Sunday, February 5, 2012

Maurice McNeal & Husky sprint crew shine in Idaho, plus weekend wrapup...

With most of the Washington schools competing in some form over the weekend, here's the summary of what happened Friday and Saturday:

In Nampa Idaho, the Washington sprint crew won every event it competed in on Saturday at the Bronco Classic, hosted by Boise State University, starting with a victory from sophomore Maurice McNeal (left/photo by Paul Merca) in the 400-meter dash.

McNeal won by nearly a second, running a new indoor personal best of 47.29 seconds. That ranks him fifth on the indoor Top-10 list, and currently ties him for 15th nationally this indoor season.

Senior Jordan Carlson, who already holds the outdoor record at 54.18, ran 55.15 in the top heat of the women's 400 to finish well ahead of UCLA's Katherine Reid. It is the second-best mark in school history indoors, just a fraction off of Kelsey Sheppard's 55.11 record from 2002.

James Alaka, the reigning Pac-10 sprint champ at 100 & 200 meters, captured the 200-meter title in a new indoor best of 21.47 seconds on the same track that will host the NCAA championships next month.

Alaka and McNeal then came back to close out the day on the 4x400-meter relay, along with Dan Sanders andColton Dunn. The foursome got the victory in a season-best time of 3:12.59.

Before the Bronco Classic, Alaka and Carlson talked about the Husky sprint group in this video blog, courtesy of the University of Washington:

Complete results from the Bronco Classic are available here.

In Moscow, Washington State's reigning Pac-10 triple jump champ Stephan Scott-Ellis ran 7.05 to finish second in the 60 and win the 200 in 21.74 at the University of Idaho Open Saturday.

Gonzaga runners picked up wins in the mile from Lindsey Drake (4:52.92) on the women's side, and from Nate Gesell in the men's 3000 (8:37.40).

Eastern Washington's Keisa Monterola won the poie vault with a clearance of 13-5.25 (4.10m).

Results from the Idaho Open are available here.

The night before, Monterola won the vault at the Vandal Indoor, with a jump of 13-9.25 (4.20m).

Washington's Elisa Bryant won the women's weight with a toss of 61-7.75 (18.79m).

In the men's pole vault, Seattle resident Jason Colwick (17-11.25/5.47m) defeated training partner Levi Keller of Club Northwest (17-7.25/5.37m), as the Rice alum begins rounding into the form that won him the 2010 NCAA pole vault titles at Rice University.

Complete results from the Vandal Indoor are available here.

NOTE: The University of Washington, Washington State University, Boise State University, Gonzaga University, and Eastern Washington University contributed to this report.

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