Sunday, April 3, 2016

WEEKEND RECAP: Washington schools scatter across the country in search of marks at invitationals...

With all nine Washington Division I and II schools scattered around the country and the Northwest with meets, here’s a summary of how they fared Saturday:

in Palo Alto at the Stanford Invitational, the WASHINGTON HUSKIES got heat wins from Blake Nelson (left/photo by Paul Merca) in the 800, as he ran a new personal best of 1:50.00, with teammate and 2014 Pac-12 800 champ Derrick Daigre third in 1:50.85.

The Huskies’ Hannah Derby (2:08.85) won her heat of the 800 in a personal best, while Kennadi Bouyer (24.23 PR) won her heat of the 200.

In a separate heat of the women’s 800, SEATTLE PACIFIC’s Lynelle Decker ran 2:08.08 to finish fifth in her heat.  The mark is currently the fastest time in NCAA D2, pending the outcome of several major meets around the country this weekend.

Friday night, EASTERN WASHINGTON’s Kaytlyn Coleman finished fourth in the hammer, with a toss of 194-9 (59.37m), a new personal best.

At the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, WESTERN WASHINGTON’s Alex Donigian was seventh in the men’s University/College 100m dash in a windy 10.33.

In San Marcos, Texas, the Vikings’ Bethany Drake took over the Division II national lead in the javelin with a toss of 166-9 (50.83m) to win the event at the Bobcat Invitational.

In Spokane, WASHINGTON STATE’s women took nine victories, while their mens’ squad took 11 wins at the Sam Adams Classic hosted by Whitworth University.

Thane Pierson had the best mark of the day, winning the men’s high jump with a leap of 7-2.5 (2.20m), which currently ranks him in the top five in NCAA D1, pending the outcome of other meets around the country.

GONZAGA’s women earned two victories in the 1500 by Claren Fraher (4:48.16), and in the 5000 by Amanda Kiefer (19:21.28).

In Lacey, SAINT MARTIN’s Mikel Smith won the men’s high jump with a clearance of 6-10.25 (2.09m), an NCAA D2 provisional qualifying mark, while CENTRAL WASHINGTON’s Dani Eggleston finished second in the women’s 3000 steeplechase in 10:39.08 behind WSU alum Caroline Austin (10:34.84) to highlight action at the Saint Martin’s University Open meet.

Finally, in Missoula, Montana, EASTERN WASHINGTON’s Erika Lombardo (200m, 25.38) and Erin Clark (11-7.75/3.55m) were victorious in their events at the Al Manuel Invitational.

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