Sunday, July 27, 2014

Alexa Efraimson falls short in medal bid & fades to sixth at world juniors...

EUGENE--Alexa Efraimson (left/photo by Paul Merca) didn't make the two hour car trip from Camas down Interstate 5 to Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon just to play it safe in the finals of the women's 1500 at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships.

Instead, the reigning US junior champion decided to run from the front and position herself for a medal.

Her strategy worked to perfection for 1400 meters, as she was positioned within striking distance of eventual winner Dawit Seyaum of Ethiopia and her teammate Gudaf Tsegay.

However, as they came off the Bowerman Curve and entered the home straight for the final 100 meters, Seyaum and Tsegay pulled away from her, along with Sheila Keter of Kenya, while the rising senior faded and dropped back to sixth place.

Seyaum, the world's fastest junior this season, ran 4:09.86 for the win, with Tsegay second in 4:10.83, and Keter third in a PR 4:11.21.

Stanford-bound Elise Cranny, the USA junior cross country champ from Colorado, caught Efraimson to finish fourth in 4:12.82.

Efraimson finished in a time of 4:13.31.

Afterwards, Efraimson expressed no regrets on her front-running strategy.

"I gave it everything I had. It was a tough race but everyone did a great job. As far as what comes next, I'll see how the next year goes. I gave it all that I've got and that's all I have to give."

"In the last 100 I started to fall off. But I don't think I could have done anything else.  I just wanted to go out there and not be afraid of anyone or anything."


FERMIN FINISHES FIFTH IN HER HEAT AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES

In Glasgow, Scotland, Washington State University alum Shawna Fermin, representing Trinidad & Tobago,  finished fifth in her first round heat of the women's 400.

Fermin ran 54.10 as Christine Day of Jamaica won the heat in 52.25 to advance to Monday's semi-finals, along with the second and third place finishers in each of the six heats.

Fermin is scheduled to run as part of Trinidad & Tobago's 4 x 400 meter relay team on Friday.

Also scheduled to compete on Friday is reigning Pac-12 pole vault champ Jax Thoirs of the University of Washington, who is representing Scotland.  Thoirs, a native of Glasgow, will be competing in his home town.


NOTE:  The IAAF and USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Amy-Eloise Neale finishes 11th in steeple at world juniors...

EUGENE--University of Washington redshirt freshman Amy-Eloise Neale (left/photo by Paul Merca), representing Great Britain, finished eleventh in the finals of the 3000 meter steeplechase on the penultimate day of the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships on a sunny afternoon at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

With temperatures in the mid-80s, Neale found herself in the chase pack as a group of seven took off at a quick pace of 3:12.16 through the first kilometer.  Neale hung on gamely and finished in a time of 10:25.14, well off the 10:17.88 mark run in Thursday's semifinals.

Three places behind Neale was Eastern Washington rising sophomore Paula Gil Echavarria of Spain, who ran 10:56.51, two days after setting a personal best of 10:17.17.

Ruth Jebet of Bahrain won the world junior title in 9:36.74, followed by Kenyans Rosefline Chepngetich (9:40.28) and Daisy Jepkemei (9:47.65).

In Sunday's finale, Camas HS standout Alexa Efraimson looks to add a medal in the women's 1500 to the bronze she won in last year's IAAF world youth championships.  Efraimson, who finished fourth in her heat Friday, will run at 3:55pm.


MC NAMARA WINS 1500 AT RUN TRACK TOWN HIGH PERFORMANCE MEET

Following the conclusion of day 5 of the IAAF World Junior meet, the pros took over Hayward Field for the first running of the Run Track Town high performance meet, a meet designed to give American elite track & field athletes an opportunity to run against quality competition without having to travel to Europe in the summer.

Auburn/Riverside HS alum Jordan McNamara won the men's 1500 in a time of 3:39.03.

Riley Masters of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts was fourth in 3:39.97, while teammate Garrett Heath was sixth in 3:40.08.

In the women's hammer, Spokane native Britney Henry, representing Oiselle, finished fourth with a toss of 222-11 (67.96m).

The women's 4 x 800 relay saw a Pacific Northwest all-star team consisting of Oiselle athletes Lauren Wallace and Kate Grace, along with Beasts Erica Moore and Phoebe Wright finish second in a time of 8:08.39 to an all-star squad featuring Laura Roesler, the NCAA 800 champ from Oregon, and world indoor champ Ajee Wilson, who ran 8:07.65 .


NOTE:  British Athletics and TrackTown USA contributed to this report.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Husky redshirt freshman Colby Gilbert finishes ninth in 5000m at world juniors...

EUGENE--University of Washington redshirt freshman Colby Gilbert (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished ninth in the finals of the men's 5000 at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships Friday night at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

Gilbert ran 14:09.98, just off of his personal best of 14:07.13, run this spring at the Stanford Invitational.

The Skyview/Vancouver standout started conservatively, running in a second group of about seven athletes, then picked off several runners in the latter stages of the race.

"I wanted to finish strong. In the last mile, we were rolling," said Gilbert.

On his decision to redshirt this season and point to the world junior championships, he said the plan was to be here.

On what he learned from being here at the world championships, he said that running against the Africans showed him how much better they are, and that you can't be satisfied with being a national junior champ.

"I wanted to finish on a high note; I wanted to PR, but that's a solid time."

Incoming University of Washington freshman Jacopo Spanò ran the second leg on Italy's 4 x 100 meter relay.  The Italians were disqualified for a pass out of the zone between Spano' and third leg Roberto Rigali.

Spanò remained upbeat, and said that the biggest thing that he learned from competing the last two days in two rounds of the 200 and the 4 x 100 relay is how to stay relaxed and in the moment, noting that this was his first major international competition.

Saturday, the University of Washington's Amy-Eloise Neale (Great Britain) and Eastern Washington's Paula Gil Echervarria  (Spain) will run in the finals of the women's 3000 steeplechase at 4:55 pm.


