PORTLAND--While their collegiate brethren are competing about one hundred miles south of the Rose City at the NCAA track & field championships, many of the region's top post collegiate runners are converging upon Eldon Fix Track on the campus of Lewis & Clark College for the Portland Track Festival on Saturday night.
The meet is designed as a high performance competition, in much the same way as last month's Occidental College High Performance meet, with emphasis on the 800, 1500, steeple, and 5000, with many athletes looking to improve upon their times before the USA championships in two weeks in Des Moines, Iowa, or looking for that important IAAF A or B standard for August's world championships in Moscow.
After this weekend, athletes will have until June 16th to post a qualifying mark for the USA outdoor track & field championships.
Seattle Pacific alum Jessica Tebo (left/photo by Paul Merca), who now competes for the Seattle based Brooks Beasts middle distance group is entered in the women's 5000, in a field that features high school sensation Mary Cain, who set the American junior record in the 800 meters at last week's Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene.
North Central HS grad Katie Knight, who will be a freshman this fall at the University of Washington, is also entered in the 5000, as she looks to get a qualifying mark for the USA junior championships.
Former Husky Colton Tully-Doyle is entered in the 5000, as well as Brooks Beasts' Jordan Horn.
In the women's 1500, Tacoma's Brie Felnagle is in the field, along with Gonzaga's Lindsey Drake, and Camas HS standout Alexa Efraimson.
The women's 800 features former Husky Katie Mackey, as she drops down in distance.
In the men's 800, Washington State alum Joe Abbott and Tacoma's Mark Wieczorek are in an outstanding field that includes Olympians Andrew Wheating and Matthew Centrowitz.
The women's 3000 steeple features Washington alum Mel Lawrence, and incoming Husky freshman Amy-Eloise Neale, who is looking to qualify for the British junior team trials, along with former Stanford standout Lindsay Allen, who now lives in Seattle.