Sunday, June 15, 2014

Brooks Beasts' Cas Loxsom wins 800 over Jordan McNamara at Portland Track Classic...

PORTLAND--Cas Loxsom (left/photo courtesy Brooks Sports) of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts took the victory in the high performance section of the men's 800 meter run at the Portland Track Classic Sunday night at Griswold Stadium on the campus of Lewis & Clark College.

Loxsom ran 1:46.74 to take the victory over Auburn/Riverside HS alum Jordan McNamara, who dropped down in distance to run 1:47.16.

In the women's 800, Beasts Erica Moore (2:02.22) and Katie Mackey (2:02.49) went 4-6 with training partner Phoebe Wright taking fifth in 2:02.47, as the first six finishers broke the old meet record of 2:02.63 set by Mackey in 2011.

Kate Grace of Oiselle took the win in 2:02.00.

Seattle Pacific's NCAA D-2 champ McKayla Fricker was seventh in the second section of the 800, running 2:06.29.

The women's 1500 saw Angela Bizzarri of the Beasts take second in 4:11.63, as Jordan Hasay of the Nike Oregon Project won in 4:11.23.

Bellingham native Becca Friday was 11th in 4:17.12, while Oiselle's Laura Carlyle was 13th in 4:17.73.

In the women's 3000 steeplechase, Amy-Eloise Neale, who redshirted her freshman year at the University of Washington, ran 10:16.18 to finish 13th, as US Olympian Bridget Franek won in a meet record 9:41.21.

Gonzaga grad Lindsey Drake finished third in the women's 5000 in 15:44.93, as Hasay won her second event of the night in 15:28.56.  

Western Washington alum Sarah Crouch was eighth in 15:53.73, and Deborah Maier of the Brooks Beasts was ninth in 15:55.09.  Wenatchee native Hannah Kiser was 13th in 16:06.88, and Sequim HS alum Stephanie Dinius was 14th in 16:07.85.

In the men's 5000, reigning Olympic and world champ Mo Farah won in a time of 13:23.42, while Bellingham native Chris Kwiatkowski was 13th in 13:58.67.

In scrambling to leave Eugene for Seattle from the NCAA championships, we completely missed Camas HS junior Alexa Efraimson's tenth place finish in the women's 1500 at the adidas Grand Prix in New York.

Efraimson, the new national high school record holder at 1600 meters when she ran 4:33.29 at the WIAA state meet in Tacoma a few weeks ago, ran a personal best 4:07.05 as Abeba Aregawi of Sweden, the reigning world indoor and outdoor champ at 1500, won in a meet record time of 4:00.13.

With current American junior 1500m record holder Mary Cain opting to run the 800 at the adidas meet Saturday, this sets up perhaps one of the most anticipated junior races at any distance in recent memory at the USA junior championships in Eugene July 5-6, with berths for the IAAF world junior championships back at Hayward Field three weeks later on the line.

Efraimson is one of the headliners competing in the Brooks PR invitational meet for the country's top high school runners on Saturday at Renton Stadium from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.  As a tuneup for the USA juniors, she'll run the 800 at the Brooks PR meet against a field that includes University of Washington commit Rose Christen of Central Kitsap.

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