Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Defending champ Katie Mackey finishes fifth at USATF 1-Mile Road Championship...

DES MOINES, Iowa—Katie Mackey (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts finished fifth at the USA Track & Field 1-Mile Road Championship Tuesday evening on the streets of Des Moines.

Mackey, the defending national champion, ran 4:34.93, as Emily Licari won in 4:32.87.

University of Washington alum Eleanor Fulton was eighth in 4:39.10, and Savannah Colón of the Brooks Beasts was 13th in 4:46.69.

In the men’s road mile championship, Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beasts finished sixth in 4:04.96, as former Brooks Beast Riley Masters, who now trains in Colorado, won the national championship in 4:03.12.

Former Husky Nick Harris, who transferred to the University of Colorado, was third in 4:04.31.

Brannon Kidder of the Brooks Beasts was ninth in 4:05.38, and teammate Henry Wynne was 13th in 4:07.99.

Complete results of the USATF 1-Mile Road Championship race are available here.

SANDER MOLDAU NAMED PAC-12 FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Washington State pole vaulter Sander Moldau was named by the Pac-12 Conference as its field event athlete of the week after setting a lifetime best at last week’s Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California.

One day after clearing a lifetime-best pole vault height of 17-feet 1 inch (5.21m) at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Meet at Long Beach, Moldau won the men's pole vault at the Bryan Clay Invitational with a PR height of 17-8 1/4 (5.39m) on April 20th. That mark is the fourth-best in WSU all-time and the first time since 2005 that a Cougar vaulter has cleared a height that ranked in the top five in school records.

Moldau's pole vault mark currently leads the Pac-12, is ranked eighth-best in the NCAA West Region and 18th-best nationally.

Sander, along with twin brother Martin, joined the Cougar track team as decathletes in January. The twins are natives of Rakvere, Estonia.

The Pac-12 release is available here.

NOTE:  The sports information office of Drake University and the Pac-12 Conference contributed to this report.

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