Saturday, March 4, 2017

Numerous athletes advance into Sunday's finals at USATF Indoor Nationals...

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico—Advancing to Sunday’s finals was the order of the day for those competing at the USATF Indoor Championships Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

In the women’s 1000, University of Washington alums Eleanor Fulton (left/photo by Paul Merca) and Baylee Mires all advanced, as did Hannah Fields and Claudia Saunders of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts.

Fields was second in her heat, running 2:42.63.

In the second heat, Fulton finished second in 2:43.69, followed by Saunders in 2:43.73, while Mires got the last spot, running 2:43.90.

In the men’s 1000, Brannon Kidder of the Brooks Beasts won his heat in 2:22.13, while teammate Drew Windle was third in 2:24.24.

The women’s 600 saw Seattle Pacific alum McKayla Fricker win her heat in 1:27.38, the third fastest time of the day.

In what may potentially be one of the meet’s highlights Sunday, Cas Loxsom of the Brooks Beasts, the current world record holder at this distance, won his heat of the 600 meters in 1:16.14, the fifth fastest time of the day.  Teammate Shaq Walker was second in his heat, running 1:16.07.

Camas’ Alexa Efraimson was fifth in the finals of a very tactical women’s mile, running 4:48.49 in a race won by Olympian Shelby Houlihan in 4:45.18.

Club Northwest’s Levi Keller failed to clear his opening height of 18-2.5 (5.55m) in the pole vault.

The meet concludes Sunday starting at noon online at USATF.tv ($), then switches over to NBCSN (Channel 626 on Seattle Comcast) starting at 2:30pm.

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