Friday, July 21, 2017

Drew Windle ties for fourth in 800m at Monaco Diamond League...

In his IAAF Diamond League debut, Drew Windle (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts finished in a tie for fourth at the Herculis Meeting International d’Athletisme in Monaco Friday night.

Pace setter Bram Som of the Netherlands took the field through the 400 at 49.96, while Windle was tucked away towards the back of the pack in the eleventh stop of the season-long IAAF Diamond League tour.

Once Som finished his pacing chores, NCAA champ Emmanuel Korir took charge with 200 meters to go as Canada’s Brandon McBride gamely tried to hang on.

Meanwhile Windle made his usual later charge from the back, but may have moved too late, as he was outmaneuvered by Burundi’s Antoine Game over the last 50 meters.

Korir won in a world leading time of 1:43.10, with McBride second in 1:44.41, and Gakeme third in 1:44.54.

Windle and Pierre-Ambroise Bosse of France tied for fourth in 1:44.72, just 9/100ths of a second off of his personal best of 1:44.63.

In a text sent to publisher Paul Merca, Brooks Beasts coach Danny Mackey, watching the meet in Seattle, praised Windle’s effort, considering that he was a last minute entry into the meet.

“I liked that given the work and travel, he still ran 1:44.7, which is his second best time, so he’s getting consistent,” said Mackey.

Mackey said that because he got an invite at the last minute, they didn’t back off in his training last week.

Camas’ Alexa Efraimson won the 800 meters Thursday night at the Meeting International d’Athletisme de la Province de Liege in Liege, Belgium.

Efraimson ran 2:01.61 to defeat Noelie Yarigo of Benin, who ran 2:01.89.

Efraimson moves on to Heusden, Belgium to run in Saturday night's Nacht van de Atletiek, where she will run the 1500. Shaq Walker of the Brooks Beasts is also scheduled to run the men's 800 in Heusden.


Linton replaces Allix Potratz-Lee, who left to pursue other interests after three seasons at WSU.

"We are very excited to hire CharLee," WSU head coach Wayne Phipps said. "As a student-athlete at WSU she brought a level of dedication, commitment and passion that is rarely matched, and as a volunteer assistant coach for us last year, she brought that same level. CharLee impressed me right away as an assistant coach as she has a great coaching intuition and a level of understanding of the sport that belies her age.” 

"I am beyond excited to join the staff as an assistant coach," Linton said. "It's really special for me because I'm passionate about Washington State University and I know what it means to be a part this team. To work closely with Coach Phipps means that I get to coach student-athletes through a program that I truly believe in and training that I know produces great results."

The Shorewood HS grad was a walk-on at WSU before earning a scholarship, where she put herself in the top ten on the school’s all-time lists at several distances during her career, before graduating in May 2016 with a B.S. In Psychology. Linton was a volunteer coach at WSU last season while working on a second degree in history.

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