Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Riley Masters breaks 4 minutes in Cork...

CORK, Ireland--Riley Masters (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts finished third in the featured mile run at the Cork City Sports International Athletics Meet in the Irish city Tuesday night.

Masters broke the 4-minute mile barrier outdoors (his PR is 3:56.25 set last year indoors in Fayetteville, Arkansas) for the first time, as he ran 3:56.75 to finish behind Columbia University alum  Kyle Merber's winning time of 3:56.72.

Oregon's Trevor Dunbar was third in 3:57.19.

In the women's 800, Nike-sponsored Phoebe Wright, who trains with the Beasts, finished third in 2:02.39, as Minnesota resident Heather Kampf won in 2:01.25.


In Victoria, British Columbia, Seattle Pacific alum Jessica Tebo of the Brooks Beasts finished fourth in the 1500 at the Victoria International Track Classic at Centennial Stadium.

Tebo ran a season best of 4:13.27 as Fordham alum Kerri Gallagher won in 4:09.99.

Angela Bizzarri of the Beasts finished 12th in a time of 4:24.88.

In the women's 800, Erica Moore of the Beasts was sixth in a time of 2:02.62 as Canada's Melissa Bishop won in 1:59.70.

On the field, Spokane native Britney Henry was second in the hammer with a best of 224-3 (68.37m) as Jessica Cosby won with a throw of 229-0 (69.80m).

In the men's javelin, former Husky Kyle Nielsen was fifth with a throw of 238-7 (72.73m).  American Craig Kinsley won with a toss of 266-10 (81.35m).


On the collegiate front, Washington State University named three of its assistant coaches on Tuesday that will work under new director and head coach Wayne Phipps.

Julie Taylor, who was the head track & field coach at Idaho for the last three seasons, will join Phipps and coach the throwing events.

Allix Potratz-Lee will assist Phipps with the distance events.

Matt McGee will return to Washington State as the vertical jumps coach, plus multi-events.

Phipps expects to announce more additions to the Cougar staff during this month.  Speculation on who will work with the sprinters revolve around Utah State sprint coach & recruiting coordinator Yogi Teevens, who formerly coached at Idaho, along with Angela Whyte, the 2013 world championships finalist in the 100 hurdles who was on Phipps' staff at Idaho, and who is coached by Phipps.


The University of Washington Tuesday announced the members of the 2014 class that will be inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in October.

Track & field has its largest representation in the new class, as two individuals--sprinter Ja'Warren Hooker and hurdler Dave Williams--along with the 2008 women's cross country team that won the NCAA title will be enshrined.

Hooker was a two-time Pac-10 track athlete of the year in 1998 & 2000, and won five conference titles outdoors during his career, along with the 1998 NCAA indoor title over 55 meters.

He traveled to Sydney with the US Olympic team in 2000 on the 4 x 400 relay pool but was not named to the final six to run in the rounds and finals.

Williams, better known as a tight end/wide receiver for the Huskies in the mid-60s,  earned All-America honors in track four times, finishing fourth in the 440 hurdles and sixth in the 120 yard hurdles at the 1966 NCAA meet, and ran on the Dawgs' 4 x 110 yard relay that finished fifth at the 1967 NCAA meet.

The 2008 cross country team was the first in Pac-10 history to score a perfect 15 in the conference meet en route to winning the school's first NCAA title in Terre Haute, Indiana.

That team had five All-Americans on the squad--Christine Babcock, Katie Follett, Mel Lawrence, Amanda Miller, and Kendra Schaaf.

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