Friday, July 17, 2015

Brooks Beasts' Garrett Heath fifth in Monaco Diamond League 3000m...

FONTVIEILLE, Monaco—Garrett Heath (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle based Brooks Beasts took fifth in the men’s 3000m at the at the Herculis Meeting International d’Athletisme Friday evening

Heath ran a personal best 7:37.97 at the tenth stop of the IAAF Diamond League tour, and was in contention for most of the race.  Kenya’s Caleb Ndiku won in a world leading time of 7:35.13.

Washington alum Brad Walker finished fifth in the pole vault  with a season best 18-9.25 (5.72m) as reigning world and Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France won with a leap of 19-5 (5.92m).

The meet was highlighted by the world record run by Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia in the women’s 1500m as she ran 3:50.07 to break the long standing record of 3:50.46 set by Qu Yunxia of China back in 1993.  In that race, Shannon Rowbury of the Portland-based Nike Oregon Project set a new American record of 3:56.29.

Two time world champion and Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya ran a world leading time of 3:26.69, the third fastest mark of all-time to win convincingly.

Highlights of the meet are available below, courtesy IAAF Diamond League:


University of Washington alum Lindsay Flanagan, who made her pro marathon debut at the Houston Marathon last January, will toe the line early Saturday morning in Toronto as the track and field portion of the Pan American Games gets underway with the women’s marathon at 7:05 am eastern time (4:05 am in Seattle).

Flanagan, who enters the race with a best of 2:33:12, is one of seventeen women in the field.

The competitors will run on a spectator-friendly loop course along the shore of Lake Ontario.

On the European circuit, several athletes with Washington ties will run at the KBC Night of Athletics  meeting in Heusden, Belgium Saturday night.

In the men’s 1500, Auburn/Riverside HS alum Jordan McNamara is in the field, along with Riley Masters of the Brooks Beasts.

Rainier Beach HS alum Ginnie Crawford goes against Lolo Jones and Jackie Coward in the women’s 100m hurdles.

Washington alum Katie Mackey of the Brooks Beasts is in a strong women’s 1500m field that includes Mary Cain of the Nike Oregon Project.

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