This was a big weekend for Last Chance meets as the college crowd chases qualifying marks for NCAA indoor nationals. One of the big last chance meets was at the University of Washington earlier today.
One of the people trying to get an automatic qualifier was Ellie Rudy of MSU. The two time defeding champion had a provisional mark - but, there were enough others ahead of her on the yearly performance list that she had to make the auto qualifying mark in order to be able to go and defend her title. Unfortunately, she "no-heighted" and won't be making the trip to the undercover championships.
But, there were quite a few of notable performance from other Montana athletes.
John Ricardi of Gardiner (Idaho State) won his heat of the 800 in 1:56:07, then came back later and was 5th in his heat of the mile in 4:10.62. Pretty impressive double.
Brett Winegar of Kalispell (Club Northwest) was 11th in the 5,000 in 14:55.
[ While not a Montanan - another performance of note was the Galen Rupp of the University of Oregon running his first ever sub-4:00 mile with a winning time of 3:57.86 ]
Full Results can be found at http://www.gohuskies.com/sports/c-track/stats/2008-2009/09lastchanceresults.html
The Muddy Buzzard