-9 1/4 (4.20m), the same height as winner Gabrielle Duclos-Lasnier, but had more misses than Duclos-Lasnier.

Ryan Vu, the UW grad who won the Pac-10 men's pole vault title in May, finished fifth with a jump of 15-11 (4.85m), as Jason Wurster of the University of Toronto TC won with a mark of 17-4 1/2 (5.30m).

Defending Canadian national javelin champ Kyle Nielsen placed third in his specialty, as he only threw 235-2 (71.68m). Curtis Moss of BC Athletics wrested the title from Nielsen with a winning toss of 245-3 (74.76m).

Complete results from the Canadian Track & Field Championships are available via this link.

Märt Israel easily advances to discus finals at European Championships...

BARCELONA, Spain--Former University of Washington discus thrower Märt Israel (left/photo by Paul Merca) easily moved on to Sunday's finals with a fourth place finish in Group A of the European Championships at the Estadi Olimpic.

Israel, who was seeded fourth entering the European Championships, spun the platter 209-11 (63.99m) on his second attempt, beyond the automatic qualifying standard of 208-4 (63.50m), after a first round throw of 207-7 (63.27m).

Reigning world champion Robert Harting of Germany had the best toss in the two group qualifying round, with a throw of 219-7 (66.93m).

The finals of the men's discus will be held Sunday at 10:45 am, Seattle time (7:45 pm in Barcelona) as the European Championships conclude.

Here's a link for fans to watch the European Championships online.

Results from the European Championships can be accessed here.

Friday, July 30, 2010

A note from the publisher...

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All comments are moderated, and I live by one simple rule: STAY TO THE SUBJECT!!!

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That's my rant...now back to some track & field!

Holly Parent ties for sixth at Canadian senior nationals in high jump...

TORONTO, Ontario--Washington State University freshman Holly Parent (left/photo courtesy Washington State University), fresh from competing in last week's IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships, finished in a tie for sixth in the senior women's high jump finals at Varsity Centre on the campus of the University of Toronto.

The reigning national junior champion only managed to clear 5-7 (1.70m), well off her personal best of 5-11 1/4 (1.81m), set at the NCAA West Regionals in May.

Nicole Forrester took the Canadian national title with a leap of 6-2 3/4 (1.90m).

The Canadian national championships conclude Saturday, as a trio of current and former Washington Huskies vie for titles and possible selection to its Commonwealth Games team.

Kyle Nielsen looks to defend his title in the men's javelin, while Ryan Vu (men's pole vault) and Carly Dockendorf (women's pole vault) aim for national championship titles.

Results from the Canadian national track & field championships can be accessed here.


Saturday's final day of competition will be aired on CBC Sports via CBUT, the Vancouver, BC affiliate station of the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC).

On Seattle area Comcast, CBUT is available on channel 99 and also on HD at channel 619.

Måkestad falls short in European Championships semi-finals...

BARCELONA, Spain--Former University of Washington runner Ingvill Måkestad (left/photo courtesy runingvill.wordpress.com) from Norway finished sixth in the second semi-final of the women's 1500 meter run Friday at the European Championships in the Estadi Olimpici.

Måkestad clocked 4:07.49 as Asli Cakir of Turkey won the heat in a time of 4:05.53.

The top four from each of the two semis advanced to the finals Sunday, along with the four fastest qualifiers; however, the first semi-final was the fastest, as all four of the time qualifiers for Sunday's final came from the first heat.

In the women's high jump qualifying held earlier Friday, former NCAA indoor high jump champion Ebba Jungmark from Sweden finished eighth in her group's qualifying round, and failed to advance to Sunday's final.

Jungmark cleared a season's best of 6-2 3/4 (1.90m), as 6-3 1/2 (1.92m) was the height needed to advance to the finals.

On Saturday, former University of Washington thrower Mart Israel from Estonia competes in the qualifying round of the men's discus.

Here's a link for fans to watch the European Championships online.

Results from the European Championships can be accessed here.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Javelin thrower Kyle Nielsen set to defend Canadian national title in Toronto...

A quartet of athletes with Washington ties are set to compete in this week's Canadian national track & field championships Wednesday through Saturday in Toronto at the Varsity Centre on the campus of the University of Toronto, led by reigning national javelin champion Kyle Nielsen (left/photo by Paul Merca) from the University of Washington.

Nielsen, the third place finisher in the NCAA championships last month for the Huskies, set a personal best at the CALTAF Track Classic in Calgary on June 19th, rifling the spear 248-4 (75.71m).

In his last two meets, he finished second at the Harry Jerome Classic in Burnaby on July 5th, then placed fourth at the NACAC Under 23 meet. Nielsen will compete on Saturday.

Recent University of Washington grad Ryan Vu, the upset winner of the pole vault at the Pac-10 Championships in May, enters the Canadian championships as the number two seed, and hopes that the magic that propelled him to the victory at the Pac-10s reappears in Toronto Saturday.

Former Husky and current Seattle Pacific assistant coach Carly Dockendorf enters the Canadian championships as the top seed, after tying her personal best of 14-7.25 (4.35m) in winning the Alki Swashbuckler Beach Vault earlier this month. She'll compete on Saturday as well.

Fresh off a stint with the Canadian junior team at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Washington State University freshman Holly Parent on Friday aims to add the senior title to the junior title she won in late June. Parent is seeded third entering the senior nationals.

Saturday's final day of competition will be aired on CBC Sports via CBUT, the Vancouver, BC affiliate station of the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC).

On Seattle area Comcast, CBUT is available on channel 99 and also on HD at channel 619.

The performance list for the Canadian national championships can be accessed here, while the meet schedule is available here.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Christian Belz earns sixth place finish in 10000 at European Championships...

BARCELONA, Spain--Former University of Washington standout Christian Belz (left/photo courtesy swiss-athletics.ch) of Switzerland finished sixth in the men's 10000 as day 1 of the European Championships concluded at the Stadi Olimpic.

Despite entering the meet with one of the highest seeds, and barely making the standard (he ran 28:56.05 at Stanford in May, just under the qualifying standard of 29:00), the two time Swiss Olympian and national record holder in this event took advantage of the moderate pace, and closed the gaps on the field at the critical moment to work his way to the sixth place finish, and a season best for

Four years ago in Goteborg, Sweden, Belz led the race entering the final lap before finishing fourth.

"Today I brought out the best of my abilities", Belz said in an interview posted on the Swiss Athletics Federation web site.

Here's a link to a video interview with Belz (interview in German).


Mo Farah led a British 1-2 in the 25-lap race, winning in a time of 28:24.99, followed by Chris Thompson in 28:27.33 in a photo over Daniele Meucci of Italy in the same time.

A pair of Spaniards, Ayad Lamdassem (28:34.89) and Carles Castillejo (28:49.69) finished ahead of the former Husky.

Complete results of the European Championships can be accessed through this central link.


The European Championships continue through Sunday in Barcelona.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Four athletes with Washington ties set to compete in Barcelona at European Championships...

