Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weekend roundup: Washington pros at Drake, UCSD & Penn; collegiate action around the state...

With the focus this weekend on the Washington/Washington State dual meet, we weren't able to update all of you on what happened with everyone else, so here's a summary, including links, to what else happened in the world of Washington pro and collegiate track & field:

THE PROS

In Des Moines, Iowa on Friday, Vancouver native Kara Patterson (left/photo courtesy Drake Relays) won the javelin competition at the Drake Relays, throwing 185-7 (56.58m) to beat national list leader Brittany Borman of the University of Oklahoma, who threw 179-0 (54.56m).

Her series was a struggle, as she and the rest of the field fought the winds.

"This is literally the worst wind I have ever thrown in. You try to pretend that it is not a problem. Today, if I had a little better (weather) conditions it might have gone a little better. I had some good energy in some of those throws and then the wind just carried them out of sector. There is really not a whole lot you can do about that."

Former Husky Scott Roth, who competed earlier in the week in the Pole Vault at the Mall, won the invitational pole vault with a best of 17-7 1/4 (5.37m) at Drake on Saturday.

“I came in at 5-25, cleared that then went to 5.37, cleared that then I ended up passing 5.52 deciding to come back in at 5.62 hoping I would clear that then still have enough energy to take a jump at 5.75. I got on the biggest pole I have ever been on and actually blew through it. It was encouraging to see the potential. Based on that I think I can go to a bigger pole.”

Results from the Drake Relays are available here.

At the Triton Invitational in San Diego hosted by the University of San Diego on Friday, University of Washington alum Aretha Thurmond threw a season best of 208-2 (63.44m), finishing second to Olympic champ Stephanie Brown Trafton, who threw 213-4 (65.02m).

Former Washington graduate assistant coach Kimery Hern threw 195-0 (59.43m) in the hammer to finish 11th.

Saturday's second day of competition saw former Husky Märt Israel finish sixth with a best of 206-3 (62.86m), as Rutger Smith of the Netherlands threw a world leading 219-9 (66.97m).

Former Husky Will Conwell of Club Northwest was 18th at 198-3 (60.42m), and former Cougar Ian Waltz was 20th at 195-7 (59.62m).

Conwell and Waltz were involved in a separate competition on Thursday at the US Olympic training center in Chula Vista (results incorporated into the Triton Invitational), with Waltz finishing 15th in 194-4 (59.24m), and Conwell 18th at 192-7 (58.69m).

Complete results from the Triton Invitational are available here.

At the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Texas alum Leo Manzano ran a 3:54.9 1600m leg for the USA Blue squad to defeat the USA Red team anchored by Washington State hall of famer Bernard Lagat (3:57.2), 9:19.31 to 9:19.88 as part of the USA vs the World meet.

Bellingham's Becca Friday contributed solid legs for the University of Oregon as the Ducks won both the 4 x 800 and 4 x 1500.

On Friday, she ran a 4:23.1 to anchor Oregon's 17:29.00 victory, then followed it up on Saturday with a 2:06.3 third leg to help the Ducks secure a 8:24.16 win.

Complete results from the Penn Relays are available here.

The Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, one of the most important distance meets of the domestic outdoor season takes place Sunday on the campus of Stanford University, with several athletes from the area, including Mike Sayenko and Sarah Porter, looking for qualifying marks in the 10000 meter run for June's US Olympic Trials.

Former Cougar Collier Lawrence is entered in the steeplechase, as is Club Northwest's Lois Keller. Keller's husband Levi, is entered in the pole vault. Kevin Hicks is entered in the 800, while Brie Felnagle is entered in the 1500.

Media partner Flotrack will stream the meet live, starting at 4:15 pm pacific time.

Start lists for the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational are available here.

AROUND THE STATE:

Eastern Washington's Keisa Monterola made her outdoor season debut Friday at the Pelluer Invitational hosted by the Eagles, clearing 14-0 (4.27m), a new school, meet and Roos Field record.

Results from the Pelluer Invitational are available here…

Washington's three other NCAA Division I schools--Seattle, Gonzaga, and Eastern Washington--all were in action Saturday at the Duane Hartman Invitational hosted by Spokane Falls CC.

SeattleU saw five school records broken Saturday--in the men's 4 x 100 relay (41.51); the men's pole vault by Stephen Squatrito (14-9, 4.50m); and Josh Walters in the hammer (147-9, 45.04m).

Bethany Richards scored a school record in the hammer (147-0/44.81m), and Katie Tougas got a Redhawk school record in the 200 (26.02).

Gonzaga's Lauren Bergam won the 3000 meter steeplechase in a school record 11:11.71.

Eastern's Keisa Monterola led a 1-2-3 Eagle sweep of the women's pole vault, clearing 13-1.5 (4.00m).

Complete results are available here.

In Lacey, Western Washington, Seattle Pacific, and Central Washington competed at the Saint Martin's Invitational, hosted by the Saints.

SPU's Myisha Valentine won the 100 in 12.32, and the 200 in 24.94, with her 200 the fourth fastest time in GNAC conference history.

Western's Eleanor Siler won the 400 in a NCAA DII provisional qualifying time of 55.94.

Central Washington earned eight event wins, including three of the four relays contested.

The Wildcats' Bryan Mack won the men's triple jump and was the first leg on the men's 4x100 relay squad that won with a time of 42.80 seconds. Mack's winning triple jump was 14.06 meters (46 feet, 1 1/2 inches).

Complete results from the Saint Martin's Invitational, along with SMU's recap are available here.

NOTE:  The sports information offices at Drake University, the Penn Relays, USA Track & Field, the University of Oregon, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, SeattleU, Seattle Pacific, Western Washington, Central Washington, and St. Martin's University contributed to this report.

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