April 20, 2012
BEACH INVITATIONAL - APR. 20-21
WALNUT, Calif. - A pair of school records was joined by yet another sensational run from sophomore Katie Flood as the Husky track and field squads completed a long day in Southern California at the Mt. SAC Relays and Beach Invitational. Elisa Bryant broke her own hammer throw record and Jordan Carlson lowered her own 400-meter dash record as well.
Bryant, the fifth year senior out of Inglemoor High School, headed off on her own to the Beach Invite hammer throw at Cerritos College. She set the school record during her sophomore year in 2009, throwing 190-feet, 6-inches and advancing to NCAAs, but a back injury forced her to redshirt the following season and her best throw last year in her return traveled 182-feet. Today, Bryant surpassed her three-year-old mark with two throws, one traveling 192-7, but the new record going 196-10. That moves Bryant into the top-25 nationally based on marks entering the weekend. Later that night, Bryant headed back to Mt. SAC and raised her season-best in the discus to 158-10.
In her second race of the outdoor season, after opening with an 800m personal-best two weeks ago, All-American Katie Flood showed she's ready to roll with an NCAA- and U.S.-leading time at 1,500-meters, as she won the invitational section at Mt. SAC in a new career-best of 4:11.60. Flood headed into the final lap battling with Colorado and former SPU runner Jessica (Pixler) Tebo, pro runner Nicole Schappert, and Kristen Gillespie of Arkansas, but over the final 100-meters she pulled away to win by more than a second.
The sophomore's time is the No. 3 mark in school history, and No. 4 in the world so far this year outdoors. Former Husky Katie Follett set the record two years ago at this same meet in her senior season, running exactly one second faster. Follett, now Mackey, was ninth in the invitational 5k today running for Brooks, in a PR of 15:31.59.
Also in that 5k invite was sophomore All-American Megan Goethals, who broke 16-minutes for the second time outdoors and third time in her career with a time of 15:58.12, which should move the Rochester, Michigan native into the top-15 nationally.
Early in the day, Carlson broke her own 400-meter dash school record for the second time this season. Two weeks ago at the Pepsi Team Invite, she became the first Husky to break 54-seconds, clocking 53.84. Today the Spokane native took another 0.11 seconds off the mark, running 53.73 seconds to finish fourth out of 43 competitors in the open heats.
Carlson was back later in the day to help post another Top-10 time in the Husky recordbooks, as she ran the second leg on the 4x400-meter relay which ran the fastest time since 2006. Sophomore Kayla Stueckle led off, passed to Carlson, then freshman Gianna Woodruff, and sophomore Michelle Fero anchored as the Huskies ran 3:43.76, which ranks ninth in school history.
Leading the way for the jumps crew was senior J.J. Juilfs was third in the top flight with a clearance of 16-10 ¾.
Junior Logan Miller was back in action after her 14-foot clearance two weeks ago in Eugene. She went 13-7 ¼ today, the second-best mark of her career, to take fourth in the top flight. Former Husky Carly Dockendorf won the flight with a 14-1 ¼ jump.
In the triple jump, junior Shaniae Lakes ramped her season-best up to 40-11 ½ and that mark should take her up into the top-25 in the West Region. Senior Taylor Nichols also improved her season-best to 39-8 ½. Sophomore A.J. Maricich took three shots at a PR but came up just short, still clearing 6-11 ¾ and going out at 7-1 ¾.
Amanda Peterson was seventh in the javelin throw, going 156-2. Junior Joe Zimmerman was consistent again in the men's javelin, throwing 222-3 which was the top mark among collegiate competitors. Freshman Quinn Hale threw 206-11, and senior Angus Taylor had a hammer toss of 188-9 with just one legal mark on the day.
Senior Ryan Hamilton continues to enjoy a great start to his season, as he lowered his PR in the 100-meter dash, running 10.59 seconds, and he also anchored the 4x100m relay, which won its heat in 40.77 seconds, with Matt Anthony handing to James Alaka, then Sam Rucker to Hamilton.
Stueckle was just off her PR in the 400-meter hurdles, and went under the one minute mark for the second time in her career, running 59.91 seconds to take second in section two. Woodruff also registered a PR as she went 1:01.90, more than a second under her old best. On the men's side, Dan Sanders posted a season-best 53.19 second run. Junior Shayne Moore also ran a solid 14.85 seconds into a headwind in the 110m hurdles.
The night went late went some more 5,000-meter heats after 10 p.m. Redshirt freshman Liberty Miller dropped nine seconds off the time she posted just two weeks back, running 16:33.00 in the open A heat, which should qualify her for NCAA Prelims at the end of the season. In the B heat, Phoebe Merritt also ran five seconds faster than her last outing, going 16:47.66. Freshman Tyler King also ran nearly a 30 second PR in the men's 5k, crossing the line in 14:18.92.
The Relays wrap up on Saturday with featured races including the 800-meters and 200-meters, and a full day of the Beach Invite will feature a number of Huskies.