Friday, May 16, 2014

Mackey finishes fourth in top section of women's 1500 at USATF High Performance Distance Classic...

LOS ANGELES--Fresh off a big personal best at the Payton Jordan Invitational nearly two weeks ago, Washington alum Katie Mackey (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts finished fourth in the top section of the women's 1500 at the USATF High Performance Distance Classic at Jack Kemp Stadium on the campus of Occidental College.

Mackey, who was named to USA Track & Field's pool in the 4 x 1500 relay for next weekend's IAAF World Relays meet in Nassau, Bahamas, dropped her outdoor season best time to 4:07.19 from 4:08.78 that she ran at the Drake Relays at the end of April, as Canadian world championships competitor Kate Van Buskirk took the victory in 4:06.97.

Mackey's training partner Brie Felnagle from Tacoma finished sixth in 4:07.42.

In section 3 of the women's 1500, Seattle Pacific alum Jessica Tebo finished second in 4:14.87, with her Brooks Beasts teammate Angela Bizzarri third in 4:15.15.  Gonzaga alum Lindsey Drake was fourth in 4:17.16, followed by Bellingham native Becca Friday in 4:17.46.  Seattle resident Laura Carlyle of Oiselle was seventh in 4:19.06.

Lauren Johnson of the Nike Oregon TC Elite won that section in 4:14.83.

The top section of the men's 1500 saw Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beasts finish fifth in 3:36.88, as world championships medalist Matthew Centrowitz of the Nike Oregon Project won in 3:35.44.

Auburn/Riverside HS alum Jordan McNamara won section 2 in 3:37.39, while Riley Masters of the Brooks Beasts was ninth in 3:39.71.

In the women's 800, Phoebe Wright was eighth in 2:02.66.

Replays of the meet are available via

In Orem, Utah, Wenatchee native Hannah Kiser of the University of Idaho won the women's 10000 as the Western Athletic Conference championship meet opened at Hal Wing Track & Field complex on the campus of Utah Valley University.

Kiser crossed the line in a time of 36:53.96

Seattle University's Graham Kinzel-Grubbs finished sixth in the men's 10000 in a time of 34:14.88.

The main portion of the Western Athletic Conference championship meet gets underway Friday.

In Flagstaff, Arizona, Eastern Washington University multi-event specialist Jozie Kimes finished sixth in the heptathlon with a personal best score of 4825 points.

Kimes, a sophomore from Cashmere, started the two-day, seven event competition on Wednesday, by running 15.22 in the 100 hurdles, high jumping 5-3 (1.60m), throwing the shot 31-8 (9.65m), and running the 200 in 26.41.  The marks in the latter two events were personal bests for Kimes.

Thursday, Kimes started with a personal best of 17-10 1/4 (5.44m), riding a 6.1 meter per second wind.  She followed with a toss of 110-4 (33.63m) in the javelin, and finished her day by running a personal best of 2:23.41 in the 800.

“It was phenomenal, Jozie came in with the mindset that she was going to PR in almost every event,” said EWU jumps/multi-events coach Erik Rasmussen. “She’s just a testament that if you put in the work then there’s no limit to what you can achieve.” 

Her final score of 4825 is the second best in school history, and was 39 points shy of fifth place CeCe Jackson of Portland State, a freshman from Seattle's Holy Names Academy.

Montana's Lindsey Hall won the Big Sky heptathlon title with a final score of 5401 points.

The link to live results from the Big Sky championship meet is available here.

The main portion of the Big Sky championship meet begins Friday.

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

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