Four athletes with Washington connections are among the competitors participating in the European Championships that begin Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain at the Estadi Olimpic (photo of meet mascot Barni courtesy bcn2010.0rg).

On the meet's opening day, two-time Swiss Olympian and former Husky Christian Belz will run in the men's 10000. Belz, who just ducked underneath the qualifying standard of 29:00 in early May at the Stanford Invitational, is finally back competing at a high level after a series of injuries derailed his chance of making the Swiss Olympic team in Beijing two years ago.

On Friday, Sweden's Ebba Jungmark, who in her one season at Washington State in the 2007-08 academic year won an NCAA indoor high jump title, will try to be one of twelve jumpers that will advance to Sunday's finals.

Also slated to run on Friday in the women's 1500 is Norway's Ingvill Måkestad, a former Husky, who is one of the top seeds in the championships, after setting a personal best of 4:04.22 on July 16th at the Paris Diamond League meeting.

Måkestad is currently ranked #21 in the world on the most recent IAAF list in the 1500.

The finals for the women's 1500 is slated for Sunday, the final day of the meet.

You can read Ingvill's thoughts on the European Championships here on her blog, runingvill.wordpress.com (translated link here via translate.google.com)

In the men's discus qualifying on Saturday, former University of Washington thrower Mart Israel from Estonia looks to make a final in a major championship for the first time as a senior.

Israel currently is the eleventh furthest thrower in the world this season, with a season best mark of 217-6 (66.31m).

The men's discus finals will be held on Sunday.

Some links to help you follow the European Championships include the daily start lists for the meet, and statistician Mark Butler's predictions on who will win each event.





European Champs entries


Ebba Jungmark SWE HJ (seeded 16; sb 1.90; pr 1.92) Fri 7/30 Q; Sun 8/1 final
Ingvill Måkestad NOR 1500 (seeded 6) Fri 7/30 SF; Sun 8/1 final

Christian Belz SUI 10000 (seeded 23 28:56.05) Tue 7/27 final
Mart Israel (seeded 7 66.31) Sat 7/31 Q; Sun 8/1 final

TWIT (This week in track)…

Other than the European Championships, this is a quiet week for Americans competing at the highest levels of the sport.

Javelin thrower Kara Patterson from Vancouver posted her remaining schedule for the 2010 season on her blog, which you can read here, along with her thoughts on the Monaco meet.

Speaking of Patterson, she is still in the running for the diamond awarded to the winner in each event of the season-long Samsung Diamond League series, according to Track & Field News. You can read who the magazine thinks will win in each event here…

The US Olympic Committee and German auto maker BMW signed a sponsorship deal Monday, with USA Track & Field one of the beneficiaries of the contract.

BMW Group’s sponsorship of USA Bobsled & Skeleton, US Speedskating, USA Swimming and USA Track & Field will include support for coaching and training programs, as well as increasing awareness of the NGBs and their athletes.

You can read the US Olympic Committee release here...


Speaking of USA Track & Field, here's a great post by one of the best Olympic writers, Phil Hersh, on the USATF Board of Directors' apparent ploy to oust current CEO Doug Logan.

In the Chicago Tribune, he writes, "USA Track & Field's volunteer board of directors is turning an annual review of its salaried CEO, Doug Logan, into a power play that could result in his being forced out after barely two years in the job, according to both media reports and Tribune sources."

In his blog, he further states that it's "Just another example of the old axiom that the only amateurs left in the Olympics are those running them."

To read the rest of his post, please click here.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Berry anchors Team USA to gold medal in 4 x 400 relay at World Juniors...

MONCTON, New Brunswick--Rainier Beach High School senior Michael Berry (left/photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport) anchored Team USA to a world leading junior time of 3:04.76 in claiming the gold medal in the final running event of the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships.

Given a lead of about eight meters entering the anchor leg by teammates Joshua Mance, Errol Nolan, and David Verburg, Berry stretched out the lead on the backstretch, and maintained the lead on the final 100 meters.

It was a start to finish win for the Americans who lined up their two best quarter milers in the two opening legs. Once individual finalist Mance had securely handed over in an unofficial split time 46.7 to bronze medallist Nolan (45.5) all that was left for Verburg and Berry, who is coached by former NFL running back Eric Metcalf, was to hold on for dear life.

paulmerca.blogspot.com had a very unofficial split of 45.8 for Berry based on the video shown online. An updated split from respected track & field writer Jim Dunaway, who was in the press tribune, had Berry in 45.9.

Complete results from the IAAF world junior championships can be accessed here.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Michael Berry runs fastest split for Team USA in 4 x 4 semis victory...

MONCTON, New Brunswick--As the final two days of the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships wind down, Rainier Beach High School senior Michael Berry (left/finish photo courtesy Seiko/IAAF) set Team USA up for a gold medal run Sunday with his scintillating anchor leg on the men's 4 x 400 meter relay Saturday afternoon.

Team USA turned in the fastest junior time in the world this year with a 3:05.84 clocking. Ohio high schooler Blake Heriot ran the lead leg in 47.3, and handed off to George Mason's David Verburg, who split 46.2. The third carry by Florida high schooler Joshua Edmonds was 46.6, and Berry anchored in 45.8.

Berry said, "We ran really well for the first time together. We just wanted to win and make the final, and I knew I had to hold the lead. They did all the dirty work, and I just brought it home."

Berry's leg should assure him of a spot on Team USA's foursome for Sunday's finals, which concludes the meet at 3:40 pm, Moncton time (11:40 am in Seattle).

The final day of competition at the IAAF World Junior Championships will be shown live on CBC Sports starting at 9:30 am pacific time. In Seattle, viewers can watch the meet on CBUT, channel 99 on Comcast, or channel 619 on Comcast HD (update: On the west coast, CBC is showing the world junior championships on a 3 hour delay)...

The IAAF's results home page can be accessed here.

NOTE: USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

Friday, July 23, 2010

UW frosh Joe Zimmerman earns fifth place finish at world juniors...

MONCTON, New Brunswick--With a personal-best, and UW freshman record throw of 244 feet and 10 inches (74.64m), Washington's Joe Zimmerman (left/photo by Paul Merca) took fifth place in the men's javelin at the IAAF World Junior Championships Friday in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Zimmerman, who finished fourth at the NCAA Championships this past spring, beat his previous personal best of 238-4 (72.65m), which he recorded at the U.S. Juniors this year.

German Till Wöschler earned the IAAF Junior title with a mark of 270-9 (82.52m), a meet record.

The Spokane native set his personal best in his fifth of six attempts. His 244-10 mark ranks No. 3 in Husky history, trailing only current teammate Kyle Nielsen (247-1/75.71m in 2010) and Darryl Roberson's school-record throw of 249-6 (76.05m), set back in 1986.

The IAAF's results home page can be accessed here.

Highlights of the IAAF world junior championships are being shown on CBUT, the Vancouver, BC affiliate station of the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC).

On Seattle area Comcast, CBUT is available on channel 99 and also on HD at channel 619.

Here's a link to CBC.ca's World Junior Track & Field home page, which has a daily list of air times for the meet.

