Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jordan Boase runs to a season best in finishing third in Ostrava...

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic--Former University of Washington standout Jordan Boase (far left/photo courtesy IAAF) finished third in the 400 meter dash in the 50th anniversary of the Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting.

Boase, who now trains out of the Nike world campus in Beaverton, finished behind Jamaica's Jermaine Gonzales (45.07) and Chris Brown of the Bahamas (45.17), as the Bothell HS grad ran a season best of 45.34, eclipsing his previous 2011 best of 45.65, set in Dakar on Saturday.

The meet's headliner, Jamaica's Usain Bolt, sped to his second 9.91 clocking of the season, leaving his compatriot 0.06 in his wake. But Bolt insisted that his performance, despite the time, was not identical to his season opener in the Italian capital last week.

“I felt better in this race, and that’s a good sign, like I’m actually running again, so that’s a really good sign,” Bolt said. “I had a good first 50 meters and as long as I get to 50 meters first, I’m not going to let you pass me.”

Complete results from the Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting are available here.


DIVISION II and III ALL AMERICANS ANNOUNCED BY USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the men and women that earned USTFCCCA All-America distinctions for the 2011 NCAA Division II and III Outdoor Track & Field seasons.

In Division II, All American awards went to NCAA pole vault champ Ryan Brown of Western Washington on the men's side, along with teammates Karis Anderson (pole vault), Monika Gruszecki (javelin), and Sarah Porter (5000/10000). Gruszecki and Porter won national titles in the javelin, and 10000, respectively.

Kati Davis of Central Washington (pole vault), and the Seattle Pacific trio of Brittany Aanstad, Carly Andrews (both in javelin), and Ali Worthen (heptathlon) also earned Division II honors from the USTFCCCA.

In Division III, Whitworth's national champ Carter Comito (discus) and Frank Lima (high jump) earned All-America honors on the men's side, while Elizabeth Mattila (400 hurdles) and Tonya Turner (steeplechase) earned it on the women's side for the Pirates.

The USTFCCCA release can be accessed here.

NOTE: The IAAF and the USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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