Saturday, June 25, 2011

Kara Patterson wins fourth straight US national javelin title...

EUGENE--Vancouver native Kara Patterson (left/photo by Mike Scott) won her fourth straight national title, essentially ending the competition with her first throw of 194-8 (59.34m).

"I wanted to get a good mark out on my first throw. I wanted to be a little bit more aggressive, and I've been getting myself in the habit of thinking too much."

As far as the rest of the season leading up to Daegu goes, she hopes to get into the Samsung Diamond League meet in Paris on July 8th, but is not confirmed for the meet yet.

Amanda Peterson, the University of Washington school record holder finished tenth with a toss of 159-8 (48.68m).

In the men's 1500, Bernard Lagat was out-Lagated by Oregon senior Matthew Centrowitz, as he held off a late charge by the Washington State graduate, winning in a modest time of 3:47.63, with Lagat finishing in 3:47.96.

Auburn/Riverside grad Jordan McNamara, who led for most of the first 800 meters, finished tenth in 3:49.61.

Michael Berry from Seattle's Rainier Beach HS was fifth in the 400 meters running 45.22, and consideration to be selected for the relay pool for Daegu.

Brie Felnagle was seventh in the women's 1500 in 4:10.33, while Katie Follett was eighth at 4:11.92.

Brittany Hinchcliffe from Olympia was tenth in the hammer with a throw of 210-5 (64.14m), while Spokane native Britney Henry was 11th of 205-9 (62.71).

Both Scott Roth and Brad Walker picked a bad day to have a bad day, as Roth only cleared 17-6.5 (5.35m), and Walker's gamble to pass until 18-6 3/4 (5.66m) didn't pay off, after missing twice at his opening height of 18-2 (5.54m).

In semi-final action, Jeshua Anderson had the fastest semi-final time in the 400 hurdles, winning in a time of 48.99.

Ginnie Crawford opened competition in the 100 hurdles, running 12.82 to finish fourth in her heat.

Day 3 results are available here.

Complete day 3 results are available here.

The meet concludes Sunday.

NOTE:  A junior recap will be posted later Saturday.

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