Friday, February 28, 2014

Dawgs sweep distance medley relays and get win in women's pole vault at MPSF meet...

SEATTLE--The University of Washington swept both of the men's and women's distance medley relays to highlight day 1 of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor track & field championships at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the campus of the University of Washington.

The women's team of Eleanor Fulton, Kayla Stueckle, Amy-Eloise Neale, and Katie Knight took the victory in the DMR, as they ran 11:13.99.

Fulton was in the lead for most of the opening 12000 leg, but lost it in the last 300 meters, as Arizona took the lead going into the 400 leg, where Stueckle kept it close.

Freshman Amy-Eloise Neale took command on the 800 leg, and fellow frosh Knight took the baton home for the win.

In the men's distance medley relay, Washington's Meron Simon ran a strong opening 1200 leg, while Quadelle Satterwhite followed in Stueckle's footsteps and kept it close going into the 800 leg, where Derrick Daigre opened it up.

Daigre passed the baton off to Izaic Yorks (above/photo by Paul Merca), as Yorks proceeded to run a 1600 leg of 3:59.5 as they crossed the line in 9:31.82, the 11th fastest time in the NCAA so far this season, and puts them on the bubble for a spot in the national championships in two weeks.

Washington State finished fourth in the men's DMR with a time of 9:53.38.

After opening with a third attempt make at 12-6 (3.81m), Washington's Kristina Owsinski continued her hot streak by winning the women's pole vault with a best of 13-5.75 (4.11m) to best reigning Pac-12 champ Kristine Felix of Washington State (13-5.75/4.11m) and Husky senior Logan Miller at 12-11.75 (3.96m).

Washington's Jax Thoirs finished fourth in the men's pole vault competition, with a clearance of 17-4.5 (5.30m), as Michael Woepse of UCLA took the win at 17-10.5 (5.45m).

After seven events in the women's competition, Arizona jumped to a 31-28 lead over cross-state rival Arizona State.  Washington is fourth with 26 points, while the Cougars are 11th with 11 points.

On the men's side, California is the day one leader after six events with 40, followed by Arizona State at 37.  Washington is seventh at 15, while WSU is eighth with 14 points.

In Pocatello, Idaho, the Eastern Washington men's squad picked up a historic 1-2-3 finish by Jordan Arakawa, Zack Nielsen, and Jon Buchanan in the 35-pound weight throw.

Arakawa uncorked a throw of 65-8 3/4 (20.03m) to claim his first career Big Sky title. Nielsen (63-9.5/19.44m) and Buchanan (63-5.5/19.34m) each added personal best-throws to grab the other two spots on the podium.

Those marks for Nielsen and Buchanan move them up to third and fourth in all-time at Eastern behind Arakawa and school-record holder David Paul. It also marks just the second time in school history EWU has swept an event since Mike Erickson, Mike Krings and Mike Uhlenkott swept the pole vault at the 2005 outdoor championships.

“Our rich thrower history added a performance tonight that may be the most impressive chapter our thrower’s program has ever experienced,” said head men’s coach Stan Kerr. “The sweep was exhilarating. Everyone on the team was fired up watching this stellar trio take over the competition.”

In the women’s 5,000, Berenice Penaloza (17:54.98), Sarah Reiter (17:56.99) and Catie Arrigoni (17:57.24) placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

In team scoring, the Eastern men sit third with 35 points, and the women are ninth with nine.

In Moscow, Idaho, the Seattle U men finished in sixth place with 44.5 points, while the Redhawk women finished seventh with 22 points at the Western Athletic Conference championships.

Auburn native Shaddye Melu picked up a third place finish in the 400, setting a school record of 48.25 in the process.

Sophie Curatilo was second in the women's mile, running 4:58.93.

Redhawk coach Trisha Steidl said of her team's efforts in Moscow, “This is the best our team has competed at the indoor conference meet during my time coaching at SeattleU.  While this completes our 2014 indoor season, it’s a strong foundation on which to build as we prepare for the outdoor season.”

NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Washington, Washington State, Seattle University, and Eastern Washington contributed to this report.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

It's conference championship weekend for SeattleU, Eastern, WSU & UW...

For four of the state's NCAA Division I schools, it's championship week, as SeattleU, Eastern Washington, Washington State, and the University of Washington compete in their conference championship meets.

SeattleU got things underway Wednesday at the Western Athletic Conference meet in Moscow, Idaho, as Amanda Maddux (above/photo courtesy Seattle University) finished 11th in the pentathlon, with a final score of 2935 points.

Maddux’s day started with a time of 10.19 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles. She then tied for the third-best performance among the 19 competitors in the high jump, clearing 1.55 meters (5’ 1”). She posted the third-best mark in the shot put at 9.99 meters (32’ 9.5”) to move into ninth place after three events and within striking distance of the top eight that would score points for the Redhawks.

The sophomore posted a top mark of 4.34 meters (14’ 3”) in the long jump to slide into 11th place in the overall standings, where she would remain after the 800 meter run. She ran a personal-best time of 2:32.42 in the final event of the day, seventh-best among the participants. Maddux finished with 2,935 points in the competition.

The bulk of the competition continues Thursday, with the meet concluding on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Washington Eagles head to Pocatello, Idaho for the Big Sky Championships hosted by Idaho State.

At last year’s indoor meet in Bozeman, Mont., the Eagle men finished seventh with 46 points, while the women were ninth with 26. In the preseason poll of Big Sky coaches, Eastern’s men were voted to place sixth (67) and the women were picked ninth (46).

The Eagles will send 19 men and 19 women to the championships, with their strongest events the men's weight throw, and the women's pole vault.

In Seattle, the Huskies host the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor championships, with 11 of the Pac-12 schools in action, plus teams from the Big West and West Coast Conferences, as none of those conferences sponsor indoor track.

The common denominator for athletes competing in Moscow, Pocatello, and Seattle is that the push for NCAA qualification is on everyone’s mind this weekend. To reach NCAA Indoors in Albuquerque, athletes must finish the season ranked in the top-16 in their event nationally.

Based on the current rankings, there are 24 athletes currently ranked in the NCAA top-10 that are scheduled to compete in the Dempsey this weekend, including several NCAA leaders.

