Showing posts with label Sally Bergesen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sally Bergesen. Show all posts

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kara Patterson takes the win at the Harry Jerome...

BURNABY, British Columbia--Skyview High School graduate Kara Patterson (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the javelin competition at the Harry Jerome Track Classic at Swangard Stadium Thursday night.

Patterson, who won her fifth USA national title in Sacramento two weeks ago, threw a best of 201-11(61.56m) to win handily over Brittany Borman, last year's USA champion, who threw 196-8 (59.94m).

Also taking a victory at the Jerome was Washington State alum Jeshua Anderson, who won the 400 hurdles in 49.98.

In other action involving Washington athletes, Angela Whyte, who trains under Washington State coach Wayne Phipps, was second in the 100 hurdles in 13.31.

The women's 800 saw Erica Moore of the Brooks Beasts finish third in 2:02.14.  In the mile, fellow Beasts Angela Bizzarri and Jessica Tebo were fifth and seventh in outdoor season bests of 4:32.57, and 4:35.61, respectively.  Seattle resident Laura Carlyle was 12th in 4:53.36.

In the men's javelin, former Husky Kyle Nielsen was sixth with a best of 239-6 (73.02m).

Complete results from the Harry Jerome Track Classic can be accessed here.


Here are the links to announcements from USA Track & Field, British Athletics, and the Spanish federation announcing members of its squads for the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships in Eugene in two weeks.

Alexa Efraimson from Camas HS and Colby Gilbert of the University of Washington are entered in the meet in the women's 1500 and men's 5000 as the national champions.

Amy-Eloise Neale, a redshirt freshman at the UW, is on the British squad in the women's steeple.  Likewise, Paula Gil Echevarria, who completed her freshman year at Eastern Washington, is on the Spanish team in the steeple.

Friend of the blog Ken Goe of The Oregonian has a great piece on former Washington State distance coach Pete Julian, who has battled cancer and gastrointestinal stromal tumors in his body.

After leaving Washington State, Julian is currently an assistant coach under Alberto Salazar with the Nike Oregon Project.

A little late to the party here, but here's a piece courtesy of Runner's World on Seattle based Oiselle, which is making major strides in the women's running industry with their clothing line, and with their sponsorship of national class track & field athletes.

Oiselle CEO Sally Bergeson also talks in the piece about the Instagram photo of the USA women's 4 x 1500m relay team that was doctored by the company, and later removed from their account after receiving a cease-and-desist order from USA Track & Field lawyers.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Oiselle does it again--Kara Goucher joins the flock...

In a blog post by founder and CEO Sally Bergesen on their corporate web site, Seattle based women's running apparel company Oiselle announced that they have signed Kara Goucher (above/photo courtesy Oiselle), the two-time US Olympian and 2007 world championships bronze medalist at 10000 meters.

Goucher's deal with Nike expired at the end of the 2013 season, and with her move to Boulder from Portland to reunite with college coaches Mark Wetmore and Heather Burroughs, and the fact that she would not be coached by a Nike-funded coach gave her the power to explore other options.

While she listened to other offers from traditional shoe companies, she asked husband Adam to reach out to Bergesen and the Oiselle group, knowing that what they would offer would be less than what the shoe companies would offer.

"I am so grateful to be joining Oiselle," said Goucher in a press release. "The last few months have been an incredible journey for me. I was able to truly ask myself what I believe and search to partner with a company who shares those beliefs. I feel so incredibly lucky to have found a company who is empowering women to be stronger. Oiselle supports women runners from beginners to Olympians, and celebrates the journey we all take together. Meeting Sally was extremely inspiring to me. She made me want to be a better version of myself and align with people who share the same vision. I honestly feel like I have found a home in Oiselle, and look forward to helping other women find their wings."

According to, Nike had a right of first refusal, and had to release Goucher before signing with Oiselle.  Goucher was released by Nike on Wednesday.

In the same post, Goucher is still looking for a shoe deal, along with an eyewear and timing company sponsorship.

Bottom line?  As Goucher said in her blog, "In the end, the choice was really quite easy.  I belong with Oiselle. My heart knew it all along and I am so glad that it was speaking loud enough to finally reach my head. With Oiselle I can’t wait to improve the sport, reach my own performance goals, and help women around the world take flight. I have found my home.

You can read Goucher's account of joining Oiselle here.

NOTE:  Oiselle and contributed to this post.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Incoming UW freshman Amy-Eloise Neale advances to steeple finals at European Junior champs...

