Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's been quiet on the front, but we've got some news...

It's been a rather quiet last few days in the world of track & field involving athletes with ties to the state of Washington, but several news items have crossed the desk over the last few days, so we will consolidate what we have!

To end the fall training block for its track and field team that wasn't involved in cross country, the University of Washington will hold its second annual Purple/Gold intrasquad meet Thursday night at the Dempsey Indoor facility, starting at 6 pm.

The meet features the full Husky squad split into Purple and Gold teams, with a limited number of running and field events, ending with a X x 307m relay (X is the number of members of each squad), which means that throwers and jumpers who wouldn't run that far are forced to run one lap of the Dempsey oval.

Here are highlights from last year's fun and festivities, including the relay:

Track & Field News named the incoming University of Washington men's track & field recruiting class, led by Idaho's Kasen Covington, a 24-5 1/4 long jumper and 52-4w triple jumper, and California state 800m champ Sean Krinik, a 1:48.20 performer as the eighth best class in the nation.

The University of Oregon took top honors from the magazine for both its mens' and womens' recruiting classes.

You can read about it here, or in its January 2011 issue, which was just released.

Also in the magazine's centerfold is a poster of Vancouver's Kara Patterson, and a Nike sponsored inside front cover two-page poster of WSU grad Bernard Lagat, along with hurdler David Oliver, distance runner Chris Solinsky, and high jumper Chaunte Howard.

Former Husky Ingvill MÃ¥kestad was named Norway's female track & field athlete of 2010 by the Norwegian federation last week.

She improved the national 800m race twice during the summer and became the first Norwegian to run under two minutes when she clocked 1:59.82 at the Zagreb IAAF World Challenge meeting on September 1.

She also set Norwegian records indoors at 1500m and the mile as well as improving to 4:02.20 over 1500m outdoors.

You can read about it here.

Both Katie Follett of the University of Washington and Jessica Pixler from Seattle Pacific (left/photo by Randy Miyazaki, were nominated as finalists for the 2010 Seattle Sports Commission's Female Sports Star of the Year, which will be awarded on January 26th at Seattle's Benaroya Hall.

You can see the list of nominees here.

Finally, one of my favorite guys on Twitter, Seattle Times sports columnist Jerry Brewer's latest podcast with Times NFL writer Danny O'Neil opens with guest and former Husky track & field standout Norris Frederick, who apparently embarrassed Brewer in a pick-up basketball game about a week ago at Ravenna Community Center.

Brewer also interviews Frederick on the podcast as he gives an update on what he's been up to.

You can listen to it here.

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