Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Several Washington pros head to high performance meets at Occidental and Tuscon...

Several Washington based or affiliated athletes will be among those competing in USA Track & Field backed high performance meets later this week.

Most of the focus will be on Friday's USATF Occidental College high performance meet at Jack Kemp Stadium, where numerous Washington pros and post collegians will aim for qualifying marks for next month's national championships in Des Moines, Iowa, as well as shoot for those all important A & B marks for this summer's IAAF world championships in Moscow, Russia.

On the men's side, US Olympian Donn Cabral (left/photo by Paul Merca) from Bellingham is entered in the steeplechase.

The 1500 features Auburn-Riverside alum Jordan McNamara, while Washington State alum Joe Abbott is entered in the 800, and former Husky Colton Tully-Doyle is in the 5000.

Women with Washington ties entered at Occidental include UW alum Katie Mackey in the 1500; Washington State alum Collier Lawrence in the steeplechase; and training partners Brie Felnagle from Tacoma and Seattle Pacific alum Jessica Tebo in the 5000.

Four time US Olympian and Renton HS alum Aretha Thurmond announced on her Twitter feed that she will throw Thursday and Saturday at the Tuscon Elite throwers high performance meet at Drachman Stadium on the campus of the University of Arizona.

The Tuscon Elite meet has traditionally been a gathering of many of the country's top throwers, as this gives them an opportunity to compete against each other, while USATF and US Olympic sports scientists do high speed filming and do biomechanics testing and consulting on the day between competitions.

Finally, the Nike Prefontaine Classic announced that Washington State alum, and former world champion Bernard Lagat will face off against Olympic silver medalist at 10000 meters Galen Rupp, and a bevy of the world's best in an exciting 5000 meter race at the Pre Classic on Saturday June 1st.

In an interesting development, the Pre Classic also announced that 2012 Olympic double gold medalist Mo Farah of Great Britain will decide the week of the meet whether to run the 5000 against Lagat and Rupp, or go in the 10000 the night before.

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