Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WSU's Andre McBride named Pac-12 men's track athlete of the week, plus the hot links...

Washington State's Andre McBride (left/photo by Paul Merca) was named the Pac-12's male track athlete of the week for the week ending April 13th.

The sophomore ran wind-aided marks of 10.42 and 21.03 to help the Cougars take the team title at the Jim Click Shootout in Tuscon last Saturday, and also ran the second leg of the 4 x 100 relay, as they clocked 40.64.

Speaking of the Cougs, Washington State's men's team is ranked #6 in Track & Field News' Collegiate Dual Meet Rankings, compiled for the magazine by Jesse Squire.

Cal, which demolished Stanford in the Big Meet in Berkeley over the weekend, is ranked #1, with Texas A&M and Oregon ranked 2 and 3.

The Washington Huskies are ranked #18 by Squire, even though they have not run a dual meet this season.

The USTFCCCA revealed its Division I and II national computer rankings Tuesday, and the University of Washington women's squad has moved up three spots to #13.

Most of their computer points came from performances from distance runners Katie Flood, Katie Knight, and Lindsay Flanagan, all of whom had solid performances almost two weeks ago at the Stanford Invitational.

The national top five women's squads are Texas A&M, Florida, Texas, Oregon, and Georgia.

Pac-12 teams in the top 25 include USC (9), Arizona (10), UCLA (14), Stanford (17) and Arizona State (21).

On the men's side, no Washington schools are in the top 25 in this week's computer rankings.

The top five nationally are Florida, Oregon, Arkansas, Texas A&M, and Florida State.

Pac-12 teams in the top 25 include USC (14), UCLA (15), Arizona (19), and Cal (23).

In Division II, no Washington schools are among the top 25 men's squads, as Saint Augustine's, Adams State, and Texas A&M-Kingsville are the nation's top 3.

Alaska Anchorage is the lone GNAC school in the top 25 at #11.

On the women's side, Western Washington is ranked #16, down one spot, while Seattle Pacific drops two spots to #22 in the computer rankings.

Grand Valley State, Johnson C. Smith, and Lincoln (MO.) are the top three schools in Division II.  

Alaska Anchorage is the only other team in GNAC ranked in the women's top 25 at #17.

As posted earlier on Tuesday, the IAAF confirmed that Eugene is one of three cities that have submitted letters of intent to host the 2019 IAAF world track & field championships, along with Doha, Qatar, and Barcelona, Spain.

The IAAF Council will decide who will host at its next meeting in Monaco in November.

Two cities have expressed interest in the 2017 world cross country championships--Manama, Bahrain, and Kampala, Uganda.

Ostrava, Czech Republic and Bydgoszcz, Poland are candidates for the 2018 Continental Cup, while Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nairobi, Kenya, and Greensboro, North Carolina are candidates for the 2017 world youth championships.

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