Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fan voting is now open for The Bowerman...

Fan voting is now open for The Bowerman, the award given the the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association to the best male and female collegiate track & field athlete in the USA.

Fans may vote for the three men's finalists--Jeshua Anderson of Washington State, Ngoni Makusha of Florida State, and Christian Taylor of Florida; and the three women's finalists--Jessica Beard of Texas A&M, Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU, and Tina Šutej of Arkansas--by clicking here to take you to thebowerman.org.

You can also read a summary of what each of these athletes did during the 2011 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons on that site, along with the rules and guidelines on how the voting is tabulated.

Fan voting for The Bowerman ends August 16th.  The Bowerman will be presented by the USTFCCCA on December 14 at the JW Marriott Hill Country, San Antonio, Texas. John Anderson, ESPN SportsCenter anchor and co-host of ABC’s Wipeout, will host the evening’s festivities for the second-straight year.

NOTE: Paul Merca, the editor and publisher of this site, is an official voter of The Bowerman Award.

Less than four weeks until the start of the world championships!

With less than four weeks to go until the start of the 13th IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea, there's a bit of a buzz in the city as the local organizing committee gets the community excited to welcome the world.

A few days ago, the city had a little countdown celebration at the Daegu Stadium marking 30 days to go until these championships start on August 27th, with a fashion show (left/photo courtesy Daegu 2011 Organizing Committee) featuring the uniforms that everyone from ticket takers, meet officials, and medal presentation participants will wear, along with an appearance by Sarbi, the official mascot, who has the difficult task of trying to top Berlino as the all-time best world track & field championships mascot.

Here is a promotional video produced by the local organizing committee of these championships--it's in Korean, but you get the idea:



paulmerca.blogspot.com will be in Daegu beginning on August 25th to provide daily coverage of the IAAF world championships, with a special emphasis on athletes with ties to the state of Washington.

For more information on the host city, and the local organizing committee, please visit daegu2011.org.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Märt Israel gets sixth at DN Galan meet in Stockholm...

STOCKHOLM, Sweden--Former University of Washington discus thrower Märt Israel of Estonia (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished sixth in the men's discus at the DN Galan meeting at the Olympic Stadium as the Samsung Diamond League series continued.

Israel threw 203-9 (62.11m) as the legendary Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania bested the field with a toss of 213-5 (65.05m).

Another former Washington Husky, Norway's Ingvill Måkestad, finished sixth in the B section of the women's 800, running 2:03.09, as Molly Beckwith of the United States won the section in 2:00.33, and Jamaica's Kenia Sinclair took the overall victory at 1:58.21.

In the featured men's 200, Jamaica's Usain Bolt won decisively in 20.03.


Complete results from the DN Galan meeting are available here.

The Samsung Diamond League resumes next week with the Aviva London Grand Prix.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lagat's American Record over 5000 earns him USATF athlete of the week honors...

Washington State alum Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) was named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after improving his own American Record in the 5,000m at the Herculis Monaco Diamond League meet on July 22.

Lagat finished second to Mo Farah of Great Britain, who trains in Beaverton under coach Alberto Salazar, in a time of 12:53.60. Lagat previously held the American Record from his 2010 effort in Oslo, Norway, where he ran 12:54.12.

After the race, Lagat’s biggest fans, his kids, reacted with mixed emotions.

“No, my kids do not understand the American Record. All they know is who wins, or if I got a trophy,” Lagat said. “When I told him after the race, that I got the American Record, Miika asked, ‘But Mo won?’ After I explained that I was the fastest American, then he said ‘good job, daddy’ and gave me a hug.”

Lagat’s next race will be at the Samsung Diamond League Aviva Grand Prix in London, August 5-6 before he travels to South Korea for the IAAF World Championships, where he will only contest the 5000, an event where he finished second two years ago in Berlin.

“My goal for this year is gold in Daegu,” Lagat said. “So, celebrations [with my family] will have to wait until September.”

In Daegu, the local organizing committee for next month's world championships held a special countdown event to celebrate the fact that there are now just 30 days more to go to the start of the championships.

IAAF president Lamine Diack issued a statement to the people of Korea expressing his thoughts on making the final push to welcome the world to Daegu.

You can read his note here.

NOTE: USA Track & Field and the IAAF contributed to this report.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Frederick's European tour ends with third place finish in Joensuu...

JOENSUU, Finland--University of Washington alum Norris Frederick (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished third in the long jump Wednesday at the Joensuu Games in the Finnish city.

Frederick jumped 25-3 1/4 (7.70m) on his sixth and final attempt, as former IAAF world championships bronze medalist Tommi Evilä's first round jump of 25-7 1/2 (7.81m) held up for a one-centimeter victory over South Africa's reigning world junior champ Luvo Manyonga (25-7 1/4).

Results of the Joensuu Games are available here (events are listed on left hand side; click green button with "Tulokset" to see results from that event).

In Jockgrim, Germany, former Husky Brad Walker's woes continued, as he failed to clear a height at the Jockgrim Street Vault, an event in which he holds the meet record.

Walker missed all three attempts at the opening height of 17-8 1/2 (5.40m).

Germany's Karsten Dilla took the victory at 18-9 1/4 (5.72m), a height cleared by five other athletes in the 14-man field.

Results from the Jockgrim Street Vault are available here.

Norris Frederick jumps in Joensuu Wednesday, plus a link on Daegu...

JOENSUU, Finland--Former University of Washington standout Norris Frederick competes in the long jump Wednesday in the Joensuu Games, a EAA Area Permit Meet, and part of the Finnish Elite Games series.

Frederick competes against a field that includes South Africa's Luvo Manyonga, the 2010 IAAF world junior champion in this event, and Tommi Evilä, who was the 2005 bronze medalist in the long jump at the IAAF world championships in Helsinki.

Manyonga won the long jump Sunday at the Savo Games in Lapinlahti, while Frederick was fourth.


The start list for the Joensuu Games is available here.  Oregon Duck fans may note that Zoe Buckman is entered in the 1500m, while Rachel Yurkovich will contest the javelin.

