Friday, April 15, 2011

UW's Justine Johnson fourth overall in University/Open women's 1500 at Mt. SAC...

WALNUT, California--The University of Washington's Justine Johnson (far left/file photo by Paul Merca) finished fourth overall in the women's University/Open 1500 meter run Friday morning at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Running in section 8, Johnson ran 4:22.57 and finished fourth, as the top three overall finishers--Caroline Jepleting of Texas Tech, Rebecca Tracy of Notre Dame, and Mason Cathey of Saucony Hurricanes--all finished ahead of her.

Former Seattle Pacific standout Jane Larson finished tenth in Johnson's section, running 4:26.96.

In other sections of the women's University/Open 1500, Washington State's Caroline Austin was second in section 2 in 4:32.81.

In section 1 of the 10-section University/Open men's 1500, Washington's Joey Bywater was seventh in 3:46.14, and twelfth overall.

Washington State's Matt Cronrath won section 2 in 3:46.69, with teammate Todd Wakefield third in 3:47.61. Joe Abbott of WSU was seventh in that heat in 3:48.55.

In section 4, former Washington prep standout Nectaly Barbosa was fourth in 3:47.25, just ahead of UW's Ryan Soberanis in 3;47.69.

Section 6 saw the Cougars' David Hickerson finish second in 3:49.70.

The Mt SAC Relays continues throughout the day, ending close to 11 pm, pacific time.

One of the feature races of Friday night's session at the Mt. SAC Relays is the showdown in the women's 5000 between Seattle Pacific grad and University of Colorado grad student Jessica Pixler and Oregon's Jordan Hasay, in a star-studded field that includes American record holder Molly Huddle.

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

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