Thursday, July 13, 2017

Andrade and Walker entered in Meeting de Madrid Friday...

A pair of athletes with Washington ties will compete in Friday’s Meeting de Madrid in the Spanish capital city.

Federal Way’s Jordin Andrade (left/photo by Paul Merca) of Cape Verde, who ran a season best 49.52 in Luzern, Switzerland on Tuesday, is entered in the 400 hurdles as he looks to duck under the 49.35 time needed to assure his spot on the starting line at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in London that begins in three weeks.

The final day to attain a qualifying mark for the world championships is Friday the 21st.

Shaq Walker of the Brooks Beasts is entered in the men’s 800 meters .


GEUBELLE’S SEASON IS NOT DONE (YET)...

paulmerca.blogspot.com publisher Paul Merca received a text from 2016 US Olympian Andrea Geubelle stating that she is entered in the triple jump in Sunday’s Meeting International Mohammed VI d’Athletisme in Rabat, Morocco, which is the tenth stop in the IAAF Diamond League series.

Geubelle is entered in a field that includes reigning Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen.

After her third place finish at the USATF Outdoor Championships last month in Sacramento, she stated that her season was over and that she would not chase the world championships qualifying standard of 46-3.25 (14.10m) needed to compete in London in three weeks.

Geubelle, who according to her social media posts, was vacationing with her boyfriend in Spain, apparently had a change of heart, and is headed to Rabat.

If she can jump 46-3.25 (14.10m) between now and July 21st, the Curtis HS grad will make her first senior world championship team, after qualifying for the Olympic team last year.


DAY 1 RECAP FROM EUROPEAN UNDER-23 CHAMPS...

Incoming Washington State University freshman Zorana Grujic of Serbia was seventh in her heat of the 800 meters at the European Under-23 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Grujic ran 2:09.86, as Hannah Segrave of Great Britain won the heat in 2:05.54.

On Friday, her twin sister Jelena, who will also join her at Washington State, will run in the first round of the women’s 400 hurdles, which toes the line at 3:44 am, Seattle time.

Also competing Friday is Washington’s Jacopo Spanò in the first round of the men’s 200 at 10:21, Seattle time.

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