With over four weeks to go, we will start posting a series of links to help you get ready for the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Daegu (photo of Daegu Stadium courtesy Daegu Organizing Committee).

Today's link is from the Korea JoongAng Daily about Daegu's preparation for next month's world championships, considered one of the four major world sporting events after the Summer Olympics, Winter Olympics, and the FIFA World Cup.

“This will be a turning point for Daegu’s development,” Cho Hae-nyoung, head of the organizing committee, said last month. “It is the best and biggest event in the city’s history.”

To read the full story, please click here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Around the track--Brad Walker in Jockgrim street vault meet, etc...

After the Herculis meeting and the Barcelona meet over the weekend, things have been a little slow here on the web site, but let's get you caught up on what's to come.

On Wednesday, the annual Jockgrim street pole vault competition (flyer courtesy Stabhochsprung Jockgrim organizing committee) takes place in Jockgrim, Germany, and 2007 world champion and University of Washington alum Brad Walker is among the entries.

Walker, who had the world lead in this event this season at 19-2 (5.84m) going into last week, is coming off of a no-height at the Herculis meeting, the meet where he hurt himself two years ago.

Walker holds the meet record of 19-8 1/4 (6.00m), which he set in 2006.

After not clearing a bar at the USA championships, he no-heighted at the Meeting Areva in Paris, finished in a five way tie for third in a street vault in Karlsruhe, and didn't jump in Padova due to weather conditions.


The start list for the Jockgrim street vault is available here.

One set of results we missed from over the weekend was the Savo Games in Lapinlahti, Finland on Sunday, as former Washington Husky Norris Frederick finished fourth in the long jump, with a wind-aided mark of 25-7 1/2 (7.81m), as Luvo Manyonga, last year's world junior champion, took the win at a windy 26-3 (8.00m).

Results from the Savo Games are available here (long jump is Pituus).

The provisional start lists for Friday's DN Galan meeting in Stockholm, Sweden is now available.

Former Husky Märt Israel from Estonia goes against a field that includes countryman Gerd Kanter, Virgilijus Alekna from Lithuania, and Piotr Malachowski from Poland.

Another ex-Husky, Ingvill Måkestad is tentatively entered in the women's 800 meter run as she sharpens up for her first world championships in Daegu.

The start list for the DN Galan meet, which will be aired live online at universalsports.com, is available here.

Finally, Seattle Pacific alum Chris Randolph was selected by USA Track & Field to participate in the Thorpe Cup decathlon dual meet between the USA and Germany on August 13-14 in Chula Vista, California at the ARCO Olympic Training Center.

Besides Randolph, the men’s roster includes Miller Moss, Mark Jellison and Nick Adcock, who all placed in the top eight in the decathlon at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Randolph is a veteran of this meet, finishing seventh in the 2009 edition in Marburg, Germany.


The complete USA team roster is available here.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Daigre eliminated in Pan-Am Junior semis; Vancouver prep Keller & Renton's Eager sixth & eighth in javelin...

MIRAMAR, Florida--Incoming University of Washington freshman Derrick Daigre (center/photo by Mike Scott) finished eighth in his semi-final at the Pan American Junior Championships at the Ansin Sports Complex Saturday.

Competing in the second heat, Daigre, a product of Kent-Meridian High School, struggled and did not advance after finishing eighth at 2:00.44.

In the men's javelin, Sean Keller, the Washington high school champ from Vancouver's Heritage High School finished sixth with a best of 69.65/228-6, and UCLA's Derek Eager from Renton, a product of Tahoma High School was eighth with a throw of 65.90/216-2. Braian Toledo of Argentina blasted the previous PAJ meet record with his 249-7/76.09 in the first round, and he added to that record in round three with his winning 76.40/250-8.

Complete results from the Pan American Junior Championships are available here.

NOTE: USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Incoming Husky frosh Julifs vaults to silver medal at Junior Pan Ams...

MIRAMAR, Florida--Incoming University of Washington freshman JJ Julifs (left/photo by Mike Scott) finished second in the pole vault on the first day of competition in the Pan American Junior Championships at the Ansin Sports Complex.

Julifs, the winner of the USA junior championships, cleared 16-8.75 (5.10m), slightly below his personal best of 17-2.75 (5.25m), as Brazil's Thiago Da Silva took the victory with a jump of 17-0.75 (5.20m).

The Sheldon High School standout from Eugene, Oregon led the competition until the bar went to 16-10.75 (5.15m), when the Brazilian cleared the bar on his first attempt, while Julifs missed.

Knowing that a clearance at that height would do him no good, Julifs elected to pass to the next height of 17-0.75, which he failed to navigate with his two remaining jumps, after Da Silva cleared on his first attempt.

Saturday, fellow incoming UW frosh Derrick Daigre will run in the semis of the 800, with the finals on Sunday.

Also competing on Saturday are Renton's Derek Eager and Vancouver's Sean Keller in the javelin trials and finals.

Results from the Pan American Junior Championships are available here.

In other action on Friday, Washington State alum Ian Waltz finished eighth in the discus at the Míting Internacional d ́Atletisme Ciutat de Barcelona, at the Estadio Olimpico in Barcelona, Spain, throwing 198-7 (60.52m).

Spain's Frank Casanas was the victor with a throw of 215-6 (65.68m).

Results from the Míting Internacional d ́Atletisme Ciutat de Barcelona are available here (click RESULTADOS).

In the "In case you missed it" department, here is video, courtesy of UniversalSports.com of the post race fracas after the men's 1500 meters at the Herculis meeting in Monaco on Friday between Frenchmen Mehdi Baala and Mahiedine Mekhissi...

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Bernard Lagat breaks own American record in 5000 at Herculis meeting...

FONTVIELLE, Monaco--Washington State University hall of famer Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished second in the men's 5000 meter run in an American record time of 12:53.60, improving his previous American record of 12:54.12 in the process.

Lagat survived the tightly bunched pack that produced a very physical race, while fellow Americans Galen Rupp and Chris Solinsky did not fare as well and were unable to finish. First Rupp was tripped-up in the crowd and tumbled to the track, then Solinsky was forced off the track by Imane Merga of Ethiopia with less than 800m to go.

