Friday, September 1, 2017

Batt-Doyle wins UW/SeattleU Open one week after competing at World University Games...

SEATTLE—Just over a week after her seventh place finish in the 10000 meters at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan, Washington senior Izzi Batt-Doyle (left/photo by Paul Merca) traded her green and gold Australia kit for a purple and gold Husky uniform to win the women’s 3-mile run at the UW/SeattleU Open non-scoring meet at Warren G. Magnuson Park Friday.

Traditionally, the UW/SeattleU Open meet has been a glorified tempo run disguised as a cross country meet for both teams to meet NCAA regulations.  For the better part of the race, Batt-Doyle ran the point, as a group of about eight or nine Huskies were close by as they ran the first two miles at a controlled 5:30/mile pace.

Batt-Doyle, whose track season was extended to mid-August, and who is the most race ready runner on the team right now, pulled away over the last mile to win on a sunny 80-degree day in 16:19, nine seconds ahead of unattached UW runners Nikki Zielinski (16:28), and ten up on Kaitlyn Neal (16:29).

Behind them was a group of five Huskies, three of whom were competing unattached, all of whom cruised in under 16:35, including reigning Pac-12 champ and All-American Amy-Eloise Neale (5th, 16:34), and frosh standout Allie Schadler (7th, 16:34).

In coach Kelly Sullivan’s debut as Redhawks head coach, Olivia Stein led SeattleU across the line as their first runner, completing the course in 11th place in 17:01.

In the men’s 4.5 mile race, Washington runners took the top twelve spots in what was a controlled effort, considering that the Huskies began practicing as a team Monday.

Johnathan Stevens was credited with the win in 22:26, with Talon Hull and Julius Diehr taking second and third in 22:27.

Matt Seidel was SeattleU’s first runner in at 13th in 22:56.

After the UW/SeattleU meet, Seattle Pacific and Northwest University took over the Magnuson Park course for a scored dual meet.

In the women’s 3-mile, the Falcons’ Alyssa Foote took command over the last lap to earn a five-second win over teammate Dania Holmberg, 17:21-17:26, leading Seattle Pacific to a 18-45 win over Northwest.

2016 NAIA national cross country championships qualifier Sarah Estabrook (17:46) was the Eagles’ leading runner.

The men’s 4.5 mile race had a bit of a twist, as Northwest’s Riley Sine (22:48) won the race, defeating SPU’s Ben Halladay by 14 seconds.

However, Sine’s efforts were not enough for the Eagles to pull the upset over the Falcons, as Seattle Pacific packed six runners in the top nine to win by a 23-37 count.


In Missoula, Montana, Jake Perrin of Gonzaga led a 1-2-3 finish by the Zags at the season-opening Clash of the Inland Northwest at the University of Montana Golf Course.

Perrin got his first collegiate win in a time of 18:36 over a 6k course, with teammate Ben Hogan credited with the same time, and Dillon Quintana third at 18:41.

Such was the dominance by the Bulldogs that they placed six in the top ten and 11 in the top 20.

Colton Johnsen of Eastern Washington was the Eagles’ top finisher, with his sixth place overall finish in 18:46.

Gonzaga cruised to three dual wins, beating EWU (17-46), Idaho (17-45) and Montana (15-50).  The Eagles beat Montana 25-30, and lost to Idaho 19-40.

In the women’s race,  Gonzaga’s Jordan Thurston was the first Bulldog across the line with her fifth place finish over the 4k course in 14:32, with Eastern’s Kari Hamilton-Scharnhorst sixth in 14:34.

The GU women won two of their three duals, beating out Eastern Washington (25-33) and Montana (29-30), but falling to Idaho (19-42). Eastern lost to Idaho 20-41, and also to host Montana by a 26-29 count.

Gonzaga hosts a dual meet against Idaho on September 16th, while Eastern Washington heads to Seattle for the Sundodger Invitational hosted by the University of Washington.


In Brussels, Belgium Friday night, former Puget Sound resident Devon Allen raced to a fourth place finish in the men’s 110 hurdles at the final stop of the IAAF Diamond League series, the Ivo Van Damme Memorial.

Allen ran 13.24, as authorized neutral athlete Sergey Shubenkov won in 13.14.

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