Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Notes from Dallas...

Just wanted to give the readers of the blog a quick heads up...I'm sitting here in Dallas awaiting to catch my flight to Madrid, then on to Punta Umbria for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

paulmerca.blogspot.com will be on site beginning on Wednesday night, and we'll have daily updates from Punta Umbria. Of course, we'll follow University of Washington freshman Katie Flood, fresh off a strong performance at the NCAA indoor championships, as she makes her international debut in the junior women's race.

Courtesy of the Punta Umbria local organizing committee, here's a promotional video:

Meanwhile, the IAAF has posted preliminary start lists for Sunday's races. You can access them here:

Some items omitted from the NCAA indoor track & field story on Friday & Saturday involving Washington athletes:

In the women's 3000, Sequim native Stephanie Marcy from Stanford finished seventh in a time of 9:21.20 to earn All-America status;

In the women's distance medley relay, Bellingham's Becca Friday ran the 800m leg for the Oregon Ducks, helping them to a second place finish, and earn eight key points as Oregon successfully defended its national indoor team championship.

Apologies extended to those omitted....

Our next update will be on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean...see you then!

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