Following the conclusion of day 5 of the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships Saturday, TrackTown USA will host the Run TrackTown high performance meet featuring several leading American pros, including triple jumper Christian Taylor, and hurdlers Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson.

Athletes with Washington ties competing in the meet include Spokane native Britney Henry in the women's hammer; Erica Moore and Phoebe Wright of Seattle in the 4 x 800 meter relay, as they'll team up with Oiselle athletes Kate Grace and Lauren Wallace;  Garrett Heath and Riley Masters of the Brooks Beasts, and Auburn/Riverside grad Jordan McNamara in the men's 1500.

Alexa Efraimson easily advances to Sunday's 1500m finals at world juniors...

EUGENE--Camas HS standout Alexa Efraimson (left/photo by Paul Merca) easily advanced to Sunday's 1500 meter finals of the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon Friday afternoon with a comfortable fourth place finish.

Staying on the outside of lane 1 for most of the race to avoid getting boxed in, Efraimson clocked a relaxed 4:16.87.

Efraimson was always near the front to cover any moves, letting heat winner Guidaf Tsegay of Ethiopia (4:15.62) and runner-up Sheila Keter of Kenya (4:16.13) do most of the work.

Great Britain's Bobby Clay (4:16.87) finished third as Efraimson eased up over the last 100, knowing that she was one of the top four automatic qualifiers.

"I wanted to make sure that I wasn't in lane two, but at the same time, ensure I wasn't caught on the rail.

On how she feels going into Sunday's 3:55 pm finals, she said that she's ready and excited to roll with the best in the world.

At 8:45 this evening, the University of Washington's Colby Gilbert will run in the finals of the men's 5000 meters.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Incoming Husky frosh Jacopo Spano gets second PR at world junior championships...

EUGENE--Incoming University of Washington freshman Jacopo Spano (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished fourth in the third of three semifinals of the men's 200 meters Thursday night at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

Positioned in lane 6, Spano set his second personal best of the day, running 20.98 to eclipse the mark of 21.04 he ran in the quarterfinals this morning.

His mark was the 14th best out of the three semifinals.

"I didn't feel as good as I did this morning because I was tired.  I 'm very happy to run a PR, though I think I could have run faster.  The conditions were much better this morning."

On whether or not he will run on the Italian 4 x 100 meter relay team, he said that he is awaiting a decision from the coaching staff on his status.

Friday, Camas HS sensation Alexa Efraimson runs in the semis of the women's 1500, while University of Washington redshirt freshman Colby Gilbert runs in the finals of the men's 5000 meters.

Neale, Gil-Echevarria advance to steeple finals; Spano qualifies for semis in 200m at world juniors...

EUGENE--University of Washington redshirt freshman Amy-Eloise Neale (above/photo by Paul Merca) advanced to the finals of the women's 3000 meter steeplechase at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

Neale was comfortably in sixth for the first half of the race, then moved up one spot to get the final automatic qualifying spot for Saturday afternoon's final, as she ran 10:17.88.

Weynshet Ansa of Ethiopia won the heat in 9:56.06.

In the other semifinal, Paula Gil-Echevarria set a personal best of 10:17.17 to finish ninth in her heat and also qualify for the finals, as all five of the non-automatic qualifiers came from that heat.

Gil-Echevarria's time is the second fastest time in school history.

Incoming University of Washington freshman Jacopo Spano (below/photo by Paul Merca) finished second in his heat of the 200 meters, and advanced to this evening's semifinals.

Spano ran a personal best of 21.04 to get the automatic qualifying spot

"I't s big PR for me!  Came out of the blocks and kept my composure coming out of the turn . I didn't expect to run that fast!"


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Seattle University's Shaddye Melu finishes seventh in heat of 400 at world juniors...

EUGENE--Seattle University junior Shaddye Melu (left/photo courtesy Chad Pharis, Seattle University) finished seventh in his heat of the men's 400 meters as the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships opened at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

Competing in the fifth of seven heats, Melu, a graduate of Auburn Mountainview HS representing Zambia, finished in a time of 48.74, the 39th fastest time of the day.

Tyler Brown of Team USA won the heat in 46.45, the second fastest time of the day.

The top three in each heat plus the three fastest times advanced to Wednesday's semifinals.


No Washington athletes will be in action Wednesday.  The University of Washington's Amy-Eloise Neale (Great Britain) and Eastern Washington University's Paula Gil-Echevarria (Spain) will run in the 3000 steeplechase Thursday morning at 10:05 am.

paulmerca.blogspot.com will be on site beginning Thursday.

NOTE:  Seattle University contributed to this report.

Monday, July 21, 2014

World junior championships begin Tuesday at Hayward Field...

The eyes of the track & field world will once again focus on Eugene beginning on Tuesday as the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships begins a six-day run at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

For the first time since Boston hosted the 1992 World Cross Country Championships, the United States will host an IAAF championship, and it does so in the venue known as the Carnegie Hall of track and field.

The meet features the world's best 19-and under athletes who've met qualifying standards, and picked by their respective national federations to compete in Eugene.

There are five athletes with Washington ties competing in the meet--Camas High's Alexa Efraimson and the University of Washington's Colby Gilbert; fellow Husky Amy-Eloise Neale; Seattle University's Shaddye Melu; and Eastern Washington's Paula Gil-Echevarria (above/photo illustration courtesy Eastern Washington University).

Efraimson won the USA national title in the 1500, while Gilbert won the 5000 title.  Neale finished second in the English U20 steeplechase in Bedford last month, while Gil-Echevarria won the Spanish junior title.

Melu kicks things off Tuesday night at 5:35 pm, when he runs in the first round of the 400 meters, with the semis Wednesday night at 6:45pm, and the finals Thursday at 7:45 pm.

