Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weekend roundup: Hot track and field action involving Washingtonians all over...

Unless you followed your favorite school or athlete closely, the feast of meets happening in Kansas, Southern California, Eugene, and Pullman would've had your head spinning. It would've been like trying to figure out which line to jump in first at the buffet tables.

To make things easier on everyone, we'll start in Kansas and work our way west:

KANSAS RELAYS

University Place resident Andrea Geubelle (left/photo courtesy University of Kansas) of the University of Kansas won the long jump at the Kansas Relays Saturday in Lawrence, as the reigning NCAA indoor triple jump champion went 21-4 (6.50m).

The Curtis HS grad was pleased with her performance in front of her home crowd, especially after going 21-4 twice in the series.

"I said coming out here that I wanted to jump 21-5, but I was an inch off. That’s okay because my PR coming in was 21-1 and I haven’t long jumped yet this season, so it’s a really good opener. I’m excited for Big 12’s and we’ll see what happens there.”

She added, "Long jump hasn’t been my strongpoint this year at all, so, I came out here and tried convincing myself that I could still long jump a bit and that I still had it in me. Going into Big 12’s I should be ranked pretty well, so hopefully I can do it again there.”

In addition to winning the long jump, she set a season best in the 100m, running 11.83.

Results from the Kansas Relays are available here.

BEACH INVITATIONAL

The University of Washington, Seattle Pacific, and Eastern Washington had groups of athletes competing in Cerritos at the Beach Invitational on Saturday, hosted by Long Beach State.

Throwing in the third flight, the Huskies' Joe Zimmerman connected on a season best of 233-1 (71.04m) to finish second overall in the javelin.

Multi-event specialist Sarah Schireman won her heat of the 100 hurdles in 14.41, and almost got her first career 19-foot long jump, going 18-11 1/4 (5.77m).

Eastern Washington's Shene Davis set a personal best in the long jump, soaring 19-6 1/4 (5.95m) to finish second overall.

In the women's javelin, senior All-American Brooke Pighin got a season-best throw on her first attempt, tossing 157-8 (48.06m) to finish sixth. Amanda Peterson, competing for the second straight day, was right behind at 156-5 (47.67m). Junior Jordin Seekins set a new PR for the second meet in a row, going 146-6 (44.65m) on her third and final throw, while Seattle Pacific's Brittany Aanstad finished with a toss of 139-2 (42.41m).

Complete results of the Beach Invitational are available here. Washington's release is available here, while Eastern Washington's release is here.

OREGON RELAYS

In Eugene, Washington alum Kyle Nielson finished second in the javelin, as the former All-American threw 242-9 (74.00m) in his quest to get the Olympic A standard and earn a spot on Canada's Olympic team.

Seattle University's Zach Stanfield finished in second place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.78 seconds. He also anchored both Seattle U relays, first joining with Austin Thummel-Gravitt, Eric Patterson-Floyd, and Zachary Schlachter in the 4x100 meter relay for a third place finish in 42.38 seconds.

On the meet's opening night on Friday, SeattleU's Katie Tougas won the long jump with a best of 18-3 (5.56m).

Gonzaga sophs Emily Thomas (5000m, 16:56.17) and Catherine Theobald (1500m, 4:38.02) set school records in their respective events.

Complete results from the Oregon Relays are available here.

COUGAR INVITATIONAL

At the Cougar Invitational, WSU's Morgan Clem and Stephan Scott-Ellis each took three wins on Saturday in Pullman.

Clem won the women's 100m dash (12.28 seconds), 200m dash (25.00) and the 100m hurdles (14.18), all season-best times.

Scott-Ellis, a junior from Tacoma, captured wins in the 100m dash (11.09), 200m dash (21.87) and long jump with a meet record leap of 24-feet, 9 1/4 inches (7.55m). Scott-Ellis' races were season-bests and his long jump equaled his PR. The previous long jump meet record of 24-8 1/2 (7.53m) was set by WSU's Demetrius Murray in 2000.

Courtesy of WSU, here are video highlights of the meet:



Complete results of the Cougar Invitational are available here.

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

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