Friday, July 12, 2013

Husky pole vaulter Jax Thoirs advances to finals of European U23 championships...

TAMPARE, Finland--University of Washington rising sophomore Jax Thoirs (left/photo by Paul Merca) was one of twelve athletes to advance to Sunday's finals in the men's pole vault at the European Under-23 championships Friday.

Thoirs cleared 17-6 1/2 (5.35m) on his second attempt to ensure his spot in the finals, after opening with a first attempt make at 16-8 3/4 (5.10m), and a second attempt make at 17-2 3/4 (5.25m).

Sunday's pole vault finals will be contested at 4:35 pm local time on Sunday (6:35 am in Seattle).

Meanwhile in Birmingham, England, University of Washington senior James Alaka finished second in his qualifying round of the men's 100 meters at the Sainsbury British national championships and world championships selection meet.

Alaka ran 10.57 behind Harry Aikines Aryeetey (10.31) to get an automatic qualifying mark into Saturday's semis, with the finals run later on the same day.

Saturday's semis will be run at 2:22 pm, local time, with the finals less than 90 minutes later at 3:48 pm.

A contingent of athletes from the Seattle based Brooks Beasts group will run at the KBC Night of Athletics meeting in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium Saturday.

Washington alum Katie Mackey is entered in the women's 1500, along with training partner and Tacoma resident Brie Felnagle, who competes for adidas.

In the men's 800, new member Cas Loxsom will run in the B section of the men's 800, while Mark Wieczorek and Matt Scherer are entered in the A section to round out the Brooks contingent.

Fresh off a personal best last week in Oordegem, Auburn-Riverside HS alum Jordan McNamara of the Oregon TC Elite looks to lower his PR of 3:34.00.

Live streaming video of the meet will be avaialble via Flotrack Pro (subscription required).

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