Sunday, May 13, 2012

UW's James Alaka repeats as Pac-12 200 champ; Sammamish native Jessica Tebo wins 5000...

EUGENE--The University of Washington's James Alaka (left/photo by Paul Merca) won his second straight men's 200 meter crown as the Pac-12 track and field championships concluded at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

Positioned on the outside in lane 7, the British national posted a personal best time of 20.45 (+1.7)and scored the Olympic A standard which puts him in contention for a spot on Great Britain's Olympic team in that event, well under the A standard of 20.55.

In securing the win, he also turned the table on USC's Aaron Brown, who won the 100 meters earlier in the meet over Alaka, 10.18 to 10.22 (+2.0), 4/100ths off the Olympic A standard of 10.18.

Before the meet, the woman who was considered the most dangerous runner in the distance field, Sammamish native and Seattle Pacific grad Jessica Tebo (left/photo by Paul Merca), a sixth year senior and grad student at the University of Colorado, took the women's 5000 meter run, winning in 16:03.70, after finishing third in the 1500 in 4:15.06 behind defending champ Jordan Hasay of Oregon (4:13.28) and Katie Flood of the Huskies (4:13.80).

In the women's 5000, sophomore Megan Goethals was third in 16:19.00.

Washington coach Greg Metcalf was pleasantly surprised with the performance of triple jumper Shaniae Lakes who leaped 43-3 1/4 (13.19m) on her final attempt to finish second behind Oregon's Lauryn Newsom (43-4 1/4, 13.21m).

Other highlights:

--Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry of Oregon finished second in the men's 400 behind USC's Bryshon Nellum, 45.20 to 45.85. Washington's Maurice McNeal was third at 46.59;

--Washington State's Shawna Fermin was second in the women's 400 in 52.66, with the Huskies' Jordan Carlson third at 53.03;

--As he did in the MPSF indoor meet in Seattle, Arizona State's Chris Benard turned the tables on WSU's Stephan Scott-Ellis 53-10 1/2 (16.42m) to 52-8 (16.05m);

--Though he took the lead with 250 to go, Washington State's Joe Abbott could not hold off the charge of Oregon's Elijah Greer in the 800, 1:48.48 to 1:48.59;

--Bellingham native Becca Friday finished second in the women's 800 to help the host Ducks take all three podium spots, running 2:05.34, behind teammate Laura Roesler's 2:05.13;

--The Huskies' Logan Miller came close to duplicating JJ Julifs' win in the pole vault Saturday, but came up close, finishing second to Stanford's Katerina Stefanidi, 14-8 1/4 to 14-4 1/2 (4.48m to 4.38m). Miller attained the US Olympic Trials B standard by 8 centimeters.

In the final men's team standings, the Huskies finished tied for fifth with Stanford at 78 points, while Washington State was eighth at 56.5 points.

In the women's team standings, Washington was sixth at 54 points, while the Cougars were ninth at 27 points.

Oregon repeated as men's and women's team champions, scoring 140 and 200.5 points, respectively.

Complete day 2 results from the Pac 12 championships are available here.

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