Friday, May 18, 2012

Kara Patterson & Norris Frederick win their events at day 1 of the Tuscon Elite...

TUSCON--Vancouver native Kara Patterson (left/file photo by Mike Scott) won the women's javelin competition as day 1 of the Tuscon Elite throwers and jumpers meet got underway Thursday night at Drachman Stadium on the campus of the University of Arizona.

Patterson threw 195-9 (59.66m) in the first round for the victory, and was never seriously challenged.

Washington State alum Marissa Tschida finished 10th with a best of 165-5 (50.41m).

In other events, former Husky Norris Frederick won the men's long jump with a best of 24-11 (7.59m).

Former Spokane prep standout Britney Henry finished second in the women's hammer with a mark of 224-10 (68.54m). Clinton native Kimery Hern, a product of South Whidbey HS, won the B section of the women's hammer with a throw of 213-7 (65.10m).

Former Husky Kyle Nielsen, who is aiming for the Olympic Games A standard of 269-0 (82.00m) to help ensure selection to Canada's squad, finished second with a best of 253-2 (77.17m).

In the men's discus, another former Husky, Will Conwell, placed third with a throw of 200-3 (61.05m), while Marysville-Pilchuck alum Jarred Rome was one spot behind with a best of 198-7 (60.52m).

The meet resumes on Saturday. Complete day 1 results from the Tuscon Elite meet are available here.


Beynon is expected to begin the installation of the 11,000sy IAAF certified BSS 2000 track surface in August with a completion date slated for mid-September. The BSS 2000 is designed and manufactured for optimal competitive performance both indoors and out and is grounded by a bio-engineered force reduction layer of butyl rubber and full depth color polyurethane, ensuring athletes can train hard and run fast.

The track stadium is being built just north of the current soccer stadium next to the east parking lot, where a series of steel pilings are being driven into the surface to help stabilize the ground, which is on an old landfill.

Beynon is the same company that surfaced the track at the University of Oregon, using the same BSS 2000 compound.

The Beynon press release can be read here.

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