Thursday, May 23, 2013

Brad Walker vaults in low-key meet in Chula Vista...

CHULA VISTA, California--Competing in one of the low-key meets at the Olympic Training Center, University of Washington alum Brad Walker (left/photo courtesy USA Track & Field) tied for first with Great Britain's Steve Lewis at the OTC Pre-World 7 meet.

Walker, the two time US Olympian and 2007 world outdoor pole vault champion, and Lewis each jumped 18-0 1/2 (5.50m), clearing on their second attempt, before missing three attempts at 18-8 1/2 (5.70m).

Club Northwest's Levi Keller no-heighted, failing to clear his opening height of 17-0 3/4 (5.20m).

Walker is scheduled to jump at next week's Nike Prefontaine Classic stop of the IAAF Diamond League tour in Eugene's Hayward Field.

Meanwhile, another Washington alum, Aretha Thurmond, is on the start list in the women's discus at Saturday's adidas Grand Prix stop of the IAAF Diamond League tour at Icahn Stadium in New York.

Tacoma resident Matt Scherer will be the pacemaker in the men's 800, which includes Olympic champion David Rudisha of Kenya.

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