July 2, 2017
Below are full results for the 2017 TrackTown Summer Series Meet #2 in Portland where the New York City Empire edged the Philadlephia Force 86-85. We really have no idea what that means for the Summer Series final meet this Thursday on ESPN but there will be a track meet on ESPN so turn in and watch. Update: Doug Binder of Dyestat writes, “New York (Sunday’s winner) and San Francisco (Thursday’s winner) will go into the finals with 15 points. Philadelphia and Portland will start out a step behind with 12 points each.”
Robby Andrews knew he wasn’t going to hit the Worlds qualifying standard so he dropped out of the 1500 with 350 to go, and Ben Blankenship ended up winning by the tiniest of margins over Kyle Merber.
If you’d like laps splits or series of throws click here.
Full Results starting with distance races first.
|NYC 86 PHL 85 SFO 80 PDX 78|
Men’s 1500: Ben Blankenship Holds Off Kyle Merber
|1||Ben BLANKENSHIP||Philadelphia Force||3:37.43 (3:37.424)|
|2||Kyle MERBER||Portland Pulse||3:37.43 (3:37.430)|
|3||Craig ENGELS||Philadelphia Force||3:37.65|
|4||Colby ALEXANDER||San Francisco Surge||3:37.86|
|5||Johnny GREGOREK||New York Empire||3:38.77|
|6||Pat CASEY||New York Empire||3:41.22|
|7||Cristian SORATOS||Portland Pulse||3:43.78|
|Robby ANDREWS||San Francisco Surge||DNF|
Men’s 800: Drew Windles Keeps it Rolling
This race was sort of replay of the USA 800m final as Erik Sowinski led once the rabbit dropped out, but it wasn’t as fast (52.42 for Sowinski at 400). Sowinski opened up a couple-meter gap on the field on the backstretch but Drew Windle, 3rd at USAs, moved up on his shoulder with 200 to go. Windle, Sowinski and Andres Arroyo of Puerto Rico and the University of Florida, were three-wide on the homestretch but Windle pulled ahead and held off Arroyo as Sowinski settled for third.
|1||Drew WINDLE||Portland Pulse||1:46.21|
|2||Andres ARROYO||New York Empire||1:46.44|
|3||Erik SOWINSKI||San Francisco Surge||1:46.63|
|4||Shaquille WALKER||San Francisco Surge||1:46.71|
|5||Jesse GARN||Philadelphia Force||1:46.84|
|6||Edward KEMBOI||New York Empire||1:46.87|
|7||Harun ABDA||Portland Pulse||1:47.22|
|8||Casimir LOXSOM||New York Empire||1:47.42|
|9||Curtis BEACH||Philadelphia Force||1:47.93|
Women’s 3000m: Stephanie Garcia Wins
Stephanie Garcia and Lauren Paquette separated from the field by the kilometer mark and the Garcia separated from Paquette the final 800m to get the comfortable win.
|1||Stephanie GARCIA||New York Empire||9:01.05|
|2||Lauren PAQUETTE||San Francisco Surge||9:03.95|
|3||Marisa HOWARD||San Francisco Surge||9:08.84|
|4||Sara SUTHERLAND||Philadelphia Force||9:10.79|
|5||Megan ROLLAND||Portland Pulse||9:13.92|
|6||Lianne FARBER||San Francisco Surge||9:21.99|
|7||Alexina WILSON||Philadelphia Force||9:24.89|
|8||Ashley MATON||Portland Pulse||9:29.89|
Women’s 100m: Barbara Pierre Wins
Last year’s 60m World Indoor champ Barbara Pierre beat Joanna Atkins, who, believe it or not, was the NCAA champ at 400 in 2009.
|1||Barbara PIERRE||San Francisco Surge||11.14||+2.2|
|2||Joanna ATKINS||Portland Pulse||11.21||+2.2|
|3||Destiny CARTER||Philadelphia Force||11.25||+2.2|
|4||Simone FACEY||New York Empire||11.28||+2.2|
|5||Tawanna MEADOWS||Philadelphia Force||11.29||+2.2|
|6||Charonda WILLIAMS||San Francisco Surge||11.32||+2.2|
|7||Jeneba TARMOH||New York Empire||11.52||+2.2|
|8||Mikele BARBER||Portland Pulse||12.05||+2.2|
Men’s 100: Michael Rodgers Prevails
Rodgers, 6th at USAs in the 100, was the favorite and he won comfortably over Kyree King, formerly of Oregon, who was 4th at USAs in the 200.
