Friday, April 27, 2018

THE WEEKEND AHEAD: Multistars, Drake, Penn, OSU & Ralph Vernacchia meets...

With the dual between Washington and Washington State garnering most of the attention this weekend, here’s what else is happening with the area’s collegiate and pro track and field athletes:


At the end of the first day of competition Friday at the Firenze Atletica Multistars Trofeo Zerneri Acciai International Meeting in Florence, Italy, University of Washington graduate Jeremy Taiwo (left/photo by Paul Merca) stands fourth in the decathlon.

The 2016 US Olympian had a bit of a slow start, running 11.26 in the 100, then went 23-3.5 (7.10m) in the long jump.

He followed it up with a throw of 45-5.75 (13.86m), then won the high jump with a clearance of 6-10.75 (2.10m), and ended the day with a time of 50.23 in the 400 to end day one with a five event score of 4062 points.

Norway’s Martin Roe is the leader at the break with 4217 points.

Day 1 results are available here.

At the Drake Relays, fellow Washington alum Eleanor Fulton was 11th in the women’s 2-mile Friday, running 10:07.04, as Olympian Jenny Simpson won in 9:16.78.

Saturday, Pullman’s Katie Nageotte will contest the women’s elite pole vault, where she’ll face former Olympic champion Jenn Suhr and reigning world indoor champ Sandi Morris.

Former Renton resident Devon Allen goes in the invitational men’s 110 hurdles against former Olympic champ Aries Merritt, Jarret Eaton, and Aleec Harris.

Brannon Kidder of the Brooks Beasts is in the men’s invitational mile against Olympian Leo Manzano and former Arizona standout Lawi Lalang.

Coverage of the Drake Relays will be available on NBCSN from 12 to 2 pm Pacific.

Start lists and results from the Drake Relays are available here.

At the Penn Relays, both Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry and Foss HS grad Marcus Chambers are on Team USATF roster in the 4 x 400 relay pool in the USA vs. The World section in Philadelphia.

Coverage of the USA vs. The World will be available on NBCSN from 2 to 3 pm Pacific.

The USATF release is available here.


The rest of Washington’s Division I and II collegians are split between two meets in the Pacific Northwest, with the three remaining D1 schools—Seattle University, Gonzaga, and Eastern Washington in Corvallis for the OSU High Performance Meet, hosted by Oregon State, and all of the Division II schools off to Bellingham for the Ralph Vernacchia Invitational, hosted by Western Washington.

In Friday action at the OSU meet, SeattleU’s Eli Boudouris finished second in the 3000 steeplechase, as he ran 9:06.69, behind winner Adam Peterman of Colorado, who ran 8:54.86.

Eastern Washington’s Macey Weitz won the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 12-11.75 (3.96m).

Washington’s Onyie Chibuogwu, who is redshirting, finished second in the women’s hammer with a toss of188-11 (57.58m).

Eastern Washington’s Tim Beard was second in the men’s hammer with a throw of 191-9 (58.45m).

Results and start lists for the OSU High Performance meet are available here.

The home page, with start lists, for the Ralph Vernacchia Invitational, is available here.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of Oregon State, Western Washington, Drake University, along with the IAAF and USA Track & Field, contributed to this report.

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