Eight of the nine Washington Division I & II schools are back in competition Friday and Saturday at various venues around the country.
Washington State will split their teams on Friday, with the women's squad flying down to Sacramento for the NCAA Inter-Regional Jamboree meet, hosted by Sacramento State at Haggin Oaks Golf Course. The women will run over a 5 k course, where they will see Pac-12 squads from Oregon State, Cal, USC & UCLA, along with nationally ranked San Francisco.
The Washington State men, led by senior Andrew Gonzales (left/photo by Paul Merca) along with both Eastern Washington squads head east to South Bend, Indiana for Friday's Notre Dame Invitational
WSU and Eastern Washington are entered in the Blue Division 5 mile race where they will face nationally ranked teams from Colorado State (#16), Columbia (#30), Florida State (#26), New Mexico (#21), Notre Dame (#22), Tulsa (#7), Virginia (#24), and Princeton (#9).
The Eagle women's squad is entered in the Gold Division 5k race with Butler University at #20 the only nationally ranked team in the field, as most of the top teams are in the Blue Division race.
Central Washington travels east to Missoula, Montana to run in the Montana Invitational in Missoula.
In Springfield, Washington, Gonzaga, and Seattle University face their toughest test Saturday at the Bill Dellinger Invitational, hosted by the University of Oregon.
In the men's 8k race, they'll square off against the nationally ranked Oregon Ducks (#4) and the Portland Pilots (#8).
Gonzaga and SeattleU will see two nationally ranked teams in #7 Washington and #5 Oregon in the women's 5k.
Just north of Springfield, Seattle Pacific and Saint Martin's will race at the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem hosted by Willamette University. They will see conference opponents Northwest Nazarene, Western Oregon, and Alaska Anchorage. The men will race over 8k, while the women race over 5k.