|1||Michael RODGERS||New York Empire||10.16||+0.9|
|2||Kyree KING||Portland Pulse||10.29||+0.9|
|3||Jeff DEMPS||New York Empire||10.30 (10.291)||+0.9|
|4||Sean MCLEAN||Philadelphia Force||10.30 (10.299)||+0.9|
|5||LeShon COLLINS||San Francisco Surge||10.34||+0.9|
|6||Marqueze WASHINGTON||Portland Pulse||10.36||+0.9|
|7||Remontay MCCLAIN||Philadelphia Force||10.37||+0.9|
|8||Quentin BUTLER||San Francisco Surge||10.40||+0.9|
Women’s 400: Phyllis Francis Wins
Francis, 5th at the Olympics last year and 2nd at USAs this year, was the class of the field and showed it.
|1||Phyllis FRANCIS||Philadelphia Force||50.65|
|2||Elexis GUSTER||Portland Pulse||51.39|
|3||Daina HARPER||New York Empire||51.61|
|4||Kendall BAISDEN||New York Empire||51.90|
|5||Carly MUSCARO||Portland Pulse||52.18|
|6||Claudia FRANCIS||Philadelphia Force||52.84|
|7||Robin REYNOLDS||San Francisco Surge||53.04|
|8||Madeline KOPP||San Francisco Surge||53.31|
Combined Shot Put: Whiting and Carter Prevail
This was a combined men’s and women’s competition and Team Philadelphia had the best women’s throw by Olympic Champ Michelle Carter, and best men’s throw by Ryan Whiting so it won the competition.
|1||Ryan WHITING||Philadelphia Force||21.14m (69-4¼ )|
|2||Stephen MOZIA||New York Empire||20.83m (68-4¼ )|
|3||Darrell HILL||San Francisco Surge||20.83m (68-4¼ )|
|4||Kurtis ROBERTS||Portland Pulse||20.00m (65-7½ )|
|5||Michelle CARTER||Philadelphia Force||18.97m (62-3 )|
|6||Felisha JOHNSON||New York Empire||18.30m (60-½ )|
|7||Daniella BUNCH||Portland Pulse||18.27m (59-11¼ )|
|8||Brittany SMITH||San Francisco Surge||17.43m (57-2¼ )|
|1||PHL FORCE||Philadelphia Force||40.11m (131-7 )|
|2||NYC EMPIRE||New York Empire||39.13m (128-4 )|
|3||PDX PULSE||Portland Pulse||38.27m (125-6 )|
|4||SFO SURGE||San Francisco Surge||38.26m (125-6 )|
Men’s Triple Jump: Omar Craddock Wins
Three-time NCAA cham Omar Craddock, 5th at USAs this year, got the win over Josh Honeycutt (4th at USAs) and Donald Scott (3rd at USAs).
|1||Omar CRADDOCK||San Francisco Surge||16.90m (55-5½ )||+0.5|
|2||Josh HONEYCUTT||Philadelphia Force||16.74m (54-11¼ )||+2.0|
|3||Donald SCOTT||Portland Pulse||16.68m (54-8¾ )||+1.0|
|4||Tony CARODINE JR||New York Empire||14.67m (48-1¾ )||-1.5|
Women’s High Jump: Inika McPherson Wins, Chaunte Lowe’s Struggles Continue
McPherson got the win and took attempts at a lifetime PB of 1.96, but came up short. 4th at the Olympics last year, was 4th and last here, after getting 7th at USAs.
|Place||Athlete||Affiliation||Best Jump||Flight (Pl)|
|1||Inika MCPHERSON||San Francisco Surge||1.90m (6-2¾ )||1 (1)|
|2||Amina SMITH||New York Empire||1.87m (6-1½ )||1 (2)|
|3||Liz PATTERSON||Portland Pulse||1.83m (6-0 )||1 (3)|
|4||Chaunte LOWE||Philadelphia Force||1.75m (5-8¾ )||1 (4)|
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