Saturday, July 16, 2016

Fricker places second in 800m in Edmonton; Mackey runs US leading 3000 in Monaco Diamond League meeting...

EDMONTON—Seattle Pacific alum McKayla Fricker (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished second in the women’s 800 meters at the TrackTown Classic at Foote Field Friday night.

Fricker ran 2:01.71, as Melissa Bishop of Canada set a new national record, running 1:57.43, breaking her old national record of 1:57.52, set at the world championships in Beijing last year.

Megan Malasarte of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts was fourth in 2:03.64.

In other events, Washington State alum Jeshua Anderson finished third in the 400 meter hurdles, running 49.70, as his long time collegiate and pro rival Johnny Dutch, who still felt the sting after missing a spot on the US Olympic team on Sunday, won in a meet and stadium record 49.02

The first four finishers in the race dipped under the old stadium record of 49.89.

Federal Way’s Jordin Andrade, who is going to Rio as a member of the Cape Verde delegation, was sixth in 51.09.

Cas Loxsom of the Beasts was fourth in the men’s 800 in 1:47.05, as Duane Solomon of the USA won in 1:45.51.  Drew Windle of the Beasts was sixth in 1:52.74.

Hometown heroine and Washington State assistant coach Angela Whyte, who is going to Rio as a member of Team Canada, was sixth in the women’s 100 hurdles in 13.44, in a race won by Jacqueline Coward of the USA in 13.02.

The meet was delayed for an hour due to adverse weather conditions.

At the Herculis Meeting in Monaco, Katie Mackey of the Brooks Beasts set a personal best and ran a US leading mark of 8:46.58 in finishing seventh in the women’s 3000 Friday night, while her fellow Beast Gabe Grunewald was tenth in 8:59.72.

Hellen Obiri of Kenya destroyed the field, running 8:24.27 for the victory and leading two other Kenyans under 8:30.

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