Friday, July 22, 2016

Prouse sets Canadian & North American junior steeple record at world U20 champs...

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland—University of Washington rising sophomore Charlotte Prouse (above/photo by John Nepolitan) set a personal best in the 3000 steeplechase Friday night at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships at Stadion Zawisza.

Prouse, who entered the meet with a personal best of 9:59.15, set at the NCAA Championships last month, obliterated that mark by nearly 15 seconds, running a Canadian and North American U20 record of 9:44.62 in finishing sixth.

That mark is the second fastest time in UW history behind Mel Lawrence’s 9:40.98 set in 2009, and breaks the Canadian Junior record set by Geneviève Lalonde of 9:57.74 set on July 22, 2010 in Moncton, Canada at the World U20 championships.  

Cellphone Chespol of Kenya won the event in a meet record 9:25.15, after being on pace early to break the current world U20 record of 9:20.37 set by Ethiopia’s Birtukan Adamu in 2011.

Courtesy Athletics Canada, here's a video clip from their Instagram account of Prouse's reaction after crossing the finish line:

Earlier in the meet, Camas’ Alexa Efraimson, who was sixth in this meet two years ago in Eugene,  cruised to an easy second place finish in the semis of the women’s 1500, running 4:13.12 to advance to Sunday’s final at 7:45am, Seattle time (4:45 pm in Bydgoszcz).

Mountlake Terrace’s Chinne Okoronkwo was eighth in her flight in the triple jump, with a best of 40-6 (12.34m) and did not advance to Saturday’s finals.

In Dublin, Ireland, Katie Mackey of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts won the mile at the Morton Games, running 4:25.48.  The mark was a new personal best for the University of Washington grad.

A pair of new additions to the Brooks Beasts took third in their events, as BYU grad Shaquille Walker was third in the men’s 800, running 1:46.79.  In the women’s 800, UW grad Baylee Mires was third in 2:02.60.

In the men’s mile, Auburn/Riverside alum Jordan McNamara was seventh in 3:56.91, while Riley Masters of the Brooks Beasts was ninth in 3:58.39.

In London, former Husky Ingvill Måkestad Bovin finished 11th in the women’s 1500 at the Müller Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium, the tenth stop of the IAAF’s Diamond League tour, and the final Diamond League meet before the Olympics.

Måkestad Bovin ran a season best of 4:05.35, as Great Britain’s Laura Muir won in a British record 3:57.49.

The Müller Anniversary Games resumes Saturday, as Washington State hall of famer Bernard Lagat runs the 5000 in a field that includes reigning world, Olympic champion and hometown hero Mo Farah of the Nike Oregon Project.

In Houston, UW alum Diamara Planell Cruz jumps in her final competition before the Olympics at the American Track League stop at Wendel Track & Holloway Field on the campus of Rice University.

Planell Cruz faces a field that includes US Olympian Sandi Morris.

Also competing in Houston are WSU alum Jeshua Anderson in the men’s 400 hurdles, and Seattle Pacific grad McKayla Fricker in the women’s 800.

The meet will be shown on ESPN starting at 6pm, pacific time.

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