Thursday, July 5, 2012

A potpourri of information after a break from the Olympic Trials...

After a short break recovering from the US Olympic Trials (well, not really, as I had to file three different stories for both Track & Field News and Northwest Runner), we are back to fill you in on what's up!

Friday, the Samsung Diamond League rolls back into action with the Meeting Areva at the Stade de France on the outskirts of Paris in St. Denis on Friday.

US Olympian Aretha Thurmond (center/photo courtesy Nike) is entered in the discus, where she'll face Diamond League event leader Sandra Perkovic of Croatia, Yarelis Barrios of Cuba, and Dani Samuels of Australia.

In the women's 1500, former Husky Ingvill Måkestad Bovin, who is coming off a disappointing effort at last week's European Championships in Helsinki, faces Diamond League event leader Abeba Aregawi of Ethiopia, and third placer Helen Obiri of Kenya.

Rainier Beach alum and Olympic Trials fourth place finisher Ginnie Crawford will compete in the 100 hurdles against reigning world champ Sally Pearson of Australia and Tiffany Porter of Great Britain.

The Meeting Areva will be streamed live (pay-per-view) beginning at 11 am pacific time on

The start lists for the meet are available here.

Eastern Washington's Keisa Monterola is facing a race against the calendar, as she tries to get the Olympic B standard before Sunday's qualifying period ends to ensure selection onto Venezuela's Olympic team.

Monterola jumped in Wednesday's beach vault competition at the Tacoma Freedom Fair, where she jumped 13-11 3/4 (4.26m) along with Linfield's NCAA D3 champ Catherine Street, before both missed at the Olympic B standard of 14-5 1/2 (4.41m).

Monterola will jump Saturday at the Alki Beach Vault on Alki Beach in West Seattle in one final attempt to get the Olympic B standard starting at noon.

Information on the Alki Beach Vault is available here.

At the InColor Hub City Classic stop of the National Track League circuit in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada Thursday, former Husky Kyle Neilsen won the javelin with a throw of 248-7 (75.78m).

UW volunteer assistant coach Christie Gordon was fifth in the 100 hurdles in 13.73.

Results from the Hub City Classic are available here.

As a follow up to the post last week about the Brooks "Run Happy" plane flying above Hayward Field, it looks like the New York Times has jumped in on the act.

We posted a tweet by David Monti of Race Results Weekly stating that Brooks personnel had their credentials pulled for hiring the plane for a bit of guerilla marketing over Hayward Field, which was clearly covered in Nike swooshes.

Erin Hofto, a spokeswoman for Bothell based Brooks, told the Times the company determined that the air space above Hayward Field was not a no-fly zone. Jesse Williams, a sports marketing manager at Brooks; Jim Weber, the chief executive; and Rick Wilhelm, a vice president, were told that the language on the back of their tickets said that “the ticket can be terminated without any cause for reason, immediately, and without refunding the face value of the ticket,” Hofto said.

A few minutes before the start of the women's javelin finals at the Trials, which I was covering for NBC Sports,  I was near the runway when I heard Kara Patterson yell at me to look up in the sky...and lo & behold, the Brooks plane was cruising along, at which time we both started laughing...all this a few moments away from the biggest meet of the domestic season!

The post is available here.

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