Sunday, January 1, 2017

Nineteen athletes with Washington ties earn Track & Field News US top-10 rankings...

Track & Field News revealed its 2016 world and national rankings in its annual issue that was sent out to its subscribers at the end of last week.

Nineteen men and women with ties to the state of Washington received a national top-10 ranking by the magazine, based on honors won, win-loss record, and sequence of marks. Some of the major shoe companies use the magazine’s rankings as part of their criteria when paying bonuses and offering contracts to athletes.

Among those men with Washington ties earning US top 10 rankings by the magazine are:

400—Michael Berry (9) 45.18
800—Shaq Walker (8) 1:44.99
1500—Izaic Yorks (10) 3:37.74
5000—Bernard Lagat (2, 7) 13:06.78
10000—Lagat (5) 27:49.35
110 HH—Devon Allen (1, 5) 13.03
400 H—Jeshua Anderson (6) 48.88
HJ—Dakarai Hightower (7)  7-5/2.26
LJ—Norris Frederick (9) 26-4.5/8.04
DEC—Jeremy Taiwo (3, 8) 8425

The women with ties to the state of Washington earning US top 10 rankings are:

100—Hannah Cunliffe (10) 10.99
800—Phoebe Wright (7) 2:01.03
1500—Alexa Efraimson (8) 4:06.38
Steeple—Mel Lawrence (9) 9:36.35
5000—Katie Mackey (8) 15:18.60
Marathon—Lindsay Flanagan (9) 2:29:28
20K Walk--Katie Burnett (3) 1:39:41
TJ—Andrea Geubelle (3) 46-6.25/14.15
HT—Britney Henry (10) 228-5/69.62
JT—Kara Winger (2) 202-11/61.86

Former Renton resident Devon Allen (above/photo courtesy University of Oregon), WSU alum Bernard Lagat, and University of Washington alum Jeremy Taiwo were the only athletes with Washington ties to earn world rankings from the magazine.  Allen was ranked #1 in the US in the 110 hurdles, and #5 in the world.  Lagat was ranked #7 in the 5000, and Taiwo was ranked #8 in the decathlon.

NOTE:  Track & Field News contributed to this report.  The headline was corrected to reflect that there were nineteen athletes, instead of the original eighteen.  Race walker Katie Burnett was overlooked. We apologize for the omission.

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