Friday, April 20, 2012

Washington's Katie Flood takes collegiate lead with win in 1500 at Mt. SAC...

WALNUT, California--University of Washington sophomore Katie Flood (#1,left, with Jessica Tebo (#5)/photo by Randy Miyazaki, trackandfieldphoto.com) ran the third fastest 1500 meter time in school history, as the Des Moines, Iowa native won the invitational elite 1500 meter run to highlight day 2 of the Mt. SAC Relays at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College outside of Los Angeles.

Former Seattle Pacific standout Jessica (Pixler) Tebo of the University of Colorado, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, led for most of the race before Flood made a strong move in the last third of the race, to stop the watches at a collegiate leading time of 4:11.66, pending the outcome of several big meets around the country this weekend.

Tebo, a former NCAA Division II national champion at SPU at this distance and a graduate of Eastlake HS in Sammamish, finished fifth in 4:14.53 in her first race in over a year.

Flood's mark gives her the A standard for entry into this June's US Olympic Trials in Eugene, and puts her in a position to challenge the Olympic Games A standard of 4:06.00, and the Games B standard of 4:08.90.

Tebo earned a provisional entry into the US Olympic Trials.

Former Husky Katie (Follett) Mackey, now a resident of Boston, earned an Olympic Trials A standard mark in the 5000, running 15:31.59, just short of the Olympic Games B standard in that event.

Former Husky and current Seattle Pacific vault coach Carly Dockendorf won the open A section of the pole vault, clearing 14-1 1/4 (4.30m). Current Husky Logan Miller finished fourth with a jump of 13-7 1/4 (4.15m).

Other highlights from Mt SAC:

--Washington State's J Hopkins finished third in the men's open 400 hurdles in a season best 51.43;

--In the javelin, Washington State's Christine Kirkwood (158-7, 48.34m), Washington's Amanda Peterson (156-2, 47.60m), WSU's Courtney Simmons (152-4, 46.44m), Seattle Pacific's Brittany Aanstad (144-8, 44.09m), and Western Washington alum Monika Gruszecki of Club Northwest (131-0, 39.94m) finished 6-7-8-10 and 13th;

--The Husky men's 4 x 100m of Matt Anthony, James Alaka, Sam Rucker and Ryan Hamilton won their heat and finished second overall to Houston, as they ran 40.77;

--In the men's javelin, Washington's Joe Zimmerman was fourth at 222-3 (67.74m). Former Washington high school standout Derek Eager of UCLA was fifth at 218-6 (66.59m), while the Huskies' Quinn Hale was sixth at 206-11 (63.07m).

Complete day 2 results from the Mt. SAC Relays are available here.

At the Bryan Clay Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific in Azusa, Western Washington's Karis Anderson finished in a five-way tie for first in the pole vault, clearing 11-11 3/4 (3.65m).

Western Washington's Emily Warman won the women's triple jump with a leap of 40-5 (12.32m).

Results from the Bryan Clay Invitational are available here.

Action continues Saturday with day 3 of the Mt. SAC Relays, featuring a number of pro athletes, notably long jumper Norris Frederick and reigning NCAA/USA 400 hurdles champ Jeshua Anderson, with athletes from the area also competing at the Beach Invitational in Cerritos, hosted by Long Beach State.

NOTE: The sports information office of the University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, Mt. SAC College, and Azusa Pacific University contributed to this report.

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