Thursday, July 6, 2017

TrackTown Summer Series ends with finals in New York Thursday...

The three meet TrackTown Summer Series, which began last week in Palo Alto, and stopped in Gresham, Oregon Sunday, comes to its conclusion Thursday night at New York’s Icahn Stadium, with several athletes with Washington ties competing.

Pasco native Marisa Howard (left/photo by Paul Merca) is one of five athletes on the defending team champion San Francisco Surge squad with Washington ties, as she will run in the women’s 3000.

Also competing for the Surge, whose general manager is current Brooks Beast Nick Symmonds, are Seattle Pacific alum McKayla Fricker (w 800); Hannah Fields of the Brooks Beasts and Camas native Alexa Efraimson, who went 1-3 in the 1500 at last week’s Palo Alto stop; and Shaq Walker of the Brooks Beasts, who was fourth in Gresham in the men’s 800.

World championship team member and Gresham 800m winner Drew Windle of the Brooks Beasts will compete for the Portland Pulse, whose general manager is WSU alum Bernard Lagat.

Former Renton resident Devon Allen, who was in Paris over the weekend competing in the IAAF Diamond League stop, will run the 110 hurdles for the Philadelphia Force, while Seattle’s Cas Loxsom (m 800) and Tacoma’s Marcus Chambers (mixed 4 x 400 relay) will run for the New York Empire.

In the Palo Alto meet, San Francisco won 90-86 over Portland, with New York third with 84 points and Philadelphia fourth with 69.

New York won the Gresham stop Sunday to nip Philadelphia by an 86-85 margin, with San Francisco third with 80, and Portland fourth with 78.

The finals of the TrackTown Summer Series will be televised by ESPN starting at 6 pm pacific time.


Reigning national javelin champion Kara Winger is in Lausanne, Switzerland to compete in tonight’s Athletissima meeting, the eighth stop in the IAAF Diamond League circuit.

Winger will be throwing against a field that includes all three medalists from the Rio Olympics: Sara Kolak of Croatia, Sunette Viljoen of South Africa, and the Czech Republic’s Barbora Špotáková

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