Sunday, June 3, 2018

Winger takes third in javelin with US leading mark; Chambers & Allen win in SoCal...

It’s been a quiet week on the blog, as I’ve been busy trying to catch up on life after being on the road three of the last five weekends; however, the world of track and field still revolves.

Here’s what we’ve missed this week:

Saturday in Offenburg, Germany, Vancouver native Kara Winger (above/photo courtesy Kara Winger) finished third at the Speerwurfmeeting Offenburg.

Winger threw 205-7 (62.67m) in her second meet of the 2018 season to finish third, as China’s Shiying Liu won with a toss of 210-3 (64.08m).

Winger’s mark is currently the best by an American this season, eclipsing the mark of 203-4 (61.98m) that she threw in her 2018 season opener in Halle, Germany on Tuesday, May 26th.

Results of the Speerwurfmeeting Offenburg meeting are available here.

In Claremont, California Saturday, Tacoma’s Marcus Chambers won the 400 meter title at the Southern California USATF Jim Bush Championships, as he ran 45.50.

Washington State alum CJ Allen also emerged with the victory in the men’s 400 hurdles, as he ran 49.85.

Results of the Southern California USATF Jim Bush Championships are available here.

In St. Louis on Thursday, Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beasts finished seventh in the mile at the Festival of Miles invitational men’s mile.

Heath ran 3:59.93, as Tripp Hurt won in 3:58.84.

Former Husky Nick Harris, who transferred after the 2015 season to Colorado, was third in 3:58.88.

In the women’s invitational 800, Baylee Mires of the Beasts was fifth in 2:05.49, while teammate Savannah Colón was seventh in 2:07.75, as British Columbia native Lindsey Butterworth won in 2:01.13.

Complete results of the Festival of Miles Invitational are available here.

On Wednesday, both the UW Daily and the Seattle Times broke stories on the circumstances leading to the resignation of Greg Metcalf on May 18th as head coach of the University of Washington track and cross country teams.

Both the Daily and the Times state that athletes on the team were mistreated by Metcalf, alleging a culture, particularly among its distance runners, where it was ok to be thin, almost to the point of being unhealthy.

Comments made by current and former distance runners to both publications allege that comments and actions that Metcalf made, including pinching the belly and rib areas, and commenting on the food on athletes’ plates at training table, led to unhealthy eating and training habits, to the point where two male upperclassmen met with athletic director Jennifer Cohen and two other officials to air their grievances on May 17th, essentially asking the school to remove the coach from his position.

You can read the Daily’s article here, and the Times’ piece here.

paulmerca.blogspot.com is working on a piece regarding this matter.

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