Saturday, December 9, 2017

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Nelson 13th at USATF Club Cross; Anderson wins in Nampa; Woodruff sets meet record...

In Lexington, Kentucky, University of Washington alum Aaron Nelson (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished 13th at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships Saturday at Masterson Station Park.

Nelson, who competes for Zap Fitness/Reebok out of North Carolina, ran 29:49 for the 10k course under cold and partly cloudy conditions.

Ian La Mere of the Hansons/Brooks Distance Project won the race in a time of 29:10.

Tinman Elite out of Colorado won the team title with 41 points. Club Northwest finished 15th with 446 points, led by Washington State alum Drew Polley, who was 62nd in 31:10.

In the women’s 6k race, former Husky Lindsay Flanagan was 23rd inn a time of 20:33, as Sarah Pagano took the victory in 19:40.

Hansons/Brooks Distance Project won the women’s team title with 55 points.  Club Northwest finished eighth with 272 points, led by Washington State alum Ruby Roberts in 53rd place in a time of 21:01.

In Nampa, Idaho, Central Washington’s Ali Anderson won the 400 meters at the Jackson’s Open indoor meet at the Jackson’s Indoor Track Facility hosted by Boise State University.

Anderson, the runner-up at last season’s GNAC 400 hurdles, ran 56.20 for the win.  She also finished second in the 200 meters in a time of 25.29.

Defending GNAC indoor and outdoor hurdle champ Mariyah Vongsaveng of Central Washington was second in the 60 hurdles in a time of 8.77. She was also fourth in the 200 in 26.12, a personal best.

Other highlights:

—Central Washington won the women’s 4x400 relay in 3:56.96; 

—The Wildcats’ Aiiyana Homer won the women’s weight throw with a best of 53-3 (16.23m).

—Saint Martin’s Jackson Hand was third in the mens’ 200 in 22.01.

—Kodiak Landis of Central Washington was second in the pole vault with a best of 15-7 (4.75m), while defending GNAC weight throw champ Armando Tafoya was second in that event with a toss of 54-6.5 (16.62m).  Tafoya was second in the shot put with a throw of 49-5.5 (15.07m).

In Managua, Nicaragua, University of Washington alum Gianna Woodruff (left/photo illustration courtesy XI Juegos Deportivos Centroamericanos Managua 2017 LOC) won the 400 hurdles Saturday at the Central American Games in a meet record.

Woodruff ran 57.85, a time that she described in a text to as “not too bad, since it’s out of season.”

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