Sunday, June 12, 2011

Katie Follett drops down in distance, wins 800 at Portland Track Classic...

PORTLAND, Oregon--Dropping down in distance, University of Washington grad Katie Follett (center/photo by Paul Merca) won the 800 meters at the Portland Track Classic Saturday at Lewis & Clark College.

Follett clocked a season best time and USA championships A standard mark of 2:02.63, holding off former Colorado standout Sara Vaughn, who also ducked under the A standard, running 2:03.70.

Club Northwest's Lois Ricardi Keller won the women's steeplechase in a B standard time of 10:13.86.

Complete results from the Portland Track Festival are available here.

In New York, Western Washington's Sarah Porter made her professional debut at Saturday's NYRR New York Mini 10k through Central Park, finishing 24th in a time of 34:55, finishing one spot ahead of 2004 Olympic marathon bronze medalist Deena Kastor, making her return to racing after a maternity leave.

Porter won the NCAA Division II title in the 10000 two weeks ago to cap her collegiate career, a race she almost didn't get to run in, due to questions by the NCAA concerning her participation in the Rhody Run 12k the week before in Port Angeles.

Results from the NYRR New York Mini 10k are available here.

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