Neale and Gil-Echevarria will compete on Thursday at 10:05 am, with the goal to advance to Saturday's finals that will be contested at 4:55 pm.

Efraimson, who was third at last year's IAAF World Youth Championships in the 1500, runs at 12:15 pm on Friday, with the goal to advance to Sunday's final at 3:55 pm.

Gilbert's 5000 meter race will be a straight final that will be contested at 8:45 pm on Friday night.

In advance of the start of competition Tuesday, IAAF president Lamine Diack spoke to the media Monday.

“It has been my dream to have an IAAF event in the USA. All through the time I have been president I have been desperate to have an event here."

“With the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland in 2016 and Eugene bidding for the 2019 World Championships, the World Junior Championships this week mark an important moment for the future of track and field in the USA, the most powerful athletics nation in the world.

“These Championships are set to be one of the biggest ever (World Junior Championships), 167 IAAF Member Federations have entered. With a total of 1540 athletes - 829 men and 711 women – Eugene will be the largest ever age-group championship held outside Europe"

TrackTown USA president and former Oregon head coach Vin Lananna said the 1540 athletes will perform in front of the most passionate and knowledgable fans in America. "Hayward Field (the Championships stadium) has often been referred to as the Carnegie Hall of track and field, a place where special things happen and, because it is the first World Junior Championships held in the United States, we expect history to be made."

If you can't make the drive down to Eugene, Universal Sports and USATF.tv will provide coverage of the meet.


paulmerca.blogspot.com will be on site beginning Thursday.

EFRAIMSON TO SKIP SENIOR SEASON AT CAMAS

According to a post by Nick Daschel on The Oregonian's web site, Alexa Efraimson will skip competing for Camas.

Efraimson has college offers from Washington, Oregon and Stanford on the table, and she tells Daschel that she's leaning towards either the Ducks or Cardinal.

However, she could forego all those offers and do what Mary Cain did, and turn pro.  

Bottom line?  "I'm going to choose the route that's going to allow me to develop the most, whether it's running with a team, or individually."

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WSU alum Bernard Lagat & Garrett Heath of Brooks Beasts go 1-2 in 2 mile in London...

LONDON--Competing in the shadows of Buckingham Palace, Washington State University hall of fame member Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the two mile road race at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games Sunday over the streets of London.

The Sainsbury's Anniversary Games is one of the most unique track & field events on the pro circuit, as it takes the sport outside of the stadiums and into the streets.  For this year's event, a temporary track was laid out on the grounds of the iconic Horse Guard Parade venue, along with a shot circle, pole vault, high jump, and horizontal jumps pits.

In the men's invitational 2 mile race, Lagat took the lead from Emmanuel Bett of Ethiopia and Seattle resident Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beasts with 200 meters to go, crossing the line in 8:27.

Heath was second in 8:29, with Bett third in 8:31.  Former Bellingham resident and 2012 US Olympian in the steeplechase Donn Cabral finished fourth in 8:33.

In the men's pole vault, reigning world and Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France took the win with a clearance of 18-8 1/4 (5.70m), while University of Washington alum Brad Walker finished in a tie for third with a leap of 18-0 1/2 (5.50m).

The British Athletics recap of the meet is available here, while the complete results are available here.

OREGONIAN'S KEN GOE ON MATT SCHERER

As a follow up to our post Saturday on Brooks Beasts member Matt Scherer's retirement from the sport, here's a post from friend of the blog Ken Goe in Sunday's Oregonian, which is worth a read.

NOTE:  British Athletics contributed to this report.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Matt Scherer of the Brooks Beasts tweets his retirement as top middle distance pacer...

Matt Scherer (far left) runs with Brooks Beasts teammates
Angela Bizzarri & Katie Mackey during a January
training session at Seattle's Green Lake (Paul Merca photo)
The tweet said it all:


And with that tweet, Matt Scherer of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts announced his retirement as one of the sport's top middle distance pacers.

Scherer, who ran collegiately at the University of Oregon, where he was a nine-time All-American, and the Pac-10 champion in the 400 in 2006, began pacing full-time in 2011, with many of the sport's top meet directors putting him in their fields in the 800, 1500 and mile runs to ensure fast times in their races.

As a professional, he was part of the Oregon TC Elite's distance medley relay team that set a world best of 9:17.77 at the Dempsey Indoor in 2010, and placed third in the 800 indoors at the 2009 USA indoor championships.  

Scherer competed in the 2008 US Olympic Trials in the 800, where he advanced to the semi-finals.


Among the other top middle distance talents he's paced include Norway's Henrik Ingebrigtsen, Kenya's David Rudisha, and Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia.


Kitum, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and the silver medalist at the IAAF world junior championships in 2012, ran 1:43.65 for the victory.

Scherer moved to the Puget Sound area from Eugene at the end of September 2012 and began training with former Oregon TC Elite teammate Mark Wieczorek, who also coaches at Gig Harbor HS.  Both were added to the Brooks Beasts squad in 2013.

Berry finishes sixth in 400 in Madrid; Mackey places eighth in 3000...

MADRID, Spain--Rainier Beach HS graduate Michael Berry (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished sixth in the 400 meters at the Estrenamos Pista Meeting Madrid Saturday in the Spanish capital.

Berry, the 2014 NCAA runner-up in the 400 for the University of Oregon and finalist in the USA championships in this event, ran 46.07.

Latoy Williams of the Bahamas, a three-time member of his country's world championships team, took the win in 45.17.

In the women's 3000, University of Washington alum Katie Mackey of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts finished eighth in 9:07.75, as Stacy Ndiwa of Kenya won in a time of 8:48.30.



Washington State University alum Bernard Lagat is one of the featured athletes, as he'll run the two mile on the streets of London.

The meet is one of the most unique on the circuit, as athletes compete on a specially laid out track on the ground of the Horse Guards Parade.

