Thursday, March 28, 2013

Huskies, Cougs & Zags head to Stanford for Stanford Invitational...

For most college kids, spring break is the time to go and find warm places to let loose and have some fun.

But not if you're on a college track team.

While you can go find a warm place to let loose and have some fun AND compete in college track, it's also a time to get some necessary work in to prepare for the outdoor season, as the Washington Huskies have done after their meet last weekend at the USC Trojan Invitational in Los Angeles.

The Huskies spent the early part of this week training in Santa Barbara, before heading north to Palo Alto for Friday & Saturday's Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track & Angell Field on the campus of Stanford University.

The distance races will be a big focus for Washington, as they have eleven entries in the women's 1500 on Friday night, led by senior Christine Babcock.

2012 NCAA 5000m runner-up Megan Goethals (above/photo by Paul Merca) will make her debut Friday night in the 10000, in a race that includes Olympians Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher, Pac-12 rivals Jordan Hasay from Oregon, Jennifer Bergman from Arizona, and former Husky Kendra Schaaf, now running for New Mexico.

Washington State will have a full team entered at the Stanford Invitational, led by All-American Stephan Scott-Ellis, who will contest the long and triple jumps, as well as the 100 meters.

Gonzaga will also have five athletes at Stanford, while ten others will run a few miles north at the San Francisco State Track & Field Distance Carnival.

Entries for the Stanford Invitational are available here, as well as the link to live results.

Media partner Flotrack will offer streaming video of the Stanford Invitational on a pay-per-view basis via Flotrack Pro.

The releases for the University of Washington, Washington State, and Gonzaga are available by clicking the school's name.

Seattle University will also have athletes competing at San Francisco State.

In Division II, Western Washington, Seattle Pacific, Central Washington and St. Martin's will all send athletes to the Club Northwest Spring Break meet Saturday at West Seattle Stadium.

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