Friday, May 29, 2015

No surprises in day one of NCAA West Regional Preliminaries...

Washington's Baylee Mires ran the
second fastest time in the women's 800.
(Paul Merca photo)
AUSTIN, Texas—Other than a weather delay due to lightning that held up day 1 of the NCAA West Preliminaries at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas, the majority of Washington affiliated athletes who entered the meet with high seeds advanced to the quarterfinal round in their events.

In the women’s 400 hurdles, the Washington State duo of Liz Harper and Alissa Brooks-Johnson, along with Washington’s Gianna Woodruff all advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals, where they will race for one of twelve spots to the national championships in Eugene in a fortnight.

Harper ran 58.67 in her heat, while Woodruff ran 59.17 in her heat.  Brooks-Johnson, who is already going to nationals in the heptathlon, ran 59.31.

In the women’s 1500, Washington State’s Abby Regan (4:23.83) and Washington’s Eleanor Fulton (4:28.62) both advanced to the quarterfinal race on Saturday.

Seattle Prep alum Joe Hardy of Wisconsin (3:45.25) and Washington’s Izaic Yorks (3:46.53) both advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Tacoma’s Marcus Chambers of Oregon ran 46.50 to easily advance to Friday’s quarterfinals.

Washington’s Baylee Mires ran the second fastest time of the evening in the women’s 800, clocking 2:07.53 to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals.

Washington State’s Jesse Jorgensen, the reigning Pac-12 champion, took fourth in his heat of the men’s 800 in 1:50.01 to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals.

Semifinals were contested Friday night in the men’s and women’s 10000, and in five field events, with the top twelve advancing on to Eugene in two weeks.

In the women’s 10000, Washington’s Kaylee Flanagan was 16th in 35:08.44, while CharLee Linton of Washington State was 29th in 36:12.26.  Jessica Mildes of Gonzaga was 39th in 36:54.57, and Sarah Reiter of Eastern Washington was 42nd in 37:14.17.

The men’s 10000 saw Washington’s Tyler King finish 30th in 31:39.57, with Washington State’s John Whelan three spots behind in 31:51.07.  Gig Harbor native Conner Peloquin of BYU was 40th in 32:19.36.

In the men’s long jump, Trenton Osborn of Eastern Washington was 37th with a leap of 23-1.25 (7.04m).

The men’s high jump saw Washington State’s Thane Pierson tie for 15th at 6-11.75 (2.13m), while SeattleU’s Shaddye Melu clear the same height for 20th place.  Washington’s Carson Murray tied for 28th at 6-9.75 (2.08m).

Kennadi Bouyer of Washington was 44th in the women’s long jump at 18-5 (5.61m), while in the men’s discus, the Huskies’ Frank Catelli had three fouls and didn’t record a mark.

The meet resumes Friday starting at 10 am pacific time, with the women’s discus.  The first track event gets underway at 3 pm pacific.  The NCAA is providing live streaming coverage of the meet beginning at 2:45 pacific via this link.

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