Saturday, May 25, 2013

Falcons finish seventh in 4 x 400 meter relay at NCAA D2 nationals...

SPU's Emily Quatier, Kishia Mitchell, Jasmine Johnson and
McKayla Fricker (photo courtesy Seattle Pacific)
PUEBLO, Colorado--Seattle Pacific's 4 x 400 meter relay team of Kishia Mitchell, Emily Quatier, McKayla Fricker, and Jasmine Johnson became the first foursome in the 12-year history of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference to earn All-America honors in that event, as they finished seventh in a time of 3:43.40 at the NCAA Division II track & field championships.

Courtesy of Seattle Pacific, here's a video with the foursome after their race:

In other action involving Washington athletes in the final day of competition at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl, Bethany Drake of Western Washington finished 13th in the javelin with a toss of 138-2 (42.13m), while Seattle Pacific's Katy Gross was 21st with a best of 120-3 (36.65m).

In the men's triple jump, Central Washington's Bryan Mack was 19th with a best of 46-2 (14.07m).

Wildcat teammate Braden Keller, who was one of the top seeds in the javelin, finished a disappointing 17th, throwing 189-9 (57.84m).

High jumper Tayler Fettig of Central Washington only cleared one bar at 5-5 (1.65m) and placed 19th.

In the final women's team score, the points Seattle Pacific earned from Ali Worthen and Katy Gross in the heptathlon, and the 4 x 400 meter relay, put the Falcons in a three way tie for 19th with 15 points, as Academy of Art (San Francisco) took home the national Division II title.


In New York, University of Washington alum and four time US Olympian Aretha Thurmond finished seventh in the discus at the adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium.

Thurmond's best on the day was 188-9 (57.55m), as Olympic champ Sandra Perkovic won with a throw of 224-8 (68.48m).

Tacoma's Matt Scherer was the pacemaker in the featured 800 meter run for winner and Olympic champion David Rudisha, who won in a time of 1:45.14.

NOTE:  The sports information office at Seattle Pacific contributed to this report.

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