Thursday, April 13, 2017

Whyte finishes second in Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon...

AZUSA, California—Former Washington State University assistant coach Angela Whyte (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished second in the Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon Thursday at Azusa Pacific University.

Whyte, who held the lead at the break with a first day score of 3524 points, got off to a good start in the opening event of day 2, winning the long jump with a leap of 19-9.75 (6.04m).

Despite throwing a personal best of 131-11 (40.21m), just slightly over her previous personal best of 131-3 (40.02m), she was overtaken by fellow Canadian Niki Oudenaarden, who threw 143-2 (43.64m) to win that event.

Any chance that 2016 Canadian Olympian Whyte had of winning the competition in the 800 meters went out the window, as she ran 2:29.29, far below her previous personal best of 2:19.91, set three years ago. 

Meanwhile, Oudenaarden ran 2:17.25 to clinch the Mt. SAC title with a final score of 5927 points, while Whyte finished the two-day competition with a final score of 5759, nine points ahead of Jaclyn Siefring of Akron.

Washington State’s Alissa Brooks-Johnson, the 2015 Pac-12 heptathlon champion, finished fourth with a final score of 5616 points, while teammate Liz Harper took seventh with 5420 points.

In the A section of the California Invitational decathlon, Washington’s Cole Jensen finished fourth with a final score of 7166 points, a new personal best.

Jensen helped his cause by winning the pole vault with a mark of 16-4.75 (5.00m), worth 910 points.

Teammate Josh Gordon, who started the event in second at the break, failed to clear his opening  height in the pole vault of 10-10 (3.30m), and did not finish.

Tim Wunderlich of the Shore AC won the event with a final score of 7517 points.

In the California Invitational heptathlon, Washington’s Carly Lester finished her first ever heptathlon in 30th place with a final two-day total of 4462 points.

Kaylie Greninger of Western Washington was 37th with a score of 4214 points.

Seattle University’s Mandie Maddux failed to finish, as did Washington State’s Lindsey Schauble.  Schauble fouled on all three attempts in the javelin, while Maddux did not start the 800.

Christina Chenault of UCLA won the California Invitational heptathlon with a final score of 5438 points.

In Torrance, the main portion of the Mt. SAC Relays got underway Thursday at its temporary home on the campus of El Camino College.

In the women’s open steeplechase, Washington State’s Devon Bortfeld (10:23.28) and Emily Dwyer (10:26.19) finished third and fourth, as Colorado State’s Laura Yarrow won in 10:07.85.

Eastern Washington’s Carli Corpus ran 10:49.58, while Washington State’s Desi Stiner ran 11:21.99.

In the men’s open steeple, WSU’s Kyler Little broke 9 minutes, running 8:59.85, while Eastern Washington’s Steaven Zachman ran 9:29.25.  Gonzaga’s Sammy Truax ran 9:35.87, while Eastern’s James Breen ran 10:09.88.

The B section of the men’s 10000 saw WSU’s Jake Finney finish 17th in 30:46.81. Gonzaga’s Phillip Fishburn was 22nd in 31:06.06, while the Cougars’ Kennan Schrag was 25th in 31:13.81. Forest Tarbath of Gonzaga was 29th in 31:43.28.

Max Kaderabek of Gonzaga was eighth in the A section of the men’s 10000 in 30:10.68.

Morgan Willson of WSU was 23rd in the A section of the women’s 10000 in 35:54.16.

In the women’s invitational section of the 10000, Gonzaga’s Jessica Mildes was 12th in 34:13.96, with Vancouver native Georgia Porter of Division II Western State (Colorado) 15th in 34:19.02. Eastern Washington’s Sarah Reiter was 21st in 34:44.39, two places ahead of reigning Pac-12 10000 champ Katie Knight of Washington, who ran 35:12.32.

The men’s open hammer saw Washington State’s Wyatt Meyring finish tenth with a best of 186-1 (56.72m), and teammate Amani Brown 19th at 176-7 (53.83m).

The Cougars’ Katie Wardsworth was 13th in the women’s open hammer at 173-5 (52.85m), and teammate Aoife Martin 16th at 172-6 (52.57m).

In the invitational men’s hammer, WSU’s Brock Eager was tenth at 212-0 (64.63m).

UPDATE: In the men’s invitational 10000, contested in two sections, former Husky and current Gonzaga runner Sumner Goodwin ran 29:54.26, while Gig Harbor HS alum Tristan Peloquin ran 29:55.38. Gonzaga's Jake Perrin finished in 30:14.81, and teammate Scott Kopczynski crossed in 30:27.62.

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