Friday’s action begins at 12 noon with the women’s weight throw final and the first event of the pentathlon. Both pole vaults will take place Friday, as will both men’s and women’s long jumps, as well as the men’s weight throw. The pentathlon will complete all five events, while the heptathlon will do four of seven. Track finals on Friday include the 5,000-meters, the 200-meters, and the distance medley relays which wrap up the day at 7:10 p.m. Prelims in the 60m hurdles and dashes also take place.

Saturday is a great day of track with one final after another starting at 10:30 a.m. All remaining track finals take place Saturday, along with the conclusion of the heptathlon, and the men’s and women’s high jumps, triple jumps, and shot puts. The 4x400m relays wrap things up at 2:25 p.m.

Flotrack will provide streaming video ($) of the meet with subscription to Flotrack Pro.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of Seattle University, Eastern Washington, Washington State & the University of Washington contributed to this report.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Is everything hunky-dory now that Gabe Grunewald is declared the winner of the USA indoor 3000?

If you read other track and field/running blogs around the country that deal with the elite side of the sport, you'll know by now (unless you've been hiding under a rock) about the non-disqualification, disqualification and withdrawal of disqualification of Gabe Grunewald (photo by Paul Merca from 2012 Olympic Trials) in the women's 3000 at last weekend's USA Indoor championships in Albuquerque that for a few days, put Jordan Hasay on the plane to Sopot, Poland for next weekend's world indoor championships.

The firestorm or feces meeting the proverbial fan from the blogosphere and Twitterverse was swift, ranging from calling Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar "sleazy", "whiny", and other adjectives not suitable for publishing.

There's been reaction about Grunewald's camp not allowed access to the protest area that the Salazar/Nike camp had access to because Nike is USA Track & Field's largest sponsor, along with the introduction of "enhanced video" that led to the Salazar camp getting their way and getting Grunewald DQ'd after two denials by the meet's Jury of Appeals.

(Before we get too far, for the purposes of this post, we won't delve into the disqualification of Andrew Bumbalough from the men's 3000, not to mention the near scuffle between Salazar and Jerry Schumacher, Bumbalough's coach, and Salazar screaming at Lopez Lomong accusing him and Bumbalough of impeding Galen Rupp, Salazar's athlete, though it begs the question on what was the evidence that got Bumbalough disqualified, and also whether or not Salazar violated any USATF coaches' code of conduct policies by berating Lomong. That's a whole different post).

Now I was not in Albuquerque to witness the meet, but numerous questions about the Grunewald case need to be answered:

A)  How did the Salazar camp get a third chance to protest when their first two protests to the referee and the Jury of Appeals were denied? Was Salazar, because he is an employee of USATF's biggest corporate sponsor, given an extra lifeline not available to any coach/athlete without a Nike sponsorship? And if so, why would USATF go out of its way to violate their own rules?

B)  There has been talk that after the first two protests were denied, enhanced video footage magically showed up. What is the video, and why won't USA Track & Field release it?  I don't want to speculate, but for all I know, it could be some kid's cell phone video, or video from the stands (neither of which is admissible in making a protest). Whatever it is, tell the public what it is and show it. In the NFL, the same video that a referee uses to review instant replay, or a coaches challenge is shown to the general public, both in stadium and at home. Otherwise, the refusal to show the evidence makes it look like a conspiracy by USATF, Nike, and the Salazar camp to cover their behinds using the veil of Jordan Hasay's withdrawal from the world indoor team. This appears to be a case where perception trumps reality.

C) Related to B, why is Jordan Hasay withdrawing if this supposed enhanced video footage available is enough to get Grunewald disqualified?  Did she cave in to the pressure of a potential public relations disaster?

It's cool that Gabe Grunewald got her spot on the plane for Sopot, but until these questions get answered, the athletes, coaches and agents, and most importantly, the viewing public (or what's left of the viewing public that didn't stumble upon the meet on TV while flipping channels) will rightfully be skeptical of any actions that USA Track & Field will take moving forward. There has to be steps taken to prevent the next athlete at a national championship or Olympic Trials from getting Grunewalded.

NOTES:  Here is the official USA Track & Field announcement stating that Grunewald was reinstated as the winner of the race, and a link to the official USATF release announcing the disqualification of Grunewald.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Brooks Beasts' Nick Symmonds qualifies for world indoor championships...

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico--It wasn't the way Nick Symmonds (left/photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport) wanted to get his spot to Poland, but he will take it.

The seven time US national champion and member of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts finished third in the 800 meters Sunday at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center, behind winner Eric Sowinski and the hard charging Robby Andrews.

Symmonds, who was fighting a cold during the meet, sat back for the first half of the race, then made a charge with 300 meters to go.

Sowinski made a move and actually gapped the field, giving him a clear path to the victory in 1:47.86.

Symmonds at the same time charged to try and close the gap and found himself in second entering the final straightaway, only to be passed by Andrews in the last few meters, as he took second in 1:48.44 to Symmonds' 1:48.48.

Afterwards, Symmonds said, “I was just so tired coming in. I had a flu, a cold for the last few days. I was on the start list and saw that only three guys had the standard, so I was trying to hope that it was a race between me and (Michael) Rutt  (who finished sixth in 1:49.14) for that second spot. I’m glad I’ll be going. It will give me two weeks time to get healthy finally.”  

Symmonds' Beasts teammate Mark Wieczorek was fifth in 1:49.03.

Courtesy of and media partner, here is video of the 800 meter final:

In other action, University Place resident Andrea Geubelle finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 44-9 3/4 (13.66m), but will not go to Poland, as she doesn't hold the standard.

Washington State University alum Blessing Ufodiama was fourth with a jump of 44-1 3/4 (13.44m).

In the women's 800, Nike sponsored runner Phoebe Wright, who trains with the Beasts, finished fifth in 2:05.60.

In the women's 1500, Katie Mackey of the Brooks Beasts finished fifth in 4:16.24, while Bellingham native Becca Friday was seventh in 4:18.70.

The men's 1500 saw the Beasts' Garrett Heath finish third in 3:43.97, while teammate Riley Masters finished 15th in 3:56.31.

Former UW vaulter Sarah (Pappas) Sheppard failed to make a bar in the women's pole vault.

