Tuesday, July 18, 2017

High performance men's 1500 and women's 800 to highlight Wednesday's Club NW all-comers meet...

Wednesday night’s Club Northwest all-comers meet at Shoreline Stadium just north of Seattle will have a bit of a high performance feel, as Club Northwest and the Brooks Beasts will stage two elite races.

At 8:25 pm, the men’s 1500 meters will get underway, with a field that includes Brooks Beasts team members Izaic Yorks, Garrett Heath, and Brannon Kidder; 4-time USA world championships team member in the steeplechase Dan Huling; former NCAA 800m champ from Iowa State Edward Kemboi; Alabama alum and 2016 Ghanaian Olympian at 800m Alex Amankwah; and UCLA alum and Mexican national Daniel Herrera (left/photo by Paul Merca).

This race is being set up for Herrera, who trains in Portland with the High Performance West group, as he looks to run under 3:36.00 before Friday’s qualifying deadline for the IAAF world championships in London that begins in two weeks, or hope he runs fast enough to get invited by the IAAF.  

Herrera has a personal best of 3:39.66 set in 2015 in Portland, and ran 3:56.13 in the mile last month.  The Mexican national record in the 1500m is 3:36.67 set by Pablo Solares in 2009.

As of Tuesday, 34 athletes (including IAAF recognized Area champions) have met the standard, 11 short of the target number of 45 athletes.  According to the website roadto.de, the 45th fastest time in the 1500 since the qualifying period for the world championships began October 1st is 3:37.12.

The other high performance race at the Club Northwest all comers race is the women’s 800 at 8:50 pm, featuring Colorado alum Sara Vaughn of Brooks, the 30 year old mother of three and full-time real estate agent who surprisingly made the US team in the 1500 at last month’s national championships, and is using this race to sharpen up for London.

Other runners in the field include Seattle Pacific alum McKayla Fricker; Hannah Fields, Baylee Mires and Claudia Saunders of the Brooks Beasts; and Anna Conner of High Performance West.  Washington alum Eleanor Fulton is scheduled to be the pacemaker for the race.

Shoreline Stadium is located at 18560 1st Avenue NE in Shoreline.

In Padova, Italy on Monday night, Camas’ Alexa Efraimson finished second in the 1500 meters at the Meeting Citta di Padova.

Efraimson ran a season best 4:06.12 behind Great Britain’s 4:05.01.

In Cork, Ireland, University of Washington alum Aaron Nelson finished ninth in the men’s 3000 at the Cork City Sports International Athletics meeting Tuesday night.

Nelson ran 8:08.67 as University of Portland alum Reid Buchanan won in a time of 7:50.26.

Results from the Cork City Sports International Athletics meeting are available here.

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