Wednesday, May 4, 2016

What we missed over the weekend while traveling: Anderson sets meet record in 400H at Ken Shannon Invite & more...

Between announcing Saturday’s Dual in the Desert meet between Arizona and Arizona State and traveling and covering the Payton Jordan meet at Stanford over the weekend, there was a lot of good stuff that happened over the weekend with Washington’s Division I and II schools, along with some top post-collegians:

—In Seattle, Jeshua Anderson (left/photo by Howard Lao) set a facility record, but was well short of his season best in the 400 hurdles, winning in 49.87 at the Ken Shannon Invitational Saturday over Boise State alum Jordin Andrade, who now lives in Seattle and trains with the Seattle Speed group.  Andrade clocked 51.09 as he looks for an Olympic Trials qualifying mark.

—Seattle Pacific’s Maliea Luquin won the heptathlon competition at the GNAC Multi-Event championship that concluded Tuesday in Lacey at Saint Martin’s University.

Luquin became the eighth SPU athlete in conference history to win the heptathlon title, as she scored 4738 points over the two days, and has a provisional qualifying score for the NCAA D2 champs at the end of the month in Bradenton, Florida.

Ali Anderson of Central Washington was third with 4372 points, while SPU’s Jade Crawford was sixth with 3721.

In the decathlon competition, Cody Thomas of Alaska Anchorage won with a score of 7201 points.  Kodiak Landis of Central Washington was third with 6469 points, followed by teammates Michael Forster (6011) and Justin Peterson (5942). David Durden of Saint Martin’s was sixth at 4753.

His mark is the seventh-best high jump in WSU all-time records and currently tied for sixth-best in the nation and second-best in the Pac-12. Pierson’s winning leap came on his third and final attempt at the height. He went on to have three solid attempts but no clearances at 7-4 1/4 (2.24m).  His effort earned him the Pac-12’s men’s field athlete of the week.

—In Corvallis, Eastern Washington’s Katie Mahoney broke a 16-year old school record at the Oregon State University High Performance meet Saturday, winning the 800 in 2:11.13.

Teammate Jeremy VanAssche was the top collegian in the men’s 100, finishing third and running a wind-aided 10.31 behind winner Arthur Delaney’s 10.11.  

WSU assistant coach Angela Whyte ducked under the Olympic qualifying standard in the women's 100 hurdles, running 12.95 to give her strong consideration for Canada's Olympic team.

In Bellingham, Bethany Drake of Western Washington improved her own school record at Saturday’s Ralph Vernacchia Track & Field meet at Civic Stadium.

Drake threw the javelin 171-7 (52.29m), an improvement of more than two feet over her previous school record set two years ago, and is the tenth best in NCAA D2 history.  

Canada’s Krista Woodward won the event with a meet record 179-5 (54.69m).

NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Washington, Washington State, Eastern Washington, Oregon State, the Pac-12 and GNAC, & Western Washington contributed to this report.

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