Saturday, June 6, 2015

Symmonds gets his first career outdoor sub-4 minute mile in Nashville...

NASHVILLE, Tennessee—It’s been a long wait for Nick Symmonds (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts, but the reigning world championship silver medalist at 800 meters finally got his first sub-4 minute mile outdoors at the Music City Distance Carnival on the campus of Vanderbilt University Saturday night.

Symmonds finished second in the invitational mile as he battled Georgia Tech’s Brandon Lasater over the last 100 meters, with Lasater winning in 3:59.24 to Symmonds’ 3:59.68.

The two-time US Olympian at 800 meters has a indoor personal best of 3:56.72, set at the Husky Preview meet way back in 2007.

In the women’s steeplechase, Jamie Cheever of Club Northwest took the win in a season best  9:54.96, while Washington alum Mel Lawrence of Oiselle was fourth in 10:07.27,  Cheever finished just short of the USATF qualifying standard of 9:53.00.

Washington State alum David Hickerson was sixth in the invitational 5000 in 14:37.62.

Sunday, Washington State University alum Bernard Lagat along with Dorian Ulrey of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts will run in the 1500 at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix meet in Birmingham, England, which is the fifth stop on the IAAF’s Diamond League circuit.

Lagat and Ulrey will run against a field that includes the reigning world and Olympic champion at 5000 and 10000, Mo Farah of Great Britain and the Portland-based Nike Oregon Project, who drops down significantly in distance for Sunday.

Lagat is also entered in the mile at the next stop on the IAAF Diamond League circuit, the Exxon/Mobil Bislett Games in Oslo on Thursday the 11th.  Vancouver’s Kara Winger is also entered in the javelin at the Bislett meet.

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