Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Devon Allen gets back to winning ways in Luzern...

In Luzern, Switzerland, former Renton resident Devon Allen (above/photo by Kirby Lee, Image of Sport) won the A section of the men’s 110 hurdles at the Spitzen Leichtathletik meeting Tuesday night.

Allen, who was fourth at the IAAF Diamond League stop in London on Sunday, had a bit of a slow start, but made up ground in the middle of the race and closed for the win in a time of 13.31 over Antonio Alkana of South Africa (13.34) and fellow American Jarret Eaton (13.38).

You can watch Allen’s race here:

Federal Way resident Jordin Andrade, who was an Olympic semi-finalist in the 400 hurdles last year as a member of the Cape Verde team, was second in the B section of his specialty in a season best time of 49.52, just losing out to Andrew Clarke of the United States, who ran 49.48.

The A section was won by Quincy Downing of the USA in 48.85.

Andrade needs to run at least 49.35 or faster before July 21st to ensure a spot on the line at the IAAF world track & field championships in London next month.

However, in a text exchange with paulmerca.blogspot.com publisher Paul Merca, Andrade stated that if he falls short of the standard, the Cape Verde federation will most likely give him their country’s single entry (each member federation gets one male and female entry into the world championships if no one from their country meets the qualifying standard).

Washington alum Martin Bingisser, a Swiss citizen who resides in Zurich, was second in the mens’ hammer, with a toss of 203-10 (62.14m), as Germany’s Tristan Schandke won with a best of 226-8 (69.10m).


In Dublin, several athletes with Washington ties will run in Wednesday’s Morton Games, which is annually one of Ireland’s biggest international meets.

Brannon Kidder of the Brooks Beasts, fresh from competing in Sunday’s Diamond League stop in London, drops back down to the men’s 800.

Washington alum Aaron Nelson of Zap Fitness/Reebok will run the 5000 meters.

Another Husky alum, Jax Thoirs, will compete in the men’s pole vault.

New Zealand’s Angie Petty, who is currently being coached by Danny Mackey of the Beasts TC, is entered in the women’s 800.

Camas’ Alexa Efraimson is entered in the women’s 1500, as is Natalja Piliusina of the Brooks Beasts, as she tries to go under the world championship standard of 4:07.50 to get consideration from the Lithuanian federation.

Media partner Flotrack ($) will offer live streaming coverage of the Morton Games beginning at 10 am, pacific time.


In Joensuu, Finland, three athletes with Washington ties are entered in Wednesday’s Joensuu Eliittkisat meeting.

Washington alum Mel Lawrence drops down in distance to run the women’s 800 meters against a field that includes Washington State alum Abby Regan of Australia.

Pasco HS alum Marisa Howard is entered in the B section of the women’s 800, while Washington State alum Collier Lawrence is entered in the women’s 3000.

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