Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sacramento schedule changes for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday...

If you're heading down to Sacramento for the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hornet Stadium, please note the changes made to the time schedule.

The changes were made because of concerns about the heat. The temperature for Thursday's first day of competition is projected to reach 107 degrees, with Friday and Saturday staying the same. The temperature for Sunday's competition is projected to be in the mid-to-high 90s.

Please check the usatf.org web site for any further updates to the time schedule.

paulmerca.blogspot.com's coverage of the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the USATF Junior Championships begins Thursday as we will be on site in Sacramento.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The road to London goes through super-hot Sacramento at USATF Outdoors...

Vancouver native Kara Winger is the top seed going into
the USATF championships in the javelin (Howard Lao photo)
If there’s one thing that can be guaranteed for this week’s USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State University in Sacramento, it’s that it will be super-hot!

Temperatures are expected to reach triple digits on Thursday, with the high projected at 108 degrees, and staying that way until Saturday. On the meet’s final day, the high is expected to reach a modest 96 degrees.

Below is the list of athletes with Washington ties who have declared their intention to compete:

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NAME  EVENT MARK
400 METERS
World: 45.50 USA: 45.70 (32/3)
Marcus Chambers Oregon 44.92
Michael Berry Nike 45.55
800 METERS
World: 1:45.90 USA: 1:47.50 (32/3)
Drew Windle Brooks 1:45.02
Shaquille Walker Brooks 1:45.68
Casimir Loxsom 1:46.13
Nicholas Symmonds Brooks 1:49.48
1500 METERS
World: 3:36.00 USA: 3:39.00 (30/2)
Izaic Yorks Brooks 3:38.01
Brannon Kidder Brooks 3:38.79
Travis Burkstrand Brooks 3:38.96
Jordan McNamara 3:39.23
5000 METERS
World: 13:22.60 USA: 13:32.00 (24/1)
Hassan Mead Nike / NIKE OTCE 13:19.16
Garrett Heath Brooks 13:50.63
10000 METERS 
World: 27:45.00 USA: 28:30.00 (24/1)
Hassan Mead Nike / NIKE OTCE 27:34.38
Aaron Nelson Reebok ZAP Fitness 28:53.70
110 HURDLES
World: 13.48 USA: 13.65 (32/3)
Devon Allen NIKE 13.11
400 HURDLES
World: 49.35 USA: 50.50 (28/3)
Craig Allen WSU 49.40
Jeshua Anderson 49.88
HIGH JUMP
World: 2.30 USA: 2.25 (18/1)
Mikel Smith Saint Martin's 2.22
WOMEN
NAME  EVENT MARK
100 METERS 
World & USA: 11.26 (32/3)
Hannah Cunliffe Oregon
800 METERS
World: 2:01.00 USA: 2:02.00  (32/3)
Hannah Fields Brooks 2:00.53
Brooke Feldmeier Oregon 2:01.54
Baylee Mires Brooks 2:02.57
Claudia Saunders Brooks 2:02.68
1500 METERS
World: 4:07.50 (4:26.70) USA: 4:09.50 (4:28.50) 30/2
Alexa Efraimson NIKE 4:09.03
Eleanor Fulton Skechers/HPW 4:11.46
5000 METERS
World: 15:22.00 USA: 15:25.00
Jessica Tonn Brooks 15:33.13
3000 STEEPLECHASE
World: 9:42.00 USA: 9:50.00 (26/2)
Marie Lawrence Oiselle 9:39.32
Marisa Howard Oiselle 9:40.40
Collier Lawrence Oiselle 9:51.13
Caroline Austin 9:51.38
20K WALK
World: 1:36:00 USA: 1:52.00 (18/1)
Katie Burnett 1:39:38
TRIPLE JUMP
World: 14.10 USA: 13.60 (18/1)
Andrea Geubelle 13.62
Blessing Ufodiama 13.47
HAMMER THROW
World: 76.00 USA: 67.00 (18/1)
Britney Henry Oiselle 67.05
JAVELIN
World: 61.40 USA: 54.00 (18/1)
Kara Winger Asics 64.80
Bethany Drake Western Washington 52.40


Note that after each event, both the IAAF standard for competing in the world championships in London in August and the automatic standard to compete in the national championships are listed. After the athlete’s name is the qualifying mark they’ve achieved to enter the meet (marks listed are not necessarily from this season, as USATF accepted athletes into the meet with 2016 marks). Athletes who did not make the auto qualifying mark were added to the field by USATF to fill the fields necessary to contest the proper number of rounds.