Lagat ran at the front of the pack from the early stages of the race, and stayed to the inside with a field that ran five abreast at times.

With 400 to go, Lagat was in his customary position in the top 3, but could not close the gap between winner Mo Farah of Great Britain, who currently trains in Beaverton as part of the Nike Oregon Project. Farah won in a British record time of 12:53.11.

Courtesy of the IAAF and UniversalSports.com, here is video of the last part of the race:



In his first professional race on the European circuit, Washington State's three-time NCAA champion Jeshua Anderson finished sixth in the 400 meter hurdles against a very stacked field, running a time of 49.43.

Positioned in lane 7, Anderson got out well, but did not respond to the challenge of Olympic champ Angelo Taylor on his inside.

Taylor won the race with a time of 47.97, with Bershawn Jackson second at 48.22, current Samsung Diamond League leader David Greene of Great Britain third at 48.43

Aretha Thurmond finished fourth in the women's discus with a toss of 199-2 (60.71m), and is currently in third overall in the season-long Samsung Diamond League standings in the event.

Nadine Muller of Germany took command of the competition with her winning toss of 216-2 (65.90m), and now has the lead in the Samsung Diamond League standings.

In the women's high jump, Sweden's Ebba Jungmark, a former NCAA champ from Washington State finished seventh with a leap of 6-0 3/4 (1.85m).

In the women's javelin, Kara Patterson from Vancouver finished a disappointing eighth with a toss of 182-7 (55.67m), as the Czech Republic's Barbora Spotakova won with a world leading throw of 227-10 (69.45m).

In the women's 1500, former Husky Ingvill Måkestad was 14th in 4:08.01, as Maryam Jamal of Burundi won in a world leading time of 4:00.59.

Brad Walker's woes continued as the former Husky failed to clear a height in the pole vault.

Complete results from the Herculis meeting are available here.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jeshua Anderson set to make European pro debut at Herculis meeting in Monaco...


FONTVIELLE, Monaco--Competing against a field worthy of an Olympic or world championship final, Washington State's four-time Pac-10 champ and three-time NCAA champion Jeshua Anderson (left/photo by Randy Miyazaki, trackandfieldphoto.com) makes his European professional debut in the Herculis meeting just outside of Monte Carlo.

Anderson will run against a field that includes fellow Americans and the reigning Olympic and world champions in Angelo Taylor and Kerron Clement; a former world champion in Bershawn Jackson; Johnny Dutch, Anderson's long time rival in the collegiate ranks and the man who beat him for the 2010 NCAA title; the current Samsung Diamond League leader in the event in David Greene from Great Britain; and, current world leader LJ van Zyl from South Africa.

Meet director Jean-Pierre Schoebel believes the strength in depth of the start list might see the 47.60 meet record set by the USA's Kevin Young five days after winning the 1992 Olympic gold. "They're all here,” Schoebel said. “It's not going to be too warm and I hope not windy. If that's the case I'm hoping the meeting record and world lead for the year will both be broken."

Washington State hurdles coach Mark Macdonald is accompanying Anderson on his European debut, and will be with him for the World University Games in China, as well as the IAAF world championships in Daegu.

Kicking off the meet is the women's discus, featuring Federal Way's three-time Olympian Aretha Thurmond, who is currently fourth in the season-long Samsung Diamond League trophy race in that event. She'll go against Cuba's Yarelis Barrios, Germany's Nadine Muller, reigning world champ Dani Samuels of Australia, and Olympic and US champ Stephanie Brown-Trafton.

Former world champ and University of Washington alum Brad Walker is entered in the men's pole vault against current Samsung Diamond League leader Renaud Lavillenie of France, world and Olympic champ Steve Hooker of Australia, American Derek Miles, and Daichi Sawano.

Walker returns to Stade Louis II, where he injured himself two years ago, forcing him to withdraw from the 2009 world championships in Berlin where he was unable to defend his world title.

Vancouver's Kara Patterson, the four-time USA national javelin champ, goes into the Herculis meeting looking to turn around her international competitive season, which so far has not been to the standards she set last year.

Washington State alum, and 2009 world championship silver medalist Bernard Lagat will run the men's 5000 in perhaps the most stacked field of the 2011 season, as he goes against current Samsung Diamond League leader Imane Merga of Ethiopia along with compatriot Tariku Bekele, Mo Farah of Great Britain, former world champ Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, and Americans Galen Rupp, Chris Solinsky and Matt Tegenkamp.

Former University of Washington standout Ingvill Måkestad will run in the women's 1500 against Americans Shalane Flanagan, Jenny Simpson, Shannon Rowbury, and Samsung Diamond League leader Morgan Uceny; Hind Dehiba of France, Maryam Jamal of Burundi, Gelete Burka and Meskerem Assefa of Ethiopia, and Lisa Dobriskey of Great Britain.

UniversalSports.com will have live coverage of the Herculis meeting Friday beginning at 11 am pacific time (pay-per-view). In the meantime, the start list for the Herculis meeting is available here.

Meanwhile, in Luzern, Switzerland, former Huskies Martin Bingisser and Norris Frederick competed in Thursday's Spitzen Leichathletik meet in Luzern, Switzerland.

Bingisser finished second in the hammer with a toss of 211-7 (64.49m) as Lorenzo Rocchi of Italy took home the victory at 219-8 (66.96m).

Frederick finished ninth in the long jump with a best of 25-2.5 (7.68m), as Yahya Berrabah of Morocco won at 26-10 (8.18m).


Complete results from the Spitzen Leichathletik meet are available here.

The Pan American Junior Championships gets underway Friday in Miramar, Florida, and incoming University of Washington freshman JJ Julifs from Eugene, the reigning USA junior champion, competes in the pole vault Friday night at 6:20 pm, eastern time.

On Saturday, fellow incoming UW frosh Derrick Daigre will run in the semis of the 800, with the finals on Sunday.

Also competing on Saturday are Renton's Derek Eager and Vancouver's Sean Keller in the javelin trials and finals.


The time schedule for the Pan Am Junior Championships is available here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Auburn/Riverside alum Jordan McNamara scores third straight personal best in Lignano...

