Most of Washington's Division I and II schools will be in action Saturday for the opening of the outdoor track and field season.
On the west side, Western Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific, Saint Martin's, and Central Washington will send athletes to Eugene for the Oregon Preview meet at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, and Washington State are in action at their traditional season opener, the Dusty Lane Open in Spokane hosted by Spokane Community College.
Notably absent is the University of Washington, which opens its outdoor season next weekend at the USC Invitational in Los Angeles.
All six of Seattle Pacific's NCAA indoor championships competitors will see action in Eugene, led by Oregon native and NCAA 800m All-American McKayla Fricker (above/photo courtesy Seattle Pacific University), who opens the outdoor season running her specialty.
SPU multi-event specialist Ali Worthen, who got her NCAA auto qualifier two weeks ago at the Chico State Multi-Event Classic after scoring 5243 points, is entered in the 200, 100 hurdles, and long jump.
In contrast, Western Washington is giving all three of its NCAA indoor participants the weekend off.
Oregon will offer live streaming video of the Oregon Preview via pac-12.com.
With several of their long throwers not able to compete during the indoor season, both Washington State and Eastern Washington are looking to get their hammer, discus and javelin throwers some action on Saturday.
The Cougs have six men and four women entered in the javelin; on the other hand, the Eagles have two men, and seven women ready to fling the spear in Spokane.
In advance of his half-marathon debut on Sunday in New York, Bernard Lagat talked to letsrun.com about his expectations for the race.
Here's a great read from letsrun.com on ten training tips from Lagat, Dathan Ritzenhein, and Abdi Abdirahman, the most notable (and most obvious) being that staying healthy is the number one objective.
Another tip from the trio is knowing when to check your pride at the door. Too often runners in training try to beat the workout, which may get you short term success, but also strays you away from the big picture.
"The workouts aren’t the competition…You run your own workout. If you’re not feeling good and someone is feeling really good and you can’t stay with them, you don’t have to feel bad.” Conversely on his good days Abdi is not afraid to “go for it” and drop whoever he is working out with. Winning the workout is not the objective. Abdi said the objective is finding the “good pace, (the) good rhythm.”