Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ex-Cougar assistant coach Angela Whyte leads Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon at break...

Wednesday was the start of a busy four days of competition for the state’s nine NCAA Division I and II schools, along with select post-collegians, who are participating at either the Mt. SAC Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific, or the Beach Invitational hosted by Long Beach State.

The Mt. SAC Relays officially got underway Wednesday with the multi-events, contested at Azusa Pacific University, along with the California Invitational multi-events meet, one of the largest decathlon and heptathlon meets in the country.

In the first day of competition at the Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon, former WSU assistant coach Angela Whyte (above/photo by Howard Lao), who has moved back to Alberta, leads with a first day score of 3524 points, while 2015 Pac-12 heptathlon champ Alissa Brooks-Johnson stands fifth with 3350 points, and teammate Liz Harper sixth at the break with 3270 points.

Whyte, a 2016 Canadian Olympian in the 100 hurdles and a finalist in the 60 hurdles at last year’s IAAF world indoor championships in Portland, started the day by winning the 100 hurdles in 13.44.  She then high jumped 5-6.5 (1.69m), threw the shot 40-10.5 (12.46m) and ran the 200 in 24.52.

Brooks-Johnson, who missed last season with injuries, ran 14.13 in the hurdles, high jumped 5-6.6(1.69m), threw the shot 39-3 (11.96m) and ran the 200m in 24.96.

Harper ran 14.33 in the hurdles, high jumped 5-7.75 (1.72m), threw the shot a personal best 36-5.5 (11.11m), and ran 25.33 in the 200m.

In the A section of the California Invitational decathlon, Washington’s Josh Gordon and Cole Jensen stand second and third, with first day scores of 3912 and 3907 points, respectively, as Isaiah Oliver of Colorado leads at the break with 4044 points.

The heptathlon portion of the California Invitational has Washington State’s Lindsey Schauble in 24th with 2822 points, and the Huskies’ Carly Lester in 30th with 2786 points. Mandie Maddux of SeattleU is 43rd with 2578 points, and Kaylie Greninger of Western Washington stands 50th with 2428 points.

The main portion of the Mt. SAC Relays starts on Thursday with action in the distance races in the late afternoon, and continues until Saturday.

One significant change in the Mt. SAC Relays is that the meet is contested in Torrence on the campus of El Camino College, as Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the Mt. SAC campus undergoes a renovation project, as they get the facility ready for next year’s Relays, as well as a possible 2020 US Olympic Track & Field Trials bid.

The main portion of the Bryan Clay Invitational will be run on Friday at Azusa Pacific, while the Beach Invitational will be contested Saturday, with some throwing events held Friday.

NOTE: The sports information offices of Washington State, Washington, Seattle Pacific, Mt. SAC, Long Beach State & Azusa Pacific contributed to this report.

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