NOTES:  The USA Indoor Track & Field championships will go down as one of the more memorable national undercover meets in a long while, but unfortunately for the wrong reason.

Starting with the initial placing of Brooks Beasts' Riley Masters into the B section of the 1500 before the meet, all the way up to the disqualification of Gabriele Grunewald from the women's 3000 on Saturday for obstructing Jordan Hasay, it's been, to put it mildly, a few steps short of a complete "operation in which multiple things have gone wrong".

According to the USATF release, written by Jill Geer, the organization's chief communications officer, "During the women’s 3,000-meter final contested Saturday evening, a meet official raised a yellow flag, indicating a possible field-of-play infraction by a runner. A review of the official’s report by the Women’s Running Head Referee and subsequently by the Jury of Appeal led to a ruling of no infraction. The Jury of Appeal then reviewed additional video evidence and reversed their initial ruling, disqualifying Gabriele Grunewald for a field-of-play infraction impeding Jordan Hasay. Protests and appeals were filed by representatives of athletes during the process. In accordance with USATF Competition Rules 111 and 119, the Jury of Appeal is a three-person panel appointed by the USATF Games Committee.  Protests and appeals are governed by USATF Competition Rule 146. The decisions of the Jury of Appeal are final."

As of right now, Grunewald, who was first across the line in 9:23.15, is disqualified, with runner-up Shannon Rowbury of the Nike Oregon Project declared the winner in 9:25.49.

Runner-up Sara Vaughn (9:26.46) does not own a qualifying standard of 9:02 indoors, or 8:38 or 15:00 for 5000 outdoors, so Hasay, who competes for the Nike Oregon Project, gets the second spot to Sopot for now, as she owns the standard.

“The solution would be for the USATF to admit that their process was flawed and that the original ruling (from the Jury of Appeal) should stand,” he said to Runner's World.

In a sign of solidarity supporting Grunewald, several runners, including Brooks Beasts' Katie Mackey held hands after the women's 1500 finals as they walked off the track.

“Athletes taking action is what is going to make a change,” Mackey said. “At some level, the USATF may view it as interchangeable parts. But I know this weekend a fire has been lit. We don’t want people to think it’s swept under the rug and that there isn’t fairness in our governing body. The question is how to get that happening. This weekend really impacted me, and I think other athletes feel the same.”

In the men's 3000 that was won by Washington State grad and reigning world champ Bernard Lagat, Andrew Bumbalough of Team Schumacher which trains on the Nike campus in Beaverton, was disqualified for allegedly pacing teammates Ryan Hill and Lopez Lomong, leading to a confrontation in the athletes' area between Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar, and Jerry Schumacher.

Naturally, the bad guys in all of this are USA Track & Field for not having any transparency in the appeals process, along with Nike, Alberto Salazar, and the Nike Oregon Project for allegedly putting the squeeze on USA Track & Field officials after the original Jury of Appeals decision to not DQ Grunewald went down Saturday night.

What's going to come out of all this?  Hard to say, but nobody looks good after this.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Vikings win GNAC men's indoor crown; WSU Open II & Joe Gray wins NACAC XC title...

NAMPA, Idaho--Alex Donigian of Western Washington (left/photo courtesy WWU Athletics) earned GNAC Male Outstanding Performer honors in leading their respective teams to titles in the 11th annual GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at Jacksons Track at the Ford Idaho Center.

Donigian swept the 60 meters and 200 meters for the second year in a row in meet-record times of 6.75 and 21.79, respectively.  His 60 time is also an all-time GNAC record.

"Alex had a tough day in Friday's prelims, but was much better today," said WWU coach Pee Wee Halsell. "He won the 200 even though he was in the slow heat, and had a great performance in the 60. It was an amazing day, and great to see his hard work pay off."

Peter Maguire of the Vikings won the 60 hurdles in 8.24, claiming a meet record.

Luke Plummer (46-3.75/14.10m) and Kevin Stanley (58-1.25/17.71m) of Central Washington each earned wins in the triple jump and weight throw as the Wildcats took fourth with 73 points.  

Saint Martin's was eighth with 43 points, and Seattle Pacific ninth with 10 points.

The Seattle Pacific women's team finished a solid second in the GNAC title race, scoring 125 points, as defending champ Alaska Anchorage prevailed with 154 points.

The Falcons got wins from McKayla Fricker in the mile (5:00.37), Kishia Mitchell in the 400 (57.00) and from the 4 x 400 relay team of Mitchell, Tasia Baldwin, Jasmine Johnson, and Fricker (3:51.94).

The Viking women's squad finished fourth with 100 points, led by the second victory of the meet by Tanya Bjornson, adding the 60 meter hurdle title to the long jump crown won Friday.

Bjornsson won the 60 hurdles Saturday in a time of 8.72, knocking 0.07 of a second off her own school-best set last year and improving on her provisional status for the national championships. Bjornsson, who also won the long jump Friday, was second Saturday in the 60-meter dash (7.89).

Central Washington, led by Tayler Fettig's meet record of 5-9.75 in the high jump, tying the all-time conference record, finished sixth with 47 1/3 points, while Saint Martin's was eighth with 9 points.

Seattle Pacific will host a last chance qualifying meet next Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor on the campus of the University of Washington following the conclusion of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship meet, scheduled to end around 3 pm.

In Pullman, Washington State University athletes won 13 events at the WSU Open II meet at the WSU Indoor Facility Saturday.

Charlotte Muschamp won the women's high jump, equaling her PR of 5-10 (1.78m) for the third time this season.

In a spirited pole vault competition featuring reigning Pac-12 champ Kristine Felix of WSU, and NCAA scorer Logan Miller of the University of Washington, it was the Huskies' Kristina Owsinski (left/photo courtesy University of Washington) who stole the victory with a leap of 13-6.25 (4.12m), a personal best.

“It has been a good indoor season for us and we had some good performances today,” WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. “In the high jump, Charlotte Muschamp did really well and it was good to Holly Parent back in uniform and jumping again."

In Mt. Irvine, Tobago, Club Northwest's Joe Gray (below/photo by Mike Scott) won the NACAC cross country championship Saturday to lead the USA to the team title.

Gray, the Lakewood resident who was fourth at the USA cross country championships in Boulder last week, ran 24:14 over the 8k Mt. Irvine Golf Course as the Americans went 1-3-5-7 to handily defeat Canada 16-30 in the senior men's race.

