Saturday, May 9, 2015

Area pros have strong showing at Ken Shannon Invitational...

SEATTLE--Washington’s 2015 home track and field season came to a glorious close under sunny skies at Husky Outdoor Track with the running of the Ken Shannon Invitational, with several local pros making their marks on the track.

Former NCAA long and triple jump champion Andrea Geubelle (left/photo by Paul Merca), competing in her second meet of the season, jumped 20-9 (6.32m) to win the long jump in a facility record and get herself in position to qualify for the USA national championship before the June 14th deadline, where she’ll need a mark of 21-6 (6.55m) to assure a spot in Eugene.

Washington alum Norris Frederick, who like Geubelle, is coming back from an injury-filled 2014 season, won the men’s long jump with a facility record 24-11.75 (7.61m), but was well short of the 26-1 (7.95m) national qualifying mark.

Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry won the men’s 400 in a facility record 46.61.

In other highlights:

Washington’s Nick Harris used a strong last lap to win the men’s 1500 in a track record 3:44.91 to beat University of British Columbia’s Jack Williams (3:45.25) and UW redshirt Fred Huxham (3:46.82); 

The Huskies’ Jax Thoirs won the men’s pole vault with a best of 17-2.75 (5.25m), overcoming the challenge of Whitworth’s Joseph Green who cleared 17-0.75 (5.20m), which is the #2 mark in NCAA Division III this season; 

Kristina Owsinski of the Huskies won the women’s pole vault with a clearance on 13-7.75 (4.16m);

Washington alum Dan Sanders won the 400 hurdles in a facility record 51.97;

SeattleU’s Sophie Curatilo won the women’s 1500 in a time of 4:30.02, still one of the the top times in the Western Athletic Conference.

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