Saturday, September 13, 2014

Jordan McNamara wins Fifth Avenue Mile over Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beasts...

NEW YORK--Auburn/Riverside HS alum Jordan McNamara (left/photo by Paul Merca) unleashed a furious sprint to the finish to emerge as the surprise winner of the Fifth Avenue Mile on the streets of New York City.

2013 world championships 1500m medalist and McNamara's former Oregon teammate Matthew Centrowitz was the favorite going into the race, but Kenyan veteran Augustine Choge and NCAA champ Lawi Lalang went to the front early, with Lalang in front at the halfway point.

At the 1320 mark, Garrett Heath of the Seattle based Brooks Beasts darted to the lead and almost stole the win, but a mass sprint to the line put everything in doubt, until McNamara nosed to the front with a few strides remaining to take the win in 3:51.0, with Heath second in the same time.

Afterwards, McNamara said "I tried to time it right. Once you get excited, cool things can happen."

In the women's race, Washington alum Ingvill MÃ¥kestad Bovin finished fourth in 4:22, while Tacoma's Brie Felnagle was 15th in 4:32.  2011 world 1500m champ Jenny Simpson won in a time of 4:20 (road mile times rounded up to whole second).

In Marrakech, Morocco, Vancouver native Kara Patterson (above/photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport) finished seventh in the javelin with a toss of 171-4 (52.22m) at the IAAF Continental Cup meet at Le Grande Stade.

University of Minnesota alum and world record holder Barbora Spotakova from the Czech Republic, representing Team Europe, won with a throw of 214-11 (65.52m).

Sunday, Washington State alum Bernard Lagat will run the 3000, while Washington alum Katie Mackey will run the 5000.

On the college front, Gonzaga's women's team finished fifth at the WCC Preview meet at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, California, hosted by Santa Clara University.

Junior Amelia Evans led the Bulldogs with her fifth place finish over the 6k course in 21:20, as Danielle Shanahan of Loyola Marymount won in 20:51.

Loyola Marymount won the meet with a low score of 39 points, with Gonzaga scoring 120.

In Ellensburg, Dani Eggleston (14:55) and Connie Morgan (14:58) of Central Washington went 1-2 to lead the Wildcats to the team tile at the Central Washington Invitational at Rotary Park over the 4k course.

The Wildcats scored 19 points to easily outdistance Western Washington, who scored 35 points.

The Vikings were led by Taylon Guenther's third place finish in 15:03, as All-American Katelyn Steen sat out the meet.

On the men's side, the Wildcats squeezed out a 34-37 win over the Vikings.

Unattached runner Issac Derline won the 6k race in 19:36, while Max Romey of Western was the top scorer across the line in second in a time of 19:37.

Rudy Spencer was Central Washington's top runner in fourth in a time of 20:06.

NOTE:  The IAAF, New York Road Runners, and the University of Santa Clara contributed to this report.

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