Events include the 100, 100 hurdles, 110 hurdles, shot put, pole vault, high jump, long jump, the men's road 2 mile, and a women's road mile.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Patterson finishes seventh at Meeting Herculis in Monaco...

Two time US Olympian Kara Patterson (left/photo by Paul Merca) from Vancouver finished seventh in the javelin at the Meeting Herculis in Fontvielle, Monaco Friday night. 

Patterson threw a best of 189-1 (57.64m) as Barbora Spotakova, the two time Olympic champ and current Diamond Race leader in the javelin won the event with a best of 219-8 (66.96m).


Botswana's Nijel Amos set a 2014 world-leading time of 1:42.45, with Pierre-Ambroise Bosse setting a French record of 1:42.53 in second place in the men's 800.

Colombia's Caterine Ibarguen, the reigning world champ in the triple jump, set a national record of 50-2 3/4 (15.31m) to highlight the women's competition.



Track Town USA announced the high jump and triple jump fields for the High Performance meet next Saturday following day 5 of the IAAF world junior championships at Hayward Field.  

Oregon TC Elite and 2011 world champ Jesse Williams highlights the high jump field, where he'll go against Arizona alum Nick Ross, and Tacoma native Dakarai Hightower, who attends Lane CC in Eugene.

Hightower won the high jump at last weekend's USATF National Club Track & Field championships at Mt. Tahoma HS in Tacoma with a best of 7-4 1/2 (2.24m), easily the best quality performance of the meet in a national championship meet that quite frankly was mediocre.

2011 world triple jump champ Christian Taylor headlines the field in that event.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Kara Patterson looks to bounce back in Monaco at Meeting Herculis...

Five time USA national champion Kara Patterson (left/photo by Paul Merca) will throw in Friday night's javelin at the Meeting Herculis in Fontvielle, Monaco as the IAAF Diamond League series visits the home of the sport's international governing body.

The Vancouver native will face five of the top six leading scorers in the season-long Diamond Race in the event, including 2014 leader and two-time Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic, and 2014 world leader Linda Stahl of Germany, who has thrown 220-10 (67.32m).

Patterson finished fourth on Tuesday in Luzern, Switzerland with a toss of 194-11 (59.42m).

The tenth stop of the IAAF Diamond League tour features one of the best fields assembled this season, with world leaders galore in almost every event offered on the program.


British Athletics announced that Washington State hall of famer Bernard Lagat will compete in a two-mile road race on The Mall in London at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games on Sunday.

In perhaps one of the most unique events, the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games in London will be contested on a temporary track on Horse Guards Parade at St. James Park in the middle of the city

Husky alum Brad Walker is also expected to compete in the pole vault, according to a tweet from his agent, Karen Locke.


Finally, Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry and UW alum Katie Mackey are entered in Saturday's Meeting Madrid 2014 in Madrid, Spain.

Berry, the runner-up in the 400 at the NCAA championships for the University of Oregon, is entered in the 400, while Mackey, the third place finisher in the USA championships last month in the women's 1500, is entered in the 3000 along with Gabe Grunewald, the USA indoor 3000 champ.

This meet is the eleventh stop on the IAAF's World Challenge series.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yogi Teevens named assistant track coach at Washington State...

PULLMAN--In a move that was not unexpected, Washington State University announced the hiring of Yogi Teevens (left/photo courtesy WSU Athletics), formerly the sprints, horizontal jumps & relay coach at Utah State University as well as its recruiting coordinator.

With the Aggies, Teevens mentored 28 competitors to Mountain West Conference titles, 118 student-athletes to All-MWC first team honors, 28 participants to NCAA West Region Preliminary Rounds, four to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, and saw eight school records broken. This past season, Teevens’ sprinters swept conference championships in the 100m, 200m, 400m and both relays. 

Teevens spent 15 seasons at the University of Idaho (1996-2010), starting as the women's head coach but was promoted to co-head coach of the men’s and women’s program with Wayne Phipps for 11 years. Teevens focused on the sprints, jumps and multi-events areas during her Moscow coaching stint, and Vandal student-athletes broke school records 38 times, including some records multiple times.

Teeven’s tenure at Idaho was marked with continual success including: two women’s team and two men’s team Big West Conference titles, 51 individual conference champions, four conference champion relays, six conference Athlete of the Year honorees, one conference Freshman of the Year award. Additionally, Vandals qualified for NCAA Championships 33 times and earned 16 All-America honors including Idaho’s first woman NCAA champion (Katja Schreiber, discus, 2000), and Olympian (Angela Whyte). Teevens garnered Big West Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year honors in 2001 and 2003.

Teevens joins holdover Matt McGee, along with 2013 Idaho assistants Julie Taylor, and Allix Potratz-Lee on the staff of WSU head coach and director of track & field/cross country Wayne Phipps. There is one coaching vacancy left at WSU.


EFRAIMSON NAMED GATORADE NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR

Camas HS standout Alexa Efraimson was named the Gatorade national cross country runner of the year for the 2013-14 season.

Efraimson won the Washington 4A cross country title, as well as the Nike Cross Nationals crown, as well as the Nike BorderClash, and the Bill Dellinger Invitational, where she beat NCAA cross country runner-up Emma Bates of Boise State, who went on to win the national title last month in the 10000m.

Efraimson was also named the Gatorade girls' track & field athlete of the year for Washington state this season.

Efraimson was honored along with all of Gatorade's national high school athletes of the year at the ESPYs in Los Angeles.

She is preparing for next week's IAAF world junior championships in Eugene, where she'll run the 1500.


PRO ROUNDUP

In Liege, Belgium, Mark Wieczorek of the Brooks Beasts finished fifth in the B section of the 800, running 1:48.22.

In the A section paced by Matt Scherer, Cas Loxsom was a disappointing tenth in 1:50.16, as UC Santa Barbara alum Ryan Martin won in 1:45.72.


