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:

PENN RELAYS: 

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 pennrelaysonline.com.

DRAKE RELAYS:

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.


DUANE HARTMAN INVITATIONAL:

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.



OSU HIGH PERFORMANCE MEET:

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.


WESTERN WASHINGTON TWILIGHT:

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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