In Azusa, University of Washington alum Gianna Woodruff (left/photo by Paul Merca) took the victory in the women’s 400 hurdles Friday at the Bryan Clay Invitational on the campus of Azusa Pacific University.
Woodruff, who is trying to achieve the Olympic standard of 56.20 in order to represent Panama in Rio, ran 57.63 to easily take the victory.
In a separate section, Seattle Paciifc’s Maliea Luquin won her heat in 61.93 to place 11th overall.
Western Washington’s Alex Donigian was third overall in the men’s 100 meters. Donigian, an All-American for the Vikings, ran 10.37 to nose out Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton of the Nike Oregon TC Elite, who ran 10.38.
Bruno de Barros of Brazil won the race in 10.30.
Donigian later won his heat of the 200 in 20.93, a time that puts him in a tie for second on the NCAA D2 performance list pending the results of other meets around the country this weekend, to finish fourth overall.
In the women’s 800, Seattle Pacific’s Lynelle Decker was eighth in the fast section, and 12th overall, running 2:09.41, as 2015 NCAA 1500 champ Shelby Houlihan of the Bowerman TC won in 2:03.88.
Results of the Bryan Clay Invitational are available here.
Eastern Washington’s Katie Mahoney and Paula Gil-Eehevarria finished 1-2 in the women’s 3000 steeplechase to highlight day 1 of competition at the Beach Invitational on the campus of Long Beach State University.
Mahoney took the victory in 10:24.48, with Gil-Eehevarria close behind in 10:25.82.
In other action at the Beach Invite, Western Washington’s Andrew Wise finished eighth in the men’s 5000 in 15:01.72. Steaven Zachman of Eastern Washington was ninth in the men’s 3000 steeple in 9:20.67.
Kaytlyn Coleman of the Eagles finished seventh in the women’s hammer, throwing 200-7 (61.13m) to break her own school record of 200-1 (61.00) set last week.
In the mens’ javelin, Washington’s Quinn Hale was 13th with a best of 215-5 (65.66m), while Eastern’s Joey Payne was 23rd at 203-7 (62.06m).
The Beach Invitational resumes Saturday.
In Cerritos, both Washington State’s Dominique Keel and Christiana Ekelem ran identical times of 54.59 in separate heats of the women’s 400 at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Keel ran 54.589 to finish third in section 3, while Ekelem won section 4 in 54.586, beating out Washington’s Alexis Ford, who was second in the heat in 54.96.
In section 2 of the women’s 5000, Eastern Washington’s Sarah Reiter broke the school record of 16:33.60 held by Mattie (Bridgmon) Suver set in 2008, as she ran 16:27.33 to finish eighth, ahead of Washington State’s CharLee Linton’s 16:31.43. Club Northwest’s Jane Ricardi was 11th in the heat in 16:33.49.
Washington’s Kaitlin Zinsli tied for sixth in the women’s open pole vault B section at 12-3.5 (3.75m) and Eastern Washington’s Anandae Clark was eighth at 11-9.75 (3.60m). In the men’s open pole vault, Washington State’s Austin Sodoroff was fourth at 17-0.75 (5.20m), while Chris Williams of Washington was sixth at the same height. Chase Smith of UW was seven at 16-6.75 (5.05m), while Eastern Washington’s Larry Still tied for tenth at 16-0.75 (4.90m).
In the mens open discus, Washington State’s Adam Mahama (172-11/52.71m) and Cameron Brink (160-4, 48.87m) finished third and eighth. Jake Callaghan won the open men’s shot put at 53-10.25 (16.41m), while Eastern Washington’s Aaron Cunningham was sixth at 51-0.25 (15.55m).
The men’s open triple jump saw Central Washington’s Luke Plummer finish fifth with a best of 48-11 (14.91m).
The Cougars’ Kiana Davis tied for second in the women’s open high jump at 5-7 (1.70m). In the women’s triple jump, Kiana Davis (41-1.75/12.54m), Greer Alsop (40-6./12.34m), and Kayla Warren (40-3.5/12.28m) finished second, sixth and seventh. Washington’s Alanna Coker was 12th (38-8.25/11.79m), while Western Washington’s Jasmine McMullin was 13th (38-7/11.76m).
Kaitlin Krouse of WSU was fourth in the women’s open discus at 145-10 (44.44m), while Chrisshnay Brown was seventh at 144-5 (44.01m).
The Mt. SAC Relays concludes Saturday. Complete results of the Mt. SAC Relays are available here.
One item we missed from Thursday's busy day of action in Southern California was USC's Tera Novy, who now has the Olympic standard in the discus, as she threw 200-5 (61.10m) at the CSULA Twilight meet. The Montesano HS grad had two throws over 200 feet (61.00m) in her series.