Sunday, July 2, 2017

Drew Windle takes the win in the 800 at TrackTown Summer Series stop in Gresham...

GRESHAM, Oregon—While he didn’t use the strategy of hanging back and making a mad dash to the front at the end, Drew Windle (above/photo by Howard Lao) of the Brooks Beasts, competing for the host Portland Pulse, ran to victory in the second stop of the TrackTown Summer Series meet at Mt. Hood Community College on sunny Sunday afternoon in the Portland suburb.

Pace setter Stephen Bullard took the field through the first 400 in 51.22, with Windle tucked in fourth, behind Pulse teammate Harun Abda.

After going through the 400 in 52.92, Windle followed up with a second lap of 53.29 to take the win in a time of 1:46.21 ahead of Florida alum Andres Arroyo, competing for the New York Empire, who ran 1:46.44. 2016 world championship indoor bronze medalist Erik Sowinski, who was leading the race after Bullard stepped off the track, was third in 1:46.63.

Windle’s Beasts teammate Shaq Walker, running for the Surge, was fourth in 1:46.71, while Seattle resident Cas Loxsom, representing New York, was eighth in 1:47.42.

Afterwards, he told the Oregonian's Ken Goe, "I was up in the mix early, which is something I didn't do at USAs. Luckily,  I was close enough and closed hard enough to get the win."

In the only other event involving a runner with Washington ties, Pasco HS graduate Marisa Howard, competing for the San Francisco Surge, finished third in the women’s 3000 in a personal best 9:08.84, as Stephanie Garcia of New York won in 9:01.05.

New York bounced back from a third place finish in Palo Alto to win the Portland meet by a 86-85 count over the Philadelphia Force, with Palo Alto winner San Francisco third with 80 points, and host Portland fourth with 78 points.

The series moves across the country to New York’s Icahn Stadium for the finale on Thursday evening at 8 pm (5 pm pacific). The finals will be telecast on ESPN and the ESPNGo App.

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