Friday, July 28, 2017

Former WSU assistant coach Angela Whyte added to Team Canada for world champs...

Former Washington State University assistant track coach Angela Whyte (left/photo courtesy Athletics Canada) was named Friday by Athletics Canada to its squad that will compete at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in London beginning a week from Friday.

The veteran Whyte, a fixture on national teams since 2001, won the Canadian national championship title in Ottawa earlier this month, but did not have the world championships qualifying standard of 12.98, with her best being 12.99, set in Mesa, Arizona in June.

In the qualifying rounds at the Canadian nationals, she ran 12.95, but with a 2.2 meter per second wind reading, .2 above the allowable for qualifying and record purposes.  She then won with a time of 13.02, just short of the qualifying time.

Whyte was extended an invitation by the IAAF to fill the field to the required field of 40 athletes in the 100 hurdles.

In some results we missed, University of Washington alum Mel Lawrence set a personal best of 9:34.94 in winning the 3000 steeplechase at the Folksam Grand Prix in Folksam, Sweden on Tuesday July 25th.

In her victory, she also set a new meet record, and beat second-place finisher Nataliya Strebkova by a healthy margin, as the Ukrainian crossed the line in 9:59.00.

Camas’ Alexa Efraimson won the women’s 800 in 2:01.39 over Ce’aira Brown of the USA, who ran 2:01.77.

Spokane native Britney Henry was second in the women’s hammer with a mark of 205-6 (62.64m) as Sweden’s Marinda Petersson won with a best of 211-7 (64.51m).

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