NOTE: The University of Washington, and Parker Morse of the IAAF web team, contributed to this report.

WSU's Holly Parent doesn't advance to high jump finals in Moncton...

MONCTON, New Brunswick--Despite a clearance at 5-10 (1.78m), Washington State University rising sophomore Holly Parent (left/photo courtesy Athletics Canada) did not advance to the finals in the women's high jump Friday morning at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships

Parent, competing in her second world junior meet, finished ninth in group A, as the final qualifier for Sunday's finals also cleared 5-10.

However, the Canadian had a miss at 5-8 1/2 (1.74m), and at 5-10, which cost her an opportunity to advance to the finals. She missed all three attempts at 5-11 1/4 (1.81m), as six competitors from her flight advanced to Sunday's finals by clearing that height.

The IAAF's results home page can be accessed here.

University of Washington rising sophomore Joe Zimmerman from Spokane will compete in the finals of the men's javelin Friday night.

The lone athlete with Washington connections that hasn't competed is Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry, who is on Team USA's 4 x 400 relay pool. Team USA will be in the third semifinal on Saturday at 3:53 pm, Moncton time.

Highlights of the IAAF world junior championships are being shown on CBUT, the Vancouver, BC affiliate station of the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC).

On Seattle area Comcast, CBUT is available on channel 99 and also on HD at channel 619.

Here's a link to CBC.ca's World Junior Track & Field home page, which has a daily list of air times for the meet.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Kara Patterson earns second place finish in Monaco...

FONTVIELLE, Monaco--Vancouver's Kara Patterson (left/photo by Paul Merca) took second in the javelin at the Herculis Meeting Thursday night, behind the Czech Republic's Barbora Spotakova.

Spotakova, a former University of Minnesota standout, and the reigning Olympic champ and world record holder in the event, took only two throws, as she won with her second attempt, rifling the spear 215-9 (65.76m).

Patterson, the three-time USA national champion from Skyview HS and Purdue University, threw the javelin 211-7 (64.21m) on her fifth attempt, as she and Spotakova were the only ones to surpass the 60-meter mark during the competition.

Patterson, who entered the meet tied for second with South Africa's Sunette Viljoen in the Samsung Diamond League standings in the javelin, took sole possession of second, as Viljoen finished third.

Spotakova leads the event with 12 points. Patterson has 8, and Viljoen is one behind at 7.

In other events, former Husky Mart Israel of Estonia finished sixth in the men's discus, as he threw 213-3 (65.01m). Marysville-Pilchuck grad Jarred Rome was ninth with a toss of 203-1 (61.91m), as Israel's countryman Gerd Kanter won with a mark of 222-5 (67.81m).

Rainier Beach HS grad Ginnie Powell Crawford, who didn't finish her last race in Lausanne, placed fifth in the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 12.88, as Lolo Jones took the victory in 12.63.

In what turned out to be the fastest 1500 meter race of this season, Washington State University hall of famer Bernard Lagat finished seventh in a season best 3:32.51, as he was upstaged by 2008 US Olympic teammates Andrew Wheating (4th in 3:30.90), and Lopez Lomong (6th in 3:32.20), who ran personal bests in the race.

Kenya's Silas Kiplagat won the race with a world leading time of 3:29.27.

The Samsung Diamond League takes a two-week hiatus, as the European and African championships are contested next week. The circuit resumes on Friday August 6th with the DN Galan meet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Complete results from the Herculis Meeting can be accessed here.

WORLD JUNIORS RECAP--

In Moncton, New Brunswick, University Place resident and University of Kansas freshman Andrea Geubelle finished ninth in the triple jump.

Geubelle, a 2009 Curtis High School graduate, finished with a mark of 42-2 3/4 (12.87m), missing a chance to advance to the finals and an additional three jumps by four centimeters.

Geubelle, who will be a sophomore in the fall, also competed in the long jump qualifying World Junior Championships Thursday afternoon, but did not advance to the finals, jumping only 18-8 3/4 (5.71m).

Washington's Joe Zimmerman advanced to the finals of javelin with a throw of 230 feet (70.12 meters).

Zimmerman, who finished fourth at the NCAA Championships in the javelin last spring to earn All-America honors as a freshman and then went on to win the U.S. junior title, posted his qualifying throw in his first attempt. His distance of 70.12 meters was the seventh-best of the day among the 33 competitors.

The other American, Tahoma HS grad and Seatown Express member Derek Eager, threw 198-4 (60.47m), and did not advance to the finals.

Zimmerman, from Spokane, Wash., will compete along with 11 other finalists Friday evening. He is the lone American remaining in the competition. Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais posted the top mark in qualifying with a throw of 255-9 (77.97 meters).

Washington State freshman Holly Parent, the reigning Canadian junior champ, will compete for the host nation in the high jump qualifying Friday morning starting at 10 am, local time (6 am pacific time).

Results from the IAAF World Junior Championships can be accessed here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Kendra Schaaf transfers to North Carolina...

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--University of North Carolina track and field coach Dennis Craddock will welcome 30 newcomers, including 19 men and 11 women, to the Tar Heel program in 2010-11.

Fourteen of the newcomers are middle distance and distance runners, including Kendra Schaaf, a transfer from the University of Washington who was the 2008 and 2009 Pac-10 Cross Country Athlete of the Year and finished second at the 2009 NCAA Championship.

Schaaf, a native of Craven, Saskatchewan, led the Huskies to the NCAA cross country championship in 2008 and a third-place finish at the 2009 meet. In December 2009, she won the Canadian National Cross Country Championship, competing for the first time in the senior division.

"I don't think there is a doubt in my mind that this is the most talented men's class we've recruited at North Carolina," says Craddock, who will begin his 26th season at the helm of the UNC track and field program. "It's a strong women's class, as well, but it's not as large a class as the men. Our assistant coaches, Peter Watson (who is the UNC distance coach) and Antonio Pettigrew, did a phenomenal job of scouting and recruiting this class. We made a commitment to our middle distance and distance programs in this class and see that as a priority as we move our program forward."

To read the full release from UNC, please click here.

NOTE: The sports information office of the University of North Carolina contributed to this report.

Andrea Geubelle qualifies for triple jump finals at world juniors...

MONCTON, New Brunswick--Curtis High School graduate and current University of Kansas freshman Andrea Geubelle (left/photo courtesy University of Kansas) qualified for the finals in the women's triple jump Wednesday morning as competition continued at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships.

Geubelle jumped 42-8 3/4 (13.02m) on her first of three attempts in the competition, according to the USA Track & Field news release.

The University Place resident and reigning USA junior triple jump champ will have a busy day Thursday, with qualifying in the long jump in the morning, and finals in the triple jump in the evening.

University of Washington freshman Joe Zimmerman, the USA junior champ, and Tahoma HS senior Derek Eager, will compete in the qualifying round of the javelin Thursday at noon, Moncton time.

The IAAF World Junior Championships home page can be accessed here
(note the IAAF has had some technical issues posting results to their site, so results can be accessed via the Moncton LOC site here).

