Monday, February 21, 2011

Chelsea Orr gets Student-Athlete Award; Måkestad back on track in Stockholm...

SEATTLE--University of Washington freshman Chelsea Orr (left/photo courtesy USA Track & Field), fresh off her victory at Saturday's NACAC Cross Country Championship race in Port of Spain, Trinidad, was named by as its student-athlete of the week.

The Sammamish native earned the individual gold medal in the junior women's 4k race, clocking 13:54, to defeat Canada's Fiona Benson by six seconds. Orr also led Team USA to a team silver medal.

Other nominees include: Jacob Lamb (baseball), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (men's basketball), Conlin McCabe (men's crew), Trevor Simbsy (men's golf), Martin Kildahl (men's tennis), Kristi Kingma (women's basketball), Anya Alvarez (women's golf), Ruby Engreitz (gymnastics), Kaitlin Inglesby (softball), Denise Dy (women's tennis).

Meanwhile, former Husky Ingvill Måkestad is entered in Tuesday's 1500 meter run at the XL Galan meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

Måkestad, who lowered her Norwegian national record Saturday in Birmingham, England to 4:09.17, will face a field that includes Hannah England and Helen Clitheroe of Great Britain, Morgan Uceny of the USA, Irene Jelegat of Kenya, and Ethiopia's Abeba Aregawi, who won Saturday's Birmingham meet in a world leading time of 4:03.28.

They'll have to contend with Kalkedan Gezahegn of Ethiopia, the reigning world indoor champion from last year.

Other events of significance include a matchup in the triple jump between Swede Christian Olsson and Briton Phillips Idowu, with Olympic champ Nelson Evora of Portugal thrown in; new world junior pole vault record holder Angelica Bengtsson of Sweden against veterans Fabiana Murer of Brazil and Svetlana Feofanova of Russia; and what's being hyped as a world record attempt in the women's 3000 by Meseret Defar of Ethiopia.

Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan of the Oregon TC Elite/Portland is also listed in the field in the women's 3000.

Former Oregon Duck Matt Scherer is entered in the B section of the men's 800, and former Washington State University standout Ebba Jungmark is entered in the women's high jump.

The IAAF preview of the XL Galan meet is available here; the start lists are available here.

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