Sunday, June 25, 2017

Gonzaga's Philip Fishburn takes third in USATF Junior 10000 on final day of competition...

Washington's Nick Laccinole & Nate Beemer finish the
USATF junior men's 1500m (Paul Merca photo)
SACRAMENTO--Gonzaga freshman Philip Fishburn had the top finish by a Washington athlete on the final day of the USATF Junior Outdoor championships Saturday at Hornet Stadium, as he was third in the men’s 10000, missing out by one place on an opportunity to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Junior Championships next month in Peru.

Fishburn was in a group of three runners that broke away from the field at the 8k mark, with the race for the two spots coming down to the last 400, as Florida State’s Steven Cross unleashed a 61.16 last lap to take the national title in 31:20.95, with Southern Utah’s Aidan Reed second in 31:22.54.

The Gonzaga freshman from Kemaikin HS crossed the line in 31:25.37, as he ran 65.15 on the last lap.

In other highlights:

—Freshmen Nate Beemer (3:57.65) and Nick Laccinole (3:58.57) from the University of Washington were seventh and eighth in the men’s 1500 finals, as Eric van der Els of UConn won in 3:46.84; 

—Garfield’s Iman Brown, a University of Washington commit competing for the Seatown Express TC, no-heighted in the women’s high jump;

—Washington’s Zach Shugart no-heighted in the men’s pole vault.

On Friday, Eastlake HS’s Brooke Manson was fifth in her heat of the women’s 800 in 2:10.14.

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