AROUND THE CIRCUIT

Bernard Lagat (m1500), Jarred Rome and Mart Israel (mDT), Ginnie Powell Crawford (100mH), and Kara Patterson (wJT) are entered in Thursday's stop of the Samsung Diamond League Circuit, the Herculis International Meeting in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Patterson, the three-time USA national champion and American record holder from Vancouver, is currently tied for second with South Africa's Sunette Viljoen in the race for the diamond in the javelin, behind reigning Olympic champion and world record holder Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic.

Crawford, who pulled up at the first hurdle in her last Samsung Diamond League race in Lausanne, is currently tied for fourth with Germany's Carolin Nytra.

The start list for the Herculis International Meeting can be viewed here,
while the Samsung Diamond League standings can be accessed here.

The meet will be streamed live via UniversalSports.com, and shown on a same-day delay basis on Universal Sports (channel 115 on Seattle Comcast).

In what may be a bit of disturbing news comes this report that USATF CEO Doug Logan's job may be in jeopardy.

Logan met with USATF president Stephanie Hightower and Jeff Darman of the board of directors last week in Columbus, Ohio, where he was told to show improvement by next month or face dismissal.

Wnen asked if he thought his job was, in fact, in jeopardy, Logan said: "I've always stated as a proposition that you're only as good as your last day's performance."

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

WSU's Shawna Fermin seventh in opening round of 400m at World Juniors...

MONCTON, New Brunswick--Washington State University freshman Shawna Fermin (left/photo courtesy Washington State University), representing Trinidad & Tobago, finished seventh in her opening round heat of the 400 meters Tuesday morning at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships in the Canadian Atlantic city.

Fermin, running on the outside in lane 8, stopped the watch in 55.50.

According to Parker Morse of the IAAF web site, Fermin was caught by the field on the backstretch.

Fermin set her personal best of 54.41 last month at the national junior championships of Trinidad & Tobago in qualifying for the world junior championships.

Results from all events at the IAAF World Junior Championships can be accessed through the championships home page.

NOTE: Parker Morse of the IAAF web team contributed to this report.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Vancouver's CBUT to show daily highlights of IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships...

Seattle area viewers can watch the IAAF World Junior Championships from Moncton, New Brunswick on CBUT, the Vancouver, BC affiliate station of the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC).

On Seattle area Comcast, CBUT is available on channel 99 and also on HD at channel 619.

Readers who live close to the USA/Canada border can pick up CBC over the air. Additionally, CBC is streaming video from the meet on their web site; however, due to restrictions imposed by the IAAF, streaming video is only available in Canada.

Here's a link to CBC.ca's World Junior Track & Field home page, which has a daily list of air times for the meet.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bernard Lagat repeats as 1500m champion at Tangier

TANGIER, Morocco--Reigning world indoor 3000 meter champion and Washington State University hall of famer Bernard Lagat (center/photo courtesy Meeting International Tangier) won his second straight 1500 meter title at the Meeting International Tangier on Sunday.

In the meet hosted by friend and current world record holder in the 1500, Hicham El Guerrouj, Lagat hung on to win the race in a time of 3:36.89.

In the women's discus, Federal Way's Aretha Thurmond finished second behind Cuba's Yarelis Barrios, the current Samsung Diamond League leader in the event.

Barrios threw 206-6 (62.95m) for the victory, while Thurmond, the three time US Olympian out of the University of Washington spun the platter 194-5 (59.26m).

Complete results from the Meeting International Tangier can be accessed here.


AROUND THE CIRCUIT--

At the Lignano Athletics Meeting Sunday in Lignano, Italy, former University of Washington sprinter Jordan Boase finished third in the 400 meters, running 46.80.

Results from that meet, which involved a number of Americans, can be accessed here.


The IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships begin Monday in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Among athletes with Washington connections competing are both members of the USA men's javelin squad--University of Washington freshman Joe Zimmerman, and Tahoma HS star Derek Eager; Rainier Beach HS graduate Michael Berry on the USA 4 x 400m relay pool; former Curtis HS standout and current University of Kansas athlete Andrea Geubelle in the women's long and triple jumps; Canadian junior national high jump champ Holly Parent from Washington State University; and Washington State freshman Shawna Fermin in the 400 meter dash, representing Trinidad and Tobago.

The home page of the IAAF world junior championships can be accessed here.


COMPETITION SCHEDULE AT WORLD JUNIORS (all times listed are Moncton local time, which is 4 hours ahead of Seattle)

Zimmerman & Eager Noon 7/22; 8:20pm 7/23
Berry 3:35 pm 7/24; 3:40 pm 7/25
Geubelle 10:10 am 7/21; 8 pm 7/22 (triple jump); 11:15a 7/22; 8 pm 7/23 (long jump)
Parent 10:00 am 7/23; 1:30 pm 7/25
Fermin 11:35a 7/20; 8:50p 7/22

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Lagat & Thurmond to compete in Morocco Sunday...

TANGIER, Morocco--Washington State University hall of famer Bernard Lagat (left, with Hicham El Guerrouj/photo courtesy Meeting International Tangier) and US Olympic teammate and University of Washington grad Aretha Thurmond are scheduled to compete in the Meeting International Tangier Sunday.

Lagat, who is one of the premier athletes promoted for the meet hosted by close friend and former rival Hicham El Guerrouj, is entered in the 1500 meter run, where he will face a field that includes Olympic teammate Andrew Wheating, and AJ Acosta of the University of Oregon; former Nebraska standout Peter Van der Westhuizen of South Africa; NCAA indoor mile champ from New Mexico Lee Emanuel of Great Britain; and Abdelaati Iguider of Morocco, the silver medalist in the 1500m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha in March.

Thurmond, who competed Friday at the Meeting Areva in Paris, will face Samsung Diamond League discus leader Yarelis Barrios of Cuba, along with American Gia Lewis, and Poland's Joana Wisniewska.

Start lists for the Meeting International Tangier can be accessed here.

Christian Belz wins 5000m at Swiss national championships...

LUGANO, Switzerland--In preparation for the European Championships in Barcelona, Spain at the end of this month, former University of Washington standout Christian Belz (left/photo by Sean Hartnett) won the national title over 5000 meters as the Swiss championships concluded Saturday.

Belz, who was a two-time Olympian for his country, and had battled a series of injuries over the last several seasons, easily took the national title in the 5000, running a modest 14:01.85.

Belz will represent Switzerland in the European championships in the 10000 meters, thanks to his mark of 28:56.05 in May at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford University.

Another former Husky, Martin Bingisser, finished fifth in the shot put Saturday after winning the national title in the hammer throw. Bingisser threw 47-8.5 (14.54m).

Complete results from the Swiss national championships can be accessed here.

Martin Bingisser wins Swiss national title in hammer...

LOCARNO, Switzerland--Former University of Washington All-American Martin Bingisser (left/photo courtesy mbingisser.com) won the men's hammer throw competition in the Swiss national championships Saturday.

