Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Alexa Efraimson wins 1500m at Morton Games in Dublin...

DUBLIN, Ireland—Camas resident Alexa Efraimson (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the women’s 1500 Wednesday night at the Morton Games in the Irish capital city.

Efraimson, who has a season best of 4:06.16 set at the TrackTown Summer Series stop in Palo Alto almost two weeks ago, ran 4:06.73 to take the win over Melissa Courtney of Great Britain, who ran 4:07.02.

Natalja Piliusina of the Brooks Beasts was tenth in 4:17.49 in her attempt to get the world championship standard of 4:07.50 to get consideration from the Lithuanian federation.

New Zealand’s Angie Petty, who is currently being coached by Danny Mackey of the Beasts TC, was second in the women’s 800, as she ran 2:01.82 behind Adelle Tracey of Great Britain’s 2:01.53.

Brannon Kidder of the Brooks Beasts was fourth in the men’s 800, as he ran 1:47/79. as Kyle Langford of Great Britain won in 1:46.98.

Washington alum Aaron Nelson was tenth in the men’s 5000, running 13:54.70, as Stewart McSweyn of Australia won in 13:19.98.

In Joensuu, Finland, Pasco HS graduate Marisa Howard finished second in the B section of the women’s 800 at Wednesday’s Joensuu Eliittkisat meeting.

Howard ran a personal best 2:07.71 behind her training partner and Oiselle teammate Megan Rolland, who ran 2:06.93.

Washington alum Mel Lawrence was seventh in the A section of the 800, running 2:05.89, while  Washington State alum Abby Regan of Australia was ninth in 2:08.54. Shannon Osika of the USA won in 2:02.36.


One of the more significant meets of the calendar begins Thursday in Bydgoszcz, Poland as the European Under-23 Championships starts its four-day run.

Washington’s Jacopò Spano of Italy is entered in the men’s 200, which begins Friday.

Washington State has four athletes entered, led by Serbia’s Atina Kamasi, a Pac-12 scorer in the women’s javelin, who throws on Saturday.

The Cougars will also have a trio of incoming freshmen competing, including twins Jelena (400 hurdles) and Zorana Grujic (800 meters) of Serbia, along with long jumper Martha Traore-Thomsen of Denmark.

The women’s 800 qualifying begin Thursday, while the women’s 400 hurdles qualifying starts Friday, and the women’s long jump begins Saturday.

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