With 2013 about to end, the final US top marks of the 2013 season was published by Track & Field News shortly after Christmas.
Among athletes with Washington ties who made the top ten in 2013 were: Michael Berry in the 400 (45.14); Joe Abbott (1:45.04) and Mark Wieczorek (1:45.36) in the 800; Jordan McNamara in the 1500 and mile (3:34.00/3:52.42); Bernard Lagat in the 3000 and 5000 (7:34.71/12:58.99); Jeshua Anderson in the 400 hurdles (49.14); Brad Walker in the pole vault (19-1 1/2); Jarred Rome in the discus (208-7); and Jeremy Taiwo in the decathlon (8239).
On the women's side, Washingtonians with top-10 marks include: Phoebe Wright in the 800 (2:00.20); Katie Mackey (4:04.60/4:32.0) and Brie Felnagle (4:05.64/4:30.3) in the 1500 and mile; Felnagle (8:52.59/15:14.33) in the 3000 and 5000; Jamie Cheever (9:29.13) in the steeple; Mattie Suver (32:29.14) and Megan Goethals (32:52.78) in the 10000; Ginnie Crawford (12.67) in the 100 hurdles; Andrea Geubelle (21-11.5/46-6.25) in the long and triple jumps; Aretha Thurmond (204-1) in the discus; Britney Henry (228-10) in the hammer; and Kara Patterson (187-5) in the javelin.
An abbreviated version of the lists is available via the USA Track & Field web site. The complete list is available only to subscribers of the magazine.
As many of you have noticed, paulmerca.blogspot.com tends not to post very much during the holiday season, as the focus shifts away from the track, roads, and field to my family, many of whom put up with what I do during the other eleven months of the year., whether it's me missing a family outing, bumming a ride to the airport, or blocking phone calls, texts and emails in order to finish a story. Additionally, there's a little thing called the NFL post-season that I'm involved in covering that's taken some time away from the blog.
Rest assured that once the indoor season gets under way, paulmerca.blogspot.com will be back in full force!
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