Thursday, March 24, 2011

Washington schools off to the Bay Area for Stanford Invitational...

The University of Washington, Washington State, Seattle Pacific, Western Washington, Central Washington, and Eastern Washington track teams will send groups of athletes to Palo Alto Friday and Saturday to compete in the Stanford Invitational track & field meet.

The Stanford Invitational, which is one of the country's biggest early season meets, begins at 9am on Friday morning with the field events as the collegiate javelin kicks things off. The running events will begin at 11am with the fourth section of the men's 5,000 meters. The invitational sections of the distance events will all take place after 5pm.

Saturday once again begins at 9am with both the running and field events. Day 2 is more heavily sprints, hurdles and relays with the finals of many of the high school events. will provide live results from the Stanford Invitational, while media partner will have video coverage.

The list of accepted entries is available here, while the complete time schedule is available here.

In the sprints, Husky sophomore James Alaka (left/photo by Paul Merca) is set to make his season debut in the 100-meters and likely on Washington's 4x100-meter relay, which finished in the top-15 at NCAA West Prelims last year.

The Stanford Invite will also feature the debut of Seattle Pacific grad Jessica Pixler, who is attending the University of Colorado as a grad student, and has one season of outdoor track eligibility remaining. She's running in the top section of the women's 5000 meter run.

The University of Washington's release can be read here.

While the majority of Washington schools are at Stanford, athletes not making the trip will compete at Husky Stadium on Saturday at the Spring Break Open Track & Field meet hosted by Club Northwest and Seattle University.


Seattle Pacific got a head start on its Bay Area spring break trip as several of its multi-event athletes began competition Wednesday at the Cal Multi-Events meet on the campus of the University of California.

Falcons junior Ali Worthen sits in fifth place, seventh overall, and senior Crystal Sims is right behind her in sixth in their group and eighth overall after the first four events of the women's heptathlon.

Worthen, boosted by a second-place finish in the high jump, completed Wednesday's first-day competition with 2,955 points. Sims, whose top performance was third place in the shot put, is sitting in sixth with 2,930.

US Olympian Sharon Day of Asics won all four of Wednesday's events – the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, and 200-meter dash – to pile up 3,594 points.

In the B section, sophomore Katy Gross, winner of last month's Great Northwest Athletic Conference indoor pentathlon title, is in fourth place with 2,669 points in the group and 13th overall.

Senior Jennifer Pike, runner-up to Gross in the GNAC indoor pentathlon, is fifth in the group and 16th overall with 2,440 points.

Seattle Pacific sophomore Nate Johnson is in sixth place among the 15 competitors in his group and is 18th overall at the midpoint of the men's decathlon at the Cal Multis, with a score of 2819 points.

The overall leader is former SPU multi-sport star Chris Randolph, now competing for the Slo Wellness club. He has 3,947 points.

Seattle Pacific's release can be read here.

NOTE: The sports information offices of the UW, WSU, SPU, Western, Central, Eastern Washington, and Stanford University contributed to this report.

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