Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fields and Efraimson go 1-3 to help San Francisco Surge win first stop of TrackTown Summer Series...

PALO ALTO, California—Hannah Fields (left, hip #7/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle based Brooks Beasts used her 800 meter speed to run down Camas’ Alexa Efraimson and win the 1500 meters at the Palo Alto stop on the TrackTown Summer Series at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the campus of Stanford University Wednesday night.

Fields and Efraimson’s 1-3 finish gave the San Francisco Surge the team victory by four points over the Portland Pulse by a 90-86 count with the New York Empire finishing third with 84 points and the Philadelphia Force fourth with 69 points.

Fields, who missed qualifying for the finals in the 800m at the USATF Outdoor Championships last week in Sacramento, sat in third for most of the race, as San Francisco teammate Efraimson did most of the front running after the pace setter left the track.

Efraimson held the lead exiting the final turn but was challenged by Philadelphia’s Amanda Eccleston. Meanwhile, Fields swung wide and passed both runners over the last 50 meters, running 63.26 over the last 400 to set a new personal best of 4:05.30.

Eccleston was second at 4:05.44, with Efraimson third at 4:06.16.

In other events involving Washington athletes, Tacoma’s Marcus Chambers, competing for the New York Empire, finished fourth in the mens’ 400 in a time of 46.17, as Australia’s Steven Solomon won in 45.19.

Seattle Pacific alum McKayla Fricker, competing for San Francisco, finished seventh in the women’s 800, running 2:06.14, as Sanne Verstegen of the Netherlands, competing for New York, won in 2:01.20.

The TrackTown Summer Series continues Sunday with a meet in the Portland suburb of Gresham at Mt. Hood Community College, before finishing with the final meet in New York on July 6th.  The Portland meet will be streamed via TrackTown USA’s Facebook page starting at noon on Sunday, while the finals will be aired on ESPN and the ESPNGo app.

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