Pacific Assocation of USA Track and field

PAF PA Foundation Olympic Development Grant Winners Head to USA Outdoors

Over the final qualifying weekend of June 13-14, most of the PA Foundation grant winners were in competition.  Several competed in races at Portland and the rest at the Pacific Association Championships.  During the season, four qualified for the 2015 Outdoor Nationals next week at Eugene.

Amy Haapanen updated her season’s best qualifying mark and sits 9th in the Hammer field at 69.28m. Robyn Stevens  qualified  7th at 1:42:23.00 for the 20 km Racewalk, and Lauren Wallace qualified 10th for the 800m at 2:01.43.  Wallace after earned 7th place in Heat 1 of the 1500m in Portland at 4:13.47, where Dominque Jackson also ran a 2:03.37 800m to secure her qualifying spot in 27th on the entry list. Alycia Criderbring took 8th in the 5000m in Portland, running 15:52.53.  Although she did not set a new season’s best, she advances to Eugene with a previous mark of 15:47.53.  Rachel Mitchell also competed at Portland in the 10,000m with a time of 33:54.23.

At the Pacific Association Championships, Jere’ Summers won the discus at 55.51m which was slightly below her season best of 56.09m.  Amy Haapanen improved her season’s best and qualifying mark to 69.28m in winning the hammer throw.  Megan McKee was second in the hammer at 56.88m, just short of her season’s best of 61.71m, which is also her best mark since 2013. She also competed in the shot and discus competitions at College of San Mateo.  Robyn Stevens won the 5000 m Racewalk in a time of 23:43.54 in her last tune-up race before Nationals. Finally, Brysun Stately won the pole vault at 3.90m which was below her best for the season of 4.40m due to strong wind conditions.

The Pacific Association Foundation Directors wish to congratulate all of our grant winners and other PA members who will be participating at Eugene next weekend.  Best of luck.