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February 28, 2011 at 10:55 PM

More notes from inaugural Brooks PR Invitational

Here is the story we wrote on Sunday’s inaugural Brooks PR Invitational. Click here.

I wanted to share a few extra notes freelancer Terry Wood passed along to me that didn’t make his story in the paper.

Nine prep runners from Washington were in the field as part of the inaugural Brooks PR Invitational that took place Sunday at Washington’s Dempsey Indoor. The event featured more than 100 elite high school runners from across the U.S. and Canada who were invited to the competition by the Seattle-based running-shoe company.

Today’s main story provides details on performances by Glacier Peak’s Amy-Eloise Neale, Maddie Meyers of Seattle’s Northwest School and sprinter Hannah Cunliffe, who will run this spring as a freshman for Decatur. Here’s a look at other local and state runners who competed:

— Derrick Daigre, a Kent-Meridian senior, the 2009 4A state 800-meter champion and a UW recruit, placed ninth in the boys 800 (1:56.76). “This race is an eye-opener,” he said. “I haven’t gotten that far into my training yet. Man, they really showed me how fast it is out there. In Washington there’s not too much competition left right now. But now, seeing the big boys, it’s got me thinking I’m going to be doing a lot more work this season.”

— Darian Brooks, a Kennedy Catholic senior and a top-three triple jump finisher at state the past two seasons, tied for eighth in the 60-meter dash (6.91 seconds). “I’m getting back into sprinting this year,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the 100 this year.”

— Beylee Meyers, a Mead senior, the defending state 4A 800-meter champion and a Washington recruit, took third in the 800 (2:12.95), a personal best. “This is only my second indoor race this year and my first 800 since last spring, so it feels good to be able to come here and compete with these girls, who are the best of the best,” she said. “My body’s not ready for this at all, but this feels good. It was a good little check-in for me.”

— From the Spokane area, junior Kenji Bierig of Lewis & Clark took fifth in the boys mile (4:14.33). Sophomore Andrew Gardner of North Central was eighth in the two mile (9:09.47). Sophomore Katie Knight of North Central finished ninth in the girls two mile (10:29.72).

Seven top 2011 U.S. times were recorded at the meet (girls 60-meter dash, 400-meter run, mile and two mile; boys 60, 400 and 800). Dezerea Bryant of Milwaukee, the winner of the 60-meter race where Cunliffe finished third, recorded a time of 7.26 seconds, the fifth-fastest girls prep time ever.

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