Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Post mortem from the UW Invitational...

Galen Rupp, who ran a 3:56.22/7:52.48 mile/3000 double at last Saturday's UW Invitational, may or may not run in Saturday's Reebok Boston Indoor Games, as he was showing cold symptoms while training on Monday, according to Ken Goe of the Oregonian.

Rupp (left/photo by Paul Merca), the former University of Oregon All-American and 2009 Bowerman Award winner, is expected to face Washington State University hall of famer and Berlin world championships medalist Bernard Lagat in the 5000 on Saturday.

In Goe's blog, coach Alberto Salazar says, "We'll wait and see. I've given him the day off. If he fights off the cold, he'll be rested and run fantastic."

Here's the post race interview I did with Galen as part of the on-field meet presentation at the Dempsey after his 3000, where he describes that he was finishing his day with some track work at Husky Stadium. The video is courtesy RunnerSpace.com:

If not, well, "Distance runners can't run well with a cold," Salazar said. "At this level, it's the difference between 13:05 and 13:15."

OTC Elite/Portland's Dathan Ritzenhein was a late scratch in the 5,000 at the UW Invitational because of a sore foot. Salazar said the injury isn't serious.

To read Goe's blog entry, click here...

UPDATE: The USTFCCCA Division I rankings were just posted, and the Washington State men's team dropped to #25 from #21, while the Huskies dropped out of the top 25. The UW women's team dropped to #18 from #13.

The Division I rankings can be accessed here...

Division II rankings are expected to be posted later on Tuesday, with both Seattle Pacific and Western Washington expected to make the top 25 women's teams, along with the Viking men's squad.

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