Sunday, February 24, 2013

Husky commit Amy-Eloise Neale wins mile at Brooks PR Invitational...

SEATTLE--University of Washington commit Amy-Eloise Neale from Glacier Peak HS in Snohomish, twice a runner-up in this meet, finally got the victory to highlight the Brooks PR invitational at the Dempsey Indoor at the University of Washington Sunday.

Neale took to the front from the start and controlled the action for the first 1300 meters, with a group of four runners biding their time.

With a little over 200 meters to go, Michigan native Haley Meire made a move on the outside and took the lead entering the final turn, but upon exiting, found a burst of speed down the homestretch to take the win, 4:45.89 to 4:46.56.

Neale will head to Birmingham, England in two weeks to run in the British world cross country team trials, and attempt to make their squad for the world championships on March 24th in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Two Washington athletes who are going to Poland for the world championships next month also competed in the Brooks PR meet, as North Central HS/Spokane standout Katie Knight (above, #6/photo by Paul Merca) finished fourth in the girls 2 mile, as world junior championships teammate Erin Finn from Michigan took the win in a meet record 10:08.24.

Alexa Efraimson from Camas HS in southwest Washington was third in 10:15.82.

Mead HS senior Andrew Gardner, who earned the final spot on the USA junior team in St. Louis three weeks ago, was fourth in the boys' 2 mile in 9:06.52, as Bernie Montoya from Arizona took the win in a meet record 8:54.63.

NOTE:  Special thanks to Katy Klein of Brooks Sports media relations for her assistance in the coverage of the Brooks PR Invitational.

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