Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Team USA announced for world champs, plus other notes and links...

Couple of items to post:


Three men with Washington ties are on Team USA, including former Renton resident Devon Allen (110 hurdles), former Emerald Ridge HS standout and reigning 10000 meter champion Hassan Mead; and the surprise of the 800 meters this season, Drew Windle of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts.

On the Team USA women's roster are three athletes with Washington ties, led by seven-time USA national champion Kara Winger (left/photo by Paul Merca) from Vancouver.

Also on the women’s squad are University of Washington alum Lindsay Flanagan (marathon), and former Bellevue resident Katie Burnett (below/photo courtesy USATF) who will contest the just added 50-kilometer race walk.

Burnett, who was born in Bellevue, and attended high school at Skyline and Newport before finishing her high school career in Arizona, is the current US national record holder in the event, walking 4:26:37 on March 28th in Santee, California.

The IAAF, in a last minute decision “based on its wish to ensure gender equality on the field of play, the IAAF Council has decided to create a new 50km race walk competition for women at the IAAF World Championships London 2017.”

In its release dated Sunday July 23rd, the IAAF set the entry standard at 4:30:00, a mark that only five women have achieved this season, which calls into question the credibility of the event, as Quentin Rew posts.

JORDIN ANDRADE WINS FRANCOPHONE GAMES 400 HURDLES


Tuning up for a run at the IAAF World Championships in London, Federal Way resident Jordin Andrade (above/photo courtesy Getty Images) won the 400 hurdles at the Francophone Games in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Monday.

Andrade, who is competing for Cape Verde, won the race in 49.66, with Amadou Ndiaye of Senegal second at 50.17.


WASHINGTON STATE HIRES KAYLA WARREN AS ITS NEW OPS COORDINATOR

Former Cougar jumper Kayla Warren has been hired as the track and cross country program’s operations coordinator, replacing Andrea Sabbatine, who is pursuing other interests after working for two years at WSU.

"Kayla will be an excellent addition to our track and field program," Phipps said. "Kayla is highly motivated and possesses both a strong work ethic and a strong understanding of the administrative and athletic goals of our track and field and cross country programs. Her role will be a huge benefit to our coaching staff and as well as our student-athletes."

Warren is the daughter of former Seattle Seahawk running back Chris Warren, and graduated from Holy Names Academy. She was a two-time scorer for the Cougs in the triple jump.  At WSU. she earned her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Sciences with a minor in Forestry in December 2016.

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