From a few days ago, the folks at Track Town USA announced the fields for the 4 x 800 relay teams competing in the High Performance meet on July 26th following the conclusion of that's day's events at the IAAF world junior championships.

Training partners Phoebe Wright and Erica Moore from Seattle's Brooks Beasts will run on a Pacific NW team along with Oiselle's Kate Grace and Lauren Wallace.

They'll go against teams from Canada, an All-Star team featuring Ajee Wilson & Maggie Vessey, a New Jersey/NY squad, and a Nike All-Star team featuring Laura Roesler.

This meet will also have a women's hammer throw, men's 110-meter hurdles, women’s 100 meters, men’s mile, men’s triple jump and men’s high jump.

Confirmed participants include Olympic champion and the World Record holder Aries Merritt, Jamaica's Dwight Thomas, and 2011 World Champion Jason Richardson.  Oregon alum English Gardner and Olympic triple jump champ Christian Taylor is also competing in the meet.

A note from Brooks Beasts coach Danny Mackey confirmed that several of his athletes will also be in the men's mile field.

In that same note, Mackey noted that Garrett Heath and Riley Masters will run the mile at the Spokane Summer Games meet on August 2nd at Spokane Falls CC.

According to the Spokane Summer Games web site, they are looking for the first sub-4 minute mile ever run in Spokane.

Like the High Performance meet in Eugene, the Spokane Summer Games will have a compressed, fan friendly schedule.

Ex-Bellingham resident Donn Cabral third in Luzern...

LUZERN, Switzerland--Former Bellingham resident Donn Cabral (left/photo by Paul Merca) was third in the 3000 steeplechase at the Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern meeting Tuesday.

Cabral, the 2012 US Olympian who trained and lived in Bellingham after graduating from Princeton University, ran 8:22.40, just off of his season best of 8:20.04 set at the USA national championships in late June.

Clement Kemboi of Kenya won the race in 8:21.50.

In other events, Washington alum Martin Bingisser won the hammer with a best of 215-2 (65.58m). 

Vancouver native Kara Patterson finished fourth in the women's javelin with a best of 194-11 (59.42m).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Anita Campbell returns to UW as newest track/cross country assistant coach...

The University of Washington announced the hiring of alum Anita Campbell (left/photo by Paul Merca) as an assistant track & field and cross country coach, according to a release from the school Monday.

Campbell, a 2010 graduate, competed at the NCAA cross country championships her first two years as an individual, then earned All-America honors in the 2007 season as part of the team that finished eighth before the team broke through in that magical 2008 season and won the national title.

“I am thrilled to bring Anita Campbell back into our program,” said Husky head track & field/cross country coach Greg Metcalf. “Anita helped set a standard of excellence at Washington, and the program improved every year she was on our campus. As a member of our 2008 national championship team she brings instant credibility. In her own words this is a dream job for Anita. She shares the same goals I do for our program; she wants to be a part of another NCAA title and help to build the next generation of Husky distance runners.”

Campbell was the 2009 Pac-10 champion at 10,000-meters, and went on to finish third at the 2009 NCAA outdoor championships to earn All-America honors on the track. She made the NCAA outdoor meet all four years, and scored a total of 30 points at the Pac-10 track & field championships. She ranks in the UW top-10 in five events and was the indoor school record-holder in the 5,000-meters for three years.

Campbell will be inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in October along with the other members of the 2008 national championship cross country team.

Campbell, a native of Vancouver, B.C., also competed for her country at the 2006 IAAF world cross country championships in Fukuoka, Japan in the junior women's race.

She replaces Lauren Denfeld, who chose to pursue opportunities outside of coaching after four years at Washington.


NOTE:  The University of Washington sports information office contributed to this report.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Garrett Heath of Brooks Beasts runs season best in Glasgow; Wright wins in Dublin...

GLASGOW, Scotland--Garrett Heath (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts finished tenth in the 1500 meters at the Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix meeting at Hampden Park Saturday as the two-day meet concluded.

Heath ran a season best 3:35.89 as Kenya's Silas Kiplagat (3:32.84), Morocco's Abdelaati Iguider (3:33.20) and US champ Leo Manzano (3:34.40) took the top three spots.

Heath was the only athlete with Washington ties competing Saturday, with Ingvill Måkestad Bovin, Brad Walker, Jax Thoirs, and Bernard Lagat having competed Friday.


MORTON GAMES

In Dublin, Ireland Friday night, Seattle's Phoebe Wright, a Nike sponsored runner training with the Brooks Beasts, won the 800 meters at the Morton Games at Morton Stadium.

Wright won in a season best time of 2:01.91 to narrowly defeat Australia's Selma Kajan (2:01.96).

Riley Masters of the Beasts, who broke four minutes outdoors in the mile Tuesday night in Cork, finished fifth in the 3000 in 7:53.85

Mark Wieczorek of the Beasts was seventh in the men's 800 in 1:46.96.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Former Husky Ingvill Måkestad Bovin runs season best in Glasgow...

GLASGOW, Scotland--Former University of Washington standout Ingvill Måkestad Bovin (left/photo by Paul Merca) ran a season best in the 1500 meters as she placed seventh at the Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix meeting at Hampden Park, where the Commonwealth Games track & field competition will be held later this month.

Måkestad Bovin, who was a finalist at this distance at the 2011 world championships in Daegu, ran 4:04.33, just over two seconds off of her personal best of 4:02.20 from four years ago, as Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands took the win in a meet record 4:00.67.

In the first ever meeting outdoors between Washington alum Brad Walker, and reigning Pac-12 champion and current Husky Jax Thoirs, it was the current Dawg that won the head to head, as Thoirs, competing in his hometown, cleared 17-6 1/2 (5.35m).

Walker opened at 18-0 1/2 (5.50m) and failed in his three attempts to clear a height.

Thoirs placed in a tie for fourth, as Poland's Pawel Wojciechowski cleared 18-7 1/4 (5.67m) on a bright but breezy day at Hampden Park.