Athletes who finish in the top three in each event will have first crack at going to London, assuming they can meet the standard before July 21st.

Notable scratches include Katie Mackey of the Brooks Beasts, who was entered in both the 1500 and 5000, but scratched late Monday night, and Federal Way’s Hannah Cunliffe, who scratched out of the 200, opting only to run the 100. On the men’s side, two-time world championships competitor and 2016 Olympian in the decathlon Jeremy Taiwo is still recovering from injuries and will not compete. 



JUNIOR NATIONALS ALSO HELD IN SACRAMENTO

Washington shot putter
Angel Nkwonta (Paul Merca photo)
The USATF Junior Nationals will also be held in Sacramento Thursday-Saturday at Hornet Stadium, with spots on the line for the Pan Am Junior Championships July 21-23 in Trujilo, Peru on the line.

Thirteen athletes with ties to the state of Washington are making the trip to the California capital to vie for those Pan Am junior team spots, which will go to the top 2 finishers.

Here are the entries for the USATF Junior championships as posted on the USATF web site:

Women:

Aliya Wilson Tahoma HS 100m
Brooke Manson Eastlake HS 800M
Alyssa Foote Seattle Pacific         5000m
Iman Brown Garfield HS (UW) HJ
Lexi Ellis         Curtis HS         TJ
Angel Nkwonta UW         SP


Men:

Khalil Winfrey UW 100
Nate Beamer UW 1500
Nick Laccinole UW 1500
Philip Fishburn Gonzaga 10000
Zach Shugart UW PV
Curtis Stradley Battle Ground HS JT
Jacob Wachtendonk UW JT


NOTE:  USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Texas native Sam Worley wins Brooks PR Invitational boys' mile...

SHORELINE, Washington—While the sub-4 minute mile didn’t happen at the Brooks PR Invitational Saturday at Shoreline Stadium in the Seattle suburb, the race proved to be very entertaining on a cool and cloudy day.

After Garfield HS (Seattle) 800m standout Will Laird took the field through the first half mile at 2:00, a group of four runners, including Sam Worley (above/photo by Paul Merca) of Comal Canyon HS in Texas, who missed breaking 4:00 at the Texas Relays against open competition; Cooper Teare of California’s St. Joseph Notre Dame HS, who had broken 4:00 in the 1600, Casey Clinger and Patrick Parker of American Fork HS in Utah, went to the front, with Clinger doing the work on the third lap, which was crossed in 3:02.

As the group of four headed down the backstretch, a 32 second penultimate 200 meters into the wind may have doomed the sub-4 attempt, but all were still in contention for the win.

Off the final turn, Worley swung to the outside to take the lead from Teare to take the win in 4:02.04, with Teare finishing in 4:02.56.

Clinger was third in 4:02.90, and Parker was fourth in 4:03.67.

University of Washington commit Isaac Green from Monarch HS in Colorado was tripped up during the race, and was never a factor, finishing 12th in 4:13.12.

In other highlights:

—Brentwood HS (TN) Brodey Hasty ran a meet record 8:45.16 to win the two mile, while UW commit Talon Hull of Weber HS (UT) was third in 8:46.94; 

—Brie Oakley of Grandview HS (CO) took command early to win the girls’ 2-mile in 9:51.35, winning by nearly 10 seconds over California’s Claudia Lane of Malibu HS, who had beaten her earlier in the season at the Arcadia Invitational at the slightly shorter 3200m; 

—Anna Gibson of Jackson HS (WY), who was sixth two weeks ago at the adidas Boost Boston Games mile, got revenge on the field by winning the girls mile in 4:43.77.  University of Washington commit Allie Schadler from Rio Rico HS (AZ), who was fifth in Boston two weeks ago, finished second in 4:44.03, just ahead of Mountain View (ID) frosh Lexy Halladay, the winner in Boston. Halladay ran 4:44.24, almost 3 seconds slower than her 4:41.80 winner two weeks ago.


NOTE:  Special thanks to Brooks Running for their assistance in the coverage of this meet.

