Sunday, May 4, 2014

Katie Mackey drops huge personal best in 5000m at Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite...

PALO ALTO, California--University of Washington alum Katie Mackey (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts made a major dent in her personal best in finishing third in the 5000 meter run  at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational Sunday night.

Mackey ran 15:04.74 to obliterate her personal best of 15:23.65, set at this same meet last year, finishing behind Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, who ran 14:59.23, and Meraf Bahta of Sweden, who also ducked under 15 minutes at 14:59.49.

In the same race, Seattle Pacific alum and Beast teammate Jessica Tebo ran 15:18.17 to finish eighth and also break her previous personal best of 15:19.43 set in this meet two years ago.

Fellow Brooks Beast Angela Bizzarri was 22nd in 15:36.78.

In the third section of the women's 5000, Washington alum Mel Lawrence was ninth in 16:23.48.  The second section saw Wenatchee's Hannah Kiser of the University of Idaho finish 19th in 16:21.29.

Oklahoma alum Riley Masters of the Beasts won the 1500 in 3:38.42. Cas Loxsom and Mark Wieczorek of the Beasts went 1-3 in the men's 800 in times of 1:48.38 and 1:48.94.

Erica Moore was seventh in the women's 800 in 2:05.98.

In other events at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, Garrett Heath of the Beasts finished eighth in the men's 5000 in 13:16.65, as Ben True won in 13:02.74.

Bellingham native Jake Riley was 19th in the 10000 in 28:32.59. Sequim HS grad Stephanie Dinius was 29th in the women's 10000 in 33:00.29.

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