In the senior women's race, Sequim native Stephanie (Marcy) Dinius' fifth place finish in the 6k race helped the USA get the team title by a 16-25 margin over Canada.

Dinius completed the course in 21.51, as Kellyn Johnson led the way for the Americans with her 20:10 win.

Afterwards, Dinius said, "I had a rough time in the heat and humidity but managed to kick hard at the end. Thankful for another chance to represent the US, and win this time!"

Team USA also won the junior men's race over the Canadians, but came up short in the junior women's race behind Team Canada.

NOTE:  The GNAC, Athletics Canada, and the sports information offices of Central Washington, Seattle Pacific and Western Washington contributed to this report.

Bernard Lagat punches ticket to Poland for world indoors by defending 3000m crown...

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico--Washington State University hall of fame member Bernard Lagat (above/photo by Randy Miyazaki, won yet another USA national indoor 3000 meter title at the Albuquerque Convention Center, using his patented kick to clinch a ticket to Sopot, Poland for the IAAF world indoor championships in two weeks.

As is his trade mark, Lagat stayed near the front, letting others, most notably Andrew Bumbalough, Ryan Hill and Lopez Lomong do the work until the 2400 mark, when he shot from about fourth place along with Galen Rupp.

On the last lap, Lagat swung wide and maintained his speed, despite having to dodge lapped runners to take the victory in a time of 7:46.01, the fastest time run by an American at the US indoor championships (Moses Kiptanui of Kenya has the meet record of 7:42.81 from 1994 when foreign athletes were eligible to run in the US indoor meet).

“My thoughts going into Poland as a defending champion, I want to see if I can do it again. I have the confidence. I've been doing good training right now. What I have to do is do what exactly what I did tonight. This is like a championship race. That is exactly the time that wins the championships. If I run smart and I keep an eye on the guys that are tough - the few Ethiopians I have been watching and the Kenyans - I think I will be safe. I'm going to use that strategy I used tonight to make sure that I get the gold medal in Poland.”

Courtesy of and media partner, here is video of the race:

In the women's 3000, pending the outcome of a protest lodged by Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar stating that winner Gabriele Grunewald (9:23.15) made contact with fourth place finisher Jordan Hasay (the results web site states "Result will be officially posted on Sunday"),  Angela Bizzarri of the Seattle based Brooks Beasts was fifth in 9:30.45, and teammate Jessica Tebo seventh in 9:32.56.

Gonzaga alum Lindsey Drake was tenth in 9:50.56, while Brooks Beast Jamie Cheever was 12th in 9:53.04.

In field event finals, UW alum Norris Frederick finished seventh in the long jump with a mark of 24-8.5 (7.53m).  Club Northwest's Levi Keller and Ryan Brown tied for tenth in the pole vault with a jump of 17-4.5 (5.30m).  University Place native Andrea Geubelle was third in the long jump with a best of 21-8.25 (6.61m).

In the men's 800 semis, Mark Wieczorek (1:48.28) and Nick Symmonds (1:48.79) of the Brooks Beasts won their heats to advance to Sunday's finals, while teammate Cas Loxsom was third in his heat in 1:49.05 and didn't' advance.

Symmonds said, "(The race) went out probably as expected. It was a little more crowded than I would have hoped, but I just wanted to key up Brian Gagnon, so I did that and got around him. I don’t know who the kid was pushing the 50 meters, but he dug deep and it was tough to get by him."

“Erik Sowinski looks really, really good, so he’ll hopefully go for a ride. I don’t know if I can beat him right now. He’s a good indoor runner, but I’m going to try to see if I can sneak by him in the last 50.”

Phoebe Wright, a Nike runner who trains with the Beasts, ran 2:03.78 to finish second in her heat of the women's 800 and advance to Sunday's finals, while Erica Moore of the Beasts was second in her heat in 2:05.98, but did not advance to the final.

Results from the USA Indoor championships are available here.  Sunday's competition will be shown live on Universal Sports from 11-1230p, pacific, then switch over to NBCSN (channel 626 on Seattle Comcast) from 1230p-2pm.

Western Washington men first, women second after day 1 of GNAC indoor championships...

NAMPA, Idaho--After Friday's first day of competition, the Western Washington men lead the way, while the women's squad sits in second at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference indoor championship meet at the Ford Idaho Center.

The Vikings got big points thanks to 1-2 finishes in the high jump from Brett Watson  and Logan Myers, each clearing 6-8 3/4 (2.05m); Jacob Gilbert  (52-10.75/16.12m) and Frank Catelli in the shot put (52-0/15.85m), and Kevin Yates (22-10.5/6.97m) and Watson (22-6.5/6.87m) in the long jump.

On the women's side, Tanya Bjornsson (left/photo courtesy WWU Athletics) scored a personal best of 19-1.25 (5.82m), and 1.5 inches short of the school record, defeating Seattle Pacific's Kyra Brannan, who jumped 18-3.75 (5.58m).  Bjornsson also was the top qualifier in the 60-meter hurdles (8.86) and tied for fourth among qualifiers in the 60 (7.98). She won both those events last year.

In the pentathlon, Central Washington's Tayler Fettig finished second overall with a score of 3311 points, while the Seattle Pacific trio of Maddie Hommes (3136), Ali Sowers (2983), and Cheryl Hong (2832) went 3-6-8, as all three frosh completed their first ever multi-event competition.

Western's Katie Reichert was fourth with a score of 3063, while teammate Emily Stralser was seventh with 2861 points.

After four events in the heptathlon, Central Washington's Justin Peterson (2577) and Andrew Venema (2469) are second and third, while Western's Michael Stralser is fourth at 2398.

The Vikings' Cheyenna Pinley placed second in the women's pole vault, clearing 12-1/2 (3.67m), and the men's distance medley relay was runner-up with a 10:07.79 clocking.

Western's Katelyn Steen finished third in the 5000 in 17:56.88, while SPU's Anna Patti was one spot behind in 18:06.77.

The GNAC championship meet concludes Saturday with twelve men's events, and eleven women's events.

