Friday, June 15, 2012

Around the track: Walker wins in Chula Vista; Crawford takes hurdles in Victoria, and USA juniors preview...

In Chula Vista, California on Thursday, University of Washington alum Brad Walker (left/photo by Paul Merca) tuned up for the US Olympic Trials by winning the pole vault at the OTC Pre-Olympic Series VIII meet.

Walker cleared 18-9 1/4 (5.72m) to take the victory, with Mark Hollis finishing second at 18-5 3/4 (5.63m).

In other events at the Olympic Training Center, Marysville's Jarred Rome won the discus at 198-6 (60.52m), and Britney Henry won the hammer at 221-10 (67.62m).

Tahoma HS alum Derek Eager of UCLA was second in the javelin at 208-11 (63.70m).

Results from the OTC Pre-Olympic Series VIII are available here.

At Wednesday night's Victoria International Track Classic in Victoria, BC, Rainier Beach HS grad Ginnie Crawford rebounded from Sunday's loss at the Harry Jerome meet by winning the 100 hurdles in 12.92.

Washington alum Falesha Ankton was fifth in 13.45, while UW volunteer coach Christie Gordon was ninth at 14.18.

WSU alum Anson Henry won the 100 in 10.50. On the field, former Husky Kyle Nielsen was third in the javelin at 236-11 (72.21m).

Results from the Victoria International are available here.


Several notable athletes from the state of Washington are headed to Bloomington, Indiana for the three-day USA Junior Track & Field Championships on the campus of Indiana University that begins Friday.

Heritage HS senior Sean Keller, fresh off winning his second Washington 4A title in the javelin, is aiming for a spot on Team USA at the IAAF world junior championships next month in Barcelona, Spain.

Keller, who owns a B standard for the US Olympic track & field trials, is second on the national prep list at 244-1 (74.40m) this season.

WSU's Anna Adamko and Christine Kirkwood are entered in the women's javelin.

Edmonds-Woodway HS grad Alec Fellows from Oregon is entered in the decathlon.

Huskies competing this weekend include Derrick Daigre in the 800-meters, J.J. Juilfs in the pole vault, and Gianna Woodruff in the 400-meter hurdles. Husky commits in action are Seattle native Maddie Meyers in the 3k steeplechase and 3,000m run, and Hawaii resident Hannah Sherrill in the discus.

Juilifs is the defending USA junior champ, while Daigre was second at last year's junior nationals in Eugene.

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