Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cunliffe ties Dempsey Indoor and MPSF 60m meet record...

SEATTLE—The 2016 Dempsey Indoor season ended with a flourish, as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships closed the curtain on yet another great winter of meets and performances.

In the women’s 60 meter dash, Federal Way HS graduate Hannah Cunliffe (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the University of Oregon tied the Dempsey facility record by running 7.15, while breaking the meet record of 7.19 that she tied in Friday night’s preliminary heats.

Tacoma native Marcus Chambers of Oregon set a indoor personal best in the 400, winning in a time of 46.40.

Spokane native John Dressel of the University of Colorado used a strong finish over the last two laps to win the men’s 3000 in a personal best 7:51.44.

Washington’s Casey Burns finished second in the men’s triple jump with a best of 49-5.75 (15.08m), as USC’s Dominic Smallwood won with a mark of 51-0.75 (15.56m).

In the women’s mile, Washington’s Amy-Eloise Neale’s bid to steal the event with a late charge fell short, as she finished third in a time of 4;36.40, as Oregon’s Katie Rainsberger won in 4:35.60.

The two-day, seven event heptathlon saw Washington’s Cole Jensen finish fourth with a final score of 5424 points, as Oregon’s Mitch Modin won with 5747 points.

While they were not able to improve upon their school record time of 3:42.58, the women’s 4 x 400 relay team of Whitney Diggs, Imani Apostol, Hannah Derby & Laura Anuakpado finished fourth in 3:43.22 as USC tied the meet and facility record of 3:32.54 set by Arizona last year.

The final team results in the women’s competition had USC winning with 125 points, followed by Oregon (105) and Stanford third (57).  Washington was seventh with 41 points, while Washington State was eighth at 33.5.

In the men’s team competition, Oregon won by a 89-83 count over USC with UCLA third at 70.  Washington was eighth with 44.5 points, while Washington State was tenth with 41.

The 2017 indoor season concludes with the NCAA indoor championships March 10-11th in College Station, Texas.  The NCAA will announce the qualifiers for the meet next week.

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