Piliusina and Burkstrand win at Stumptown Twilight...

PORTLAND—In what was essentially a last-chance opportunity to earn qualifying marks for next week’s USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, several athletes took to the Griswold Stadium track on the campus of Lewis & Clark College aiming for the standards at the Stumptown Twilight meet.

In the women’s 800, former NCAA 1500m champ Natalija Piliusina of the Brooks Beasts took the win in 2:02.77, with teammate and Washington alum Baylee Mires (left/photo by Howard Lao) taking fourth in 2:04.14.

Beasts teammate Claudia Saunders was tenth in 2:07.47, and Seattle Pacific alum McKayla Fricker was eleventh in 2:09.13.

Piliusina, a Lithuanian citizen, was looking to go under the world championship standard of 2:01.00.  Mires, Saunders and Fricker are listed as accepted into the national championships apparently using 2016 marks.

Minnesota alum Travis Burkstrand of the Brooks Beasts took no chances and set a new personal best of 3:38.96, 4/100ths under the automatic qualifying standard of 3:39.00, just ahead of Auburn/Riverside HS alum Jordan McNamara’s 3:39.23.  Barring scratches and/or an appeal, McNamara currently finds himself not in the meet, as there are at least 30 athletes under the standard.

WSU's Paul Ryan was third in the B section of the men's 1500 in 3:46.07.

Washington State alum Collier Lawrence fell just short of the USATF qualifying standard of 9:50.00 in the 3000 steeplechase, as she ran 9:51.13 to take fourth, but according to the entry status list posted on the USA Track & Field site late Friday night, her mark was accepted.

Friday, June 16, 2017

It's last chance qualifying weekend for USATF outdoor championships...

This weekend marks the final weekend for athletes wishing to compete in next week’s USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento to earn quallfying marks to enter the meet.

The most notable meet where athletes with Washington ties are off to chase marks is Friday night’s Stumptown Twilight meet at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

Seattle Pacific alum McKayla Fricker (left/photo by Paul Merca), along with Baylee Mires and Claudia Saunders of the Brooks Beasts will be looking for a sub 2:02 clocking in the high performance 800 meters.

In the women’s 3000 steeplechase, Washington State alum Collier Lawrence is looking for a mark under 9:50.00 to get into next week’s nationals.

On the men’s side, the most notable entry with Washington ties looking for a mark is Auburn/Riverside HS alum Jordan McNamara, who is looking to run under 3:39.00 to get into the national championships.

Below is a list of athletes with Washington ties who have qualified for the USATF national championships.

The two numbers next to the USATF qualifying standards are the minimum number of athletes needed to run the qualifying rounds, and the number of rounds needed. 

USATF and the men’s and women’s track and field committee does have some discretion on how many athletes they will/won’t take into the meet that have not met the standard. The committee will fill the field based on the number of entries in each event.  Note that there are some athletes who have made the standard who are electing not to compete.

paulmerca.blogspot.com has been informed that Troy Fraley from Gonzaga, and 2016 Olympian and two-time world championships decathlete Jeremy Taiwo will not compete in Sacramento, even though both have met the qualifying standards.  Fraley will concentrate on preparing for cross country, while Taiwo has not fully recovered from injuries suffered earlier this year.

