NEW YORK—Seattle resident Natalja Piliusina (left/photo by Paul Merca) continued her undefeated streak this indoor season with a victory in the 800 meters at the World’s Last Chance Meet at the Armory in New York, but fell short of the 2:02.50 mark needed to go to the IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships in Portland in two weeks.
Piliusina, a Lithuanian citizen who competes for the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts, ran 2:03.54, just over her indoor personal best of 2:02.96, set Sunday in Boston, to win by almost two seconds.
There is however, a very remote possibility that the IAAF could add her to to the field, if there aren’t 16 athletes (maximum 2 per country) to fill the field, based on the current rankings as of the qualifying deadline, which is Sunday the 6th.
In Carrabadela, Venezuela, Eastern Washington alum Mattie Suver finished eighth in the Pan American Cross Country Championships Friday, running the 10 k course at the Campo de Golf de Caraballeda in 38:45.
Allison Grace Morgan of the USA took the victory in 37:42.