Saturday, May 6, 2017

UW's Neale and Gonzaga's Fraley run NCAA leading times Friday night...

EUGENE—Washington’s Amy-Eloise Neale (above/photo courtesy UW Athletics) ran the fastest collegiate time in the 1500 meters this season at the Oregon Twilight meet Friday night at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

Neale ran a personal best 4:11.02 to top her previous best of 4:13.81.

After pace setter Alexa Efraimson left the track shortly after the 800 meter mark, Neale and Oregon freshman Katie Rainsberger were in a battle for the top spot before both were passed by Villanova alum Sheila Reid, who competes for the Nike Oregon TC Elite.

Reid, a 2012 Canadian Olympian in the 1500, took the victory in 4:10.40, with Neale following in 4:11.02, and Rainsberger third in 4:11.53.

Efraimson finished second in the 800, running 2:04.49.

Reigning NCAA and Olympic Trials champ Devon Allen, who spent part of his childhood in the Puget Sound area, finished second in his first race over 110 hurdles since the Rio Olympics, running 13.59 behind training partner and fellow Oregon alum Johnathan Cabral, who ran 13.55.

Auburn/Riverside HS alum Jordan McNamara was third in the 3000, as he ran 8:22.50.

In Palo Alto, Gonzaga’s Troy Fraley (above/photo courtesy Gonzaga University) ran 8:39.30 to finish second in his section of the 3000 steeple to put himself in the national conversation at the Payton Jordan Invitational, hosted by Stanford University Friday night.

Fraley’s 8:39.30 is for the time being, the fastest time in the NCAA.

In his heat, Fraley finished behind Brandon Doughty’s 8:38.69, and just ahead of Washington and Walla Walla HS alum Aaron Nelson’s 8:42.88.

Several members of the Seattle based Brooks Beasts competed, with the most significant performance coming from Brannon Kidder in the 1500, who finished fourth in the top section, as he ran 3:40.85.

NOTE: The University of Oregon, Stanford University, University of Washington, and Gonzaga University contributed to this report.

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