Tuesday, November 26, 2013

AROUND THE TRACK: Unterreiner earns Rhodes Scholarship; Nelson among Washington All-Americans; Brooks Beasts feature...

As we go into the Thanksgiving holiday, it's time to catch up on a few items:

Miles Unterreiner was awarded a
Rhodes Scholarship
(photo by Paul Merca)
At this time last year, we chronicled the story of Gig Harbor HS alum Miles Unterreiner, who was in Seattle the day before the NCAA cross country championships for an interview with the Rhodes Scholarship committee, then flew to Louisville, Kentucky to run in the championship race, then returned to Seattle for the second part of the interview, only to lose out on the scholarship.

There is a happy ending to this, as Unterreiner was selected as a 2014 Rhodes Scholar by the Rhodes Trust over the weekend.  Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.

Unterreiner, who graduated from Stanford with bachelor's and master's degrees in history, was a writer and managing editor for the Stanford Daily, and served as president of the Stanford American Civil Liberties Union executive board.

Unterreiner, who is currently working at the think tank The Frontier Group in Santa Barbara, plans to pursue a masters of philosophy in international relations at Oxford.

"I am incredibly honored to receive the Rhodes Scholarship from among a field of such extraordinary candidates," Unterreiner said. "I absolutely could not have done it without the support of my professors and teachers, my advisers, my athletic coaches, my friends and family and Stanford University. This award truly belongs to all the people who have guided me and shaped who I am. So what I feel most of all about receiving the Rhodes Scholarship is thankful – for everyone in my life who made it possible."

Here's the link to the Rhodes Scholarship winners for 2014.

The USTFCCCA announced the athletes receiving All-America honors in cross country in a release on Monday.

Athletes earned All-America honors by finishing in the top 40 in Division I and II, and in the top 35 in Division III.

In Division I, the University of Washington's Aaron Nelson from Walla Walla earned All-America honors by finishing 20th in the men's 10k race in Terre Haute, running 30:27 to become the first Husky to earn that honor since Christian Belz turned the trick in 1998.

In Division II, Western Washington's Katelyn Steen from Sammamish's Eastlake HS and Kamiak HS grad Bryton Reim from Cal Baptist each earned All-America honors at Saturday's NCAA Division II championship meet in Spokane.

Steen finished 34th in the women's 6k race in a time of 21:46, while Reim was 36th in the men's 10k race in 31:13.

In Division III, Roosevelt HS alum Lucy Cheadle, competing for Washington University of St. Louis was fifth in the NCAA Division III championship meet in Hanover, Indiana, as she ran 21:29 for the 6k distance.

The complete list of athletes earning USTFCCCA All-America honors is available on their web site.

For those wondering where Daje Pugh, the outstanding hurdler from California who attended the University of Washington last year went, it turns out that she elected to transfer to the University of Kentucky over the summer.

Last season, Pugh ran 13.99 in the 100 hurdles, and 63.38 in the 400 hurdles, after winning the 2012 USATF Junior Olympic title in a personal best of 13.61, and the California state title in the 300 hurdles in a US leading time of 40.57.  Pugh was a scorer for the Huskies at last year's Pac-12 meet in the 4 x 100 relay, and also ran on their 4 x 400 relay.

Finally, our friends at Flotrack have put together a series of videos on the Seattle based Brooks Beasts middle distance group headed by coach Danny Mackey.

While Brooks, whose world headquarters is also located in Seattle has sponsored runners for years, they've never committed to putting together a national-caliber training group focusing on middle-distance runners (the company sponsors the Hanson's group out of Michigan, which is focused on 10k-to-marathon runners) until this January, when the Beasts were born.

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