Saturday, May 18, 2013

Thurmond takes third in Tuscon; Anderson seventh in Puerto Rico...

TUSCON--Renton HS and University of Washington alum Aretha Thurmond (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished third in the discus as the two-day Tuscon Elite Classic meet concluded at Drachman Stadium on the campus of the University of Arizona.

The four-time US Olympian, who finished second in Thursday's competition, threw a best of 200-0 (60.95m), as US leader Gia Lewis-Smallwood threw a stadium record of 214-10 (65.49m), which would be the fourth best in the world this season, pending results from other meets this weekend.

Liz Podominick, the University of Minnesota alum who trains in Portland under 1976 Olympic champ Mac Wilkins, finished second with a best of 204-5 (62.32m), and now has the IAAF 'A' standard of 203-5 (62.00m) for this summer's world championships.

In the women's hammer, Spokane native and University of Oregon alum Britney Henry replicated her fourth place finish from Thursday's competition, as she threw 223-3 (68.05m).

US Olympian Amanda Bingson won the competition with a toss of 239-4 (72.95m) to beat Thursday winner and fellow Olympian Jessica Cosby Toruga, who threw 239-1 (72.88m).

In Ponce, Puerto Rico, Washington State alum Jeshua Anderson finished seventh in the 400 hurdles at the Ponce Grand Prix de Atletismo.

Anderson's long time rival Johnny Dutch won with a world leading time of 48.02, turning back local hero and Olympic bronze medalist Javier Culson, who was second in 48.36.

Anderson crossed the line in a time of 49.94.

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