Bingisser, who has dual US/Swiss citizen status, took command of the competition early with his first round throw of 207-7 (63.27m), and extended it with a toss of 212-8 (64.82m) in round 2.

After three consecutive fouls, Bingisser, who attended high school at Bellevue's Interlake HS, spun the ball and chain over the 66-meter mark, with his final round throw of 216-7 (66.03m).

Before the competition, Martin blogged about the Swiss national championships, which you can read here.

Bingisser will compete later in the shot put in Lugano (the hammer was contested off site in Locarno), where he is seeded fifth. Another former Husky, Christian Belz, is scheduled to compete in the men's 5000 meter run. Belz has already been selected for the Swiss team for the European championships at the end of the month in Barcelona, Spain, while Bingisser has not.

Results from the hammer competition can be accessed here.


UPDATE: Courtesy of mbingisser.com, here's YouTube video of two of his throws at the Swiss Championships:

Friday, July 16, 2010

Måkestad sets yet another personal best in 1500...

PARIS, France--Norway's Ingvill Måkestad (left/photo courtesy runingvill.wordpress.com), who attended the University of Washington during the 2003-04 school year, inched closer to the Norwegian national record in the 1500 meters during Friday night's Meeting Areva at the Stade de France.

In this stop of the Samsung Diamond League series of premier track meets, Måkestad set a personal best of 4:04.22 in finishing tenth in the deepest field of the outdoor season, as Russia's Anna Alminova, who won her national championship on Thursday in 4:00.84, ran a world leading time of 3:57.65, leading three others under the magical 4 minute barrier.

The Norwegian national record is 4:00.55 set by the legendary Grete Waitz in 1978.

On the field, Federal Way's Aretha Thurmond finished seventh in the discus, as the three-time US Olympian threw 199-7 (60.83m).

In an event in which all the leading contenders for the Samsung Diamond League title in the event were present, Cuba's Yarelis Barrios, the current leader in the event, won with a meet record toss of 215-0 (65.53m).

The next stop on the Samsung Diamond League tour is the Herculis Monaco meeting on July 22nd in Monte Carlo.

Complete results from the Meeting Areva can be accessed here.

Monday, July 12, 2010

University of Colorado is Jessica Pixler's next destination...

After winning 12 NCAA Division II championships during her four years at Seattle Pacific and graduating on June 13, Jessica Pixler (left/photo by Randy Miyazaki, trackandfieldphoto.com), one of the most decorated track and field athletes in Falcon history, will take her NCAA post-graduate scholarship to the University of Colorado and run one season of outdoor track for the Buffs, passing up an opportunity to run professionally at least until after the 2011 collegiate season.

Pixler has that single year of outdoor eligibility remaining because she missed the 2008 outdoor season at SPU, and the Olympic Trials, with stress fractures in her back.

“At the time (of her injury in 2008), it was hard to see the reason for why it happened,” Pixler said. “But now, everything has worked out in a way that I didn’t expect.”

Pixler, who earned her degree in English at SPU with a 3.93 grade-point average, will pursue her masters in curriculum and instruction for grades K-12.

“She’ll have good teammates to train with on a regular basis, and the races she runs here will be pretty good races,” Colorado head coach Mark Wetmore said. “Day to day, her competitive level will grow.”

Added Pixler, “I really got a sense that the coaches want to invest a lot of time to help me achieve my goal. That really means a lot to me, because that’s (also) what I experienced at SPU.”

Although Pixler currently is a resident of Sammamish, east of Seattle, she was born in Englewood, Colo., about 30 miles southeast of the Colorado campus in Boulder. She moved here with her family at age 7. Her parents both ran track for the Buffs (dad Jeff was an 800-meter man; mom Nancy specialized in the 1,500).

In a conversation paulmerca.blogspot.com had with longtime SPU coach Doris Heritage at the Nike Prefontaine Classic, Heritage emphasized the family tradition that Pixler had with the Boulder school.

“I was kind of looking at a couple other schools, But I think the big thing for me was I really have a family tradition there,” Pixler said of choosing Colorado. “Most of my aunts and uncles went there. I took my visit there and it went really well. I really liked the coaches and the team.”

Pixler raced in Boulder at the 2007 USA Junior Cross Country Championships, finishing tenth, just ahead of future Husky Mel Lawrence.

NOTE: The sports information office at Seattle Pacific University contributed to this report.

Aretha Thurmond and Ingvill Måkestad on start list for Paris stop on Samsung Diamond League tour...

PARIS, France--The start list for Friday's stop on the Samsung Diamond League series of elite track & field meets was issued Monday, and former Huskies Aretha Thurmond and Ingvill Måkestad are scheduled to compete in the Meeting Areva at the Stade de France.

Thurmond, a three-time US Olympian, is scheduled to throw the discus in a field that includes reigning Olympic champion Stephanie Brown Trafton from the USA, current USA champion Becky Breisch, last year's world champion Dani Samuels from Australia, and Yarelis Barrios of Cuba, who leads the standings in the race for the diamonds in the discus with 8 points, thanks to wins in Doha and last week in Gateshead.

Thurmond currently is in a tie for fourth with Samuels with three points, finishing third in Oslo, and second in New York (top three finishers in each of the Diamond League meets score 4-2-1; a complete explanation of the scoring system of the Diamond League can be accessed here).

Thurmond recently posted on her blog, arethathrows.com about life on the circuit, including a low key meet she and Becky Breisch competed in on July 11th in Brasschatt, Belgium. Throwing in a circle that wasn't the best for optimal competition, Thurmond finished second with a toss of 192-8/58.72m, behind Breisch's 198-0/60.35m.

Results from the meet in Brasschatt can be accessed here.


Måkestad, who ran in Diamond League meets in Doha (6th in PR 4:06.08), and Lausanne (10th in 4:07.41), is tuning up for the European Championships in Barcelona at the end of July.

She will face a field that includes Olympic champion and Diamond League leader (9 points) Nancy Langat of Kenya; Gelete Burka of Ethiopia, who stands second in the Diamond League 1500 standings with 7 points; and American Olympians Anna Pierce, Shannon Rowbury, and Christin Wurth-Thomas.

UniversalSports.com will stream the meet live, and Universal Sports (channel 115 on Seattle area Comcast) will provide same-day coverage.

The start list for the Meeting Areva can be accessed here
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Sunday, July 11, 2010

WSU's Jeshua Anderson wins 400 hurdles at NACAC U-23 Championships...

MIRAMAR, Florida -- Washington State University's Jeshua Anderson (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the gold medal in the intermediate hurdles Sunday at the NACAC (North American, Central American, Caribbean) Under-23 Championships at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla.

Anderson won the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 49.33 seconds after having the fastest semifinals time of 48.85 Saturday. In the Sunday final, Anderson finished well ahead of the runner-up, Winder Cuevas from the Dominican Republic, who ran a time of 50.13, and Reggie White, USA/USC, who finished third in a time of 50.15.

Anna Layman finished third in the women's 800m run with a time of 2-minutes, 5.39 seconds. Canadian Jessica Smith won the race in a time of 2:04.96 with Christina Rodgers of the USA in second place in a time of 2:05.00.