In the men's 5000, Washington State alum Bernard Lagat was 12th in a season best 13:27.08, as Hagos Gerhiwet of Ethiopia won in 13:11.09.

Competition in the Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix meeting at Hampden Park, which is the ninth stop on the IAAF's Diamond League tour, resumes Saturday, as Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beasts will run the men's 1500.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kara Patterson takes the win at the Harry Jerome...

BURNABY, British Columbia--Skyview High School graduate Kara Patterson (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the javelin competition at the Harry Jerome Track Classic at Swangard Stadium Thursday night.

Patterson, who won her fifth USA national title in Sacramento two weeks ago, threw a best of 201-11(61.56m) to win handily over Brittany Borman, last year's USA champion, who threw 196-8 (59.94m).

Also taking a victory at the Jerome was Washington State alum Jeshua Anderson, who won the 400 hurdles in 49.98.

In other action involving Washington athletes, Angela Whyte, who trains under Washington State coach Wayne Phipps, was second in the 100 hurdles in 13.31.

The women's 800 saw Erica Moore of the Brooks Beasts finish third in 2:02.14.  In the mile, fellow Beasts Angela Bizzarri and Jessica Tebo were fifth and seventh in outdoor season bests of 4:32.57, and 4:35.61, respectively.  Seattle resident Laura Carlyle was 12th in 4:53.36.

In the men's javelin, former Husky Kyle Nielsen was sixth with a best of 239-6 (73.02m).

Complete results from the Harry Jerome Track Classic can be accessed here.

THE HOT LINKS

Here are the links to announcements from USA Track & Field, British Athletics, and the Spanish federation announcing members of its squads for the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships in Eugene in two weeks.

Alexa Efraimson from Camas HS and Colby Gilbert of the University of Washington are entered in the meet in the women's 1500 and men's 5000 as the national champions.

Amy-Eloise Neale, a redshirt freshman at the UW, is on the British squad in the women's steeple.  Likewise, Paula Gil Echevarria, who completed her freshman year at Eastern Washington, is on the Spanish team in the steeple.

Friend of the blog Ken Goe of The Oregonian has a great piece on former Washington State distance coach Pete Julian, who has battled cancer and gastrointestinal stromal tumors in his body.

After leaving Washington State, Julian is currently an assistant coach under Alberto Salazar with the Nike Oregon Project.


A little late to the party here, but here's a piece courtesy of Runner's World on Seattle based Oiselle, which is making major strides in the women's running industry with their clothing line, and with their sponsorship of national class track & field athletes.

Oiselle CEO Sally Bergeson also talks in the piece about the Instagram photo of the USA women's 4 x 1500m relay team that was doctored by the company, and later removed from their account after receiving a cease-and-desist order from USA Track & Field lawyers.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Kara Patterson in Harry Jerome javelin field...

Vancouver native Kara Patterson (left/photo by Paul Merca) headlines a group of athletes with Washington ties competing in Thursday's Harry Jerome Track Classic at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Patterson, the five-time US national champion and two-time Olympian, will face Brittany Borman in the women's javelin, along with Canada's Liz Gleadle.

Wenatchee native Hannah Kiser is entered in the national section of the women's mile, while Jessica Tebo and Angela Bizzarri of the Brooks Beasts are entered in the international section, along with Seattle resident Laura Carlyle.

Edmonton native Angela Whyte, who is coached by Washington State's Wayne Phipps, is entered in the 100 meter hurdles, while Erica Moore of the Brooks Beasts is in the 800.

Washington alum Kyle Nielsen, a British Columbia native, is entered in the javelin.


Flotrack will have streaming video of the meet, the final stop on the Canadian National Track League circuit (Pro account required).

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.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Former Dawgs Måkestad Bovin & Mackey go 3-4 in 1500 in Montreuil...

MONTREUIL, France--Former University of Washington standouts Ingvill Måkestad Bovin (left/photo by Paul Merca) and Katie Mackey finished 3-4 in the 1500 meter run at the Meeting Pro Athlé Tour de Montreuil Monday evening.

Måkestad Bovin, a 2011 world championships finalist at this distance, and a 2012 Norwegian Olympian making a return from maternity, was third in 4:07.64, with Mackey just a few steps behind her in 4:08.44.

Måkestad Bovin was tucked in with the pack and tried to make a move with 200 meters to go, but found herself pinned to the rail in the final straightaway, and tried to go outside but it was too late.

Kokeb Tesfaye of Ethiopia took the victory in 4:07.34.

Courtesy of the meet organizers, here is the full video of the race (audio in French):



In Victoria, several athletes with Washington ties are entered in Tuesday night's Victoria International Track Classic at Centennial Stadium.

On the field, Spokane native Britney Henry of Oiselle, who finished fourth at the Edmonton International on Sunday is entered in the hammer.  

University of Washington alum Kyle Nielsen is entered in the men's javelin.

On the track, Angela Bizzarri and Jessica Tebo of the Seattle based Brooks Beasts are entered in the 1500, as is Seattle resident and Oregon State alum Laura Carlyle, competing for Oiselle.

Flotrack will provide streaming video of the Victoria International (a Pro account is required).

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Alexa Efraimson seals spot for world champs with convincing win at USA Juniors...

EUGENE--In perhaps the most anticipated women's race of the entire meet, Camas HS standout Alexa Efraimson (left/photo by Paul Merca), bounced back from a disappointing performance at the USA outdoor championships last weekend to win the women's 1500 at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.

With Mary Cain opting for the 3000, Efraimson was the target of Niwot HS (Colorado) senior Elise Cranny, the reigning USA junior cross country champion.

Catherine Pagano took the early lead, with Efraimson tucked behind her, and Cranny doing the same thing behind Efraimson, as the field ran 72 second 400 pace for the first 700 meters.