NOTE:  The Great Northwest Athletic Conference, and the sports information offices of Central Washington, Seattle Pacific and Western Washington contributed to this report.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Beasts' Masters in a pickle over heat draw in Albuquerque...

ALBUQUERQUE--The meat of the meet hasn't started yet, but the men's 1500 meter run at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships has already been a source of controversy.

What gives?

According to this post on, marks made in the 2013 season can be used to qualify for the IAAF world indoor championships in two weeks in Sopot, Poland.  However, to get into this year's  USA indoor meet, marks must be made this season; however, if you've met the IAAF standard for Sopot, you're allowed into the US nationals, but you're entered with a NM (no mark), which bumps you down in the seeding.

Originally, the 1500 was going to be contested in one section, but the large number of declared entries (19) forced meet management to split the race into a two-section final.

The simple and logical solution to seeding the large field, according to was to put those with the IAAF standard in the fast section, and everyone else in the other section.

If you haven't gotten lost in the myriad of details, the other nine have a distinct advantage over him. All they have to do is run a faster time than him in the second section, and Masters is SOL and won't be going to Poland, even if he wins his heat.

Now this could all be a moot point and have a happy ending, depending on what happens with Saturday's 3000 and who scratches, with several athletes, including Galen Rupp, Ryan Hill, Lopez Lomong, Will Leer, and Masters' Brooks Beasts teammate Garrett Heath entered.  I'm speculating that the athlete and/or their coach/agent has them entered in the 1500 as a backup in case they don't make the team in the 3000.

No matter how you slice it, it's a confusing situation for all involved.

In a text to sent by Beasts coach Danny Mackey, "There has been no resolution thus far…it's really frustrating and I highly doubt it was a 'mistake'".

"It's upsetting," Masters says. "I would like to be in the fast heat. I would like to take a shot at making the Worlds team. Someone made the decision to put me in the slow heat, and that truly is unfortunate. I really think I could compete well this weekend."

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Within five minutes of this being posted, Chris Nickinson of posted on his Twitter account that the meet management has redrawn the heats and posted it in the meet hotel, and that Masters is in the A heat.

A text from Mackey confirmed that he got the word from meet management an hour ago.

However, the web site does not reflect the change as of 8:20 pm, pacific time.  

Here is the update, courtesy of

Dinius, who currently resides in Palo Alto, was the second runner for Team USA at last month's BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross Country race in Scotland, finishing eighth.

Gray, the reigning USATF national club cross country champ who was also on the Edinburgh squad last month where he finished eighth, is coming off a strong performance at last week's USA Cross Country championship race in Boulder, where he placed fourth.

In Pullman, Washington State hosts the WSU Open II meet at their campus facility Friday and Saturday.

While the competition consists of schools from eastern Washington and Idaho, the pole vault fields will be enhanced by the presence of the University of Washington, as they enter Diamara Planell Cruz, Liz Quick and Logan Miller on the women's side in a matchup against Pac-12 champ Kristine Felix, while the Huskies' JJ Juilfs, the 2012 Pac-12 champ jumps in the men's field.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Championship weekend begins for pros and GNAC squads...

This weekend marks the beginning of championship weekend for athletes in the pro ranks and in Division II, with the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on the line in Albuquerque, and the GNAC Championships in Nampa, Idaho.

For the pros, this year's USA indoors has significant meaning, with spots on the line for the IAAF world indoor championships in Sopot, Poland on March 7-9.

Danny Mackey's Brooks Beasts will have a significant presence in New Mexico, as they'll have athletes in every race from 800 meters on up.

In the men's 800, they'll be led by Moscow world championship silver medalist Nick Symmonds (left/photo by Paul Merca), with Mark Wieczorek and Cas Loxsom also entered.

The women's 800 will have Erica Moore and Nike training partner Phoebe Wright toeing the line.

In the 1500, Garrett Heath of the Beasts enters the meet as the top seed, with teammate Riley Masters in the field.  Heath is also entered in the 3000.

Katie Mackey, who won the mile at last weekend's Husky Classic in her season opener, is entered in the 1500.

The Beasts will have a large presence in the 3000, with Cal alum Deborah Maier and Seattle Pacific grad Jessica Tebo in the 3000, along with training partner Brie Felnagle from Tacoma, who represents adidas.  Jamie Cheever and former NCAA champ Angela Bizzarri are also entered for the Beasts.

Bernard Lagat, who was named USATF athlete of the week for last weekend's winning effort at the Millrose Games, is entered in the 3000, as he takes a step toward defending his world indoor crown in the 3000.

Other athletes with Washington ties entered in the meet include Bellingham's Becca Friday (1500), Gonzaga grad Lindsey Drake (1500/3000), Bellarmine Prep and WSU alum Shaquana Logan (60 hurdles), Levi Keller and Ryan Brown (pole vault); former UW standouts Sarah (Pappas) Sheppard (pole vault) and Norris Frederick (long jump); University Place native Andrea Geubelle (long/triple jumps); WSU alum Blessing Ufodiama (triple jump); and former Bellingham resident and 2012 Olympian Donn Cabral (1500/3000).

NBCSN and Universal Sports will provide television coverage of the USA indoor championships, with assisting with web coverage.

In Nampa, the Western Washington men's team is the pre-meet favorite to defend its GNAC title, despite dropping out of the USTFCCCA top 25 national computer rankings.

The Vikings have eight athletes seeded #1 out of 17 events, and return five defending champs, though Alaska Anchorage, which is the only GNAC team ranked in the top 25, could give the Bellingham school a serious run.

Back to lead Western Washington’s men are five athletes – Alex Donigian (20 points), Jonathon Poolman (15 points), Kevin Yates (13 points), Logan Myers (12 points) and Brett Watson (12 points) - who combined for 72 of WWU’s winning team total of 152 last year.

On the women's side, Alaska Anchorage is the the pre-meet favorite.

Seattle Pacific looks for big points from defending champ McKayla Fricker and Lynelle Decker in the 800, as both are ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Other Washington athletes ranked in the NCAA D2 top ten nationally going into the GNAC meet include Tayler Fettig of Central Washington in the high jump, and Western Washington's Cheyanna Pinley in the pole vault.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Chris Derrick wins second straight USA harrier title; Izaic Yorks becomes fifth Husky to break 4 minutes...

