Friday, September 14, 2012

Most of the state's collegiate squads to converge upon Lincoln Park for the Sundodger Invite Saturday...

SEATTLE--Most of the state's Division I & II teams will converge upon Lincoln Park in West Seattle for Saturday's Sundodger Invitational cross country race.

Action gets underway at 9 a.m. with the women's college open 6,000-meters and is followed by the open men's 8,000-meters. After the high school varsity girls 5k at 10:25, the Washington women's team, ranked No. 1 in the nation, will compete at 11 a.m. Shortly thereafter, at 11:35, the Husky men will race for 8k. The boys varsity high school race follows and the two junior varsity high school races close things out.

UW coach Greg Metcalf (above/photo courtesy University of Washington) expects most of his top returning men's runners will be on the starting line on Saturday, although the women's team will largely be comprised of athletes looking to crack the second group of five or newcomers just out to run strong in their collegiate debuts.

Competition for the invitational collegiate races includes out-of-towners from Fresno State, Portland State, Idaho, Eastern Washington and Western Oregon. SeattleU will also be in action along with visitors from Canada such as Simon Fraser and UBC and several other local small colleges

In the open races, Western Washington, Seattle Pacific, St. Martin's, and Central Washington are expected to field teams.

The complete time schedule is available here, along with Washington's season preview.

Across the state, Washington State and Gonzaga will send squads to Portland for Saturday's West Coast Conference preview meet at Fernhill Park.

SeattleU will have a split squad this weekend, as runners will compete both at Sundodger as well as Friday's National Catholic Championships hosted by Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

On the pro circuit, both Bernard Lagat and Jordan McNamara will run a road mile at Saturday's Great North CityGames in Newcastle, UK, in conjunction with the BUPA Great North Run, one of the country's top road races.

Taking place on a unique track in the heart of the city, the exciting format lets spectators get up close to the action.

Other events include a road 2 mile race featuring Mo Farah, men's long jump, 110 hurdles, 100, and 150, along with the women's pole vault, mile, 100m, and 50.

Start lists for the Great North CityGames are available here.

NOTE: The University of Washington contributed to this report.

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