Sunday, April 29, 2018

WEEKEND WRAPUP: Devon Allen wins 110 hurdles at Drake Relays; Chambers & Berry help Team USA win at Penn...

Apologies for the shorter than normal weekend recap, as I am traveling home from Tucson, Arizona, where I was announcing the Desert Heat Classic meet for the University of Arizona Saturday night.

Here’s what went down besides The Dual between Washington and Washington State, won on both sides by the Cougars Saturday:

THE PROS

At the DRAKE RELAYS in Des Moines, Iowa, former Renton resident Devon Allen (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the men’s invitational 110 hurdles in 13.42, defeating former Olympic champion Aries Merritt by 3/100ths of a second.

Pullman resident Katie Nageotte was third in the invitational women’s pole vault, clearing 14-9 (4.50m), as world indoor champion Sandi Morris won with a best of 16-0 (4.88m).

Brannon Kidder of the Brooks Beasts finished third in the invitational mile, running 3:59.86, as Eric Avila took the win in 3:58.81.

Complete results of the Drake Relays are available here.

In Philadelphia, Tacoma’s Marcus Chambers and Seattle’s Michael Berry combined to help Team USA Red win the men’s 4 x 400 relay in the featured USA vs The World at the Penn Relays.

Chambers ran the third leg, splitting 44.84, while Berry ran 45.57 on the anchor leg as USA Red won in 3:01.31, beating the Bahamas (3:02.54) and Jamaica (3:03.12).

Complete results from the Penn Relays are available here.

In Florence, Italy,  University of Washington alum Jeremy Taiwo’s 2018 decathlon opener at the Multistars Trofeo Zerneri Acciai did not end well as he dropped out of the competition after the discus Saturday.

Taiwo, who was fourth at the break with 4062 points, started day 2 with a time of 15.47, well off of his personal best of 14.16.

In the discus, Taiwo threw 130-1 (39.64m) and called it a competition afterwards.

Norway’s Martin Roe, the leader after the first day, took the overall title, scoring 8228 points.

Complete results of the Multistars Trofeo Zerneri Acciai are available here.

THE COLLEGIANS

In Corvallis, Eastern Washington’s Jeremy VanAssche ran a wind aided 10.39 to highlight competition for the Eagles at the Oregon State High Performance Meet Saturday.

The Eagles took seven first-place finishes at the meet.  Besides VanAssche, among those getting wins were horizontal jumper Keshun McGee earning a pair of victories in the long and triple jumps; the men’s 4 x 100 relay; a pair of wins in the women’s 100 and 200 by Rebecca Tarbert, and a win Friday night from Macey Weitz in the women’s pole vault.

Eastern Washington’s release is available here; complete results from the OSU High Performance meet are available here.

At the Ralph Vernnachia Open in Bellingham Saturday, the best marks of the meet came in the women’s javelin, as Western Washington alum Bethany Drake won the event with a throw of 170-10 (52.08m), with fellow alum Katie Reichert second at 161-5 (49.20m)

University of Washington alum Kristina Owsinski won the women’s pole vault at 13-3.75 (4.06m).

Best collegiate mark of the day also came on the field, as Western Washington’s Brandon Press threw 180-3 (54.95m).

Results from the Ralph Vernacchia Open are available here.

NOTE: The Drake Relays, Penn Relays, IAAF, and the sports information offices of Eastern Washington, Oregon State, and Western Washington contributed to this report.

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