Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cougars and Eagles fly south for Stanford Invitational, while Washington travels to Eugene for Pepsi Team Invite...

Washington State and Eastern Washington will send groups of athletes to Stanford University for the annual Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto.

The Cougars will send a large contingent of athletes, while the Eagles will send six athletes to Stanford.  Curiously, pole vaulter and NCAA indoor championships scorer Keisa Monterola is not among the group heading to Stanford.

Washington State will send a small group to Spokane for the annual WAR V scoring meet hosted by Spokane CC, while Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, Seattle University, and Seattle Pacific will send the majority of their teams. The WAR format pits Washington schools as one team against the rest of the field, which includes schools from Idaho, Oregon and Montana.

Courtesy of WSU Athletics, here's an interview with Andrew Gonzales (left/photo by Paul Merca) who ran 8:59.23 last week to win the steeplechase in Los Angeles against UCLA and Tennessee.

Links to the entries for the Stanford Invitational are available here.

Meanwhile, the University of Washington heads down Interstate 5 for the Pepsi Team Invitational, a scoring meet hosted by the University of Oregon at Hayward Field that features Texas A&M, and UCLA, along with the host Ducks.

Washington's Katie Flood will open her 2012 outdoor season by running the 800, while Megan Goethals will run the 1500.

Amanda Peterson returns to the meet where she set her school record, and James Alaka makes his season debut in the 100 and 200. The Huskies' JJ Julifs, a former Oregon state prep champ in the pole vault and Eugene native, makes his collegiate debut in the venue where he won both the Oregon state and US junior titles.

The entry list for the Pepsi Team Invitational is available here.

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