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.
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.