Friday, October 10, 2008

Western Washington to host WWU Invitational...

The Western Washington Vikings return to action on Saturday as they host the WWU Invitational at Lake Padden Park.

Western is currently ranked #15 in the latest men's poll.

The Vikings, led on the women's side by Sarah Porter, who won the open race at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle three weeks ago, have been idle. In that time, they dropped out of the top 25 in the current USTFCCCA Division II poll, released Wednesday.

In that same poll, the Seattle Pacific women's team dropped to #17.

The Falcons will send most of their squad to Bellingham to run in the WWU Invite, except for Jessica Pixler (Sammamish, Wash., Eastlake HS) and Jane Larson (Fall City, Wash., Cedar Park Christian HS) on the women's side, along with senior Brian Cronrath (Battle Ground, Wash., Battle Ground HS) and Chad Meis (Renton, Wash., Seattle Christian HS) on the men's side – will fly south to San Diego for the UC San Diego Triton Classic. It will offer all four of them a chance to preview the course on the UCSD campus that will be the site for next month's NCAA West Regional meet. The men will run 10,000 meters, the women will go 6,000.

Central Washington will also send runners to Bellingham; meanwhile, the University of Puget Sound will stay close to home and compete in the Pacific Lutheran University Invitational at the University Golf Course in Parkland.

All five Division I schools--Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, and Seattle University--have the weekend off.

NOTE: The sports information offices of Seattle Pacific, Central Washington, University of Puget Sound and Western Washington University contributed to this report.

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