Thursday, April 29, 2010

Quick links for Thursday...

Here's some quick links to get your morning started:

Former Illinois high school champion Lindsay Flanagan (left/photo courtesy University of Washington), now a freshman at the University of Washington, is profiled by gohuskies.com.

A native of Roselle, northwest of Chicago, Flanagan was the top freshman on UW's cross country squad that won the Pac-10 title and placed third at the NCAA Championships. Flanagan ran in UW's top-seven in four of the six top meets including a 27th-place effort at West Regionals.

Her cross country season then continued on into the spring, when she finished ninth at the USA Junior Championships in Spokane, qualifying for the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Cross Country Championships held on the island of Tobago just north of Venezuela. She placed sixth at that meet, and then returned for track where she's seen steady improvement, including a 5k personal-best of 16:38.21 at the Stanford Invitational.

You can read it here...

Seattle Pacific University will split its team, with the majority heading to Lacey to compete in the St. Martin's Invitational, with a few athletes heading further south to Eugene to compete in the Oregon Relays.

The group heading to Eugene includes pole vaulter Melissa Peaslee, and their top distance runners, including senior Jessica Pixler, who has her sights set on the 2:03.50 that she needs for automatic qualification to this summer’s USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. She already has automatic marks in the 1,500 and 5,000.

Western Washington is also scheduled to send athletes to both meets, though as of 9:30 am Thursday, the school had not posted a release.

Seattle Pacific's meet preview can be read here...

Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard has an article on WSU's Jeshua Anderson, as the newspaper begins its buildup towards the NCAA track & field championships in June.

The WSU hurdler tells the Register-Guard, “I’ve got my mind on running 47s. I’ve still got a lot of work to do, but my strength and fitness level are at an all-time high.”

You can read it here...

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