BOULDER, Colorado--With no world cross country team berths on the line, it may have been devoid of big names, but you wouldn't have known it as the athletes who made the trek to the home of the University of Colorado gave it their all at the USA Cross Country Championships at the Flatirons Golf Course.

Portland-based Chris Derrick (left/photo by Paul Merca) repeated as the senior men's national cross country champ, after staying in the pack for the first third of the 12k race.

Derrick, the Stanford alum, stayed with the group of nine for the first two laps, and stretched out his lead over the final four 2k laps, winning the title by a 25-second margin over Luke Puskedra of the Nike Oregon Project, with 2012 champ Bobby Mack third at 36:43.

Club Northwest's Joe Gray from Lakewood, the 2013 USATF national club cross country champ, was fourth in 36:58.

Bellingham native Jake Riley was eighth in a time of 37:18.

Derrick, who has been training in Colorado Springs over the last few weeks, said, "I want to be the best cross country runner in America. I feel really strong in my training, especially training at altitude at Colorado Springs.  I've never done two hour runs before, and now I'm doing those.  I felt the guys were letting me have it, and I felt like I was in a groove, so I went."

In the women's 8k race, there was a bit of an upset, as Flagstaff-based Amy Van Alstine took the victory over Boulder resident Jenny Simpson.

From the gun, a pack of a dozen women grouped up and ran together for much of the first half of the race, including pre-race favorite and US Olympian Jenny Simpson.

Just before the 4,000m mark, Van Alstine along with Northern Arizona Elite teammate Kellyn Johnson, Simpson, Eastern Washington alum Mattie Suver and Alisha Williams started to break from the field. As Van Alstine and Johnson led the charge, the field continued to thin. Before 6,000m Van Alstine surged ahead, gaining a three second lead over Johnson and an eight second lead over third place Suver.

Over the final 2,000m, Van Alstine charged hard, grinding down the competition and widening her lead. As she crossed the finish line with a wide smile and her arms raised in triumph, Van Alstine realized she won her first U.S. title, 22 seconds before the runner-up, Simpson at 27:35.

Suver crossed the line in third in 28:01.

“I expected someone to go, but nobody went,” said Van Alstine. “I tried to pick it up a bit, and I could feel everyone breathing on me. I felt really good, and I was kind of surprised that I won, and that Jenny (Simpson) wasn't in front of me. I'm really happy and amazed.”

In the junior men's 8k, Colbert's John Dressel, the 2013 Foot Locker national runner-up, finished fourth in a time of 25:45, as Stanford's Sean McGorty led a Cardinal 1-2-3 finish, winning the national title in 24:44.

In Seattle, University of Washington sophomore Izaic Yorks (above/photo courtesy University of Washington) joined Greg Gibson, Eric Garner, Austin Abbott, and James Cameron as the fifth runner in school history to break four minutes in the mile at the Husky Classic Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor.

Yorks was fourth in a race that was won by defending NCAA 1,500m Champion Mac Fleet of Oregon, but Yorks, who could see the clock ticking away down the homestretch, leaned across the line to become just the fifth Husky ever to run a sub-four-minute mile, one of the most treasured numbers in sports. His time ranks fourth in UW history, with the last Husky to break the mark being current senior James Cameron, back in 2011.

“I knew today was the day. I knew it, I just didn’t know by how much,” said Yorks, who was running his first mile this season after beginning the year running 800- and 1000-meter races. “But I was extremely excited, and even more excited to know that this for sure isn’t as fast as I can go. More than anything it’s my first mile rust-buster.”

Lagat wins 2000; Efraimson sets national high school mark in the mile at Millrose...

NEW YORK--Washington State University alum Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) dropped down in distance and won the 2000 meter run at the Millrose Games, held at the Armory Saturday.

Lagat, the reigning world champion at 3000 meters, won the race in a time of 4:54.74 to defeat a field that included 2012 US Olympians Evan Jager and former Bellingham resident Donn Cabral.

Cabral, who has relocated back to the East Coast, was sixth in a time of 5:00.18.

Nick Symmonds of the Brooks Beasts was third in the 1000 meter run, clocking 2:18.87, as Pierre Ambroise Bosse took the win in 2:17.63.  Beasts teammate Matt Scherer performed pacing duties in the race before dropping out.

In the women's mile run, Camas' Alexa Efraimson, competing against a professional field, ran the fastest mile ever by a high schooler, as she clocked 4:32.15 in finishing fifth in a stacked field, beating the all time high school best of 4:35.24 set by Polly Plumer of University HS in Irvine, California in 1982.

Mary Cain, a high school senior and 2013 world championships finalist over 1500 meters, won the race in 4:27.73, but is ineligible for high school record purposes, as she turned pro in November.  However, Cain's mark is an American junior record.

Tacoma native Brie Felnagle, who competes for adidas, but trains with the Beasts, was ninth in the women's 3000 in 9:01.57, as Kim Conley won in 8:48.35.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The weekend ahead: Husky Classic, Millrose and USA Cross Country Champs on the docket...

SEATTLE--The indoor track season reaches an apex this weekend with the annual Husky Classic, as the Dempsey welcomes in many of the nation’s top teams for a huge weekend that will go a long way towards shaping the NCAA Championship picture. Half of the teams in the top-25 of the men’s and women’s rankings will be represented in the Dempsey this weekend.

All five Washington Division I schools--Washington State, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, and the host Huskies, will have entries in the meet.  Seattle Pacific also has entries in the meet, with most of the state's Division II teams competing in the open portion of the meet on Sunday

The Husky Classic frequently features the fastest distance races on the indoor schedule, many times faster than the NCAA meet itself, as teams send their top contenders to Seattle in hopes of running season-bests that will qualify them for the NCAA Indoor meet just a month away on March 14-15. Thirteen of the top-25 men’s teams in the country will be in attendance, and 12 of the top-25 women’s teams will be on hand, though many teams send just a handful of athletes.

Top-10 teams on the men’s side include No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Oregon, No. 6 Florida State, No. 7 Penn State, and No. 8 Arizona, while there will be five top-10 women’s teams including No. 2 Oregon, No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Arkansas, and No. 9 Stanford. The Husky women’s team remains ranked 22nd this week.

On the pro circuit, the big meet this weekend is the NYRR Millrose Games at the Armory in New York.

