Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Large contingent of Brooks Beasts head to Stanford for Thursday's Payton Jordan Invitational...

PALO ALTO, California—A large contingent of athletes from the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts will converge upon Cobb Track & Angela Field for Thursday night’s Payton Jordan Invitational looking for qualifying marks for the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in mid-June, and other meets.

Brannon Kidder (left/photo by Paul Merca), who finished third in the mile at the Drake Relays in Des Moines last week, drops down in distance to run in the top section of the men’s 800.

World indoor silver medalist Drew Windle moves up in distance, as he will run in the second section of the men’s 1500, where he has a personal best of 3:44.66, dating back to 2015.

Henry Wynne and Washington alum Izaic Yorks of the Beasts are entered in the men’s 5000, while Stanford alum Garrett Heath returns to his alma mater and makes his track debut at 10000 meters.

Former Husky Aaron Nelson, who runs for Zap Fitness/Reebok in North Carolina, is entered in the 3000 steeple, as is Gonzaga’s Troy Fraley.

On the women’s side, Savannah Colón and Washington alum Baylee Mires are entered for the Beasts in the 1500, and Katie Mackey goes in the 5000.

In that 5000, Mackey will be joined by another Washington alum in Mel Lawrence of Oiselle, along with current Husky Amy-Eloise Neale.

In a separate section of the 5000, former Husky Eleanor Fulton makes her track debut at this distance.

Jessica Tonn returns to Stanford to make her debut in the 10000.

Flotrack ($) will offer live streaming coverage of the Payton Jordan Invitational, starting at 4 pm.

The start lists for the Payton Jordan are available here. Stanford’s preview of the meet is available here.

The IAAF Diamond League starts its season long series of meets Friday, as it makes its annual visit to Doha, Qatar at the Qatar Sports Club, which will host next year’s IAAF World Track & Field Championships.

Katie Nageotte of Pullman, who competed at the Drake Relays last week, is entered in the women’s pole vault, as she’s in a loaded field that includes world indoor champ Sandi Morris, and reigning world and Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece.

The start lists for the Doha Diamond League stop are available here.

NOTE: The sports information office at Stanford University and the IAAF contributed to this report.

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