LIGNANO, Italy--Jordan McNamara (left/photo courtesy jordanmcnamara.wordpress.com), an alum of Auburn/Riverside HS, scored his third consecutive personal best on his current European tour, finishing second in the 1500 at the 22nd Meeting Internazionale di Atletica Leggera.

McNamara, who spent most of the 2010 season injured, ran 3:37.19 to finish second to Ethiopia's Henok Legesse, who crossed the line at 3:36.45.

In the race, McNamara spent the vast majority in about fifth or sixth place, before making a pair decisive moves--one after the 1200 meter mark, and exiting the final turn.

Courtesy of media partner Flotrack, here is video of the race:



In the men's discus, Washington State alum Ian Waltz won over an all-Italian field with a toss of 201-1 (61.31m).

Brie Felnagle, a former Bellarmine Prep standout,  finished 11th in the 800 meters, running 2:05.84, as Morgan Uceny won in 1:58.37.

In the women's 5000, UW alum Katie Follett finished eighth in 15:50.01, as Elizabeth Maloy won in 15:15.34.


Complete results from the 22nd Meeting Internazionale di Atletica Leggera are available here.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Incoming Washington frosh Julifs & Daigre, along with Eager & Keller set for Jr Pan Ams...

USA Track & Field officially announced that incoming University of Washington freshmen JJ Julifs and Derrick Daigre, along with UCLA freshman Derek Eager from Renton, and Heritage High School's Sean Keller will be part of the Team USA delegation that will compete in this weekend's Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Miramar, Florida.

Julifs and Eager were the national junior champions in the pole vault, and javelin respectively, at last month's USA Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Daigre, from Kent-Meridian HS in Kent and Keller, from Heritage HS in Vancouver, both finished second in the 800 and javelin in Eugene.

The complete USATF release can be read here.

On the pro circuit, the start lists for Tuesday's 22nd Meeting Internazionale di Atletica Leggera in Lignano, Italy are now available here.

Auburn/Riverside alum Jordan McNamara, who set personal bests in his last two races in Dublin, and Liege, will compete in the men's 1500 against a slew of Americans including former University of Oregon teammates Matthew Centrowitz and AJ Acosta, along with Oregon Track Club teammate Russell Brown.

Washington State alum Ian Waltz will contest the discus against a field of local throwers.

Brie Felnagle from Tacoma drops down in distance to the 800 meters against a field of predominantly Americans, including Maggie Vessey, Alice Schmidt, Geena Gall, Treniere Moser, and Morgan Uceny.

Washington alum Katie Follett moves up in distance to the 5000, with again a field of predominantly American runners including Olympians Jen Rhines and Amy Yoder Begley, along with Amy Hastings and Angela Bizzari, both of whom are chasing the IAAF "A" standard in that event of 15:14.00 to assure a three-woman Team USA squad for next month's world championships.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ex-Husky Israel gets second in Padova...

PADOVA, Italy--Former University of Washington discus thrower Märt Israel finished second in his specialty at the XXV Meeting Internazionale in the Italian city.

In a repeat of Wednesday's competition in Rythymno, Greece, Israel finished second to Lithuania's legendary Virjilijus Alekna, who threw 219-11 (67.05) to 214-5 (65.35m).

Washington State alum Ian Waltz (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished fourth with a toss of 199-3 (60.73m).

2007 world pole vault champion Brad Walker was entered in the event, but retired at his opening height of 18-0.5 (5.50m).

In the women's 1500, Tacoma's Brie Felnagle finished fifth in 4:10.48, while Washington alum Katie Follett was seventh at 4:11.95, as North Carolina alum Alice Schmidt took the victory in a PR 4:08.09.

Complete results from the XXV Meeting Internazionale are available here.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Washington's James Alaka gets silver medal over 200m at European U-23 Championships...

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic--Fresh off a personal best in the semi-finals earlier Saturday morning, University of Washington sophomore James Alaka (left/photo courtesy European Athletics) finished second in the finals of the men's 200 meters at the European Under-23 Championships.

Entering the finals with the second-fastest time of 20.59, which bettered his previous PR of 20.71 at last year's NCAA regionals in Austin, Alaka, the winner of this year's 100 and 200 meter titles at the Pac-10 championships in Tuscon in May, had the fastest reaction time of 0.143 out of the blocks, but was a meter down to top seed Likoúrgos-Stéfanos Tsakonas of Greece exiting the turn, then took the lead halfway down the straightaway.

Alaka took the lead, but a surge by Tsakonas gave the Greek the victory in 20.56, a personal best, as Alaka missed his PR by 1/100th of a second at 20.60

Pavel Maslak of the Czech Republic finished third in 20.67, as the field ran into a -1.4 headwind.

Afterwards, he told UK Athletics, "That start was the biggest surprise ever, but the first part of the race was a complete blur if I'm honest. It's really just the last 50m of the race where I know I'm strong and I just kept on pushing. I saw the Greek athlete out the corner of my eye and I thought "you can out lean him, you've been working hard in the gym and your chest is bigger!", I knew I could out lean him."

"That was a really great race and I feel blessed to have been part of it."


Day 3 results from the European Under-23 Championships are available here.

Alaka continues roll, winning semis of European U 23 Championships in 200m...

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic--University of Washington sophomore James Alaka (left/photo courtesy European Athletics) from Great Britain, one day after winning the 100 meter title, advanced to the finals of the 200 meters at the European Under-23 Championships later on today with his victory in the first semi-final, and sets up the opportunity to win the sprint double.

Alaka, running out of lane 8, set a new personal best of 20.59, besting his previous best of 20.71, set in the 2010 NCAA West Regionals in Austin, and his season best of 20.85, set in winning the Pac-10s in Tuscon.

This sets up a matchup with Likoúrgos-Stéfanos Tsakonas of Greece, the winner of the other semi-final, who ran 20.57, a personal best.

Results of the men's 200 are available here.

The final will be contested at 9:05 am, Seattle time (6:05 pm in Ostrava), with live streaming video provided at european-athletics.org

Friday, July 15, 2011

James Alaka wins European Under-23 100 meter title...

