Friday, May 17, 2013

Katie Mackey gets biggest win of pro career at Oxy HP and gets 'A' standard...

LOS ANGELES--University of Washington alum Katie Mackey (right, in yellow/photo by Randy Miyazaki, earned the biggest victory of her professional career in winning the 1500 meter run at the Occidental College High Performance meet at Jack Kemp Stadium on the campus of Occidental College.

Mackey crossed the line in a time of 4:04.60, setting a new personal best, and towing the next three runners behind her, including prep phenom Mary Cain, under the IAAF 'A' standard of 4:05.50.

Mackey's training partner, Brie Felnagle of Tacoma also dipped under the 'A' standard in the 5000, as she ran a personal best of 15:14.33 to finish third behind American record holder Molly Huddle's 15:05.56, and Trenier Moser's 15:11.00.

Olympic Trials finalist Mark Wieczorek finished fourth in the 800, running 1:45.36.  Washington State alum Joe Abbott won his section of the 800, running 1:46.59, finishing fifth overall.

In his section of the 1500, Auburn-Riverside alum Jordan McNamara ran 3:39.25.

Bellingham resident and 2012 US Olympian Donn Cabral finished seventh in the men's steeple, running 8:34.23.

Washington State alum Collier Lawrence was 12th in the women's steeple, as she ran 10:14.46.

In the women's 5000, Seattle Pacific alum Jessica Tebo was 11th in 16:27.30.


In Phoenix, University of Washington alum Brad Walker won the pole vault competition at the Sky Invitational, conducted at Paradise Valley Community College, as he cleared 19-1 1/2 (5.83m), easily turning back Nick Mossberg, who cleared 18-0 1/2 (5.50m).

More significantly, Walker now has the 'A' standard for this summer's world championships in Moscow.

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