Marissa Tschida finished as the top USA javelin thrower but third overall. Tschida tossed the spear 164-feet, 3 inches (50.07m) on her fifth of six throws. Canada's Elizabeth Gleadle won with a toss of 176-3 (53.72m), and Fresa Nunez from the Dominican Republic was second with a throw of 174-3 (53.11m).

Complete results from the NACAC Under-23 Championships can be found here...

In Heusden, Belgium on Saturday, University of Washington grad Katie Follett finished eleventh in the women's invitational 1500m run at the KBC Night of Athletics meet.

Follett ran 4:14.78, as Abebe Arigawi of Ethiopia won in a time of 4:01.96.

Complete results from the KBC Night of Athletics can be accessed here...

NOTE: The sports information office of Washington State University contributed to this report.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Patterson finishes second at Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead...

GATESHEAD, England--Vancouver's Kara Patterson (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished second in the javelin at the Aviva British Grand Prix meet Saturday, as South Africa's Sunnette Viljoen took the victory, and ended Patterson's undefeated streak this season.

Viljoen took command of the competition from the opening round, throwing her winning mark of 211-0 (64.32m) in the first frame.

Patterson opened with a mark of 185-3 (56.47m), then followed with two fouls, and made her best mark of 207-0 (63.11m) in the fourth and final frame to overtake Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic for second, as Spotakova finished with a best of 203-3 (62.02m).

In the current Samsung Diamond League javelin rankings, Spotakova remains the leader with 8 points, with Patterson and Viljoen tied for second with 6 points each.

Former Washington Husky Mart Israel finished fourth in the discus, as the Estonian threw 214-9 (65.46m). short of his season best of 217-6 (66.31m), set four days earlier in Viljandi, Estonia.

The Samsung Diamond League series of meets continues on July 16th with the Meeting Areva at the Stade de France outside of Paris.

Complete results from the Aviva British Grand Prix can be accessed here.


ANDERSON WINS SEMI-FINAL RACE AT NACAC U-23; DOCKENDORF TIES PR IN ALKI BEACH VAULT

In Miramar, Florida, Washington State's Jeshua Anderson ran the fastest time in the semifinal round of the 400 meter hurdles.

Anderson won his heat in a time of 48.85, and will be the favorite in Sunday's final.

Complete results from the NACAC U-23 meet can be accessed here.


In Seattle, former Husky Carly Dockendorf tied her personal best in winning the Alki Swashbuckler Beach Vault at Alki Beach, jumping 14-7.25 (4.45m).

Dockendorf and runner-up Mary Saxer were tied at 14-3 1/4 (4.35m), when both missed three times at 14-7.25. In a jumpoff to determine the winner, Dockendorf cleared 14-7.25, while Saxer missed.

Complete results from the Alki Swashbuckler Beach Vault are available here.

Quick Saturday notes...

Javelin thrower Kara Patterson (left/photo by Paul Merca) from Vancouver writes in her blog about the contrasts a year makes in traveling to Europe, and specifically to Gateshead, where she will compete in the Samsung Diamond League meet Saturday.

You can read it here....

Speaking of the Gateshead meet, former Husky Mart Israel is entered in the men's discus competition.

Start lists for the Aviva British Grand Prix, which is part of the Samsung Diamond League series of meets, are available here (click event name to see field)...

The meet will be streamed on UniversalSports.com starting at 9:30 am, and on TV on Universal Sports starting at 12:30 pm Saturday.

Finally, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer puts down a list of Seattle's top 20 athletes in his new blog, "The Brewery", and Seattle Pacific's Jessica Pixler made the list. His criteria: "The players had to participate for a Seattle team during the 2009-10 athletic season."

His list looks pretty accurate; IMHO, the only track athlete I might have made a case for is UW's Scott Roth, who won an NCAA indoor title in the pole vault.

UW's Katie Follett and Kendra Schaaf make his list as honorable mention.

You can read his post here...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Ryan Vu finishes third in pole vault at NACAC U-23 meet...

MIRAMAR, Florida--Recent University of Washington graduate Ryan Vu (left/photo courtesy University of Washington) finished third in the men's pole vault for Team Canada as day one of the NACAC Under-23 championships concluded at the Ansin Sports Complex.

Vu, who holds dual citizenship with the USA and Canada, and who won the Pacific-10 Conference title in this event last May for the Huskies, cleared 16-4 3/4 (5.00m), as Jordan Scott of the United States won with a jump of 18-2 3/4 (5.56m).

The meet continues Saturday, and concludes Sunday in South Florida, as a trio of Washington State University athletes--Jeshua Anderson (4oo hurdles & 4 x 400 relay pool), Anna Layman (800), and Marissa Tschida (javelin) will compete for Team USA.

Complete results from the NACAC Under-23 Championships are available here.

Western's Sarah Porter wins 10000 at NACAC Under-23 meet in Florida...

MIRAMAR, Florida--In early action at the NACAC Under-23 Championships, Western Washington's Sarah Porter (left/photo by Randy Miyazaki, trackandfieldphoto.com) won the women's 10000 Friday morning at the Ansin Sports Complex.

Porter, the runner-up at last fall's NCAA Division II cross country championships, and an All-American at this distance, won the race by a 44 second margin, crossing the line in 36:15.51 in her debut performance as a member of Team USA.

The University of Washington's Kyle Nielsen finished fourth in the men's javelin, as the Canadian threw 224-5 (67.55m). Mexico's Juan Mendez won with a toss of 229-5 (69.94m).

The Washington State University trio of Jeshua Anderson (400 hurdles), Anna Layman (800m) and Marissa Tschida (javelin) will compete Sunday for Team USA.

Complete results from the NACAC Under-23 Championships are available here
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Aretha Thurmond top Washington finisher in Lausanne...

LAUSANNE, Switzerland--Former Renton High School and University of Washington standout Aretha Thurmond (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished sixth in the discus at the Athletissima meeting in the Swiss city Thursday night, as the Samsung Diamond League series of premier track & field meets continued its summer long run.

Thurmond threw 199-4 (60.77m), as Cuba's Yarelis Barrios took the victory with a mark of 216-3 (65.92m). US national champ Becky Breisch was second at 211-8 (64.53m), while reigning world champ Dani Samuels of Australia was third at 203-7 (62.05m).

In the current Samsung Diamond League standings in the discus, Thurmond currently is tied for third with 3 points along with Samuels. Barrios leads the Diamond League series with 8 points.

Another former Husky, Jordan Boase, who was a late add to the field after Usain Bolt opted to run the 100 meters, finished seventh in the 200 meter dash in a season best time of 20.79, as Walter Dix won his third straight Samsung Diamond League meet in 19.86.

The third former Husky in the meet, Ingvill Måkestad, finished tenth in the women's 1500, as she ran 4:07.41. Ethiopia's Gelete Burka won the race in a world leading time of 3:59.28.

