Thursday, June 23, 2011

Marysville native Jarred Rome wins national discus title...

EUGENE--Marysville-Pilchuck alumnus Jarred Rome's (left/photo by Paul Merca) fourth round throw of 209-11 (63.99m) proved to be enough as the Boise State University grad and 2004 Olympian won his second national title to highlight a busy first day at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

After the first three rounds of throws, Rome found himself mired in fifth place with a best of 204-9 (62.40m) until popping the winning throw, propelling him into the lead, leapfrogging past early leader Jason Young, who finished with a best of 209-4 (63.81m), and training partner and former WSU alum Ian Waltz, who finished fifth with a best of 206-9 (63.02m).

Afterwards, he said, “I was really nervous, the older and older I get the more and more nervous I seem to get. It has become expected of me to make the team consistently.”

He also stated that he's three months behind on his training, but he feels that by the time the world championships roll around in Daegu, he feels that his technique will be where he wants it to be.

Former Husky Will Conwell was 11th with a throw of 192-5 (58.66m), while former WSU standout Drew Ulrick was 15th at 189-5 (57.73m).

Washington alum Aretha Thurmond made yet another world championship team, as she finished second in the women's discus with a toss of 206-3 (62.87m), as reigning Olympic champ Stephanie Brown Trafton took the win at 207-10 (63.35m).

Ft. Lewis' Michael Mai made his second world championship squad, as the US Army standout finished second in the men's hammer, throwing 245-0 (74.69m) to finish behind winner Kibwe Johnson's mark of 263-6 (80.31m).

In the women's 10000, NCAA Division II champ Sarah Porter of Western Washington was ninth in a personal best of 32:57.15, while Sequim's Stephanie Marcy was 18th at 33:18.18.

Among athletes advancing in preliminary action Thursday:

--Michael Berry, the freshman from Oregon via Rainier Beach HS (45.72) and Washington alum Jordan Boase (45.78) in the men's 400;

--Washington alum Katie Follett (4:09.94) and Bellarmine Prep grad Brie Felnagle (4:09.95) to the finals in the women's 1500;

--Auburn/Riverside grad Jordan McNamara (3:40.43) and WSU hall of famer Bernard Lagat (3:44.04) in the men's 1500.

Lagat, who is focusing on the 5000, said, "Today was a good way to get my legs ready for tomorrow.”

In the first day of the decathlon, Seattle Pacific grad Chris Randolph stands 12th with a first day score of 3768 points.

Tahoma HS grad Derek Eager, a freshman at UCLA, won the junior men's javelin with a toss of 227-1 (69.22m), over Sean Keller of Heritage HS (219-11/67.05m), and Tacoma native Quinn Hale, who is a University of Washington signee (208-1/63.42m).

Curt Clauson of Edmonds, another UW signee, was sixth at 203-1 (61.90m).

Alec Fellows of Edmonds/Woodway HS, who is a University of Oregon signee, stands fourth in the junior men's decathlon with a score of 3707 points.

Complete day 1 results are available here.

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