Thursday, April 18, 2013

Washington's distance runners open proceedings at Mt. SAC Relays...

WALNUT, California--Action opened on the track Thursday at the fabled Mt. SAC Relays on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College, with numerous heats of distance races.

In the fast section of the women's open 1500, Washington's Eleanor Fulton (left/photo courtesy University of Washington) finished eighth in 4:23.13, while Stanford grad and new Seattle resident Lindsay Allen, who is training under coach Danny Mackey, was 12th in 4:24.96.

In another section, sophomore Baylee Mires ran a 4:25.66. Next fastest was senior Mel Lawrence, improving her season-best with a time of 4:27.09, then redshirt freshman Joelle Amaral, who set a PR going under 4:30 for the first time at 4:29.12. Junior Liberty Miller ran 4:30.98 and senior Justine Johnson posted a time of 4:32.45, both season-bests. Freshman Maddie Meyers clocked 4:32.90 to round out the group.

SeattleU's Sophie Curatilo ran 4:37.45 in her heat.

Michael Miller led the men with a career-best time of 3:47.16 in the second heat on the men's side. James Cameron had a good showing of 3:50.81, with Tyler King posting a similar time of 3:50.86 in a separate heat. Redshirt frosh Aaron Nelson, ranked in the top-10 nationally in the steeplechase, had a PR of 3:52.86. Gareth Gilna ran 3:55.06 and Kyle Blume ran 3:57.88 as well.

The men's steeple saw Seattle Pacific's AJ Baker run 9:41.58 in his heat.

In the invitational elite steeple, WSU alum Collier Lawrence, representing Seattle-based Oiselle, was fourth in 10:08.73.

In the men's 10000, Washington State's Justin Englund was 21st in 29:52.56.

In another section of the men's 10000, SeattleU's Matthew McClement was 23rd in 30:28.40.

At Azusa, first day leader Jeremy Taiwo's attempt to win the Mt. SAC Relays decathlon title ended with the dreaded no-height in the pole vault.

Taiwo started day two by running 14.83 in the 110 hurdles, then threw the discus 121-5 (37.01m).

Starting at 14-9 (4.50m), Taiwo missed his three attempts at that height, earning no points.

He then threw 139-3 (42.45m) in the javelin, but did not start the 1500m.

Husky freshman Josh Gordon finished sixth overall with a final score of 6640 points.

Washington's Shelby Williams and Jaleecia Roland each completed their heptathlons, with Williams placing 15th out of 24 finishers with 4,690 points, and Roland finishing 21st in her first full college heptathlon with 4,325 points.

NOTE:  The sports information office of the University of Washington and Azusa Pacific College contributed to this report.

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