Saturday, July 15, 2017

Incoming WSU recruit Martha Traore advances to finals of long jump at European U23s...

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland—Incoming Washington State University recruit Martha Traore (left/photo courtesy IAAF/Getty) from Denmark advanced to the finals of the women’s long jump at the European Athletics Under 23 Championships Saturday evening.

Traore jumped a season best 20’10 (6.35m), which was the seventh best mark of the qualifying round.

After opening with a jump of 19-11.75 (6.09m) in round 1, she got her mark of 20’10 (6.35m) to surpass the automatic qualifying mark of 20-5.25 (6.23m) and advance to Sunday’s final, which will be contested at 6:35 am, Seattle time.

To put Traore’s jump in perspective, her mark today would be the fourth longest in WSU school history, and would have won this year’s Pac-12 championship meet.

Current Coug Atina Kamasi of Serbia did not advance to the finals of the women’s javelin, as she threw 161-11 (49.37m), well short of her personal and season best of 171-8 (52.32m) set at the Cougar Invitational in April.

The University of Washington’s Jacopo Spanò was fifth in the semis of the men’s 200, as the Italian ran a season best 21.02, the ninth fastest time of the day, and 7/100ths of a second away from the last spot in Sunday’s finals.

Spanò is part of Italy’s 4 x 100m relay pool that will run the semis Sunday morning at 6:08 am Seattle time, with the finals at 9:40 am Seattle time.

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