Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ginnie Crawford ends season on a winning note in Zagreb...

ZAGREB, Croatia--Rainier Beach HS graduate Ginnie Crawford (left/photo courtesy USA Track & Field) ended her 2012 season by emerging victorious in the 100 meter hurdles at the Borisa Hanžekovića meeting.

Crawford, competing in the meet which is part of the IAAF World Challenge Series, took the win in a time of 12.68, just ahead of fellow American Queen Harrison's 12.74, and in front of Canadians Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (12.86) and Phylicia George (13.07).

Olympic bronze medalist Kellie Wells was sixth in 13.44.

In the women's discus, Renton HS grad Aretha Thurmond finished fifth with a best throw of 195-4 (59.54m), as Olympic champ Sandra Perković gave the home fans a victory with a toss of 215-10 (65.79m), a new meet record.

With the win, Crawford took home a check for $4000, while Thurmond's fifth place finish was worth $800.

Complete results of the Borisa Hanžekovića meeting are available here.


Over the weekend, Saint Martin's opened its season last Saturday at the Logger Invitational hosted by the University of Puget Sound at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, with the Saints winning the men's team title, and their women's squad taking second.

The Loggers' Matt Klein won in a time of 26:45 over 8k, while the Saints looked strong finishing 2-3-4 as Joseph Patti finished in a time of 27:03 to lead SMU.

The Saints' Erika Crock took the individual title, running 25:11 for the 6k course, while Carrie Keith paced the women of UPS with a second-place finish at the 25:32 mark.

In the men's team race, SMU won with 28 to UPS' 33 points,with Olympic College third at 69 points.

UPS won the women's team title 26-29 over SMU, while Olympic fielded an incomplete team.

Results and recap of the Logger Invitational are available here.

Both UPS and SMU return to action on September 15th at the Sundodger Invitational hosted by the University of Washington.

The Great Northwest Athletic Conference announced that Robyn Zeidler, who won the long-course race, finished second in the short-course race, and led Seattle Pacific's women to team titles in both meets at the Alaska Fairbanks Duals, has been named the first Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's cross country Athlete of the Week for 2012.

Zeidler ran 22:57 to win the long course 6k race last Thursday, and followed up the effort with a 15:19 clocking in the short course race.

The GNAC release is available here.

Finally, here's a link to a story posted on gohuskies.com describing the summer's activities for University of Washington assistant coaches Pat Licari and TJ Crater, who spent some time in London at the Olympics.

Licari worked with pole vaulter Brad Walker, while Crater, who formerly coached the throwing events at Penn State, was coaching Arizona State alum and reigning world indoor champion Ryan Whiting.

You can read the story here.

NOTE:  The GNAC, St. Martin's University, and the University of Puget Sound sports information department contributed to this report.

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