The Huskies will be looking to add to their current list of eight regional qualifiers, all set at last weekend's Pepsi Team Invitational in Eugene, Ore. Washington has only competed twice outside, and adverse weather conditions have hampered times and marks across the board, so the typical Arizona sun could be a boon to the Husky athletes.
A very strong field will be on hand to give the Huskies a run, including both Sun Devil squads that swept the NCAA Indoor Championships a month ago in Fayetteville, Ark. In addition, full teams from Air Force, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Boise State, DePaul, Duke, Florida,Iowa, Iowa State, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Penn State and Penn State will be in attendance, as well as men's teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio State and Wisconsin, and women's teams from Illinois, Michigan, and Villanova.
Meanwhile, the Washington State University track and field teams will compete at two different meets this weekend--the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invite at UCLA's Drake Stadium will be held April 10-12, and the 37th Annual Pelluer Invitational at Woodward Field on the campus of Eastern Washington University will take place April 11.
Washington's three women's mile All-Americans, Amanda Miller, Michelle Turner, and Katie Follett are all entered in the 1500-meters, and freshman Lauren Saylor will make her first outdoor run after competing in the World Junior Cross Country Championships in Scotland just two weeks ago. Saylor will run in the 5K along with three other Huskies.
On the pro ranks, former Auburn HS standout Chris Lukezic makes his 2008 outdoor season debut in the 1500 meters Friday at the Sea Ray Relays meet in Knoxville, Tennessee. Lukezic, a member of Team USA in 2005 at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Helsinki, competes in a field which includes Canadian internationalist Kevin Sullivan.Results from that meet will be posted at tenntrack.com.