Wednesday, April 18, 2018

All nine of the state's Division I and II schools, plus a few pros, are off to SoCal for meets this week...

If you want to see athletes from all of Washington’s NCAA Division I and II schools, plus some of the state’s pros competing this weekend, chances are you’ll need a plane ticket to one of the Los Angeles area airports, and a car with a great GPS system to tackle the freeways of Southern California.

Action started Wednesday at Azusa Pacific University, as the BRYAN CLAY INVITATIONAL multi events competition got underway, with four separate decathlon and heptathlon sections, with athletes grouped based on past scores.

In the top section (Group 4) of the heptathlon, Washington State’s reigning Pac-12 champion Alissa Brooks-Johnson (left/photo by Paul Merca) stands fifth at the break with a four-event total of 3400 points, 235 points behind Miami’s Michelle Atherley.

Brooks-Johnson ran 13.88 in the 100 hurdles, high jumped 5-6.5 (1.69m), threw the shot 38-8.75 (11.80m) and ran 24.69 in the 200.

Washington State freshman Martin Moldau stands 12th in the Group 4 section of the decathlon with a five-event total of 3216 points.

In the Group 3 decathlon, Central Washington’s Kodiak Landis stands second in the decathlon with a first day score of 3937, highlighted by him winning the 100 in 10.74, and the 400 in 47.87, with his only hiccup a 5-9.75 (1.77m) clearance in the high jump, which placed him 13th in that event.

In the Group 2 decathlon, Landis’ teammate Braydon Maier sits fifth with 3421 points.

The Group 2 heptathlon has Washington State’s Lindsey Schauble in seventh with 2976 points, while Seattle Pacific’s Scout Cai stands tenth with 2840 points.

In the Group 1 heptathlon, Seattle Pacific’s Renick Meyer is third at the break with 2865 points, while teammate Kellie May is tenth at 2686. Central Washington’s Ali Anderson is 12th at 2642, while her teammate HarLee Ortega stands 14th at 2362 points.

Western Washington freshman Seren Dances is fourth in the Group 1 decathlon with a first day score of 3492 points.

The Bryan Clay Invitational continues until Friday with the conclusion of the multi-events, and the distance carnival on Thursday, with the main portion of the meet contested Friday.

The link to the Bryan Clay Invitational results page is available here.

Flotrack ($) will offer streaming coverage of the Bryan Clay Invitational.

LONG BEACH STATE HOSTS PACIFIC COAST INTERCOLLEGIATE AND BEACH INVITATIONAL

On Thursday, Long Beach State hosts the PACIFIC COAST INTERCOLLEGIATE meet at its campus track, featuring a large group from both Eastern Washington and Washington State, while Washington sends a small group of field event athletes.

Friday, the BEACH INVITATIONAL begins its two-day run at its campus track, with all nine Washington schools having some representatives in the meet.

Long Beach State’s home meet information page is available here, where you can access start lists and links to live results for both the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and the Beach Invitational.

Flotrack ($) will offer streaming coverage of the Pacific Coast and Beach Invitationals.

FINALLY, THERE’S THE MT. SAC RELAYS...

Those fortunate enough to get accepted will compete at the MT. SAC RELAYS beginning Thursday at Murdock Stadium on the campus of El Camino College in Torrance, while Hilmer Lodge Stadium undergoes renovation before it hosts the 2020 US Olympic Track & Field Trials.

Washington’s sprinters and hurdlers comprise the biggest group of athletes from the state competing at Mt. SAC.

Women racing on Friday in open events will include Imani Apostol (400m), Carolyn Birkenfeld (400m), Iman Brown (200m), Morganne Hill (100mH/400mH), Darhian Mills (100mH), Olivia Ribera (100m), and Raquel Tjernagel (400m). The men will feature Ryan Croson (400m), Jordan Lucas (100m), Evan Mafilas (400m), Kemuel Santana (100m), Eric Simpson(110mH), Michael Thomas (400m), and Khalil Winfrey (100m/200m). Jelani Heath will be the one Husky in the field events at Mt. SAC, long jumping.

Saturday at Mt. SAC will have the 4x400m relays as well as 400-meter hurdle races for Mills, Hanna Tarleton, and Carly Lester.

The link to the Mt. SAC Relays home page is available here.

USATF.tv ($) is offering streaming coverage of the Mt. SAC Relays.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Washington, Washington State, Seattle Pacific, Western Washington, Central Washington, Azusa Pacific, Long Beach State, and Mt. San Antonio College provided information for this report.

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