Sunday, April 28, 2013

WEEKEND RECAP: Yes, there were other meets involving Washington athletes this weekend!

To say that it was a busy weekend for yours truly, with the activities surrounding Husky Track & Field Alumni weekend, and the UW/WSU dual meet Saturday, is a gross understatement.

I neglected to give folks a preview of all of the other meets involving Washington athletes around the country.

Incidentally, the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, which is basically a distance-centered meet, happens Sunday--we will have a recap later in the day or on Monday.

In lieu of that, here's the rundown on what else happened this weekend:


In Philadelphia, Washington State alum Jeshua Anderson (left/photo by Kirby Lee, Image of Sport) ran a 45.9 third leg on the USA Blue team that finished fourth in the USA vs the World 4 x 400 meter relay.

In that event, the USA Red team of Torrin Lawrence, Manteo Mitchell, Bershawn Jackson, and Tony McQuay won in a time of 3:00.91.

In the distance medley, Bernard Lagat's USA Blue team finished fourth in a time of 9:19.33, as Ethiopia (9:16.34), Kenya (9:17.03), and USA Red (9:18.21) took the top three places.

Lagat had the third fastest 1600 meter split of the day, running 3:54.8 on his anchor leg.

In the collegiate 4 x 800m relay, Princeton, with Bellevue HS grad Michael Williams, finished fifth with a time of 7:21.62, as he ran a 1:51.05 opening leg.  Penn State won with a time of 7:14.14.

In the women's 4 x 1500 relay, Oregon, with Bellingham's Becca Friday on the anchor, finished second behind Michigan.  Friday ran a 4:20.3 on her leg.

Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry ran a 45.3 split on Oregon's distance medley relay that finished third in 9:26.80 behind Penn State (9:24.68) and Villanova (9:24.68).  He also ran a 45.9 split in the 4 x 400 relay, as the Ducks ran 3:06.24 to finish fourth.

Results from the Penn Relays are available via


In Des Moines, Iowa, UW alum Brad Walker finished second in the London Games Pole Vault Rematch, as he cleared 18-4 1/2 (5.60m) to finish behind Bjorn Otto of Germany, the winner of Wednesday's Pole Vault in the Mall.

Otto's winning height was 18-8 1/4 (5.70m), while Olympic champ Renaud Lavillenie finished in a tie for third at 18-0 1/2 (5.50m).

Rainier Beach HS grad Ginnie Crawford finished seventh in the 100 hurdles in a time of 12.94, as Queen Harrison won in 12.71.


In Spokane, Eastern Washington's Cora Kellerman (left/photo courtesy Eastern Washington University) fired off a toss of 170-0 (51.81m) to win the women's javelin, a mark that's second all time in school history, Her mark also currently ranks tenth in the nation and seventh in the Division I West Region at the moment.

Equally impressive was the throw by teammate Michelle Coombs in second with a mark of 164-9 (50.21m).

Gonzaga's Lindsey Drake raced to a school record in the 1500, winning in a time of 4:24.33.


Seattle University's Shaddye Melu set one of two school records at Friday's Oregon State High Performance meet in Corvallis, winning the men's high jump with a leap of 6-8 3.4 (2.05m).

The Redhawk's Collin Overbay lowered his own SR in the 1500, as he finished third in a time of 3:50.33.


Friday, US Olympian Donn Cabral, who resides in Bellingham, won the 3000 steeplechase at the Western Washington Twilight meet at Civic Stadium, as the Princeton alum cruised to a 8:51.86 solo mark, crushing the meet record by more than 20 seconds.

The Vikings' Bethany Drake earned a NCAA Division II auto qualifying mark in the javelin, throwing 157-4 (47.96m).

NOTE:  The sports information offices of Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington, Western Washington, and Seattle University contributed to this report.

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