Saturday, April 7, 2012

Logan Miller clears career best 14-0 to highlight strong UW effort in Eugene...

EUGENE--The University of Washington women's squad finished second to the host Oregon Ducks at the Pepsi Team Invitational scoring meet at Hayward Field, featuring teams from UCLA and NCAA pre season outdoor championship favorites Texas A&M.

Oregon won the four-team meet 221.5 to the Huskies' 157. Texas A&M was third with 149.5 points, with UCLA fourth at 135 points.

In the men's team competition, the Ducks took top honors with 204 points, with Texas A&M second at 190. The Huskies were third at 138, and UCLA rounded out the field with 134.

For the Husky women, the highlights of the day came in the field events, as pole vaulter Logan Miller (left/photo courtesy University of Washington) cleared 14-0 (4.27m) for the first time in her career, as she easily won her event and earned nine points for the Dawgs.

In the javelin, the Huskies' Amanda Peterson led a 1-3-4 finish, winning with a best toss of 160-5 (48.89m) in the opening round and was never really challenged.

Brooke Pighin was third at 145-2 (44.26m), and Jordin Seekins was fourth at 145-1 (44.22m).

In the triple jump, Washington went 1-2-3, led by Alana Alexander's first round jump of 40-7 (12.37m), followed by Shaniae Lakes in second at 40-6.75 (12.36m), and Taylor Nichols in third at 39-5.75 (12.03m).

Other women's highlights:

Bellingham native Becca Friday took the win for the home team in the 1500, running 4:20.21 to beat the Huskies' Megan Goethals in a race that wasn't decided until the last 70 meters;

Washington's Katie Flood, dropping down in distance, was third in the 800 in 2:07.33, as defending NCAA outdoor champ Anne Kesselring took the win in 2:05.46;

Elisa Bryant was solid with two second place finishes in the discus (147-10, 45.06m) and hammer (173-7, 52.91m).

In the men's competition, the Huskies got its only victory from freshman JJ Julifs in the pole vault, as the Eugene native came home and cleared 17-4.5 (5.30m).

Washington got second place finishes from James Alaka in both the 100 and 200 (10.36/20.90); Ryan Soberanis in the 1500 (3:46.94); and Angus Taylor in the hammer (197-5, 60.18m).

Bellingham's Chris Kwiatkowski finished second in the men's 5000 behind Oregon teammate Trevor Dunbar, 13:51.79 to 14:04.38.

Complete results from the Pepsi Team Invitational are available here.


Club Northwest's Levi Keller won the pole vault at the Stanford Invitational, clearing 17-10.5 (5.45m), as Washington alum and world indoor championships team member Scott Roth no heighted at his opening jump of 17-2 3/4 (5.25m).

Two time world championships team member Michael Mai of the US Army, who was formerly based at Joint Base Lewis McChord, won the hammer throw with a toss of 235-4 (71.73m).

In the finals of the women's 100 meter hurdles, former Husky Falesha Ankton was second, running 13.42 in her 2012 outdoor season opener, after running 13.40 Friday night to qualify for the finals.

Washington State's Joe Bartlett finished third in the invitational section of the shot put, throwing 57-0.25 (17.38m).

Complete results from the Stanford Invitational are available here.


At WAR V, hosted by Spokane Falls Community College, Seattle Pacific's Brittany Aanstad rifled the javelin 161-11 (49.35m) to take the NCAA Division II lead and was easily the best mark of the day at the meet which featured teams from Washington versus teams from Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

For the record, Washington easily cruised to victory 530-318 in the combined men's and women's scores. A breakdown by gender had the Washington men winning 284-139 while the Washington women were victorious 246-179.

Seattle University won the men's team title with 72 points, while Seattle Pacific took the women's team crown with 98 points.

“I just had a really good day. I had quite a few throws that were out there,” said Aanstad.

Seattle Pacific's recap of the meet is available here, while complete running event results from WAR V are available here.

In Auburn, Alabama, three time US Olympian and University of Washington alum Aretha Thurmond won the discus at the Tiger Track Classic, throwing 207-9 in her domestic opener, after opening the 2012 season in Australia in February.

Another former Husky, Will Conwell, won the discus with a toss of 193-8 (59.03m), while Kimery Hern, a former UW volunteer coach and native of Clinton on Whidbey Island, finished second in the hammer with a toss of 199-3 (60.73m).

Results are available here.

NOTE: The sports information offices of Seattle Pacific, the University of Washington, Washington State University, the University of Oregon, Auburn University, and Gonzaga University contributed to this report.

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