Friday, January 29, 2016

Kim Conley runs world leading time in 5000m to highlight first day of UW Invitational...

SEATTLE—Making her second appearance in a span of three weeks at the Dempsey Indoor, world and American indoor mile leader Kim Conley (left/photo by Paul Merca) ran a world leading time of 15:09.31 to highlight day 1 of the UW Invitational on the campus of the University of Washington.

Training partner Kate Grace paced the 2012 US Olympian at 5000 meters for the first part of the race before stepping off the track to let Conley move on.

Conley motored through the race, crossing the line in 15:09.31, setting a new meet record, eclipsing Molly Huddle’s old mark of 15:20.05 from 2010.

Freshman Allie Ostrander of Boise State made a huge impression in her first collegiate race at this distance, running 15:21.85, the best time in the collegiate ranks so far.

Washington’s Maddie Meyers powered the Huskies to victory in the women’s distance medley relay, anchoring the squad of Eleanor Fulton, Krista Armstead, and Baylee Mires to a time of 11:04.14, easily outdistancing the Husky B team of Anna Maxwell, Hannah Derby, Amy-Eloise Neale, and Katie Knight, who ran 11:26.25.

The Husky men’s squad of Colby Gilbert, Andrew Brown, Andrew Prentice & Izaic Yorks ran 9:37.72, to take the national lead in the distance medley relay.

Eastern Washington’s Kaytlyn Coleman won the women’s weight throw with a toss of 60-8.5 (18.50m).

Lindsay Lettow of the Santa Barbara TC won the women’s pentathlon with a five-event score of 4148 points.

The meet resumes Saturday at 9:30 am.

In Portland, Seattle Pacific alum McKayla Fricker (left/photo by Howard Lao) won her season debut at 800 meters at the TrackTown USA High Performance Meet at the Nike House of Track.

Fricker ran 2:05.97 to defeat Treniere Moser of the Nike Oregon Project, who ran 2:06.08.

Galen Rupp of the Nike Oregon Project, who days earlier announced his intent to run in the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles in two weeks, running 7:57.39, just under the qualifying standard of 8:00 for the USA indoor championships in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center in March.

Gonzaga alum Willie Milam was a distant second in 8:27.23.

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