Sunday, February 25, 2018

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Eagles win three individual titles; Redhawks sweep DMRs; Yorks and Nageotte highlight pro performances...


Here’s a summary of other events involving Washington athletes and teams over the weekend:

In Flagstaff, Arizona, athletes from Eastern Washington University won three individual titles at the Big Sky indoor track & field championships Friday and Saturday.

Larry Still (above/photo courtesy EWU Athletics) won the men’s pole vault Friday with a clearance of 16-8.25 (5.09m), with teammate Aaron Pullin taking third at 15-8.5 (4.79m).

Not to be outdone, Elizabeth Prouty won the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 13-3 (4.04m), with teammates Macey Weitz (12-9/3.89m) and Samantha Raines (12-5.25/3.79m) placing fourth and fifth.

Rebecca Tarbert won the 60 meter dash title for the second time in her collegiate career, running 7.42 to beat teammate Lexi Rolan, who ran 7.45 to take the runner-up spot.

Rolan also finished second in the 200 at 24.18, and earned an eighth place finish in the long jump with a best of 18-11.25 (5.77m).

One of the biggest disappointments of the meet for Eastern Washington came in the triple jump, as conference leader Keshun McGee was 12th with a best of 46-9 (14.25m) after fouling on his first two jumps.

The Eagle women’s team finished fourth with 52 points, while its men’s team was seventh with 39 points. Northern Arizona swept both competitions, scoring 150 in the women’s team competition, and 137.5 in the mens’ competition.


In Nampa, Idaho, Seattle University earned victories in both distance medley relays to highlight their performances at the Western Athletic Conference championship meet.

Their women’s team of Shannan Higgins, Siobhan Rubio, Abby Wachter, and Johanna Erickson won in 12:11.88, while their men’s squad of Lance Slichko, Eli Boudouris, Keith Beasley, and Matthew Seidel won in 10:23.38.

The Redhawks’ women’s team finished sixth with 33 points, while the men’s squad earned an identical sixth place finish with 23 points.  Grand Canyon University swept the team titles with 189.5 points in the women’s competition, and 197 on the mens’ side.



In Seattle, Seattle Pacific’s distance medley relay team of Kate Lilly, Lani Taylor, Chynna Phan, and Mary Charleson put themselves in a position to earn one of the 12 spots at the NCAA Division II indoor championships by winning the event in a season best 11:39.11 at the Seattle Pacific Last Chance meet Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor on the campus of the University of Washington.

On the field, the most significant mark was from Cal’s Lauren Martinez, who won the women’s pole vault at 14-1.25 (4.30m) the day after winning the MPSF title to all but assure her a spot in the NCAA championships.  

Martinez’ mark elevated her into a tie for 11th on the NCAA Division I performance list.


THE PROFESSIONAL ROUNDUP

In Boston, University of Washington alum Izaic Yorks of the Brooks Beasts broke through with a personal best to win the fast section of the men’s mile at the Boston University Last Chance Meet Sunday at the BU Track & Tennis Center.

Yorks ran 3:53.40 to take off almost a half-second off his previous best of 3:53.89 set two years ago in winning the MPSF title.

Yorks’ Brooks Beast teammate Henry Wynne was second in 3:55.23, while Brannon Kidder was fourth in 3:56.06.

In the women’s 800, Hannah Fields of the Beasts was fourth, running 2:02.61.


In preparation for next weekend’s IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England, Pullman resident Katie Nageotte won the All Star Perche pole vault meet Sunday n Clermont Ferrand, France, hosted by Renaud Lavillenie.

Nageotte cleared 15-11.25 (4.86m) to defeat Russia’s Anzhelika Sidorova, who cleared the same height, but had fewer misses.


NOTE:  The sports information offices of Eastern Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific, Boston University and the French Athletics Federation (FFA) contributed to this report.

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