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NAME  EVENT MARK
400 METERS
World: 45.50 USA: 45.70 (32/3)
Marcus Chambers Oregon 44.92
800 METERS
World: 1:45.90 USA: 1:47.50 (32/3)
Drew Windle Brooks 1:45.02
Shaquille Walker Brooks 1:45.68
Casimir Loxsom 1:46.13
Nicholas Symmonds* Brooks
1500 METERS
World: 3:36.00 USA: 3:39.00 (30/2)
Izaic Yorks Brooks 3:38.01
5000 METERS
World: 13:22.60 USA: 13:32.00 (24/1)
Hassan Mead Nike / NIKE OTCE 13:19.16
10000 METERS 
World: 27:45.00 USA: 28:30.00 (24/1)
Hassan Mead Nike / NIKE OTCE 27:34.38
110 HURDLES
World: 13.48 USA: 13.65 (32/3)
Devon Allen NIKE 13.11
World: 49.35 USA: 50.50 (28/3)
Craig Allen WSU 49.40
Jeshua Anderson 49.88
NAME  EVENT MARK
100 METERS 
World & USA: 11.26 (32/3)
Hannah Cunliffe Oregon
200 METERS 
World: 23.10 USA: 23.20 (32/3)
Hannah Cunliffe Oregon 22.53
800 METERS
World: 2:01.00 USA: 2:02.00  (32/3)
Hannah Fields Brooks 2:00.53
Alexa Efraimson NIKE 2:00.95
Brooke Feldmeier Oregon 2:01.54
1500 METERS
World: 4:07.50 (4:26.70) USA: 4:09.50 (4:28.50) 30/2
Katherine Mackey Brooks 4:07.15
Alexa Efraimson NIKE 4:09.03
Brie Felnagle adidas 4:27.27 (mile)
3000 STEEPLECHASE
World: 9:42.00 USA: 9:50.00 (26/2)
Marie Lawrence Oiselle 9:39.32
Marisa Howard Oiselle 9:40.40
20K WALK
World: 1:36:00 USA: 1:52.00 (18/1)
Katie Burnett 1:39:38
TRIPLE JUMP
World: 14.10 USA: 13.60 (18/1)
Andrea Geubelle 13.62
JAVELIN
World: 61.40 USA: 54.00 (18/1)
Kara Winger Asics 64.80

Note that Symmonds does not have the qualifying standard, but has been told that he will get into the meet as a world championships medalist from 2013.

COULD A SUB-4 MILE HAPPEN AT THE BROOKS PR INVITATIONAL SATURDAY?

The Brooks PR Invitational meet for the nation’s top high school track athletes is Saturday at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline.

One of the most highly anticipated races is the boy’s mile run, where several athletes are looking to go under 4 minutes.

The field for the boys mile at Shoreline Stadium includes Cooper Teare of California, who ran 4:00.16 at the Brooks Mt. SAC Relays and 4:01.29 at the Sacramento Meet of Champions, both solo, high school-only efforts; Sam Worley of Texas, who ran 4:00.61 at the Texas Relays ahead of Brown and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano; and D.J. Principe of Rhode Island, who has twice run four flat: 4:00.97 at the New Balance Games in January and 4:00.73 at the Prefontaine Classic three weeks ago.

Utah’s Casey Clinger and Patrick Parker, both of whom ran together at American Fork HS and are committed to running at BYU this fall, are also in the field. Clinger is a two-time NIKE Cross Nationals champ, while Parker won the boy’s mile at the adidas Boost meet in Boston two weeks ago. Washington commit Isaac Green from Colorado is also in the race.


Washington commit Allie Schadler from Rio Rico HS in Arizona is entered in the mile.  Other UW commits entered include Talon Hull from Utah, and local products Erin Ripple and Devin Kirk.

The Brooks PR Invitational gets underway at 1:30 pm with the girls’ 2 mile run.  The meet schedule is available here, while the entry list is available here.

NOTE:  USA Track & Field and Track & Field News contributed statistical information for this report.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Trisha Steidl out as head track and cross country coach at Seattle University...

SEATTLE—Seattle University athletic director Shaney Fink announced late Monday that head track and field/cross country coach Trisha Steidl (left/photo courtesy Seattle University) will not return as head coach for the 2017-18 season.

Steidl’s Redhawks finished sixth and fifth in the men’s and women’s standings at the most recent Western Athletic Conference outdoor championships.  She, along with her husband Uli, who served as an assistant coach, led the program as it transitioned from Division II to Division I, and earned a WAC team title in cross country during their tenure.

According to the Seattle University release, the Redhawks qualified three qualifiers to the NCAA Division I track & field championships, though research from this web site only shows that their three qualifiers—Dylan Burnett in the javelin in 2013 & 14, and Shaddye Melu in the high jump in 2015, only got as far as the West Preliminary round, and not to the national finals.

There had been rumblings, particularly on the popular letsrun.com message boards, that people were not happy with the direction of the Seattle University track and field program, particularly with the fact that since being eligible for full Division I status in the 2012-13 academic year, the school had failed to qualify one athlete for the NCAA finals.

In fairness, the school does not have an on-campus track and field facility, as athletes have had to travel to various nearby high school and park department facilities to train. The school’s high tuition rate has made it a challenge for the staff to recruit walk-on athletes, according to several sources.

