Thursday, March 27, 2014

WSU's Brooks-Johnson scores heptathlon personal best at Texas Relays...

AUSTIN, Texas--Freshman Alissa Brooks-Johnson (above/photo courtesy Washington State University) moved up two places to finish 17th in the 24-woman field in the heptathlon at the Texas Relays Thursday, as she accumulated a personal best score of 4987 points.

Brooks-Johnson started the day in 19th place and opened her final three events with a long jump leap of 17-feet 4 1/4 inches (5.29m). She threw the javelin a PR distance of 113-4 (34.55m) and then wrapped up the two-day competition with an 800m PR time of 2 minutes 19.37 seconds. 

Lindsay Vollmer of Kansas won the women’s heptathlon with a score of 5,640 points.

In the University/College Men Section B javelin event, junior Sam Ferenchak  threw a season-best distance of 208-4 (63.50m) for fifth place while senior Kyle Stevens finished sixth with a throw of 197-7 (60.23m).

Erin Allen advanced from the prelims of the University/College Women’s 400m hurdles with a time of 59.92 seconds which was ninth-best among the 62 women competing. Shaquana Logan ran a time of 1:00.21 for 12th place in the prelims. Allen, who ran her PR time of 59.05 in winning the event at the WSU at UCLA dual meet last weekend, will compete in the final Friday evening at 4:50 p.m. PT.

The meet continues Friday, with Vancouver native Kara Patterson making her 2014 season debut in the javelin, and University Place resident and reigning USA outdoor triple jump champ Andrea Geubelle opening up her 2014 outdoor campaign.

Washington State will have athletes competing in the women’s 100m hurdles, men’s 110m hurdles, women’s 400m hurdles final, and the women’s pole vault. Competition concludes Saturday afternoon.

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

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