Monday, January 29, 2018

Hannah Cunliffe withdraws from the University of Oregon, plus the weekend recap...

According to a post written by Ken Goe of the Oregonian, Federal Way native Hannah Cunliffe (left/photo by Paul Merca) has withdrawn from the University of Oregon.

Cunlifffe, who would be a senior if eligible, didn’t compete in Oregon’s first two meets this season, according to Goe, and isn’t registered for classes this quarter.

Oregon head track coach Robert Johnson said in a text to Goe that the Ducks “want to support Hannah in her dreams of being a pro.”

After transferring to Oregon from Oklahoma, she won both the 100 and 200 at the 2016 Pac-12 championships in Seattle, and set the collegiate record in the 60 of 7.07 last winter in Albuquerque.

She’s struggled with injuries at the end of the season, costing her opportunities  to compete for berths on both the 2016 US Olympic team and last year’s world championship outdoor squad.


WEEKEND ROUNDUP...

2016 US Olympian Jeremy Taiwo, who missed the 2017 season with injuries, finished second in the heptathlon at the Texas Tech Classic in Lubbock on Saturday with a two-day total of 5738 points.

Taiwo, who began Saturday in fourth place with 3195 points, did not get off to a strong start, finishing seventh in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.48, worth 865 points.

He recovered to tie for first in the pole vault, with a mark of 15-10.5 (4.84m) for 802 points, but struggled in the 1000, normally one of his best events, as he ran 2:56.37, finishing sixth, scoring 700 points.

Tyler Adams of Sam Houston State was the overall winner, with a final score of 6016 points, which is tied for third on the 2018 world list.

Results of the Texas Tech Classic are available here.

In Annapolis, Maryland, former Renton resident Devon Allen set a facility record in winning the 60 hurdles at the Wesley Brown Invitational Saturday at the US Naval Academy.

Allen, who continues to work with new Navy head coach Jamie Cook, who was his hurdles coach at Oregon, raced to identical times of 7.64 in winning both the qualifying round and the final.

He also ran the 200, winning in 20.94.

Results of the Wesley Brown Invitational are available here.

In New York, Tacoma’s Marcus Chambers was fourth in the men’s invitational section of the men’s 400 at the Norbert Sander Invitational at the Armory.

Chambers, competing in his first season as a pro after graduating from Oregon, ran 47.63, as Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad & Tobago, the 2012 London Olympic bronze medalist at this distance, won in 47.07.

Seattle Prep grad Joe Hardy, competing for the University of Wisconsin, finished seventh in the invitational 3000, running a personal best 7:57.11.

University of Portland alum Reid Buchanan won in 7:51.98.

University of Washington alum Eleanor Fulton was 12th in the invitational mile in a time of 4:47.14, as Canada’s Kate Van Buskirk won in 4:26.92.


In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Washington State’s Brock Eager won the men’s 35-pound weight throw with a season best 66-5.25 (20.25m) to pace the Cougars at the New Mexico Team Challenge meet Saturday.

In the women’s weight throw, Aoife Martin took second with a best of 57-1.5 (17.41m).

On the track, Nick Johnson won the 60 hurdles in 8.03, with teammates Abu Tamara (8.15) and Christapherson Grant (8.20) second and fourth.


NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Wisconsin, Washington State, Texas Tech, and New Mexico, along with the Armory Track & Field Center, contributed to this report.

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