Saturday, February 28, 2015

Yorks wins MPSF mile title & sets new Washington school record in process...

SEATTLE—Washington’s Izaic Yorks (left/photo by Paul Merca) turned in his second sub-4 minute mile of the season to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title at the Dempsey Indoor Saturday.

After a 3:01 1200 split, the Husky junior put the hammer down on Oregon’s Will Geoghegan and Stanford’s Thomas Coyle to win in a convincing 3:57.81 to Geoghegan’s 3:58.36 and Coyle’s 3:59.32, to set a new school record, breaking Austin Abbott’s 2009 mark of 3:58.23.

The mark most likely secures Yorks’ place on the starting line at the NCAA championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas in two weeks.

Overall, the Husky men finished the meet in seventh place with 54.5 points, while Washington State finished tenth with 24.5 points.  Oregon won the men’s title with 95 points over runner-up USC’s 88.5.

The Washington women finished the two day meet in sixth with 51 points, while the Cougars were eighth with 36 points, as USC took home the team title with 111.

Seattle native Darian Brooks of Stanford won the men’s triple jump with a fourth round leap of 52-7.75 (15.92m).

Washington State’s Dino Dodig finished third in the heptathlon with a final score of 5476 points, while the Huskies’ Nick Pfeiffer was sixth with 5281.  Edmonds-Woodway HS grad Alec Fellows of Oregon was seventh with 5267 points.

In the mile, Washington’s Joelle Amaral was an unexpected fifth in 4:43.19, while Washington State’s Abby Regan set a school record in seventh in 4:43.71, just ahead of the Huskies’ Eleanor Fulton in 4:43.74 for eighth.

Defending MPSF champ Jesse Jorgensen of Washington State was sixth in the 800, running 1:49.79.  In the women’s 800, the Huskies’ Baylee Mires was fifth in 2:06.31.

Tacoma native Marcus Chambers anchored Oregon to a third place finish in the 4 x 400 relay, as the Ducks ran 3:09.97.

Terrance Chambers of WSU was third in the 200 Friday night in a time of 21.42, a mark we missed.

For those athletes on the bubble, the waiting game awaits for those looking to go to the NCAA championships in two weeks.

In Flagstaff, Arizona, the Eastern Washington women tied for fourth, while the men’s squad finished seventh at the Big Sky Conference indoor meet, hosted by Northern Arizona University.

Jordan Arakawa repeated as champion in the men’s weight throw with a season best 66-1.5 (20.15m).

Freshman Tierra White won the high jump, with a leap of 5-7.75 (1.72m), outdueling two other jumpers at the winning height.

EWU’s Paula Gil-Echevarria (5:03.91) and Katie Mahoney (5:09.25) were third and fifth in the mile.  In the men’s mile, Spokane native Nathan Weitz of Northern Arizona was fourth in 4:09.70.  He also placed fifth in the 3000 in 8:38.17.

Big Sky cross country champ Sarah Reiter of the Eagles was seventh in the 3000 in 10:22.52.  Seattle native CeCe Jackson of Portland State was fifth in the 60 hurdles in 8.52. 

The Eagles’ Morena Mannucci was third in the triple jump with a best of 39-5.75 (12.03m).

In Colorado Springs, Seattle University’s Sophie Curtail won the mile at the Western Athletic Conference championships.

The senior from Hawaii won comfortably, running 5:09.52, nearly four seconds ahead of the nearest competitor.  She later came back and took second in the 3000 in 10:41.67.

Maddie Maddux of the Redhawks was third in the high jump, clearing 5-4.5 (1.64m), while Mariah Gibbs was fourth in the triple jump at 39-3 (11.96m).

Senior Madison Davis finished second in the 800 in 2:19.09.

The women’s team finished fifth with 64 points, as Grand Canyon took the conference crown with 172. In the men’s team race, the Redhawks were a distant fifth with 37 points, as Utah Valley won with 231.

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