Friday, June 22, 2018

Cougar alum CJ Allen advances to finals in the men's 400 hurdles at USATF championships...

DES MOINES, Iowa—In what was a light day of competition for Washington athletes, Washington State alum CJ Allen (left/photo by Paul Merca) advanced to the finals in the 400 hurdles Friday at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium.

Allen, a former Pac-12 champion in this event, ran 49.71 to finish fourth in his heat.

Allen will run in the finals Saturday at 1:36 pm.

Washington’s Andrew Gardner finished seventh in his heat of the men’s 3000 steeplechase, running a personal best of 8:36.02, topping his previous best of 8:37.07 set in the finals of the NCAA championships two weeks ago.

In the men’s 400, both Rainier Beach HS alum Michael Berry and Foss HS grad Marcus Chambers both came up short in advancing to Saturday’s final.

Berry was disqualified for taking steps inside his lane in his semifinal race, while Chambers was sixth in his heat in 46.13.

In the evening’s final event, Bellevue native Katie Burnett (left/photo by Mike Scott) finished second in the women’s 20k race walk.

Burnett clocked 1:37:56, as Maria Michta-Coffey won yet another national title, with a time of 1:35:22.

Burnett was in third for the first half of the 50-lap race around the Drake Stadium oval, taking over second after the 10k mark.

Besides Allen in the 400 hurdles final, fellow WSU alum Alissa Brooks-Johnson will compete in the heptathlon Saturday.

Also competing Saturday are Whitworth’s Andrew Bloom in the javelin, Devon Allen in the 110 hurdles, Mel Lawrence in the women’s steeplechase finals, and Izaic Yorks & David Ribich of the Brooks Beasts in the men’s 1500m finals.

Ribich, who was knocked down in his heat and finished tenth Thursday in 3:59.16, won an appeal to be added to Saturday’s final.

Saturday and Sunday’s competition will be televised live on NBC from 1-3 p.m. Pacific.

Complete day 2 results from the USATF Outdoor Championships are available here.

NOTE:  USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

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