Friday, March 4, 2011

Måkestad gets fifth in qualifying at European Indoors & doesn't advance, plus notes...

PARIS, France--Norway's Ingvill Måkestad finished fifth in the first of three qualifying heats of the women's 1500 meter run at the European indoor championships Friday, and did not advance to Saturday's final.

The former Husky finished in 4:12.13, with the top two finishers--Yelena Arzhakova of Russia, and Poland's Sylwia Ejdys advancing automatically, running 4:10.29, and 4:11.04, respectively.

All of the qualifiers that didn't place first or second in the three heats came out of the third and final heat.

Afterwards, a disappointed Måkestad posted on her Twitter page, "Hate this feeling:( didn't qualify for the final... But this is where I am as of right now"

The European Indoor Championships continue until Sunday in Paris. Results from the women's 1500 qualifying rounds are available here.

In Fayetteville, Arkansas, former Tacoma prep standout Andrea Geubelle won the women's long jump at the Arkansas Final Qualifier meet Friday with a season best jump of 20-3.5 (6.18m).

Geubelle, who competes for the University of Kansas, and was a member of last year's world junior championships squad, is among the country's top triple jumpers going into the final weekend of qualifying for next week's NCAA indoor championships in College Station, Texas, with an indoor best of 42-8.25 (13.01m), ranked #12 in NCAA Division I.

The Washington State track and field men's 4x400m relay team of Greg Hornsby, Brandon Dawson, Jacob Sealby and Jeshua Anderson and women's 800m runner Anna Layman will travel to Ames, Iowa, for the March 5 NCAA Qualifier Meet, where they hope to replicate their feat two years ago, where they qualified for the NCAA indoor meet at Iowa State University's 300m track facility.

The Cougars are currently ranked #40 after running a season best of 3:10.80 at last week's MPSF meet, but need to hit the automatic qualifying mark of 3:06.50 or hope they are one of the top teams.

Layman has a season best of 2:08.70, also set last week at the MPSF meet. The auto qualifying time is 2:05.00.

Washington State's release can be read here.

Finally, Seattle Pacific and Western Washington will open their outdoor season Saturday at the UPS Outdoor Preview in Tacoma on the campus of the University of Puget Sound, along with Lewis & Clark College.

SPU's release can be read here.

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