As of this writing, the bios of the Steidls, along with sprints/jumps/throws coach Chad Pharis, who coached Mandie Maddux to a WAC crown in both the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon this year, were still up on the school's site.

A national search will start immediately for the next head coach. The school's release announcing the change is available here.

NOTE:  The sports information department at Seattle University contributed to this report.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hannah Fields of Brooks Beasts gets USA & world 800 standard at Portland Track Festival...

PORTLAND—With the USA Track & Field national championships looming in less than two weeks, a host of athletes with Washington ties made the trip Sunday to Griswold Stadium on the campus of Lewis & Clark College to compete in the annual Portland Track Classic designed to give athletes an opportunity to chase qualifying standards.

Hannah Fields of the Seattle based Brooks Beasts (left/file photo by Paul Merca) finished second in the women’s 800 in a new personal best of 2:00.53, finishing behind 2016 US Olympian Kate Grace, who won in 1:59.30.  More importantly, Fields got under the world championship qualifying standard of 2:01.00.

In the same race, Camas’ Alexa Efraimson was fifth in 2:00.95 to duck under the USATF qualifying standard of 2:02.00, as well as the world championship standard.

Baylee Mires (2:04.33) and Claudia Saunders (2:08.56) were seventh and eighth in the race.

The men’s 800 saw Nick Symmonds of the Brooks Beasts run his first 800 in over a year, as he clocked 1:49.48 to finish fifth in the B section.  Symmonds, who has declared this season to be his final competitive campaign, said to members of the media after the race that he has qualified for the nationals by virtue of his 2013 world championships medal, so that takes off the pressure of looking for a race this upcoming weekend to go under the USATF standard of 1:47.50.

In the women’s 1500, Natalija Piliusina of the Brooks Beasts finished seventh in 4:11.04, just ahead of Washington alum Eleanor Fulton, who set yet another personal best of 4:11.46 in eighth.

US Olympian Brenda Martinez won the race in 4:03.15.

In the women’s 3000 steeplechase, Washington State alum Caroline Austin fell just short of the USATF standard of 9:50.00, as she ran a personal best 9:51.38. Austin may possibly get into the field should there be less than 26 qualified entries.

Canadian Maria Bernard won the race in 9:44.29.

Stanford alum Jessica Tonn of the Brooks Beasts was second in the women’s 5000 behind Olympian Shannon Rowbury, as she ran 15:33.13 to Rowbury’s 15:12.52.

Like Austin in the steeple, Tonn doesn’t have the standard in the 5000 of 15:25.00, but could possibly be on the line if there are less than 24 qualified entries by the time entries close on June 18th.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Feldmeier's third place finish and personal best helps Ducks win NCAA team title...

EUGENE—While the meet had a bizarre ending with a number of protests holding up the national championship trophy presentation to the Oregon Ducks on a wet Saturday afternoon, one of the key cogs to Oregon’s victory in front of the home crowd at Historic Hayward Field was the third place performance by Olympia native Brooke Feldmeier, who ran a personal best of 2:01.54 in the 800 meters.

Feldmeier crossed the halfway mark in 58.77, positioned in fourth, then made a move down the backstretch to pass BYU’s Shea Collinsworth, and then made a move to chase down Virginia Tech’s Hanna Green, but fell short, as Green ran 2:01.32 for second behind Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers, who won her third national title in 2:00.02 to give the Ducks 16 valuable points in that event.

"This is like a dream come true," said Feldmeier, a junior who transferred to Oregon from Ole Miss after qualifying for this meet two years ago. "I came to Oregon to run really fast. It's taken a while, but the coaches just told me to be patient. That when it comes together, it's gonna come quick."

After a series of protests from both USC and Georgia after Oregon’s apparent win in the 4 x 400 was denied, the Ducks got the triple crown, having won the national cross country and indoor track titles earlier in the academic year. 

Oregon, which came into the meet as heavy favorites, despite an injury to Federal Way native Hannah Cunliffe, and the failure of its national-record setting 4 x 100 relay team to qualify for the national finals, scored 64 points to beat runner-up Georgia by 1.8 points

Washington State’s Alissa Brooks-Johnson, the two-time Pac-12 champion, finished sixth in the heptathlon with a two day score of 5658 points, a 20-point personal best, beating her previous mark set in winning the Pac-12 title last month in Corvallis. 