Efraimson then slowly picked it up to just under 71 seconds on the penultimate lap, then finished off with a 61, to cross the line in 4:16.87, a pace only Cranny could come close to matching.

Cranny, who will attend Stanford in the fall,  finished a comfortable second in 4:17.40.


In other action at the USA juniors:

--UW commit Rose Christen finished fourth in the finals of the 800, running 2:08.21;

--Washington State's CJ Allen, the reigning Pac-12 champ,was sixth in the finals of the 400 hurdles, running 52.11; 

--Seattle's Whitney Diggs from Portland State ran 55.29 and finished eighth in the women's 400;  she also ran in the 200, finishing fifth in her heat in 24.76;

--Portland State's CeCe Jackson from Seattle finished fourth in the finals of the 100 hurdles, running 13.58.  She also finished seventh in the finals of the 400 hurdles, in 61.00;

--Chinne Okoronkwo of the Flying AJs TC in Tacoma, a sophomore at Mountlake Terrace and the reigning 3A champ in both the long and triple jumps, was 15th in the long jump at 18-6 1/2 (5.65m);

--In the men's hammer, Joseph Ellis from Eastlake HS was eighth with a best of 203-6 (62.04m), while Brock Eager from Tahoma HS in Covington was 12th with a throw of 198-7 (60.52m);

--The Huskies' Ashley Alexander was 12th in the javelin, with a best of 135-4 (41.25m).

Complete results from the USA Junior Track & Field Championships are available here.

In Edmonton, Spokane native Britney Henry finished fourth in the hammer at the Edmonton International, contested at Foote Field Sunday.

Henry, competing for Seattle-based Oiselle, threw a best of 222-6 (67.82m), as Amber Campbell won with a meet record throw of 241-6 (73.61m).

Cas Loxsom of the Brooks Beasts was fifth in the 800 in 1:49.52, as US national champ Duane Solomon won in 1:44.92.

In the women's 100 hurdles, Edmonton native and 2013 world championships finalist Angela Whyte, who is coached by Washington State coach Wayne Phipps, finished sixth in a time of 13.73, as Jackie Coward won in 13.29.

The Edmonton International is one of the stops of the Canadian National Track League circuit.

The circuit moves on to Victoria and the Victoria International Track Classic on Tuesday, then on to Burnaby on Thursday for the Harry Jerome Track Classic.


In Padova, Italy, Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry won his professional debut race at the Meeting Città di Padova Sunday, running 45.70 to win by 1/100th of a second over 2012 US Olympian Manteo Mitchell.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Run fast, run hard, run fearless--Gilbert wins USA junior 5000 title & trip to world junior champs...

EUGENE--Run fast, run hard, run fearless.

That is the mantra that Colby Gilbert (left/photo courtesy University of Washington) has taken, as the University of Washington redshirt freshman won the 5000 meters at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, and a spot on Team USA for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene two and a half weeks later.

Gilbert, a product of Skyview HS in Vancouver--the same high school that produced two time US Olympian and reigning USA javelin champion Kara Patterson--used a 27.4 last 200 meters to win the national title and claim his spot on the world junior team in a time of 14:21.47.

Gilbert sat towards the back of the pack and began moving up after the 2600 meter mark, positioning himself in fifth at 3000.

After a series of 69 second laps, he took the lead near the bell with a 66.98 lap, then ran a 55.91 last 400, with a 27.4 finish to defeat Brian Barraza of Houston, who ran 14:22.07.

Among those left in Gilbert's wake were Jack Keelan, and Sam Wharton of Stanford, who finished second and third at the USA junior cross country championships in Boulder in February.  Keelan was third in 14:27.03, and Wharton fifth in 14:33.81.

In the mixed zone afterwards, Gilbert revealed a tattoo on his shoulder with the words, "run fast, run hard, run fearless", a thought passed to him by his mother, Carolynne, before races.  Carolynne, a former runner at the University of Portland, passed away in February 2013 after battling breast cancer.

When asked about his race plan, he stated that he had a bit of a speed advantage over the field and that he was going for the lead with about 400-500 to go.

He plans to shoot for a personal best at the world junior championships in two weeks, and call it a season and prepare to run for the Huskies in the upcoming cross country season.

In other action at the USA juniors:

--UW commit Rose Christen finished second in her heat of the 800, running 2:07.97 to qualify for Sunday's finals;

--Washington State's CJ Allen, the reigning Pac-12 champ, qualified for the finals of the 400 hurdles, running 52.28 to get the final time qualifier; 

--Alexa Efraimson of Camas easily qualified for the finals of the women's 1500, winning her heat in 4:38.97;

--Seattle's Whitney Diggs from Portland State ran 55.14 to get the final qualifying spot in the women's 400.  Imani Apostol (57.39), and Dorie Dalzell (58.09) of the Seatown Express did not qualify for the finals;

--CeCe Jackson of Portland State, another Seattle native, finished fourth in her heat of the 400 hurdles in 59.53 to move on to the finals on Sunday.  She also qualified for the finals in the 100 hurdles, running 13.68 to take second in her heat;

--Chinne Okoronkwo of the Flying AJs TC in Tacoma, a sophomore at Mountlake Terrace and the reigning 3A champ in both the long and triple jumps, was fifth in the triple jump at 41-1 3/4 (12.54m);


NOTE:  USA Track & Field and the Oregon 14 local organizing committee contributed to this report.

Garrett Heath gets season best in Oordegem..

OORDEGEM, Belgium--Garrett Heath (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle based Brooks Beasts began his summer European racing with a sixth place finish in the 1500 meters at the 23rd Leon Buyle Memorial Meeting.

Heath, who finished a disappointing ninth at the USA Outdoor Track & Field championships in the 1500 in 3:40.28, rebounded with a strong 3:35.97 clocking, which is a season best.

The Stanford alum's previous season best was 3:36.88 at the Oxy High Performance meet in May.

His current personal best of 3:34.12 was set in this meet last year.

