Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Istanbul 2012 stats book now available for download, plus NCAA indoor notes...

With the IAAF world indoor championships coming up this weekend, here's the link to the home page for all the happenings in Istanbul.

Among the things you'll find on the website are the start lists, event previews, and the time schedule, along with links to live radio broadcasts of the meet.

True stats nuts can rejoice with the official stats handbook, which is available as a four-part download.

This comprehensive guide has results of every round from each of the previous editions of the IAAF World Indoor Championships, as well as important facts and figures from the Championships, an analysis of performance trends, superlatives, and listings of multiple medal winners and placing tables.

To download the book, click the link above, then go to the General Info box on the lower left hand side of the web site.

Athletes with Washington ties competing in Istanbul include former Husky pole vaulters Brad Walker and Scott Roth, along with defending world indoor 3000m champ Bernard Lagat.

Former UW coach Orin Richburg is the sprints coach for Team USA, while Spokane's Jim Murphy is on the USA staff as a manager. Current UW throws coach TJ Crater is traveling as a personal coach to USA shot putter Ryan Whiting.

In preparation for this weakend's NCAA indoor track & field championships in Nampa, Idaho, the USTFCCCA has released its final national team indoor computer rankings.

Coach Greg Metcalf's University of Washington Huskies enter the championships ranked #10 in the women's national poll, no change from last week's poll released after the conference championships.

The Huskies will head to Nampa led by USTFCCCA West Region women's indoor track athlete of the year Katie Flood, who is entered in the 3000 and the distance medley relay. Flood has the fastest collegiate time in both the mile and 3000, but will drop the mile at nationals in favor of the distance medley.

Besides Flood, the Huskies will travel Megan Goethals, who is entered in the 3000 and 5000, along with the distance medley relay squad consisting of Flood, Chelsea Orr, Jordan Carlson, and Baylee Mires.

The Washington men's team will travel its distance medley relay team of Ryan Soberanis, Maurice McNeal, Brad Whitley and Joey Bywater, along with pole vaulter JJ Julifs.

Washington State only has one competitor going to Nampa in long/triple jumper Stephan Scott-Ellis.

Eastern Washington sends pole vaulter Keisa Monterola to the championships.

Notable athletes with Washington ties entered in the NCAA championships include Oregon's Michael Berry from Seattle (400); Kansas' Andrea Geubelle from Tacoma (LJ/TJ); Oregon's Becca Friday (mile/DMR) and Bronwyn Crossman (5000) from Bellingham; and Stanford's Jake Riley (5000) from Bellingham.

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