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic--University of Washington's double Pac-10 sprint champion James Alaka (left/finish photo courtesy Omega/Ostrava LOC) of Great Britain won the men's 100 meters Friday at the European Under-23 Championships at Vitkovice City Stadium.

Competing in cloudy conditions which resembled Seattle and his native London, Alaka, who had the second fastest qualifying time in the qualifying at 10.50, was down about a meter early, as British teammate Michael Robertson in lane 2 was first off the line with a great start.

Running in lane 3, Alaka began making his move at the halfway mark, and passed Robertson near the 80 meter mark. However on the outside, Italy's Michael Tumi, who also got out of the blocks well, was making a charge, but Alaka's strength over the last half of the race earned him the European Under-23 title in a time of 10.45, with Tumi second at 10.47, and Alaka's British compatriot Robertson third at 10.52, as they ran into a -1.5 meter per second headwind.

In the mixed zone afterwards, Alaka said, "It was my first international final so this is very important win for me and a great experience. I am happy, this is a very good season for me. Two hours from now I will run 200m, I am tired but I still believe in (getting a) medal."

Courtesy of European Athletics, here's the interview with Alaka:



In the first round of the 200, Alaka, running in lane 4, cruised to a third place finish, despite a slow start, running 21.25, behind Aliaksandr Linnik of Belarus (20.87) and Alex Wilson (21.13) of Switzerland.

Alaka's third place finish advanced the Flash Man to the semi-finals, which will be run Saturday at 2:30 am Seattle time (11:30 am in Ostrava), with the finals scheduled for 9:05 am in Seattle (6:05 pm in Ostrava).


Day 2 results from the European Under-23 Championships are available here.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Huskies' James Alaka wins semifinal race at European U-23 Championships...

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic--Reigning Pac-10 sprint champion James Alaka (finish photo courtesy Omega/Ostrava LOC) of Great Britain and the University of Washington advanced to the finals in the men's 100 meter dash at the European Under-23 Championships at Vítkovice City Stadium Thursday afternoon.

Under cloudy conditions on the damp track that was hit by a downpour after the morning session concluded, Alaka, sporting his trade mark sunglasses, got out well, taking over the lead shortly after the 50 meter mark, then cruised on through the finish line when realizing that he'd secured one of the two automatic qualifying places for Friday night's final, winning in 10.49, with Italy's Delmas Obou finishing second at 10.57.

Though it appeared on the screen that he had a solid start, Alaka wasn't exactly pleased with it.

“That’s my main problem,” he said, “my start isn’t great then it really comes together,” he told UK Athletics in the mixed zone afterwards.

The native of London will face countryman Andrew Robertson, who ran 10.54 in his heat, and earned the final spot in Friday's final, along with Italy's Michael Tumi, who ran the fastest qualifying time of the day at 10.48.

Friday's finals will be contested at 4:25 pm, local time (7:25 am, Seattle time), and will be shown live online via european-athletics.org.

The link to the timetable and results from the European Under-23 Championships is available here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Jeshua Anderson joins Makusha of Florida St & Taylor of Florida as Bowerman finalists...

NEW ORLEANS – The Bowerman Advisory Board in conjunction with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday the three male finalists for the highest honor given to collegiate track & field student-athletes – The Bowerman.

Representing the best in collegiate track & field during the 2011 seasons, the finalists are Washington State senior Jeshua Anderson (left/photo by Mike Scott), Florida State junior Ngoni Makusha, and Florida junior Christian Taylor.

Finalists were chosen by the ten-person Bowerman Advisory Board based on performances recorded during the indoor and outdoor 2011 track & field seasons. Only performances through the conclusion of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are used in consideration.

Anderson, who won both the NCAA and the USA titles in the 400 hurdles, will make his Samsung Diamond League debut on July 22nd at the Herculis meeting in Monaco.

The award, in its third year of existence, will be presented in a ceremony at the USTFCCCA Convention on December 14 at the JW Marriott Hill Country, San Antonio, Texas. John Anderson, ESPN SportsCenter anchor and co-host of ABC’s Wipeout, will host the evening’s festivities for the second-straight year.

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation. Oregon’s Ashton Eaton and Virginia Tech’s Queen Harrison are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

NOTE: The USTFCCCA and Washington State University contributed to this report. paulmerca.blogspot.com editor and publisher Paul Merca is an official national media voter of The Bowerman.

Jordan McNamara strings together a personal best in Liege...

LIEGE, Belgium--Auburn/Riverside graduate Jordan McNamara (left/photo by Paul Merca) continued his strong running with a second place finish in the men's 3000 at the Meeting International d'Athletisme de la Province de Liege.

McNamara set a new personal best of 7:50.48, moving very quickly over the last 150 meters, but ran out of real estate, as 2008 US Olympian Lopez Lomong took the win in 7:50.36.

Courtesy of Flotrack, here is a video interview with McNamara afterwards describing his race.



In the women's 1500 meters, University of Washington alum Katie Follett finished third in 4:12.82, as Americans took the first four spots, led by winner and Olympian Alice Schmidt, who ran 4:11.64.

Tacoma's Brie Felnagle finished 11th in a time of 4:16.85.

Complete results from the Meeting International d'Athletisme de la Province de Liege are available here.

Recent University of Washington grad Kyle Nielsen finished third in the javelin in the final meet of the National Track League circuit, the Toronto International Track & Field Games at Varsity Stadium.

The Husky All-American threw 243-4 (74.16m), as Scott Russell, the series leader won with a best of 278-3 (84.81m), followed by former University of Oregon standout Cyrus Hostetler, who placed second with a toss of 255-0 (77.72m).

In the men's 100 meter dash, former Washington State standout Anson Henry finished sixth in 10.60, as Olympic medalist Walter Dix won in 10.18.

In the women's 100 meter hurdles, former Husky Falesha Ankton, who ran in all four meets of the NTL tour, finished eighth in 13.88, as series leader Phylicia George won in 12.87.

Complete results of the Toronto International are available here.