Brooks-Johnson, who was 12th at the break with 3251 points, went into the second day with three of her strongest events ahead.

In day 2, she long jumped a personal best 19-2.5 (5.85m), then fell short of another personal best in the javelin, throwing 145-0 (44.21m), and then finished her day with a clocking of 2:17.70 in the 800 meters.

“I opened day two with a long jump PR and carried that momentum into javelin where I was close to a lifetime PR on my first throw. I moved into sixth after javelin and knew I was in contention to be first team All-America. The 800 has always been a strong event for me and I just went out and ran my race and battled all the way through the finish line."

Georgia senior Kendell Williams won yet another NCAA title in the event, scoring 6265 points to dominate the field. Kansas State freshman Nina Schultz, who is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, was second with 5959 points.

Washington junior Amy-Eloise Neale finished eighth in the 1500, running 4:14.89 in a tactical race that saw her positioned towards the back of the pack through the first 1000 meters.

Neale was in contention through most of the last lap, moving to fourth coming off the final turn, but faded over the last 50 meters.

Michigan’s Jaimie Phelan was a mild upset winner of the race, running 4:13.78.


NOTE:  The NCAA, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, and Washington State University contributed to this report.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Gonzaga's Troy Fraley continues historic run by becoming first Bulldog track All-American in steeple...

EUGENE—On yet another cloudy and cool day at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, Gonzaga junior Troy Fraley (above/photo by Mike Scott) became the first Bulldog in school history to earn an All-American certificate in track and field, as he finished seventh in the steeplechase at the NCAA Division I championships Friday.

Fraley broke his own school record that he set at last month’s Payton Jordan Invitational, as he ran 8:35.38, improving from the 8:39.30 he ran at the Stanford meet.

Fraley spent most of the 7.5-lap race in the middle of the pack, before joining in on very quick final lap. Louisville's Edwin Kibichiy eased to the national title with a time of 8:28.40, the fastest collegiate time this season. Georgetown's Darren Fahy was second at 8:31.08.

"A new school record! Troy made Zag Nation proud!”, said Gonzaga head coach Pat Tyson.  “He was happy, but not satisfied, he wants more! He fought hard and ran tough. Troy opens the door for Gonzaga men and women distance running to enter the national scene conversation! We are so excited in Eugene! Tears of joy by teammates, alumni, and those that comprise the Zag Nation! “

Tacoma native Marcus Chambers finished sixth in the 400 in his final race as a member of the University of Oregon track team, running 45.28 out of lane 8, as Texas A&M’s Fred Kerley ran 44.10 to take the crown.

Earlier in the meet, he ran the anchor on Oregon’s 4 x 100 relay team that finished sixth in 38.81, as Houston won in 38.34.

"It wasn't one of my best races," Chambers said. "It was just a learning experience, and I've got to move on. I did what I could do. I did what my body could do. No complaints; I gave it everything I had."

In the men’s 5000 finals, Colbert native John Dressel of Colorado finished eighth in 14:38.40, as the first mile was covered in a hair under 5:20, a very pedestrian pace for a championship race.

While Dressel ran 58.14 on the last lap, it didn’t really matter, as Stanford’s Grant Fisher dropped the hammer in the last 800, running 1:58.68, capped off by a last 400 of 55.76.

Seattle Prep grad Joe Hardy, who runs for the University of Wisconsin, was 15th in a time 14:43.50.

In the first day of the heptathlon, Washington State’s Alissa Brooks-Johnson stands twelfth wth a four-event score of 3251 points.

She ran 14.24 in the 100 hurdles, high jumped 5-4.25 (1.63m), threw the shot 38-2.75 (11.65m) and ran the 200 in 24.89.

Defending champion Kendell Williams from Georgia scored 3743 points to take the lead after the first day.

Brooks-Johnson resumes the heptathlon competition at 11:30 am.

Also competing in Saturday’s finale are Amy-Eloise Neale of Washington in the 1500 at 3:41 pm, and Olympia native Brooke Feldmeier of Oregon in the 800 finals at 4:44pm. Feldmeier is listed on Oregon’s 4 x 400 relay, which ends the meet at 5:51pm and could be called upon.


NOTE:  The NCAA, Gonzaga University, and the University of Oregon contributed to this report.


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