Saturday, May 13, 2017

UW's Fuller and WSU's Eager win conference crowns on day 1 of the Pac-12 championships...

EUGENE—Washington’s Carson Fuller (above/photo by Howard Lao) uncorked a third round throw of 244-0 (74.38m) to win the javelin competition at the Pac-12 track & field championships at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

Oregon senior Cody Danielson shot to the lead in round one with his opening salvo of 230-3 (70.18m), then increased the lead to 238-11 (72.82m) in the second round.

Fuller, who started the day ranked #6 on the conference performance list, opened with a toss of 205-10 (62.75m) before improving to 223-9 (68.20m) in round 2.

The senior then tossed his third round bomb to eclipse his personal best of 241-0 (73.45m) that he set last season.

Fuller, who made the finals at the US Olympic Trials on this runway last year, entered the meet after coming back from a torn labrum suffered during the winter, and only started training in early April after a two-month recovery period.

"In all honestly I actually did not feel so hot today, but I guess that's what competing takes, you've just got to filter everything out and trust yourself and trust your training, and trust the work you've put in," said Fuller.

Washington’s Denham Patricelli was sixth at 211-11 (64.61m), while Washington State’s Cole Smith was eighth at 208-4 (63.51m).

In the men’s hammer, Washington State’s Brock Eager led from the start of the competition to win the conference crown, throwing a best of 221-1 (67.39m).

Eager’s performance on a wet and soggy day was so dominant that three of his other throws on the afternoon were good enough to win the competition.

Teammate Wyatt Meyring was fourth at 194-8 (59.35m).

"I knew coming in that I wanted to start this meet strong and try to put away the meet in the first round," Eager said. "I didn't quite do that but going into finals I had the meet secured. I'm very proud of how I competed today."

In other finals involving athletes from the state of Washington, Washington’s Blaise Black finished third in the men’s pole vault with a clearance of 16-3.5 (4.97m), in an event clearly affected by the weather.  Teammates Chase Smith and Zach Shugart were fourth and fifth with the same mark, while Jacob Bowler was eighth for the Dawgs at 15-11.75 (4.87m).

Spokane native Tanner Anderson of the University of Oregon finished third in the men’s 10000, running 29:21.43, passing Washington State’s Michael Williams and Sam Levora on the last lap.  Williams was fourth in 29:22.87 and Levora fifth at 29:22.90.

Washington State’s Kelsey Kehl was third in the finals of the women’s javelin with a toss of 160-0 (48.76m), while fellow freshman teammate Atina Kamasi was fifth at 156-11 (47.84m).

The women's steeple saw the Cougars' Devon Bortfeld (10:29.24) and Emily Dwyer (10:33.08) take sixth and seventh.

Washington’s Izzi Batt-Doyle finished fourth in the women’s 10000 in her debut at the distance, running 33:35.19. That mark is significant for her, in that she earned a qualifying time to be considered for nomination to Australia’s team for the World University Games this summer in that event.

In the men’s shot put, Newport resident Aaron Castle of Arizona was fifth at 60-3.25 (18.37m).

Federal Way native Hannah Cunliffe of Oregon, who is the defending conference champion in both the 100 and 200, easily advanced to Sunday’s final in both events, which was not a surprise.  Saturday’s races were her first at that distance outdoors all season, as she had been dealing with an undisclosed medical issue this spring.

Olympia native Brooke Feldmeier in the women’s 800 (2:06.05), Marcus Chambers from Tacoma & the University of Oregon in the 400 (46.55), and Washington State’s Matthew Swanson in the men’s 800 (1:50.51) had the fastest times in qualifying for their events, which will be contested Sunday.

After six events in the women's competition, Colorado leads with 44 points, while favorites USC & Oregon sit in fifth with 24 points.  WSU is tied for third at 25, while the Huskies are tenth with 7 points.

In the men's team race after nine events, Oregon leads with 69 points. The Huskies are fifth at 33, while the Cougars are seventh with 31.5.

Television viewers are reminded that Sunday’s finals will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network (Comcast Seattle channel 628) starting at 3:00 pm.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Washington, Washington State University, and the Pac-12 Conference contributed to this report.

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