Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Husky women ranked #8; Falcons ranked #17 in latest national poll...

NEW ORLEANS--In the latest USTFCCCA national collegiate indoor track & field poll released Tuesday, the University of Washington women's team was ranked #8.

The national poll has Clemson, Kansas and Oregon as the nation's top three teams.

Besides Oregon and Washington, other schools from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (the Pac-12 doesn't sponsor indoor track) ranked in the current national poll include #12 California, #13 Arizona, #16 Stanford, and #20 Arizona State.

In Division II, Seattle Pacific's women's squad is ranked #17 in the national poll.

The top three teams in the women's national poll are Grand Valley State, Adams State, and Lincoln (Missouri).

Speaking of the Huskies, Gregg Bell has a post on Washington's two-sport track & field athletes, including Kasen Williams (left/photo by Paul Merca).

Williams along with several Husky jumpers will travel to Albuquerque for this weekend's New Mexico Collegiate Classic.


Washington State, Eastern Washington, and Gonzaga will have athletes competing in Friday night's Vandal Indoor, and Saturday's Vandal Collegiate meet hosted by the University of Idaho at the Kibbie Dome.

According to WSU head coach Rick Sloan, the meets this weekend are ones that his squads are training through, with meets in Seattle and Albuquerque the emphasis the following weekend, due to the higher level of competition.

Courtesy of Washington State, here is Sloan's weekly press conference and his thoughts on this weekend, and on the new uniforms the Cougs will wear this season:

On the pro circuit, Cougar alum Bernard Lagat will stay in Europe to run a 3000 in Karlsruhe, Germany on Saturday.

Joining him will be the two men who joined him on the podium at last year’s IAAF World Indoor Championships – Augustine Choge and Edwin Soi, along with Ethiopia's Yenew Alamirew.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Washington, and Washington State University, along with the IAAF contributed to this report.

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