In Rythymno, Greece, former Husky Märt Israel finished second in the discus at the Vardinoyiannia International meeting with a throw of 217-10 (66.40m) to finish behind the legendary Virgilijus Alekna, who threw 222-8 (67.88m).

Washington State alum Ian Waltz was sixth with a throw of 198-9 (60.58m).


Results from the Vardinoyiannia International meeting are available here.

An update on Washington's James Alaka, who will run both the 100 and 200 at the European Under-23 championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic starting Thursday--his first round race will commence at 1:50 am, Seattle time (10:50 am in Ostrava), and will be streamed live via european-athletics.org.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jordan McNamara, Katie Follett & Brie Felnagle set to race in Liege Wednesday...

LIEGE, Belgium--Auburn/Riverside graduate Jordan McNamara (left/photo courtesy jordanmcnamara.wordpress.com), fresh off a victory and a personal best in the mile of 3:56.82 in Dublin last week, is among the entries in Wednesday night's Meeting International d'Athletisme de la Province de Liege.

McNamara, the University of Oregon grad now competing for the Oregon TC Elite/Eugene, is entered in the men's 3000, where he'll face a field with a number of runners familiar to college track & field fans, including Australian David McNeill and American Lopez Lomong (No. Arizona); Ciaran O'Lionaird from Ireland (Florida St); Evan Jager (Wisconsin); and Garrett Heath (Stanford).

Other athletes with Washington ties entered in the meet include Washington alum Katie Follett and Bellarmine HS grad Brie Felnagle, who are both running the 1500.

The link to the start lists is here.

In Karlsruhe, Germany, former Husky Brad Walker tied for third Tuesday in a street vault won by Sergey Kucheryanu of Russia.

Walker cleared 18-1 1/4 (5.52m) to finish in a five-way tie for third, as Kucheryanu won with a leap of 18-5 1/4 (5.62m) over Steven Lewis of Great Britain on fewer misses, as they were the only two to clear 18-5 1/4.

Complete results of the Hoepfner Sports Night street vault are available here.

NOTE: Edited Wednesday 7/13/11 at 7:20 am.

Tuesdays with Bernard Lagat on Flotrack, plus notes...

Courtesy of our media partners at Flotrack, here's another in a series of videos with Bernard Lagat (above/photo by Paul Merca), focusing on his long-term success on the track.

In this interview, he discusses the opportunities he had when growing throughout his career and how it played a role in becoming one of the world's best.



A mark we missed over the weekend…UW alum Katie Follett ran 2:09.48 for 800m at the Flanders Cup on July 9th in Kortrijk, Belgium to finish eighth, as University of Minnesota alum Heather Kampf took the win in 2:03.48.

This was the first race in Follett's European tour this season.

In the final meet of the National Track League Canadian tour, Washington grad Kyle Nielsen stands third overall in the javelin entering Wednesday's Toronto International Track & Field Games at the University of Toronto's Varsity Centre.

Scott Russell of Windsor, Ont., leads the way with 22 points just ahead of Kyle Nielsen from Langley, B.C., who has earned 16 points and Caleb Jones of Saint John, N.B., is in third with 14 points.

For Wednesday's NTL finals, points awarded will be doubled.

Former Husky Falesha Ankton will compete in the 100 meter hurdles Wednesday in Toronto.

The current NTL point standings are available here, along with a detailed explanation of the prize money breakdown.

Finally, Washington's James Alaka is one of the top seeded runners in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes as the European Under-23 Championships get underway Thursday through Sunday in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Now studying at the University of Washington, the 21-year-old, who won both the 100 and 200 at the Pac-10s in Tuscon, went back to the home country at the end of June to contest the trials for Ostrava and slipped into top gear for a career best 10.23.

That makes the Clarence Callender (UK) and Raul Sheen (UW) coached sprinter the fastest man in the field, but his compatriot, Andrew Robertson, was only 0.06 down in that race and will be eager to spring a surprise on Alaka.

The "Flash Man" will run the first round of the 100 meters at 10:50 am, local time on Thursday, then run the semis at 5:45pm.  The finals of the men's 100 are Friday at 6:25 pm.

The 200 meter semis are Saturday morning at 11:30, with the finals that afternoon at 6:05 pm (Ostrava is nine hours ahead of Seattle and the Pacific time zone).


European Athletics will provide streaming video of the European U23 Championships (note it may not be available to US viewers; there is a link in the story to a Czech site that will provide streaming video as well)

You can read the meet preview here.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Kyle Nielsen places fourth in javelin at Aileen Meagher Track Classic...

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia--Recent University of Washington senior Kyle Nielsen (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished third in the men's javelin at the Aileen Meagher International Track Classic on Sunday, the penultimate stop in Canada's National Track League circuit.

Nielsen, who placed fourth in both the Vancouver and Victoria stops on the circuit, threw 232-2 (70.77m), as reigning Canadian national champ Scott Russell took the win with a mark of 260-7 (79.43m).

Former Husky Falesha Ankton placed fifth in the 100 meter hurdles in the meet, running 13.55, as Canada's Phylicia George won in 12.76.

The 2011 National Track League circuit concludes Wednesday in Toronto with the Toronto International Track & Field Games.

Complete results from the Aileen Meagher International Track Classic are available here.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Aretha Thurmond earns second place finish in Birmingham Diamond League meet...

BIRMINGHAM, England--Three time Olympian and University of Washington alum Aretha Thurmond (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished second in the women's discus at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix at Alexander Stadium under cloudy conditions with occasional rain sprinkled in for good measure.

Thurmond took the lead early, throwing what turned out to be her best mark of the day of 205-6 (62.65m) in round one.

However, Germany's Nadine Muller, throwing later in the rotation, took the lead with her first round throw of 214-0 (65.24m), then extended her lead, finishing with a best of 215-8 (65.75m) in round 5.

Another former Husky, Ingvill Måkestad was fifth in the women's 1500 in a season best time of 4:06.82, as US champion Morgan Uceny took the win in a very tactical race in 4:05.64.

After the pace setter took the women through the first 400 in 65 seconds, the pack bunched up, running 68 seconds for the next 400.

