Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cougars' J Hopkins wins university/open section of 400 hurdles at Mt SAC...

WALNUT, California--Washington State's J Hopkins from Everett, along with the men's 4x400m relay team scored wins during the collegiate/open competition Friday at the 53rd annual Mt. SAC Relays at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut.

J Hopkins and Dana Wells finished one-two in the men's 400m hurdles with Hopkins winning in a time of 51.46 seconds, and Wells was the runner-up in a lifetime-best time of 51.67.

The Cougar men's 4x400m relay won in a season-best time of 3 minutes, 7.87 seconds. Seeing action for the first time in the outdoor season was lead leg Greg Hornsby, followed by Jeshua Anderson, Brandon Dawson and Jacob Sealby.

Courtesy of media partner, here is video of the Cougars' victory:

In the invitational men's javelin, the University of Washington's Kyle Nielsen finished fifth overall, with a toss of 234-6 (71.49m). Teammate Joe Zimmerman finished tenth overall and eighth in his flight with a mark of 221-10 (67.61m).

In the women's javelin, new school record-holder Amanda Peterson had a solid follow-up to her incredible debut last week. The transfer from Eastern Washington threw 165-4 (50.40m) on her fourth attempt to win her flight and place fifth overall as the top collegian.

In the much anticipated invitational women's 5000 meter run, American record holder Molly Huddle won in a world-leading time of 15:10.63, defeating American steeplechase record holder Jenny Simpson, who ran 15:11.49.

Washington alum Katie Follett finished twelfth in a time of 15:37.84.

Courtesy media partner, here is video of that race:

Originally, Sammamish native Jessica Pixler, who had the best time in the country this season going into the meet, was entered, but was not on the line at the start of the race.

In the Olympic Development Elite section of the women's 5000, Western Washington senior Sarah Porter was fourth overall, in a school record and NCAA D2 auto qualifying time of 15:57.02.

Here is a link to the University of Washington's recap of the meet, and a link to Washington State's meet summary from the Mt. SAC Relays.

Western Washington's recap is available here.

The meet concludes Saturday with a full slate of events.

Live results from the Mt. SAC Relays are available here.

NOTE: The University of Washington, Washington State University, and Western Washington University contributed to this report.

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