Friday, June 16, 2017

It's last chance qualifying weekend for USATF outdoor championships...

This weekend marks the final weekend for athletes wishing to compete in next week’s USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento to earn quallfying marks to enter the meet.

The most notable meet where athletes with Washington ties are off to chase marks is Friday night’s Stumptown Twilight meet at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

Seattle Pacific alum McKayla Fricker (left/photo by Paul Merca), along with Baylee Mires and Claudia Saunders of the Brooks Beasts will be looking for a sub 2:02 clocking in the high performance 800 meters.

In the women’s 3000 steeplechase, Washington State alum Collier Lawrence is looking for a mark under 9:50.00 to get into next week’s nationals.

On the men’s side, the most notable entry with Washington ties looking for a mark is Auburn/Riverside HS alum Jordan McNamara, who is looking to run under 3:39.00 to get into the national championships.

Below is a list of athletes with Washington ties who have qualified for the USATF national championships.

The two numbers next to the USATF qualifying standards are the minimum number of athletes needed to run the qualifying rounds, and the number of rounds needed. 

USATF and the men’s and women’s track and field committee does have some discretion on how many athletes they will/won’t take into the meet that have not met the standard. The committee will fill the field based on the number of entries in each event.  Note that there are some athletes who have made the standard who are electing not to compete.

paulmerca.blogspot.com has been informed that Troy Fraley from Gonzaga, and 2016 Olympian and two-time world championships decathlete Jeremy Taiwo will not compete in Sacramento, even though both have met the qualifying standards.  Fraley will concentrate on preparing for cross country, while Taiwo has not fully recovered from injuries suffered earlier this year.

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NAME  EVENT MARK
400 METERS
World: 45.50 USA: 45.70 (32/3)
Marcus Chambers Oregon 44.92
800 METERS
World: 1:45.90 USA: 1:47.50 (32/3)
Drew Windle Brooks 1:45.02
Shaquille Walker Brooks 1:45.68
Casimir Loxsom 1:46.13
Nicholas Symmonds* Brooks
1500 METERS
World: 3:36.00 USA: 3:39.00 (30/2)
Izaic Yorks Brooks 3:38.01
5000 METERS
World: 13:22.60 USA: 13:32.00 (24/1)
Hassan Mead Nike / NIKE OTCE 13:19.16
10000 METERS 
World: 27:45.00 USA: 28:30.00 (24/1)
Hassan Mead Nike / NIKE OTCE 27:34.38
110 HURDLES
World: 13.48 USA: 13.65 (32/3)
Devon Allen NIKE 13.11
World: 49.35 USA: 50.50 (28/3)
Craig Allen WSU 49.40
Jeshua Anderson 49.88
NAME  EVENT MARK
100 METERS 
World & USA: 11.26 (32/3)
Hannah Cunliffe Oregon
200 METERS 
World: 23.10 USA: 23.20 (32/3)
Hannah Cunliffe Oregon 22.53
800 METERS
World: 2:01.00 USA: 2:02.00  (32/3)
Hannah Fields Brooks 2:00.53
Alexa Efraimson NIKE 2:00.95
Brooke Feldmeier Oregon 2:01.54
1500 METERS
World: 4:07.50 (4:26.70) USA: 4:09.50 (4:28.50) 30/2
Katherine Mackey Brooks 4:07.15
Alexa Efraimson NIKE 4:09.03
Brie Felnagle adidas 4:27.27 (mile)
3000 STEEPLECHASE
World: 9:42.00 USA: 9:50.00 (26/2)
Marie Lawrence Oiselle 9:39.32
Marisa Howard Oiselle 9:40.40
20K WALK
World: 1:36:00 USA: 1:52.00 (18/1)
Katie Burnett 1:39:38
TRIPLE JUMP
World: 14.10 USA: 13.60 (18/1)
Andrea Geubelle 13.62
JAVELIN
World: 61.40 USA: 54.00 (18/1)
Kara Winger Asics 64.80

Note that Symmonds does not have the qualifying standard, but has been told that he will get into the meet as a world championships medalist from 2013.

COULD A SUB-4 MILE HAPPEN AT THE BROOKS PR INVITATIONAL SATURDAY?

The Brooks PR Invitational meet for the nation’s top high school track athletes is Saturday at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline.

One of the most highly anticipated races is the boy’s mile run, where several athletes are looking to go under 4 minutes.

The field for the boys mile at Shoreline Stadium includes Cooper Teare of California, who ran 4:00.16 at the Brooks Mt. SAC Relays and 4:01.29 at the Sacramento Meet of Champions, both solo, high school-only efforts; Sam Worley of Texas, who ran 4:00.61 at the Texas Relays ahead of Brown and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano; and D.J. Principe of Rhode Island, who has twice run four flat: 4:00.97 at the New Balance Games in January and 4:00.73 at the Prefontaine Classic three weeks ago.

Utah’s Casey Clinger and Patrick Parker, both of whom ran together at American Fork HS and are committed to running at BYU this fall, are also in the field. Clinger is a two-time NIKE Cross Nationals champ, while Parker won the boy’s mile at the adidas Boost meet in Boston two weeks ago. Washington commit Isaac Green from Colorado is also in the race.


Washington commit Allie Schadler from Rio Rico HS in Arizona is entered in the mile.  Other UW commits entered include Talon Hull from Utah, and local products Erin Ripple and Devin Kirk.

The Brooks PR Invitational gets underway at 1:30 pm with the girls’ 2 mile run.  The meet schedule is available here, while the entry list is available here.

NOTE:  USA Track & Field and Track & Field News contributed statistical information for this report.

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