Five athletes with ties to the state of Washington are headed to Barranquilla, Colombia for Sunday’s APA Pan American Cross Country Cup as members of Team USA to compete against squads from North, Central & South America.
The USA senior women’s squad will be headed by Eastern Washington alum Mattie Suver (left/photo courtesy USA Track & Field), who earned her spot on the team with a second place finish at the US national championships in Boulder on February 7th. She’ll be joined on the team by University of Washington alum Christine Babcock, who is listed on the USA Track & Field roster as an alternate.
Lakewood resident Joseph Gray of Club Northwest, who finished 14th in Boulder, is on the senior mens team, as Gray makes yet another appearance on a US national cross country team.
Mount Spokane HS senior John Dressel and University of Washington freshman Fred Huxham are scheduled to toe the line in the junior men’s race. Dressel earned his spot on the team with a third place finish in Boulder, while Huxham finished eighth.
Both Dressel and Suver are using the Pan American Cross Country Cup as a tuneup race for next month’s IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China.
Club Northwest founder Bill Roe of Bellingham is the USA team leader on this trip.
Meanwhile, Washington State alum Bernard Lagat is entered in Saturday’s Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix meet in Birmingham, England, where he is scheduled to run in the two mile against reigning Olympic and world champion in the 5000 and 10000 Mo Farah of Great Britain, who trains in Beaverton as part of the Nike Oregon Project.