Sadik Mikhou of Morocco won the race in a time of 3:33.47.


In St. Denis, France, University of Washington alum and American record holder Brad Walker failed to clear the opening height in the pole vault at the Meeting Areva at the Stade de France outside of Paris.

Walker opened the competition and missed all three tries at 17-10 1/2 (5.45m), as hometown favorite and reigning world and Olympic champ Renaud Lavillenie won with a clearance of 18-8 1/4 (5.70m).

In other events, Seattle's Phoebe Wright, who trains with the Brooks Beasts, was one of the pace setters in the 1500 as five women ducked under four minutes including Jenny Simpson at 3:57.22, missing the venerable 3:57.12 American record set by Mary Slaney set in 1983.


In Edmonton, several athletes with Washington ties will compete in Sunday's Edmonton International Track Classic at Foote Field.

Spokane native Britney Henry, competing for Oiselle, will throw the hammer in a predominantly American field that includes most of the top throwers from last week's USA outdoor championships.

One of the best pacers in the business, Matt Scherer of the Brooks Beasts, will pace the men's 800 that includes US national champ Duane Solomon.

Edmonton native Angela Whyte, who is expected to be named to the coaching staff at Washington State University by new Cougar head coach Wayne Phipps, is entered in the 100 hurdles.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Brad Walker clears season best in Lausanne...

LAUSANNE, Switzerland--University of Washington alum Brad Walker (above/photo by Mike Scott) finished fourth in the pole vault at the Athletissima Meeting Thursday night at Stade Olympique de la Pontaise.

Walker, who finished fifth at last weekend's USA championships in Sacramento, cleared a season best 18-5 1/4 (5.62m), as Renaud Lavillenie of France, the reigning world and Olympic champ continued his hot streak by winning with a mark of 19-3 (5.87m) and tightening his grip on the IAAF Diamond Trophy awarded at the end of the season as the 14-meet circuit reached the half-way mark Thursday.

Meanwhile, Vancouver's Kara Patterson finished sixth in the javelin with a best of 202-8 (61.77m).

Reigning Olympic champ Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic took the win with a best of 218-10 (66.72m).

Walker, along with most of the entrants in the Lausanne pole vault competition will face each other on Saturday at the Meeting Areva in St. Denis, France outside of Paris, which is the next stop on the IAAF Diamond League tour.

The highlight of the meet was the performance of Ukraine's Bohdan Bondarenko in the high jump, as he and countryman Andriy Protsenko each cleared 7-10 1/2 (2.40m), with Bondarenko taking the win.
  

A number of athletes with Washington ties are entered in Saturday and Sunday's USA Junior Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, with a return trip to Eugene for the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2 1/2 weeks on the line.

Among the most notable entries include state champ and national 1600m record holder from Camas HS Alexa Efraimson, who is entered in the 1500, after she failed to qualify for the finals of the 1500 in the USA outdoor championships last week.  With Mary Cain opting for the 3000 instead of the 1500, Efraimson goes into the meet as the top seed, where she'll face USA junior cross country champ Elise Cranny of Colorado.

Incoming University of Washington freshman Rose Christen from South Kitsap HS is seeded third in the 800.

The Huskies will send Colby Gilbert to Eugene, as he's entered in both the 5000 and 1000, along with Ashley Alexander in the javelin.

CJ Allen of Washington State, the reigning Pac-12 champ in the 400 hurdles, is entered in the event.

Seattle native Whitney Diggs of Portland State is entered in the 200 and 400.

Imani Apostol of Holy Names, the Washington 3A runner up in both the 200 and 400 is entered in 400, as is Skyline's Dorie Dalzell, the Washington 4A runner up.  Both are competing for the Seatown Express coached by former NFL great Eric Metcalf.

Sophomore Chinne Okoronwko, the state 3A champ in the long and triple jumps from Mountlake Terrace, is entered in her specialties.  Joseph Ellis from Eastlake HS in Sammamish is entered in the hammer, as is Brock Eager from Tahoma HS in Covington.  Karen Bulger from Lacey's Northwest Christian is entered in the javelin.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Western's Frank Catelli transfers to the University of Washington...

The University of Washington announced in a release that Western Washington shot/discus standout Frank Catelli (left/photo courtesy Western Washington University) is taking his talents to Montlake.

Catelli, a native of Sequim, finished third in the NCAA Division II championships in late May in Allendale, Michigan, throwing the shot 60-10 1/2 (18.55m), which was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and Western Washington school record.

He also qualified for the NCAA championships in the discus, where he finished 13th with a best of 168-3 (51.29m).  He had a season best of 173-11 (53.00m), set in winning the Washington Open in April.

"Frank brings us immediate help at not only the Pac-12 level, but at the National level as well," said Husky throws coach TJ Crater. "He has worked hard to get his results, but he has a lot of room to continue to grow. I have been fortunate to work with some great collegiate throwers, and I think Frank could rise to that level. We are excited to put him into the mix and I hope he will become a catalyst for our young, talented men's throws group."


Thursday, Vancouver native Kara Patterson and University of Washington alum Brad Walker will compete in the Lausanne stop of the IAAF Diamond League circuit, the Athletissima Meeting at Stade Olympique de la Pontaise.

Patterson is coming off a victory in the USA outdoor championships, where she took her fifth national title in the javelin, while Walker looks to rebound after a disappointing fifth place finish in the pole vault at nationals in Sacramento.

Patterson will compete against a field that includes current IAAF Diamond League points leader Martina Ratej of Slovenia, and reigning Olympic champ Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic.

Walker jumps against reigning world and Olympic champ Renaud Lavillenie of France, who is the current IAAF Diamond League leader, along with Malte Mohr of Germany, Konstantinos Filippidis of Greece, and training partner Steve Lewis of Great Britain, who works with Walker in his Phoenix-area training base.



NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Washington and Western Washington University contributed to this report.

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