Måkestad was positioned around fourth entering the final lap and maintained that position on the rail as the pack entered the final straightaway but had a wall of three runners in front and could not find any room to run.

After the race, she tweeted, "I'm getting there! 6th place and just a sec behind the win. Smiling!"

Courtesy of the Diamond League, here is video of the women's 1500m race:



In the women's 100 meter hurdles finals, Rainier Beach HS graduate Ginnie Crawford, running in lane 5 against a strong field, finished third in 12.79, as Australia's Sally Pearson ran a world leading time of 12.48 to outrun the USA's Danielle Carruthers by .04, a personal best for Carruthers.

In the semifinals, Crawford ran 12.82 in the semifinals of the women's 100 hurdles to finish behind Pearson, who tied the meet record with her time of 12.57, giving an indication of what was to come later.

In the women's high jump, former Washington State University standout Ebba Jungmark finished in a tie for fifth with a jump of 6-0 (1.83m), as reigning world champion Blanka Vlasic won with a jump of 6-6.25 (1.99m).

Complete results from the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix are available here.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Märt Israel gets fourth in Madrid...

MADRID, Spain--One day after finishing eighth at the Meeting Areva in Paris, former Husky Märt Israel (left/photo by Paul Merca) from Estonia threw the discus in Saturday's Meeting de Atletismo Madrid, finishing in fourth place.

Israel spun the platter 205-5 (62.62m), over two meters further than Friday's toss of 197-11 (60.33m), but it wasn't enough to overcome the winning toss of Cuba's Jorge Fernandez, who threw 209-4 (63.81m) for the victory.

Washington State alum Ian Waltz finished seventh in Madrid with a throw of 196-11 (60.02m).

Complete results from the Meeting de Atletismo Madrid are available here.

Meanwhile, action in Canada's National Track League circuit resumes as the meets head east to Halifax, Nova Scotia for the Aileen Meagher International Track Classic on Sunday at .

A pair of recent University of Washington standouts will compete in Halifax, as 2010 Canadian champ Kyle Nielsen will throw the javelin, and Falesha Ankton will run in the 100 meter hurdles.


Nielsen is in contention for the NTL trophy in the javelin, as Scott Russell of Windsor, Ont., leads with 14 points just ahead of Curtis Moss from Burnaby, B.C., (13 points), Nielsen of Langley, B.C., (11 points) and Caleb Jones from Saint John, N.B., (8 points). Russell, Nielsen and Jones will all throw in Halifax and Toronto to establish who takes the NTL javelin title.

Nielsen goes into Halifax having placed fourth at both the Harry Jerome meet in Burnaby, and the Victoria International last Sunday.


The start list for Sunday's Aileen Meagher International Track Classic is available here.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Bernard Lagat tows three Americans to world championships "A" standard in Paris...

PARIS, France--Washington State University alum Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished third in the men's 1500 meter run at the Meeting Areva, part of the season-long Samsung Diamond League, at the Stade de France in the Paris suburb of St. Denis.

Lagat ran a season best time of 3:33.11 to finish behind winner Amine Laalou of Morocco(3:32.15) and defending Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya (3:33.04).

In the process, Lagat, who stated at the recent USA championships that he would skip the 1500 and concentrate on the 5000 at next month's world championships in Daegu, South Korea, pulled Leo Manzano (3:33.66), Andrew Wheating (3:34.39), and Matthew Centrowitz (3:34.69) under the IAAF "A" standard for the world championships.

Courtesy of universalsports.com, here are highlights of Lagat's race:

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In the women's javelin, Vancouver's Kara Patterson finished eighth with a throw of 190-11 (58.21m), as Christina Obergfill of Germany won with a new world leading throw of 223-1 (68.01m).

In the men's discus, former Husky Märt Israel of Estonia was eighth with a throw of 197-11 (60.33m), as reigning world champ Robert Harting of Germany won with a toss of 220-10 (67.32m).

Brad Walker's no height woes continued, as he failed to clear a bar in the men's pole vault.

Renaud Lavillenie of France won the event with a clearance of 18-9 1/2 (5.73m).

Complete results from the Meeting Areva can be accessed here.

Meanwhile in Dublin, Ireland, Auburn/Riverside alum Jordan McNamara, now competing for the Oregon Track Club, won the mile at the Clonliffe 125 Track & Field Grand Prix, leading the first seven across the line under 4 minutes with his 3:56.83 clocking.

Complete results are available here.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Samsung Diamond League action hot & heavy in Paris & Birmingham...

PARIS--The Samsung Diamond League kicks into high gear with two meetings this weekend--Friday's Meeting Areva at the Stade de France, and Sunday's Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix in Birmingham, England.

In Paris, a pair of Washington affiliated athletes who won national titles a fortnight ago--Kara Patterson (left/photo by Paul Merca) in the javelin, and Bernard Lagat in the 5000, return to competition after their victories in Eugene.

Patterson, who won her fourth straight national title in the javelin, will throw against a field that includes current Samsung Diamond Trophy leader Christina Obergfoll of Germany, current world leader Mariya Abakumova of Russia, and reigning Olympic champ Barbora Spotakova.

Patterson recently talked to media partner Universal Sports' Joe Battaglia about her season to date in this video interview:

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Lagat drops down in distance to 1500, where he finished second in the national championships to Oregon's Matthew Centrowitz, whom he'll face in Paris, along with fellow 2008 1500m Olympians Andrew Wheating and Leo Manzano.

The field also includes current Samsung Diamond League event leader and Olympic champ Asbel Kiprop, Olympic bronze medalist Nick Willis of New Zealand, Deresse Mekonnen of Ethiopia, and Amine Laalou of Morocco.

Washington alum and former world champ Brad Walker, who no-heighted at the national championships, looks to rebound in the pole vault where he'll face Samsung Diamond League leader Renaud Lavillenie from France and fellow countryman Romain Mesnil.

In the men's discus, another former Husky, Märt Israel from Estonia, competes against current Samsung Diamond League leader and countryman Gerd Kanter, the legendary Virgilijus Alekna from Lithuania, and defending world champ Robert Harting of Germany.

You can watch the Meeting Areva online on UniversalSports.com starting at 11 am, pacific time on Friday.


