Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Huskies move up one spot in USTFCCCA women's national poll; Portland to bid for 2016 World Indoors...

NEW ORLEANS--The University of Washington's third place finish at last weekend's Pac-12 championships did not hurt the Husky women's squad in the eyes of the USTFCCCA voters, as the Dawgs move up one spot in the national rankings released Tuesday.

Washington's Maddie Meyers &
Katie Knight (Mike Scott photo)
After dropping to #13 in the last poll, the Huskies moved up to #12 and are tied in the national poll with Dartmouth.

Pac-12 champion Arizona is the country's #1 ranked team, followed by Providence and Arkansas.

Colorado, which took a convincing second place finish at the conference meet on their home course, moved six spots from #16 to #10.

Other Pac-12 schools in the national women's rankings include Oregon at #15, Stanford at #18, and #26 Arizona State.

In the men's national poll, the Dawgs are at the tail end of the rankings, as the voters have Washington as the country's #29 team, a drop of four spots from the last poll.

Pac-12 champ Colorado remains the country's #1 team, followed by Northern Arizona and Oklahoma State, two schools that have runners from Washington state on their squads.

Oregon at #4, Stanford at #6, and Arizona State at #29 are the other Pac-12 schools in the national top 30.

The University of Portland dropped 4 spots in the poll to #10.


In our haste to post yesterday, and as a follow-up to a post on the blog on October 17th, we forgot to post that USA Track & Field and TrackTown USA, Inc., announced that USATF submitted a formal bid to host the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

The bid application calls for the three-day meet to be held at the Oregon Convention Center (above/photo courtesy Oregon Convention Center) in Portland. A new 200-meter IAAF-certified track would be built and then repurposed afterward as a legacy of the event.

“As a member of the IAAF family, USATF considers it an honor as well as a duty to try to bring a world championship event back to U.S. soil,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “Having hosted two very successful Olympic Trials in 2008 and 2012, TrackTown USA has shown itself to be the premier host of world-class track events in this country. We look forward to presenting the bid and continuing to elevate the off-track profile of the United States in the international sports world.”

 “We want to partner with USA Track & Field and the IAAF in bringing our sport to a new generation of athletes and fans,” said Vin Lananna, president of TrackTown USA, Inc. “Portland is a young, vibrant and beautiful city with a culture that fosters innovation and embraces active lifestyles. We believe the city of Portland, the state of Oregon and the entire U.S. would embrace the athletes, officials and media from around the world," said the former Oregon head track & cross country coach, who remains with the UO athletic department to focus on big-time events like the Olympic Trials, next year's IAAF World Junior Championships, and the proposed world indoors in Portland.

USATF and TrackTown USA will present the bid to the IAAF in person on November 15 in Monaco.

NOTE:  The USTFCCCA, USA Track & Field, and TrackTown USA contributed to this report.

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