Sunday, May 1, 2011

Former Husky Katie Follett wins 1500 at Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational

PALO ALTO, California--University of Washington graduate Katie Follett (left/photo courtesy Brooks Sports) won a very competitive 1500 meter race in the fast section of the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on the campus of Stanford University.

Follett, who represents Bothell based Brooks Sports, took the measure of former Stanford standout and Canadian Olympian Malindi Elmore, winning the race in a personal best of 4:08.95, to notch the biggest win of her career.

Elmore finished second in 4:09.71, with 2008 US Olympian Alice Schmidt third in 4:09.85.

Follett's time is .05 short of the IAAF B standard for the London Olympics, and almost three seconds short of the A standard of 4:06.00.

Courtesy of media partner Flotrack, here is the video of Follett's victory:

In other events, Sequim's Stephanie Marcy of Stanford won section 2 of the women's 5000 in 16:05.35, with former Seattle Pacific All-American Jane Larson eighth in 16:21.06.

In the women's javelin, Western Washington's Monika Gruszecki finished fourth with a mark of 142-5 (43.40m).

Western's NCAA D2 pole vault champ Ryan Brown no-heighted at his opening height of 16-8.75, a mark good enough to get the win had he cleared..

In section 3 of the men's 5000, All-American Jordan Welling was 15th in 14:34.30.

In section 2 of the men's 5000, former Gig Harbor HS standout Miles Unterreiner of Stanford finished 11th in 13:46.71.

The men's and women's invitational 10000 meter runs were underway at the time of posting. Western Washington's Sarah Porter is entered in section 2 of the women's 10000, scheduled for approximately 10:40 pm, pacific time.

Results from the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational are available here.

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