Sunday, September 13, 2015

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Katie Mackey wins 1500m at DecaNations meet in Paris...

The weekend roundup begins in Paris, where University of Washington alum Katie Mackey (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts won the 1500m run at the DecaNations meeting Sunday at Stade Charlety.

Mackey ran 4:17.72 to take the victory for Team USA over Russia’s Anna Shchagina (4:18.17) and China’s Zheng Xiaoqian (4:18.60) in the team based format which pits one event specialist from each of the seven countries invited by the French federation—USA, China, Japan, Italy, Ukraine, Russia, plus the host nation—in each event.

Her victory, which was one of ten, helped propel the USA to the overall team title for the eighth consecutive time, as Team USA scored 131.5 points to Russia’s 120.5, and France’s 86 points.

Former Bellingham resident Donn Cabral won the men’s steeple in 8:25.67.

In New York, Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beasts finished eighth in the pro section of the New York Road Runners 5th Avenue Mile Sunday, running 3:58, as Nick Willis of New Zealand won in 3:55.

WSU alum Bernard Lagat was 12th in 4:00, while Riley Masters of the Brooks Beasts was 14th in 4:01.

Results of the NYRR 5th Avenue Mile are available here.

Finally, former Washington State standout Ebba Jungmark, who has had a difficult 2015 season, finished second in the high jump at the annual Sweden/Finland dual meet in Stockholm.

Jungmark, who won an NCAA indoor high jump title in the 2008 season for the Cougs, cleared 6-1.25 (1.86m) to finish second to Swedish teammate Sofie Skoog, who cleared 6-2.25 (1.89m).

Results from the Finnkampen 2015 meeting are available here.

NOTE:  The New York Road Runners and the French Athletics Federation contributed to this report.

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