Rainier Beach High grad Ginnie Powell Crawford, sporting a bandaged right knee, pulled up before the first hurdle and did not finish. Canada's Priscilla Lopes-Schliep was the winner in 12.56.

The Samsung Diamond League series moves on to Gateshead, England Saturday for the Aviva British Grand Prix. Vancouver's Kara Patterson, the three-time US national champ is matched up against Olympic champ Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic. Patterson defeated the Olympic champion and reigning world record holder last week at the Nike Prefontaine Classic.

Complete results of the Athletissima meeting can be accessed here.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ingvill Måkestad, Jordan Boase, Aretha Thurmond & Ginnie Powell Crawford gear up for Lausanne Diamond League meet Thursday...

LAUSANNE, Switzerland--Former University of Washington standouts Ingvill Måkestad (left/photo courtesy runingvill.wordpress.com), Jordan Boase, and Aretha Thurmond are among some of the competitors from around the world that have converged upon the Swiss city to participate in Thursday's Athletissa meet, part of the Samsung Diamond League series of premium meets.

Måkestad, who ran in Samsung Diamond League meets in Doha and Oslo so far, is entered in the 1500 meters, where she'll face a field that includes Nancy Langat of Kenya, Gelete Burka of Ethiopia, and Maryam Jamal of Burundi.

Måkestad, who is preparing for the upcoming European Championships in Barcelona at the end of the month as a member of Team Norway, set her personal best of 4:06.08 in Doha.

Boase, who skipped the USA championships in Des Moines, will run in the 200 against Olympic medalist Walter Dix, who beat Tyson Gay in last Saturday's Prefontaine Classic, and veterans Shawn Crawford and Xavier Carter. Boase was added to the field late.

Thurmond, the three time US Olympian, will throw the discus against Olympic champ Stephanie Brown Trafton, world champ Dani Samuels of Australia, and Yarelis Barrios of Cuba.

Also entered in Lausanne is Rainier Beach HS alum Ginnie Powell Crawford in the 100 meter hurdles against old rivals Perdita Felicien and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Canada

The start lists for the meet are available here.


The Athletissa meeting will be shown online at universalsports.com live starting at 11 am, pacific time, and on a delayed basis on Universal Sports (channel 115 on Seattle area Comcast) starting at 5 pm.

NACAC UNDER-23 MEET IN FLORIDA THIS WEEKEND...

Washington State's Jeshua Anderson (400 hurdles/4 x 400 relay pool), Anna Layman (800m), and Marissa Tschida (javelin), along with Western Washington's Sarah Porter (10000m) were named by USA Track & Field to compete in the NACAC Under-23 championships beginning Friday in Miramar, Florida.

Additionally, Athletics Canada named the University of Washington's Kyle Nielsen to its squad, as he will throw the javelin.

The NACAC Athletic Association's U23 Championships are held every two years in one of the 32 member nations of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association, one of six regional athletics associations affiliated with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

UW NOTES ON JUSTINE JOHNSON & KATIE FOLLETT...

Husky freshman Justine Johnson competed in the Canadian Junior Track Championships, running the 1,500-meters in Moncton, New Brunswick. At the Juniors, she ran the second-best prelim time of 4:33.85, but just missed out on the World Junior team the following day by finishing fourth in the final at 4:35.23.

Recently graduated senior Katie Follett, now competing for Brooks, is in Belgium this month to run in a series of meets called the Flanders Cup. Follett ran in the Leon Buyle Memorial on July 3 and set a new lifetime-best at 800-meters, clocking 2:05.32 to place sixth overall.

NOTE: USA Track & Field, and the University of Washington sports information office contributed to this report.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Kara Patterson continues winning streak at Harry Jerome Track Classic...

BURNABY, British Columbia--It was an easy day's bit of work for Vancouver's Kara Patterson (left/photo by Paul Merca), as the new American record holder won the women's javelin competition at the Harry Jerome Track Classic in a new meet record mark of 202-0 (61.58m), breaking the old mark set by former American record holder Kim Kreiner.

After opening with a toss of 185-5 (56.53m), Patterson got her best mark in round two, then followed it up with a third round throw of 193-4 (58.94m), before shutting it down and calling it a day, passing on her three remaining tosses.

Patterson spoke to paulmerca.blogspot.com afterwards. Here is the video interview:



In other events involving Washington affiliated athletes, the University of Washington's Kyle Nielsen finished second with a throw of 239-7 (73.04m), behind US national champ Sean Furey, who threw 252-3 (76.89m) to overtake Nielsen on his last throw.

Nielsen will compete Friday in the men's javelin at the NACAC Under-23 championships in Miramar, Florida as part of Team Canada.

US junior champ from the University of Washington Joe Zimmerman finished sixth with a toss of 216-2 (66.32m), as he prepares for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada.

In the men's high jump, former Husky Norris Frederick failed to clear a height. He said he has been having problems with his left (plant leg) fibula since the US nationals in Des Moines.

In the women's pole vault, former Washington standout Carly Dockendorf finished fourth with a clearance of 13-9.25 (4.20m).

Complete results from the Harry Jerome Track Classic are available here.

Somewhat live from the Harry Jerome...

BURNABY, British Columbia--Just a quick note from the Harry Jerome Track Classic from here at Swangard Stadium just outside Vancouver.

We rolled in just in time to catch the end of the men's javelin, as Washington's Kyle Nielsen (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished second with a throw of 239-7 (73.04m), behind US national champ Sean Furey, who threw 252-3 (76.89m) to overtake Nielsen on his last throw.

US junior champ from the University of Washington Joe Zimmerman finished sixth with a toss of 216-2 (66.32m).

Men's high jump is about to start with ex-Husky Norris Frederick, as well as the women's pole vault with Carly Dockendorf.

The big event is the women's javelin featuring Kara Patterson, the three-time US national champ and new American record holder from Vancouver.

7:40 PM--Just talked to Norris Frederick, who no-heighted in the high jump. Turns out that he's got a bit of a problem with his left fibula, which was giving him problems in Des Moines at nationals.

They just introduced the athletes in the women's pole vault, including ex-Husky Carly Dockendorf.

BTW, this meet is being streamed live on media partner flotrack.org.

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.


HOLLY PARENT WINS CANADIAN JUNIOR HIGH JUMP TITLE, PLUS LINKS...

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.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Kara Patterson throws second furthest US javelin mark at Nike Prefontaine Classic...

EUGENE, Oregon--Vancouver native Kara Patterson (left/photo by Paul Merca) continued her hot streak in the javelin, as the three-time US national champion responded with a sixth round throw of 216-2 (65.90m) to overtake Slovenia's Martina Ratej and win the Prefontaine Classic javelin throw in a new meet record.

Heading into round 5, Patterson found herself mired in third place, but moved to second with her mark of 200-11 (61.24m), as Ratej moved to the lead with her toss of 211-3 (64.40m).

In the final round, Patterson responded with the winning toss, but Ratej's response was short, only throwing 202-9 (61.80m).

Courtesy of preclassic.com, here is her winning throw:



Olympic champ Barbora Spotakova finished third with a mark of 200-6 (61.12m).

