Friday, May 18, 2012

Jordan McNamara scores personal best at Oxy High Performance meet...

LOS ANGELES--While the sports world had their eyes towards downtown and the matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the former Seattle Supersonics in the NBA playoffs, track and field aficionados were watching the USATF High Performance meet at Jack Kemp Stadium on the campus of Occidental College.

Auburn Riverside alum Jordan McNamara (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished fifth in his section of the men's 1500 meters, running a personal best of 3:36.48.

Courtesy of media partner, here is video of McNamara's race:

Former Washington Husky Katie Mackey, who was gunning for the Olympic A standard of 4:06.00, came close, running a personal best 4:06.57 to finish third in her section behind Minnesota alum Gabriele Anderson (4:06.46) and reigning US champion Morgan Uceny (4:06.52).

In the same section, Tacoma's Brie Felnagle placed sixth in 4:08.80.

In the men's 800, Gig Harbor's Mark Wieczorek finished second in his section in a time of 1:47.05, while veteran Kevin Hicks of Seattle was sixth in 1:48.97.

Western Washington alum Sarah Porter finished sixth in the women's 5000, running 15:59.95.

Club Northwest's Lois Keller finished fourth in her section of the 3000 steeplechase in 10:03.42. Another CNW runner, John Ricardi, was 16th in his section of the men's 3000 steeple in 9:16.95.

Complete results from the USATF High Performance meet are available here.

In Shanghai, former Huskies Aretha Thurmond and Brad Walker are entered in Saturday night's stop on the Samsung Diamond League tour.

Thurmond will contest the discus against reigning Olympic champion and new American record holder Stephanie Brown-Trafton, 2009 world champ Dani Samuels of Australia, and Sandra Perkovic of Croatia.

Walker will vault against reigning Olympic champ Steve Hooker of Australia, Bjorn Otto of Germany, and Konstantinos Filippidis of Greece.

The meet will be streamed live (pay per view) on Universal Sports beginning at 5 am, Pacific time.

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