Tuesday, February 14, 2017

WEEKEND WRAPUP: Canadian Olympian Bruchet doubles back to win mile at UW Open...

Apologies for the delay in posting, but here are some highlights from Sunday’s UW Open meet at the Dempsey Indoor:

—Canadian Olympian Luc Bruchet (left/photo by Paul Merca) from Vancouver doubled back from Saturday’s Husky Classic 3000 to win the mile in 4:04.12, as the Huskies’ Blake Nelson (4:04.38) and Andrew Gardner (4:06.85) went 2-3 in an attempt to become the third runner to go under 4 minutes at the Open (Washington’s Izaic Yorks was the first in the 2015 Open); 

—In the women’s weight throw, Washington’s Onyie Chibuogwu exceeded her old personal best of 57-10.5 (17.64m) four times, throwing a best of 59-10.5 (18.25m);

—The best race of the day was in the men’s 400, as Cal State Los Angeles’ Khallifah Roster ran 46.56 to gain an automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Division II championships, running 46.56, the second best mark in the country this season.  In the same race, Mobolade Ajomale of San Francisco’s Academy of Art also ducked under the NCAA D2 standard of 47.30, running 47.25;

—Central Washington’s Mariyah Vongsaveng set a school record of 8.70 in the women’s 60 hurdles to win the overall title and put herself in contention for a possible NCAA D2 championship berth.  Triple jumper Luke Plummer was third in that event, jumping 48-4.75 (14.75m) the day after jumping a season best of 49-3 (15.01m) at Saturday’s Husky Classic.

The University of Washington men’s team dropped two places, but are ranked #23 in the latest USTFCCCA Division I national computer rankings released Monday.

The nation’s top five men’s teams are Florida, Oregon, Arkansas, Texas A&M, and LSU.

Other MPSF schools ranked include #7 Colorado, and #15 USC.

On the women’s side, there was a lot of shuffling as marks from the current season took precedence in the ranking of teams.

The Washington women dropped out of the national top 25 for the first time this season.

The nation’s top five teams are Oregon, Georgia, Arkansas, USC, and LSU.

Stanford, Arizona, and Colorado are the only other teams from the MPSF ranked in the top 25, at #18, #21 and #22, respectively.

NOTE:  The University of Washington, Central Washington, and the USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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