PONCE, Puerto Rico--Several athletes with Washington ties are entered in Saturday night's Ponce Grand Prix at the Estadio Francisco Montaner, which is part of the IAAF World Challenge Meetings.
Washington State University alum and 2011 USA national champ Jeshua Anderson (left/photo by Paul Merca) is entered in the 400 hurdles against a field led by national hero Javier Culson, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time world championship silver medalist.
Anderson will also face Cuba's Omar Cisneros, who was fourth in the 400 hurdles at last summer's world championships in Moscow, and Reggie Wyatt, the USC alum who was last year's NCAA champ at this event.
Two runners from the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts are entered in the men's 800, led by Mark Wieczorek and Cas Loxsom. Pace setter du jour Matt Scherer of the Beasts is on the start list, but is questionable. They'll face Olympic fourth place finisher Duane Solomon, who has the fastest time in the world this year so far at 1:43.88, set at the Mt. SAC Relays.
In the women's triple jump, University Place resident and 2013 USA national champion Andrea Geubelle is entered, where she'll face long time rival Amanda Smock and reigning world champion Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia, who won last week at the Doha Diamond League meet.