The link to the start lists for the Meeting Areva are here.

In Dublin, Ireland, Auburn/Riverside grad Jordan McNamara will run in the Morton Mile at the Clonliffe 125 Track & Field Grand Prix against Ireland's Alistair Cragg, Great Britain's Tim Bayley, and Americans Jack Bolas and Tommy Schmitz.

You can read the release here.

Two days later, the scene shifts across to Birmingham's Alexander Stadium for the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix in the English city.

Three time US Olympian Aretha Thurmond will face off against reigning Olympic champ and current US champ Stephanie Brown-Trafton in the discus.

Rainier Beach HS grad Ginnie Crawford, who finished fourth in the USA outdoor championships, will face a strong field in the 100-meter hurdles including US champ Kellie Wells, Christina Vukicevic of Norway, and Australia's Sally Pearson.

Former Husky Ingvill Måkestad will square off in a very competitive women's 1500 against the likes of Ethiopia's Gelete Burka, Burundi's Maryam Jamal, and new American champion Morgan Uceny.

Ebba Jungmark of Sweden, a former NCAA indoor champ at Washington State, faces Blanka Vlasic of Croatia, Anna Chicherova of Russia, USA runner-up Elizabeth Patterson, and Sweden's Emma Green in the women's high jump.


You can find the start lists for the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix here.

You can watch the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix online on UniversalSports.com starting at 10 am, pacific time on Sunday.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Rainier Beach grad Michael Berry & WSU standout Jeshua Anderson on initial USA 4 X 4 relay pool...

INDIANAPOLIS--Rainier Beach HS graduate Michael Berry (right/photo by Paul Merca), who completed his freshman season at the University of Oregon, and Washington State University's three-time NCAA 400 hurdles champion Jeshua Anderson were named by USA Track & Field to its initial relay pools in the 4 x 400 meter relays for next month's IAAF world track & field championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Per IAAF rules, the pools must include the top four finishers in the men's and women's 100 and 400 meters at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Additional athletes were chosen by Team USA’s head coaches for the 2011 World Championships, Vin Lananna and Connie Price-Smith; USATF Relay Coach Jon Drummond; and 2011 Team USA World Championships sprint coaches Thomas Johnson and Danny Williams, with oversight by USATF Chief of Sport Performance Benita Fitzgerald Mosley.

The U.S. 4x100 meter relay teams will train and compete in Lignano, Italy, on July 19. On August 8, USATF will formally submit to the IAAF its full roster for Daegu, including relays pools of 6 athletes for the 4x100 and 4x400m relays - the top four finishers from the USA Outdoor Championships, plus two additional athletes not already on the Team USA roster in other events. Any athlete already on Team USA’s roster in Daegu also is eligible to compete on the relays.

Team USA's men's 4 x 400 meter relay pool includes:

Tony McQuay, Jeremy Wariner, Angelo Taylor, Bershawn Jackson, Greg Nixon, Jamaal Torrance, Michael Berry, Kerron Clement, Jeshua Anderson.

The full USATF release can be read here.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Weekend roundup, July 2-3: Boase wins in Dutch town of Uden...

With the US elite domestic season all but over, the area's elite professional and collegiate track & field athletes have migrated to Europe or to Canada for the National Track League circuit.

Former Washington Husky Jordan Boase (left/photo by Mike Scott) picked up a victory Saturday in the 400 meters at the Mondo Keien Meeting in the Dutch town of Uden, running a modest 46.50, with Eric Kruger of Germany the nearest competitor at 46.92.

Results from the Mondo Keien Meeting are available here.

In Cork, Ireland on Saturday, Auburn/Riverside alum Jordan McNamara finished second in the men's 3000 at the 60th Cork City Sports Meeting, running 8:01.68, behind Australian and Northern Arizona alum David McNeill, who ran 7:58.55 for the victory.

Results from the Cork City Sports Meeting are available through the meet's web site.

Courtesy of Jordan McNamara's web site, here are his thoughts on his race in Cork:



At Sunday's Victoria International Track Classic, stop number three on the Canadian National Track League circuit, recent Washington grad Kyle Nielsen finished fourth in the javelin at 229-5 (69.92m), as American Barry Krammes won with a toss of 251-0 (76.50m).

Falesha Ankton finished sixth in the 100 meter hurdles in 14.06. Canadian Phylicia George took the win in 12.96.

Current Cougar Joe Abbott finished ninth in the 800 in 1:48.40, as Khadevis Robinson win in 1:45.85.

Former Husky and reigning Canadian national champ Carly Dockendorf no-heighted in the pole vault, as Mary Saxer of the USA won at 14-7.5 (4.46m).

Complete results from the Victoria International Track Classic are available through the meet's web site.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Norris Frederick pops one 26-7 (8.10m) at Harry Jerome...

BURNABY, British Columbia--University of Washington alum Norris Frederick (left/photo by Paul Merca), who did not qualify for last week's USA outdoor track & field championships, won the long jump with his longest leap since his senior year at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic at Swangard Stadium.

Frederick, who is now being coached by former NFL running back Eric Metcalf, opened with the eventual winning mark of 26-7 (8.10m), his longest jump since his senior year at the University of Washington in 2008, when he jumped 26-7 3/4 (8.12m) indoors.

In other events involving athletes with Washington ties, Washington State sophomore Holly Parent finished second in the high jump with a best of 5-8.75 (1.75m).

Former Husky and recent Canadian champion Carly Dockendorf tied for fourth in the pole vault with a jump of 13-3.5 (4.05m).

Spokane native Britney Henry fouled on all three of her preliminary tosses in the hammer.

Former Husky cross country All-American Kendra Schaaf, now competing for the University of North Carolina, was 13th in the 1500 in 4:22.14.

Recent UW grad Kyle Nielsen finished fourth in the javelin, throwing 244-3 (74.45m).

High schooler Hannah Cunliffe was fourth in the women's 100 in 11.92.

Washington alum Falesha Ankton finished seventh in the women's 100 hurdles in 14.18.

Complete results from the 2011 Harry Jerome Track Classic are available here.

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