Nick Symmonds and Matt Scherer of the Brooks Beasts are entered in the 1000 meter run.  Camas HS junior Alexa Efraimson goes in the Wanamaker Mile against an excellent pro field that includes Mary Cain, the New York high school sensation who turned pro recently instead of competing against preps.

Washington State alum Bernard Lagat, who is sharpening up for a world championship defense over 3000 meters, drops down a kilo to 2000m, where he goes against 2012 Olympic teammates Donn Cabral and Evan Jager.

Tacoma's Brie Felnagle goes in the women's 3000.

With no berths to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on the line, there's naturally a drop off in the quality of the field at the USA Cross Country Championships in Boulder, Colorado.

USATF national club cross country champion Joe Gray from Club Northwest is among those in the field in the open men's 12k championship race.  In the junior men's 8k, Spokane area prep John Dressel, the runner up at last fall's Foot Locker nationals in San Diego is entered, after finishing seventh at the BUPA Great Edinburgh junior cross country race last month.

The release previewing the meet is available here.  

Saturday, February 8, 2014

CJ Smith gets win in Albuquerque to highlight UW middle distance showing; Beasts get third in Beantown...

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico--University of Washington 800 meter runner CJ Smith (above/file photo by Paul Merca) won the 800 meter run at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic at the Albuquerque Convention Center to highlight a strong performance by the Husky middle distance squad.

Smith, a sophomore from Rancho Santa Margarita, California, took the victory, running a time of 2:14.04, .31 seconds ahead of runner-up Caitlin Waters of Texas Tech, in the three-section timed final.

In the men's 800, Derrick Daigre of the Huskies finished second overall behind Mark Husted of Brooks.  Daigre ran 1:50.48, behind Husted's winning time of 1:49.85.

Washington's Izaic Yorks (1:51.40), Meron Simon (1:52.62), and Blake Nelson (1:54.34) went 3-5-7 overall in the 800.

Pole vaulters Diamara Planell Cruz (13-8.25/4.17m), Logan Miller (13-4.25/4.07m), and Liz Quick (13-0.25/3.97m) went 2-3-4 in that event for Washington, as Texas' Kaitlin Petrillose went 14-7.25 (4.45m) for the win, and the NCAA Division I lead in that event.

In Boston, the Brooks Beasts, who went into the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix looking to grab the world indoor record in the 4 x 800 meters of 7:13.94 set in 2000, instead finished third behind a USA all-star squad comprised of Richard Jones, David Torrence, Duane Solomon and anchor Erik Sowinski.

The USA all-stars ran a world record time of 7:13.11, with the NJ/NY TC squad second at 7:13.22, and the Beasts squad of  Cas Loxsom, Matt Scherer, Mark Wieczorek, and Nick Symmonds third at 7:18.52.

In the men's 3000, Garrett Heath of the Beasts was fourth, as the Stanford alum ran 7:37.40.  Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia took the win in a world leading time of 7:34.13.

In New York, University Place resident Andrea Geubelle finished second in her season opener in the triple jump at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.

Geubelle, a former NCAA champ at the University of Kansas, jumped 43-1.75 (13.15m), as Christina Epps of Coppin State won with a jump of 43-2.25 (13.16m).

In Moscow, Idaho, vaulter Kristine Felix was one of 10 Washington State track and field team competitors to claim victories Friday night at the 38th Annual Vandal Indoor Meet Friday night at the Kibbie Activities Center in Moscow, Idaho.

Felix, a sophomore from Wailuku, Hawai’i, soared to a lifetime-best height in the pole vault of 13-feet, 7 1/4 inches (4.15m) which is the second-best mark in WSU all-time records. Felix, the 2013 Pac-12 pole vault champion, cleared the height on her second attempt.

Ruby Roberts won the women’s mile with a PR time of 4 minutes 46.48 seconds which bettered her second-best mark in school records.

Cougar men winning their events Friday included Terrance Chambers in the 200m (PR 21.87), Drew Jordan in the mile (4:09.19), Daniel Zmuda in the 60m hurdles (equaled PR of 8.01), Austin Sodorff in the pole vault (4.90m/16-0 3/4), and Tay’lor Eubanks in the triple jump (14.50m/47-7).

Other WSU women with victories at the Vandal Indoor included the women’s 4x400m relay squad of Erin Allen, Christiana Ekelem, Bree Winfrey, and Bria’una Watley (season-best 3:47.99), Audrey Ketcham in the high jump (PR 1.70m/5-7), and McKenna Hogan in the long jump (5.33m/17-6). 

Candice McFarland was the top collegiate finisher in the 60m hurdles with a PR time of 8.55, 10th-best in WSU all-time records.

Eastern Washington's Jordan Arakawa and Zach Nielsen went 1-2 in the men's weight throw, with a toss of 63-4 (19.30m), and 63-0.25 (19.21m), respectively.

Saturday, several Washington schools participated in the Vandal Open in Moscow, including Washington State, Eastern Washington, Spokane CC, Central Washington, Whitworth, and Saint Martin's.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Washington, Washington State University and the University of Idaho contributed to this report.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Thoirs goes over 18 feet in Albuquerque...

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico--University of Washington pole vaulter Jax Thoirs (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the pole vault Friday night at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic at the Albuquerque Convention Center, the site of this year's NCAA indoor championship meet.

Thoirs cleared 18-0 1/2 (5.50m) on his first attempt to defeat Air Force alum Nick Frawley, who also cleared the same height, but on his second attempt.

With that jump, Thoirs, a native of Glasgow, Scotland joins former NCAA champs Brad Walker and Scott Roth as the only Huskies to clear 18 feet (5.50m) or better indoors, though he cleared 18-1 3/4 (5.53m) at the UW Purple/Gold intrasquad meet in December, which will not count for NCAA qualifying purposes.

In other action, senior Julian Bardwell broke his personal-best with a jump of 23-8 ¾ (7.23m), just a quarter of an inch out of the Husky top-10 list.

On the track, sophomore Quadelle Satterwhite roared to a sixth place finish in the men's 200, going 21.64.

The New Mexico Collegiate Classic resumes Saturday, as the Washington contingent has athletes in the jumps, sprints, and middle distance events.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Busy weekend of track & field action ahead for Washington athletes...

