Friday, September 9, 2011

Lagat and Måkestad to race in Rieti, while it's week two of the collegiate cross country season...

While the Samsung Diamond League season is now down to one meet in Brussels, there is still some pro action going on back in Europe.

Saturday, world championship silver medalist Bernard Lagat races over 3000 meters in Rieti, Italy at a track where he's had success over the past few years, and a venue known for its fast times, especially in the middle distances.

Another Washington affiliated athlete looking to make her mark in Rieti is world championships 6th placer Ingvill Måkestad (left/photo by Paul Merca), as the Norwegian, who ran for the University of Washington looks to top her personal best of 4:02.20 set in this meet last year.

The start list for Rieti is available here.

On Sunday, former Husky surprise world championships 4th placer Märt Israel from Estonia, along with Marysville native Jarred Rome will contest the discus at the ISTAF meet in Berlin at the Olympiastadion, the same venue where the IAAF world track & field championships were held in 2009.

The start list for the ISTAF meet in Berlin is available here.

Saturday marks week two of collegiate cross country season for the state's colleges and universities.

Western Washington and host Central Washington will open its 2011 campaign at the Apple Ridge Run Invitational in Yakima, with the women racing 4k, and the men 6k, in what has traditionally been a preview of the GNAC championship.

Seattle Pacific, fresh off of two meets in Fairbanks last week, will also send a men's and women's squad to Yakima.

Seattle Pacific's release previewing the meet is available here.

In Sunriver, Oregon, Gonzaga will face the University of Oregon in a dual meet at the Meadows Golf Course over a 5k distance for women and four miles for the men.

According to Duck alum and Gonzaga coach Pat Tyson, "It's a really nice buzz since we're the only team that gets to run a dual meet against a national power, and the reason we are doing it is it creates a lot of buzz, a lot of energy and it will be on the website. When you're looking at recruiting we're not afraid to shadow what we believe is the best. We want our kids exposed to what the best is and hope it will motivate them to train at a higher level."

Gonzaga's complete release previewing the dual against Oregon is available here.

NOTE:  Gonzaga University and Seattle Pacific University's sports information office contributed to this report.

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