Friday, April 6, 2012

Brie Felnagle narrowly misses Olympic Games "A" standard in finishing third at Stanford Invitational...

PALO ALTO, California--Bellarmine Prep alum Brie Felnagle (left/photo by Mike Scott) made her 2012 outdoor season debut, finishing third in the women's 5000 meters at the Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track & Angell Field.

Felnagle, a former All-American at the University of North Carolina, who returned to Tacoma to train under her high school coach Matt Ellis, ran a personal best of 15:22.39, just off of the Olympic 'A' standard of 15:20.00, and well under the US Olympic Trials standard of 15:35.00.

Jackie Areson of the Nike Oregon Project took the victory, running 15:18.31, with former Iowa State product Lisa Uhl of the Oregon TC/Portland second at 15:21.56.

Washington State's J Hopkins finished second overall in the men's 400 meter hurdles to highlight the Cougar contingent competing at Stanford.

Hopkins ran 52.38 to finish behind former Oregon standout David Klech, who won in a time of 51.96. The Cougars' Robert Shelby finished seventh in 54.07.

WSU's Cindy Robinson set two personal bests in the 100 meters in finishing eighth in the finals, running 11.87 in qualifying, and 11.83 in the finals.

Shawna Fermin finished third overall in the 400 meter dash, running 54.18.

The Washington State recap can be read here.

In the men's 10000, Club Northwest's Mike Sayenko finished eighth in 28:45.31, while Miles Unterreiner of Stanford, formerly out of Gig Harbor HS was 11th in 28:49.15, as both ducked under the provisional qualifying mark of 29:00.00 for June's US Olympic Trials.

The Stanford Invitational continues Saturday.

Complete day 1 results from the Stanford Invitational are available here.

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