Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cougs and Dawgs play host to season opening indoor meets this weekend...

Oregon alum Jordan Hasay is entered
in the women's 800 at the UW
Indoor Preview
Both Washington and Washington State play hosts to season opening indoor track meets this weekend, with most of the Washington Division I and II schools in action either in Seattle or Pullman.

On the east side of the state, the Cougars entertain squads from Idaho, Spokane CC, the Mountain West TC, Whitworth, Central Oregon, Central Washington, and numerous unattached athletes in the 12th annual WSU Open meet, which begins Friday with the two weight throws.  The main portion of the meet gets underway at 8:30 am at the WSU Indoor Facility, with the first running event underway at 10 am.

In Seattle, the Huskies play host to what they say is the biggest UW Indoor Preview meet in the school's history at the Dempsey Indoor super speed way oval on Saturday, with the first running event getting underway at 8 am, with the last event slated for 6:30 pm.

Gonzaga, SeattleU, and Eastern Washington comprise the Washington D1 schools with athletes in the field, while Seattle Pacific, and Western Washington will have a large presence.  Oregon, USC, Oregon State and Stanford will have a number of entries in the field.

Among the top pros entered include Moscow world championships competitors Jordan Hasay (above/photo by Paul Merca), Shannon Rowbury and Kim Conley, who are in the women's 800, along with Nia Ali in the 60 hurdles; American mile record holder Alan Webb (mile/800); Auburn/Riverside alum Jordan McNamara (3000); WSU alum Joe Abbott (800); Brooks Beasts standout Mark Wieczorek (mile); and UW alum Norris Frederick (long jump).  University of Oklahoma commit Hannah Cunliffe from Federal Way, who was fourth in the 200 at the IAAF World Youth Championships, is entered in the 60.

Both pole vault competitions should be exciting, with the women's field led by Husky senior Logan Miller, against Eastern Washington's Keisa Monterola and new Husky Diamara Planell Cruz, while the men's vault features the Huskies' Jax Thoirs against teammates Chris Williams and JJ Juilfs.

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