Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Eagles and Zags opened outdoor season in Spokane; Eugene 2014 looking for volunteers...

Here's some stuff we missed over the weekend, with our emphasis on the NCAA indoor championships in New Mexico and North Carolina…

Eastern Washington and Gonzaga opened their outdoor season Saturday at the Dusty Lane Open meet hosted by Spokane Community College.

The best marks of the meet came in the men's and women's hammer, as Big Sky weight throw champ Jordan Arakawa of Eastern Washington picked up where he left off indoors by winning with a mark of 209-6 (63.86m). The Eagles took three of the top four places in that event.

The women's hammer went to the Eagles' Olivia Midles (above/photo courtesy Eastern Washington), as she threw 179-5 (54.70m).

Complete results from the meet are available here, along with the recaps from Eastern Washington and Gonzaga (click on school name).

Most of Washington's Division I and II schools will be in action this weekend, as the Huskies and Cougars head to Los Angeles.  Washington will run at the USC Invitational, while WSU has a dual meet against UCLA.  

The majority of Washington schools will head to Eugene for Saturday's Oregon Preview meet at Hayward Field.

Courtesy of gotracktownusa.com, here is some information for those of you interested in volunteering your time for this summer's IAAF world junior track & field championships in Eugene.

According to the release, the goal is to sign up 900 volunteers for this historic event in a variety of capacities: athlete hospitality, event operations, accreditation, bicycle valet, guest services, media services, doping control, transportation support and others.

By visiting gotracktownusa.com/volunteers, you can create a volunteer profile and browse the various positions available for the IAAF World Junior Championships. All volunteers will receive apparel and hospitality during their work day. Please note that all volunteers must be at least 15 years old and sign up for a minimum of four shifts.

Speaking of Eugene, this release from the Nike Pre Classic folks announced the events that will be featured at the IAAF Diamond League meet on May 30-31 at Hayward Field.

Friday's “Distance Night in Eugene” will showcase the strongest men's 10,000 Meter field anywhere in the world. Complementing the 10k, three IAAF Diamond League events will also be staged on Friday night: the women's Long Jump and Discus Throw, and the men's Shot Put, always a crowd favorite at Hayward Field, which has seen more 70-foot throws than any other venue on the planet. Admission on Friday evening is once again free, thanks to the support of longtime title sponsor, Nike.

Saturday's main menu features 13 IAAF Diamond League events, including the men's 100, 800, 5000, High Hurdles, Pole Vault, Triple Jump and Javelin Throw. The men's 400 and legendary annual Bowerman Mile will be contested as well. The women's IDL events are the 200, 400, 1500, Steeplechase, 400 Hurdles, and High Jump.  An Olympic-level 3k or 2-Mile race will also be run as an additional event.

NOTE:  The sports information departments at Gonzaga and Eastern Washington, along with gotracktownusa.com and the Nike Prefontaine Classic contributed to this report.

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