Saturday, February 7, 2015

Walker third at New Mexico Friday night, as Husky vaulters & sprint group compete in Albuquerque...

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico—University of Washington alum Brad Walker finished third in the pole vault as day 1 of the New Mexico Collegiate Classic got underway at the Albuquerque Convention Center Friday night.

The two-time Olympian and former world champion cleared 18-4.75 (5.71m) as Steve Lewis of Great Britain took the victory at 18-8.75 (5.71.m)

J.J. Juilfs, Chris Williams, and Lev Marcus all competed in the pole vault  Marcus had the best clearance of the current Huskies, going 16-10 3/4 (5.15m). Juilfs and Williams each cleared 16-4 3/4 (5.00m).

Frosh Jacopo Spanò made his season debut at 200m, and clocked a time of 21.54 seconds, which would be fast enough for ninth on the UW list, however the altitude conversion for record purposes bumps it up to 21.61, just outside the top-10, but a great start at any elevation.

In Pullman, Alissa Brooks-Johnson, a sophomore from Doty, Wash., won with a season-best score of 3,578 points, just under her 2014 personal-best of 3,633 points. Brooks-Johnson opened the 10-woman pentathlon competition with a lifetime-best time in the 60m hurdles of 8.88 seconds. She high jumped 5-feet 1 1/2 inches (1.56m), threw the shot put 31-5 3/4 (9.59m), long jumped 17-2 (5.23m), and finished with a PR time in the 800m of 2 minutes 19.66 seconds.

The meet continues today.  Day 1 results are available here.

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

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