Sunday, March 18, 2018

WEEKEND RECAP: While UW & WSU were at USC, here's what happened with the state's other D1 schools...

Here’s a quick recap of what went down over the weekend, as all five Washington Division I schools competed outdoors for the first time this past weekend (Washington and Washington State were at the USC Invitational, which was posted earlier).

Additionally, several post-collegians were in action on the first full weekend of outdoor track & field:

Willie Williams Classic

In Tucson, Arizona, Washington State University alum Jeshua Anderson (above/photo by Trent Brendel) won the 400 hurdles at the Willie Williams Classic Friday night hosted by the University of Arizona.

Anderson, a three-time NCAA champion at Washington State and the Drachman Stadium record holder at 48.13, easily defeated a field of primarily collegians, with Raymonte Dow of Iowa second at 51.84, and Arizona alum Miles Parrish third at 52.57.

Arizona alum Aaron Castle, a native of Newport, Washington, won the shot put at the Willie Williams meet Saturday with a mark of 61-6.75 (18.76m).  He also finished eighth in the discus Friday night with a throw of 153-3 (46.71m).

In Tempe, Arizona, Saint Martin’s alum Shannon Porter won the 1500 meters Friday night at the Baldy Castillo Invitational hosted by Arizona State University.

Porter ran 4:27.93 against a field of collegians.

Buc Scoring Invitational 

In Spokane, the Eastern Washington track & field squad picked up eighteen first-place titles in dominating the Buc Scoring Invitational Saturday hosted by Whitworth University.

The most impressive marks of the meet, held in less than ideal conditions were by Eastern pole vaulter Larry Still, who cleared 16-7.5 (5.07m), and by host Whitworth’s Andrew Bloom, who threw the javelin 213-0 (64.92m).

Gonzaga had three wins in the meet, with Brandon Pollard winning the men’s 1500 in 3:55.19; Sumner Goodwin taking the 5000 in 14:54.07, and Kellen Manley winning the steeplechase in 9:11.12.

Hornet Invitational

Just one week after competing in the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships in both the pole vault and the pentathlon, Seattle Pacific’s Scout Can finished second in the heptathlon with a final score of 4710 points at the Hornet Invitational in Sacramento, hosted by Cal State Sacramento.

Cal started the first day by running 16.07 in the 100 hurdles, clearing 5-2.25 (1.58m) in the high jump, throwing the shot 33-3.75 (10.15m), and running 26.38 in the 200 to end day 1 on Friday.

Saturday, she long jumped 17-2.25 (5.38m), threw the javelin 117-2 (35.72m), and finished the day with a 2:23.37 run in the 800, as she finished second overall behind Hannah Hensley of Academy of Art’s 4910 points.

Kellie May of the Falcons was eighth with 4164 points, and freshman Renick Meyer was 11th at 4105, despite picking up no points in the high jump, after failing all three attempts at 4-4.75 (1.34m), worth 449 points.

Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open

In Portland, Seattle University’s Steve Brown won the men’s 400 hurdles to highlight competition at the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open meet hosted by Lewis & Clark College.

Brown ran 56.45 to beat Central Washington’s Ryan Gunther, who ran 57.78, after Gunther won the 110 hurdles earlier in the meet in 15.75.

The Saint Martin’s men’s 4 x 100 relay won a great battle with Northwest Christian, crossing the line in 42.77, and taking the victory by 1/100ths of a second.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Arizona, Eastern Washington, Whitworth, Cal State Sacramento, Gonzaga, Seattle Pacific, Seattle University and Lewis & Clark College contributed to this report.

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