EUGENE—In what organizers hope is the first big domestic meet that will eventually create a summer circuit leading up to the 2021 IAAF World Track & Field Championships, Hayward Field hosted the first TrackTown Summer Series, as Team San Francisco walked off with the victory and a check for $36000.
Despite Team Philadelphia’s victory in the climactic co-ed 4 x 400 relay, Team San Francisco took the team title by a 179-173.5 margin over New York.
Portland finished third with 166 points, with Philadelphia finishing fourth with 155.5 points.
Seattle Pacific alum Jessica Tebo (left/photo by Paul Merca) of Team New York got things started in the 4-mile road race by getting the win in 19:50 over Jordan Hasay of Portland in 20:08.
Tebo took the lead as the field headed south on Agate Street on the last of 4 1-mile loops around the Hayward Field area.
Riley Masters of the Brooks Beasts finished fifth in the men’s 4-mile race, representing Portland, running 18:54, as former NCAA champ Sam Chelanga of New York won in 18:24.
Washington alum Mel Lawrence of San Francisco was fifth in the 3000 steeple, running 9:55.21, as Stephanie Garcia of New York won in 9:39.81.
In the women’s 800, Seattle Pacific grad McKayla Fricker made a key contribution to San Francisco’s winning cause, finishing fourth in 2:01.86, as Canadian national champ Melissa Bishop, representing San Francisco, won in 1:59.74.
Seattle’s Phoebe Wright finished sixth in the race, representing Portland, in 2:03.74.
In the men’s 800, Cas Loxsom of the Brooks Beasts, representing New York, was fifth in 1:48.17, in a race won by Olympian Erik Sowinski, representing San Francisco, in 1:45.38. Auburn/Riverside alum Jordan McNamara, representing Portland, was eighth in 1:52.87.
In a special match race, former Puyallup native Devon Allen, the reigning NCAA and Olympic Trials champ from the University of Oregon, won the 110 hurdles in 13.15 over training partner and fellow Oregon alum Johnathan Cabral, who will represent Canada at the Olympics. Cabral ran 13.36.
UW alum Katie Mackey of the Brooks Beasts, running for New York, lost a close 1500m race to Olympic Trials 800m champ Kate Grace of Portland, as the Oiselle-sponsored athlete ran 4:09.92 to Mackey’s 4:09.97.
In the climactic co-ed 4 x 400 relay, Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry, ran the third leg for Portland’s team that finished fourth in 3:15.68.
SPU grads Tebo and Fricker embraced the concept of a team scored meet,with both liking the fact that they don’t have to travel overseas to compete after the national championships.
Fricker and Mel Lawrence will walk away with an extra $1000 for being on the winning San Francisco team.
The payout for the meet was $4000/3000/2000/1000/750/500 for the top six places, and the team scoring was 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, with the final co-ed relay worth double points. Each member of the winning team received $1000, while athletes who were drafted last month got additional money based on what round they were picked. Undrafted free agents got $500 in addition to whatever prize monies they win Friday night.