Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wet weather derails locals from last chance qualifiers at Stumptown Twilight...

With only a few days left until the qualifying period for the US Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene closes on Sunday, a slew of middle distance runners with Washington ties headed to Mt. Hood Community College for the Stumptown Twilight meet to try and punch their tickets to Eugene.

In wet conditions, Megan Malasarte (above, third from right/photo by Howard Lao) of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts came oh-so-close to the 2:03.00 Olympic trials standard, as she finished third in the top section of the women’s 800, running 2:03.20.  In the same heat, WSU volunteer assistant coach Liga Velvere, a Latvian citizen who was aiming for the Olympic Games standard of 2:01.50, finished fourth in 2:03.23.

The women’s steeple saw Club Northwest’s Amber Schultz finish fourth in 9:55.61, 2.61 seconds short of the 9:53.00 standard.  WSU alum and SeattleU assistant coach Caroline Austin was sixth in 10:05.04.

Tacoma native Brie Felnagle was second in the women’s 1500 in 4:12.85, short of the 4:09.50 Trials standard.

In the second heat of the men’s 1500, Travis Burkstrand was third in 3:41.38, short of the 3:38.00 standard. 

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