After a long break for the holidays, let's catch up on several news items we've missed:
USA Track & Field announced the squad that will run in the Great Edinburgh Cross Country race on January 10th in Scotland, and it will have a significant presence of athletes with Washington ties.
Bellingham native Jake Riley, the runner-up at the USATF national club cross country championships on December 13th, along with Seattle's Angela Bizzarri, who was third at the club cross meet, will compete in the men's and women's senior race at Holyrood Park.
Seattle Prep graduate Joe Hardy, who is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, will run in the junior men's race.
The meet organizers also announced that Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beasts (left/photo by Paul Merca) will defend his title in the men's invitational short-course (4k) race, and that Washington State alum Bernard Lagat will make a rare cross country appearance.
The USA Track & Field release announcing the squad is available here, and the IAAF release announcing the field in the short-course race is available here.
On December 12th, Washington State held an intrasquad meet at their indoor facility to conclude the fall semester training and conditioning cycle.
Using a 5-3-2-1 scoring format with only two athletes per team scoring, the Crimson defeated the Gray squad by a 108-94 count.
The Cougars will open the 2015 campaign on January 17th in Seattle at the UW Indoor Preview meet.
Courtesy of WSU, here's video highlights and interviews from the meet:
NOTE: The IAAF, USA Track & Field, and Washington State University contributed to this report.