Saturday, January 30, 2016

Solid marks from both collegians and pros across the board highlight UW Invitational ...

SEATTLE—A good mix of collegians and pros took center stage during the second day of competition at the UW Invitational Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor on the campus of the University of Washington.

From a national perspective, the best mark of the day came out once again in the heptathlon, as the University of Arizona’s Pau Tonnesen, the reigning Pac-12 decathlon champion threatened the 6000 point mark, winning the two-day, seven event competition with a final score of 5972 points, which is the second best mark in the world so far this season.

A mild surprise came out of the men’s 3000, as David Elliott of Boise State (left/photo by Paul Merca), who attended Squalicum HS, won in a time of 7:53.15, the fourth fastest collegiate time this year.  In doing so, he towed Gonzaga’s Troy Fraley to a new school record of 7:59.00, good for fifth place and second collegian.  Fraley’s mark puts him #10 on the current collegiate list.

Washington’s Izaic Yorks finished second in the 800 behind BYU’s Shaquille Walker, running  a time of 1:47.89, as Walker ran 1:46.97.

Another Husky, Colby Gilbert, became the sixth man in school history to break four minutes in the mile, winning the event in 3:59.84.

The Huskies’ Jax Thoirs won the pole vault with a leap of 17-11 (5.46m), tied for third on the national collegiate list

On the women’s side, new Seattle resident Natalja Pillisuina of the Brooks Beasts won the 800 in 2:04.71 over teammate Megan Malasarte.

In the women’s mile, Camas’ Alexa Efraimson held off a late charge by Seattle resident Jamie Cheever, winning in 4:34.35 to 4:35.92.

Washington alum Mel Lawrence won the women’s 3000 in 9:14.13.

On the field, University Place resident Andrea Geubelle only took three jumps to win the women’s triple jump in 43-5.25 (13.25m) to qualify for the USA championships in Portland next month, while Kristina Owsinski of the UW won a spirited pole vault competition over teammate Diamara Planell Cruz 14-2 (4.32m) to 14-0 (4.27m).

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