Elsewhere on the field, Marysville-Pilchuck grad Jarred Rome finished seventh with a throw of 204-11 (62.46m) in the discus, while WSU grad Ian Waltz finished eighth with a mark of 199-2 (60.70m).

In the climactic Bowerman Mile, world indoor 3000m champ Bernard Lagat finished a well-beaten ninth in a season best of 3:54.36, as the WSU grad was never in contention.

In the men's 1000 meter run, University of Washington grad and 2009 world championships team member Ryan Brown was eighth in 2:21.21.

Patterson will throw on Monday night at the Harry Jerome Track Classic in Burnaby, BC.

For complete results from the Nike Prefontaine Classic, please click here.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Kentwood finishes eighth at Nike Track Nationals...

EUGENE, Oregon--As a precursor to Saturday's Nike Prefontaine Classic, twelve of the top boys' and girls' high school teams from around the country gathered at Hayward Field to determine who is America's top high school squad, including Washington's lone representative, Kentwood High School, which had a girls team invited to compete.

Using a scoring system similar to the decathlon, the Kentwood girls' squad finished eighth, scoring 7053.16 points.

Coach Steve Roche's squad from Covington, which this spring won the Tacoma, Pasco, and Lake Washington Invitationals, were led by thrower Alyx Toeaina, who placed third in both the shot put (38-5/11.71m) and discus (124-2/37.84m).

Long jumper Holly DeHart (left/photo by Paul Merca), the state 4A champ at 200 meters, finished fourth with a mark of 17-1.25/5.21m. DeHart was eighth in the 100 in a time of 12.40, off her personal best of 12.25.

High jumper Carly Horn finished fifth with a leap of 4-11.75/1.52m.

Chandler (AZ) won the girl's team title, scoring 7721.65 points. In the men's competition,

Vista Murietta (CA) won the boy's team title with a score of 7797.18 points.

Complete results of the meet are available at niketracknationals.com

Earlier in the day, WSU hall of famer Bernard Lagat, who is running in the Bowerman Mile race, met the media at the Prefontaine Classic press conference. Here are excerpts, courtesy of USA Track & Field:

Q: Everyone knows about the success you've had with the Wanamaker Mile and that you've been successful with the Bowerman Mile at the Pre Classic. What would it mean for you to win it again on Saturday?

A: It would mean a lot to me. It's been a long time since I've won the Bowerman Mile and I want it so bad. My coach told me to go in there and put your mind and everything in it and don't go into it halfway and just do the work and run strong towards the end and make sure you win it because this is important. If I lose tomorrow my son is going to be not too happy. He's here with me and he gets upset when daddy loses races. I lost in New York and he could not believe that I lost, and when I broke the American record in the 5,000 I finished third and he wasn't too happy, so there's more motivation for me to run and win for my son as well.

Q: Would another motivation come from knowing that you're facing a terrific field in this race?

A: Absolutely. The biggest motivation is that I am running against the best in the world. Everybody's here and for me to win I'll have to work very, very hard for it. It's not going to be easy and it won't be given to me. I've been training well and I'm rested, I'm ready mentally and physically.

Q: Does it mean more to you to win these famous races when the competition is more challenging?

A: If you think about the Wanamaker for example, I was going against the Olympic champion and it was not easy. I had to run hard, I ran a smart race and I won it, so that is a legitimate race that I won and tomorrow is going to be another one.

Q: Do you think anyone is going to take it out early and try to take your great kick away from you?

A: I think so. About 1,200 meters into the race I am sure somebody is going to try to go.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Magdalena Lewy Boulet offers some advice to post-collegiate athletes, plus links...

2008 US Olympic marathon team member Magdalena Lewy Boulet (left/photo by Paul Merca) recently wrote a must-read piece, geared towards new post collegiate track & field athletes contemplating competing as the next move after leaving school.

She writes, "Many runners graduating from college have enough ability to become great runners given the ingredients for success, but so many of our post college runners do not pursue Post College running. Why is that? Is the real issue overcoming the fear of failure? Or is it the fear of the unknown? Many ask themselves, "What if I train full time and do not run any faster?"

She goes on to write, "More years ago than I care to mention, I asked myself the same questions. And like all those entering the real world this month, I decided it was worthwhile to discover the answer. I worked two jobs, went back to grad school, and eventually found that my competitive strength was in the Marathon."

To read the full article, please click here...


Recent University of Washington grad Katie Follett reflects on her years at Montlake in this Flotrack video. Follett, who did not make the finals of the 1500 meters at the USA Championships last week, talks about her disappointing performance at the NCAA championships, and looks to the future.

Follett will stay in Seattle to be guided by UW coach Greg Metcalf, and will have some financial backing to continue competing at the professional level, thanks to a contract that she signed with Bothell-based Brooks Sports.

You can watch the video here:

Track and Field Videos on Flotrack



One set of results we missed from last week was University of Washington freshman James Alaka competing in the Aviva European Trials and UK Championships in Birmingham, England.

Alaka, a NCAA qualifier at 100 and 200 meters for the Dawgs, got second in his first round heat of the 100, running 10.48. In the semis, he was fourth in 10.62.

In the 200, he was third in his semi-final in 21.39, missing a place in the finals by 1/100th of a second.

Results of the Aviva European Trials and UK Championships can be accessed here.

Finally, the Canadian junior championships are being held Friday through Sunday in Moncton, the site of the IAAF World Junior Championships later this month. Washington State freshman Holly Parent from Victoria is among the favorites to make the Canadian junior team and compete in the world championships.

The start list for the Canadian junior nationals are available here...


Kara Patterson named USA Track & Field athlete of the week after American record performance...

INDIANAPOLIS--Kara Patterson, a graduate of Vancouver's Skyview High School, and a 2008 Olympian, has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting an American record in the women's javelin on June 25th at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Patterson, who resides at the US Olympic training center in Chula Vista, California, won her third consecutive U.S. women's javelin throw title with her final attempt that soared to 66.67m/218-8, which bettered the previous AR of 64.19/210-7 set by Kim Kreiner in 2007.

Earlier in the competition, Patterson twice hurled the spear to the third-farthest distance in U.S. history, beginning with her third-round throw of 62.61m/205-5, followed by her toss in the fifth-round of 62.80m/206-0. Patterson's impressive performance makes her the 13th best performer all-time.

Patterson is entered in Saturday's Nike Prefontaine Classic at Eugene's Hayward Field, where she will face Olympic champion Barbora Spotaktova of the Czech Republic, the current world record holder in the event, as well as the reigning Olympic champ from Beijing. Patterson is also entered in the Harry Jerome Track Classic on Monday July 5th in Burnaby, BC.

Patterson's certainly benefited from setting the American record, as she posted on her Twitter account that she's been invited to compete in the Diamond League meet in Monte Carlo on July 22nd. She went nearly a month between the Tuscon Elite meet in May and the USA championships without a competition, due to visa problems required to enter Brazil, and being rejected by European meet promoters.

NOTE: USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

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