Saturday, July 21, 2012

Brad Walker gets second at Janusz Kusocinski Memorial meeting; Katie Mackey sets 800 PR...

SZCZCIN, Poland--University of Washington alum Brad Walker (left/photo courtesy US Olympic Committee) vaulted to a second place finish at Saturday's Janusz Kusocinski Memorial meeting in the Polish city.

Walker cleared 18-9 1/4 (5.72m) as Great Britain's Steve Lewis cleared a personal best and national record 19-1 (5.82m) to take the victory.

Defending Olympic champion Steve Hooker of Australia was third behind Walker, also clearing a 2012 season best of 18-9 1/4.

On his Facebook fan page, Walker said, "Cold night with some cross winds. Passed to .92 after one attempt at .82. Ended on the same stick as the .90 jump in Chula so I'm pleased. That stick is worth 6m so to get on it today is a good take away."

Walker moves on to Jockgrim, Germany for the annual street vault meet next week, an event that he's won before.

In Ninove, Belgium, former Husky Katie Mackey finished sixth in the 800 meters at the Memorial Rasschaert meeting Saturday.

Mackey set a personal best of 2:02.23 as Maggie Vessey won in a time of 1:59.98.

You can read Mackey's account of the race along with the official results here.

Finally, here's a link to an article written in the Journal & Courier in Lafayette, Indiana on Purdue alum and Vancouver native Kara Patterson, who travels to London for her second Olympics.

She's not satisfied with being a participant at this year's Olympics--she's aiming for a top eight finish.

You can read the interview with Patterson here.

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