Saturday, April 14, 2012

SPU's Terra Schumacher wins pole vault battle at Spike Arlt Invitational in Ellensburg...

ELLENSBURG--The Western Washington women and the Central Washington men's squads took top honors at Saturday's Spike Arlt Invitational, hosted by Central Washington.

In the seven team women's competition, the Vikings scored 226.5 points to outscore the host Wildcats, who finished second with 156.6.

Kirkland's Northwest University was fourth with 82 points, with Green River CC (26.5), Eastern Washington (25) and Seattle Pacific (10) rounding out the scoring.

In the men's competition, Central (256) turned the tides on Western (218.5). Green River was fourth (32), Whitworth fifth (18), Northwest sixth (18), Skagit Valley CC seventh (5), and Eastern Washington eighth (4).

In a matchup of three NCAA indoor qualifiers, Seattle Pacific's Terra Schumacher (left/photo courtesy Seattle Pacific University) took the victory in the women's pole vault over Central's Kati Davis, with the difference being Schumacher's clearance of 11-9 3/4 (3.60m) on the first attempt, a mark Davis made on her second.

NCAA indoor qualifier Karis Anderson of Western was fourth at 11-5 3/4 (3.50m).

Double winners in the women's competition included Western Washington's Eleanor Siler in the 200 (26.20) and 400 (58.30), and Central's Katharine Lotze in the long (16-5 1/4, 5.01m) and triple (39-7, 12.06m) jumps.

Former NCAA D2 shot put champ Krissy Tandle won her specialty, as the Central alum threw 44-8 3/4 (13.63m).

University of Oregon alum Jordan Stray from Centralia had the best mark of the meet, winning the men's hammer throw with a best of 205-3 (62.56m).

Complete results from the Spike Arlt Invitational are available here (click on the event name).

In Los Angeles, Washington State alum Blessing Ufodiama won the women's triple jump at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational hosted by UCLA.

Ufodiama jumped 43-4.25 (13.21m) to easily win the competition by almost three feet.

University of Washington alum Falesha Ankton finished fifth in the invitational 100 meter hurdles, running 13.46. Two time world champ Michelle Perry won the race in 12.75, followed by 2004 Olympic champion Joanna Hayes in 12.96, making a return to the hurdle wars.

In the invitational hammer throw, Olympia native and Oregon alum Brittany Hinchcliffe finished third with a toss of 206-7 (62.98m).

Rainier Beach HS alum Ginnie Crawford ran a leg on the winning 4 x 100m relay team for the Bobby Kersee All-Stars, along with Jeneba Tarmoh, Allyson Felix, and Dawn Harper, as the squad ran a world leading time of 42.65.

Complete results from the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational are available here.

At the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Oklahoma, hosted by the University of Oklahoma, Washington State alum Ian Waltz finished second in the discus with a mark of 204-9 (62.40m), as North Carolina alum Vikas Gowda of India took the win with a toss of 211-7 (64.50m).

Complete results from the John Jacobs Invitational are available here.

NOTE:  The sports information offices at Central Washington, Seattle Pacific, UCLA, and the University of Oklahoma contributed to this report.

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