Saturday, February 11, 2012

Katie Flood fourth on all time collegiate mile list; Bernard Lagat does it again!

SEATTLE--Washington sophomore Katie Flood (left/photo courtesy University of Washington) continued her roll this winter at the Flotrack Husky Classic at the Dempsey Indoor facility as she broke her second school record, as she ran 4:28.48, losing only by 7/100ths of a second to Kenya's world championships silver medalist in the 10000, Sally Kipyego, competing for the Oregon Track Club Elite/Eugene.

Flood ran near the front for most of the race, as Canadian Hilary Stellingwerff and Florida's Cory McGee did the early front-running.

With one lap to go, Flood made a move for the outside, while at the same time, Kipyego, who had been patiently sitting in the pack, moved to the front as well.

As they entered the homestraight, Flood made one more move to get at Kipyego, but she fell short.

According to Track & Field News, Flood's performance is the fourth best time ever indoors by a collegian, with only Jenny Barringer of Colorado (4:25.91), Kipyego of Texas Tech (4:27.19) and Vicki Huber of Villanova (4:28.31). All but Kipyego have competed in the Olympics during their careers.

Courtesy of media partner Flotrack, here's the replay of Flood's race:



Some of the highlights of the Husky Classic:

--Olympian Lopez Lomong won the men's 800, running 1:47.87, while Michigan alum and world championships competitor Geena Gall won the women's 800 in 2:03.12;

--Local fan favorite Norris Frederick won the long jump with a leap of 26-0 (7.92m);

--In a slight upset, Kim Conley won the women's invitational 3000 in 8:57.62, defeating former NCAA champion Lisa Uhl, who was third in 9:01.80;

--North Carolina State's Ryan Hill throws down a quick final lap of the Dempsey to run 7:43.04, which is an American leading mark

--Rice University alum Jason Colwick cleared 18 feet, as the former NCAA champ who now trains in Seattle under UW coach Pat Licari won with a mark of 18-1.75 (5.53m);

--In the women's pole vault, Eastern Washington's Keisa Monterola was victorious, clearing 14-2 (4.32m) to beat pro Melinda Owen and Stanford's Katerina Stefanidi(13-10/4.22m), with former Husky Carly Dockendorf fourth with the same mark;

--Olympian Sharon Day won the women's high jump with a leap of 6-0.75 (1.85m). Tacoma prep standout Andrea Geubelle of the University of Kansas won the triple jump, bounding 43-7 (13.28m) and finished second in the long jump with a leap of 20-5 1/4 (6.23m);

Results from the Husky Classic are available here.


PRO RECAP:

We start things off with Aretha Thurmond opening the 2012 season at the Perth Track Classic in Australia, finishing second in the discus with a toss of 200-0 (60.96m) to finish behind Olympic champion Stephanie Brown Trafton, who won with a mark of 202-5 (61.71m).

Vancouver native and three time US champ Kara Patterson opened her season with a throw of 194-2 (59.18m) in Perth;

At the USATF Classic in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Rainier Beach HS grad Ginnie Powell won the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 7.97;

In the collegiate section of the USATF Classic (aka the Tyson Classic), Washington State's Stephan Scott-Ellis finished fifth in the men's triple jump after leaping 51-7 3/4 (15.74m) in his first attempt and then fouled the next five attempts. Shawn Swartz tied for eighth in the men's high jump after clearing 6-11 (2.11m) which equals his season-best.

At the Millrose Games at the Armory in New York, Jeshua Anderson finished second in the men's 500 meter run behind LaShawn Merritt, as Merritt ran 1:01.39, with Anderson close at 1:01.86.

In one of the most thrilling races of the night, WSU alum Bernard Lagat ran 13:07.15 to break the American record and beat training partner Lawi Lalang of the University of Arizona as Lalang set a new collegiate record of 13:07.15.

Lagat took out Galen Rupp's old American record of 13:11.44.

Courtesy of the Armory, here's video of Lagat's record run:



University of Washington alum Katie Mackey finished sixth in the women's 1500, running 4:11.51, as world champion Jenny Simpson took the win in 4:07.27

Results from the Millrose Games are available here.

NOTE:  The University of Washington, Washington State University, USA Track & Field, the University of Arkansas, and the Armory contributed to this report.

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