Apologies for not posting since Saturday's UW Invitational--like the rest of Seattle, we are digging our way out of the greatest sports weekend and party in this city's history, not to mention a gigantic case of the Blue Flu that has greatly diminished productivity, and caused numerous absences among the city's workers and school kids.

To put it bluntly, Seattle's gone nuts over its Seahawks, the newly crowned Super Bowl champions, led by the brash Richard Sherman (left/photo by Paul Merca), the former Stanford long and triple jumper, who is one of the best cornerbacks in the game.

Disclosure:  In addition to this blog, I also cover the Seattle Seahawks and the NFL on a part-time basis, working primarily with the television rights-holders.

So, here's a recap of what's happened since, and what to look forward to as we head to another busy weekend in track & field:

Alexa Efraimson's efforts at the UW Invitational garnered her the USA Track & Field athlete of the week honors, after the Camas HS junior's scintillating 9:00.16, broke Mary Cain's all-time high school best of 9:02.10 set last year at the Dempsey.

Washington State and Eastern Washington will travel to Moscow for a pair of meets Friday and Saturday at the Kibbie Dome for the Vandal Indoor and Open meets.  The Eagles have 18 men & 18 women competing Friday night, while the Cougars enter a squad of 34 men & 23 women Friday night.

Both teams will run athletes in the Vandal Open meet who did not get in Friday's meet.

The Washington Huskies will send a group of athletes to Albuquerque for this weekend's New Mexico Collegiate Classic, primarily in the sprints and jumps.

Speaking of the Huskies, the Washington women's team dropped one spot to #19 in the USTFCCCA national team computer rankings.  In Division II, Western Washington's men moved up three to #22 in the rankings released earlier this week.

The rankings can be accessed via the USTFCCCA home page.

On Saturday, the Brooks Beasts travel to Boston for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, where the team of Nick Symmonds, Cas Loxsom, Matt Scherer and Mark Wieczorek will go for the world best mark in the 4 x 800m relay of 7:13.94 set in this meet in 2000.

Other teams will include Loxsom’s World Juniors teammate (and bronze medallist in Moncton) Robby Andrews, leading a team from the New York/New Jersey Track Club, and an “all-star” team led by world and Olympic finalist Duane Solomon.  

The IAAF preview of the meet is available here.  The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix will be televised live by NBCSN (Comcast 626 in Seattle) starting at 1:30pm (4:30p Eastern time).

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Myriad of meet records broken at UW Invitational...

SEATTLE--A myriad of meet records were set during an exciting UW Invitational Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor facility, both on the track and on the field.

Reigning world and Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton broke the meet record of 7.75 in the 60 meter hurdles in the preliminaries, tying the facility record of 7.68 in the process.  In the finals, Eaton lowered the meet and facility record, running 7.61.

Eaton later competed in the invitational pole vault, finishing fifth with a jump of 16-4 3/4, in his first meet of the indoor season, as he prepares to defend his world indoor crown in the heptathlon.

Despite a sluggish start, Oregon native Ryan Bailey, who was fifth in the 2012 Olympic 100m final, won the 60 meter dash in a meet record 6.62, matching the time he ran earlier in the prelims.

Arizona's Lawi Lalang ran a solo effort in the men's 3000, setting a meet record of 7:44.20, leaving the next closest runner almost 15 seconds behind.

Perhaps the most impressive field event performance of the meet came from Oklahoma alum and 2012 US Olympian Tia Brooks, as the 2013 world championships finalist broke the meet and facility record three times in a stellar shot put series, stretching the tape our to 60-8.75 (18.51m), the fourth best mark in the world this season, and the top mark by an American so far this year.

In the men's shot put, Penn State alum Joe Kovacs won with a meet record of 65-9.5 (20.05m), eclipsing the old mark of 65-6.75 (19.98m) set by Olympic medalist and three-time world champ John Godina in 2003.

With a fourth place effort in the women's 3000, Camas HS junior Alexa Efraimson (above, #428/photo by Paul Merca), the 2013 IAAF world youth championships bronze medalist, opened with an outstanding time of 9:00.16, which is the fastest time ever run by an American high schooler under any conditions, breaking the previous all-conditions mark of 9:02.10 set by Mary Cain on this track last year.

Efraimson will face Cain at the Millrose Mile in New York in two weeks.

Amanda Winslow, who competes for Seattle-based Oiselle, won the race in 8:56.37, followed by Oiselle teammate Lauren Penney in 8:56.44.

In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Nick Symmonds made his Brooks Beasts TC debut by winning the 800 at the Camel City Elite meet at the JDL Track in a time of 1:48.64, leading a trio of Beasts across the line, as Mark Wieczorek was third in 1:49.66, and Cas Loxsom was fourth in 1:50.14.

Deborah Maier and Jessica Tebo went 1-2 in the 3000 for the Beasts, as they ran 9:02.79 and 9:04.52, respectively.  Jamie Cheever was sixth in 9:19.21, and Angela Bizzarri was ninth in 9:28.45.

In the men's mile, Riley Masters was third in a time of 4:01.77.

Phoebe Wright, a Nike-sponsored runner training with the Beasts was second in the 800, as the Tennessee grad ran 2:04.29, just getting nosed out by Heather Kampf of Asics/Team USA Minnesota by 1/100th of a second.

In Karlsruhe, Germany, Washington State alum Bernard Lagat finished fourth in the men's 3000 at the Karlsruhe Weltklasse indoor meet, running 7:38.51, as Caleb Ndiku of Kenya took the win in 7:36.27.

Results from Karlsruhe are available here (text in German; click on individual event name).

In Pullman, Washington State track and field competitors won a total of 20 events and a pair of freshmen reached school records over the two days of the Cougar Indoor/Multis competition at the WSU Indoor Facility on the Pullman campus.

WSU freshman Dino Dodig from Serbia won the men’s heptathlon with a freshman school record of 5,483 points, surpassing Brandon Brownell’s 2004 total of 5,154 points.

After taking the lead after the first day’s four events, Dodig ran the 60m hurdles in 8.44 seconds, pole vaulted a lifetime-best height of 14-feet 7 1/4 inches (4.45m) and ran the 1000m in a time of 2 minutes 59.54 seconds.

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