Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bellevue's Mike Sayenko named to USA squad for world championships in marathon...

University of Washington and Sammamish High School graduate Mike Sayenko (left/photo by Paul Merca) was named to the five-man squad that will contest the marathon at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea this summer.

Sayenko, who ran for the Huskies from 2003-2007, and competes professionally for Strands.com, was selected to Team USA based on his 2:14:27 performance at last year's Bank of America Chicago Marathon, in which he placed tenth overall, and was the second American across the line.

The men's squad includes Nick Arciniaga, Sergio Reyes, Jeffery Eggleston, and Mike Morgan.

Sayenko's University of Washington bio can be accessed here; his Team Strands bio is here.

Here's a video with Sayenko, shot the day before he set his personal best in Chicago:

The women's squad for the world championships includes Portland's Kara Goucher and Tera Moody, who return from the Berlin squad of two years ago, along with 2004 US Olympic Marathon Trials champ Colleen De Reuck, and world cross country team veterans Kathy Newberry and Alissa McKaig.

The full USA Track & Field release can be read here.

NOTE:  USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

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