RIETI, Italy-Incoming University of Washington freshman Amy-Eloise Neale (left/photo by Paul Merca), competing for her native Great Britain, finished third in the semifinal of the 3000 steeplechase at the European Junior Championships Thursday night.

Neale started out in about third or fourth place, and stayed there for most of the race, coasting into the finish with a new personal best time of 10:13.74.

The mark stood up as the fourth fastest time of the two semifinal races

For Neale, who graduated from Glacier Peak HS, her time eclipsed her previous PR of 10:14.07 set in June at the Portland Track Classic.

Finland's Oona Kettunen won the semifinal in a time of 10:05.83, followed by Marusa Mismas of Slovakia in 10:05.84.

Neale will run in the finals Saturday at 7:30 pm local time (10:30 am in Seattle)

Day 1 results from the European Junior Championships are available here.


After nearly a two week break, the IAAF Diamond League series resumes Friday with the Herculis Meeting in Monaco, the tenth stop of the 14-city world tour.

Washington State alum Bernard Lagat is entered in the 5000 meters, where he will face a field that includes Kenya's Isiah Koech (12:58.85), and Albert Rop (12:59.43), the only men entered who have broken 13 minutes this season; and fellow Americans Galen Rupp and Ben True.

In the men's pole vault, University of Washington alum Brad Walker, who has established his summer training base in Monaco, goes up against all three Olympic medalists--Renaud Lavillenie of France, Bjorn Otto and Raphael Holzdeppe of Germany; training partner Steve Lewis of Great Britain; rising star Lazaro Borges of Cuba; and Konstantinos Filippidis of Greece.

The start list for the Herculis Meeting is available here.


Friend of the blog Ken Goe of the Oregonian has a very compelling piece on the current state of professional track & field in the United States.

Echoing a sentiment widely known to those who follow the post collegiate side of the sport, he writes, "For every Allyson Felix or Galen Rupp, who make a comfortable living from track and field, there are dozens of athletes living on the margins, near poverty or in debt, or bankrolled by relatives."

He talks with 2004 Olympic shot put champion Adam Nelson, the president of the Track & Field Athletes Association, the fledging union that is trying to make constructive changes on the professional side of the sport; distance runner Amy Yoder Begley, who has seen all sides of financial support in her career running professionally; and Oiselle CEO Sally Bergesen, whose Seattle based company is behind the Project Little Wings training group that recently graduated University of Washington runners Christine Babcock and Mel Lawrence have joined.

Goe also cites what throwers like Spokane prep standout Britney Henry and Vancouver's Kara Patterson have had to do to increase their visibility, namely using social media to connect with fans, and create their own brands.

You can read Goe's in depth piece here.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Local running companies Oiselle and Brooks make sponsorship moves with Fleshman & Scherer...

We start off the 2013 season with some news involving local running companies Oiselle and Brooks.

Seattle-based women's running apparel maker Oiselle announced that they have signed nationally ranked runner and Stanford alum Lauren Fleshman (left/photo by Paul Merca) to an endorsement deal, after being sponsored by Nike for ten years.

Fleshman, a three-time world championships team member and former winner of the Seattle Open Cross Country Classic, recently announced on her blog that she and her husband, pro triathlete Jesse Thomas, are expecting their first child in June.

We’ve been super fans of Lauren for quite a while. We’re not alone of course - she is admired around the world," said Sally Bergesen, CEO of Oiselle.  “For me, her appeal comes down to a mix of straight-up, world-class athleticism plus a very real, very down-to-earth persona. She makes anyone who follows her – young, old, fast, slow – feel connected, as we share in the ups and downs of not just running, but of life. We’re over the moon that we get to work with her; she is both a hero and friend.”

Meanwhile, former University of Oregon standout Matt Scherer, who has carved a niche for himself as a designated pacesetter for several of the world's leading middle distance runners, announced on his Twitter feed that he has picked up a sponsorship deal with Bothell-based Brooks Sports.

Scherer, who a few months ago moved to Tacoma to train with former Oregon TC Elite teammate and US Olympic Trials 800 meter finalist Mark Wieczorek, has been a mainstay on the pro circuit, rabbiting at distances from 800 to the mile on the Samsung Diamond League circuit.

Finally, Eastern Washington alum Mattie Suver and Bellingham native Jake Riley have been named to the Team USA roster for Saturday's BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge race at Holyrood Park in Scotland.

Both were named to the team based on winning last month's USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in Lexington, Kentucky.

The event features the international team challenge which includes senior and junior teams from Great Britain & Northern Ireland, the USA and Europe compete in four separate races with the aim of taking the overall team challenge title. The winning team is determined by the best aggregate finishing positions over the four races.

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