Monday, July 9, 2018

Washington alum Mel Lawrence takes third in Luzern...

LUZERN, Switzerland—University of Washington alum Mel Lawrence (left/photo by Mike Scott) earned a third place finish in the 3000 steeplechase Monday night at the Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern meeting.

Lawrence ran 9:35.29, which is just short of her personal best of 9:33.30 set at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Caroline Tuigong of Kenya took the victory in 9:32.61, with Germany’s Elena Burkhard, a former University of San Francisco standout, second at 9:34.51.

Vancouver native Kara Winger was second in the women’s javelin with a best of 203-11 (62.16m), as Germany’s Christin Hussong won with a throw of 205-6 (62.65m).

Former Renton resident Devon Allen was second in the men’s 110 hurdles in 13.35, as Hungary’s Balazs Baji nosed him out for the win in 13.33.

Allen also ran in the B section of the 200 meters, where he finished third in 20.52.  Nathon Allen of Jamaica won in 20.46, while Alonso Edward of Panama won the A section in 19.90, the eighth fastest time in the world so far this season.

Allen and Winger will head to London for this weekend’s Athletics World Cup as part of Team USA.

Former Husky Martin Bingisser was seventh in the hammer with a throw of 202-9 (61.80m). Sean Donnelly of the USA won with a throw of 247-0 (75.30m).

Results from the Spitzen Leichathletik Luzern meeting are available here.


On Sunday, Pullman’s Katie Nageotte won the annual Stabhochsprung Meeting in Rottach-Egern, Germany.

Nageotte and Great Britain’s Holly Bradshaw both cleared 15-5.75 (4.72m), but Nageotte was successful on her first attempt, with Bradshaw needing three tries to extend the competition. Both athletes were unsuccessful at 15-9.75 (4.82m).

Nageotte flipped the tables on Bradshaw, who won this meet last year by a 15-9.25 (4.81m) to 15-6.25 (4.73m) margin.

The story on the meet is available here.

On June 30th, Kara Winger finished sixth in the javelin at the Speerwurfermeeting in Jena, Germany, throwing 195-9 (59.66m). Christin Hussong of Germany was the winner at 208-9 (63.64m).

In the B section of the women’s javelin, Western Washington alum Katie Reichert was fifth with a best of 171-0 (52.13m), while fellow Viking alum Bethany Drake was ninth at 152-10 (46.59m).

Carolina Vlsca of Italy was the winner at 181-5 (55.30m).

Results of the Speerwurfer Meeting are available here.

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