Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Washington schools head to Cali for Mt. SAC Relays...

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With apologies to 2Pac, the University of Washington, Washington State, Eastern Washington, Western Washington, and Seattle Pacific will send squads to southern California this weekend for the Mt. SAC Relays, with other athletes competing in the Long Beach Invitational at Cerritos College.

The Mt. SAC Relays, on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, is by far the biggest track and field meet on the west coast, attracting dozens of elite professionals along with top college competitors and on down to hundreds of high school athletes.

The Relays got underway with day one of the multi-event competition Wednesday, held at Azusa Pacific in Azusa.

Washington's Jeremy Taiwo, Kale Schmidt, and Andrew Ferleman, and Seattle Pacific grad Chris Randolph were on the start list for the decathlon. Huskies Sarah Schireman and Shelby Williams were entered in the heptathlon, as well as Crystal Sims of the Falcons.

Results were not posted on either the Mt. SAC or the Azusa Pacific site at the time of this post.

One of the more interesting non-entries of the Mt. SAC Relays is Washington State's Jeshua Anderson, who is entered in the 400 hurdles at the Long Beach Invitational, but not in the invitational section at Mt. SAC.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing events from a collegiate perspective is the women's elite 5000 meter run at 7:30 pm Friday night, featuring a matchup between Oregon's Jordan Hasay and Colorado's Jessica Pixler (left/photo courtesy University of Colorado) from Sammamish, with a field of pros that includes American 5000m record holder Molly Huddle; US steeplechase record holder Jenny Simpson; Pixler's long-time Division II rival Neely Spence of Shippensburg; and several other pros, including Washington grad Katie Follett of Brooks.

The releases of Washington, Washington State, and Eastern Washington are available by clicking the links embedded by their school name.

Other notable pros with Washington connections competing include Ginnie Crawford and Falesha Ankton in the 100 meter hurdles.

The start lists for the Mt. SAC Relays are available here.

The live results link to the Mt SAC Relays are available here.

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