Saturday, June 4, 2016

Justine Fedronic dips under two minutes for 800m in Atlanta...

At the American Track League event in Atlanta’s Lakewood Stadium Saturday, Seattle resident Justine Fedronic (left/photo by Paul Merca), who trains with the Beasts TC, set a new personal best and cracked two minutes for the first time in her career in the 800 meters.

The Stanford alum and French citizen ran 1:59.86, after going through the first 400 meters in a blistering 57.42 as pacemaker Tanisha Coppin took the field through in 56.38.

Jamaica’s Natoya Goule took the victory in a time of 1:59.38, with Fedronic second, and Chrishuna Williams third in 1:59.89.

Fedronic’s time just puts her outside the world top ten this season, and makes her second on the French national list for this season behind Renelle Lamote’s 1:58.84 from May 22nd.  The time should solidify Fedronic’s chances for selection to the French team for this summer’s Olympics in Rio.

Courtesy of the American Track League, here is video of the race:

In other events at the American Track League meet, Washington State alum Jeshua Anderson won the 400 hurdles in a season best 48.88.

Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry ran a season best 45.18 in the 400 dash, as he finished second to Steven Gradiner of the Bahamas, who ran 44.62 for the win.

In Greenville, South Carolina, Camas native Alexa Efraimson finished sixth at the Furman Elite 1500m run Saturday.

Efraimson, who along with her coach Mike Hickey, experienced a series of travel delays flying to the meet, ran 4:06.38, as Morgan Uceny won in 4:03.94.

In Cerritos, California,  University Place resident Andrea Geubelle inched closer to the Olympic standard, as she won the triple jump at the USATF Southern California Association Jim Bush Championships Saturday at Cerritos College.

Geubelle jumped a wind aided (+3.0 mps) 45-10 (13.97m), a season best under any conditions, but short of the 46-5.25 (14.15m) standard.

In other events, Rainier Beach HS alum Ginnie Crawford won the 100 hurdles in 12.81.  University of Idaho alum Christie (Gordon) Moerman, who was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Washington two seasons ago was fifth in 12.98, ducking under the Olympic standard of 13.00.

Jordin Andrade of Seattle Speed won the men’s 400 hurdles in 50.43.  In the women’s 400 hurdles, former Husky Gianna Woodruff was seventh in 59.44  Washington State alum Shawna Fermin was seventh in the women’s 400 in 53.96 as the native of Trinidad & Tobago shoots for the Olympic standard of 52.20.

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