Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Huskies set to host MPSF championships this weekend at the Dempsey...

It’s championship week for four of Washington’s Division I schools, with the University of Washington  playing host to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships at the Dempsey Indoor, featuring all twelve Pac-12 schools including Washington State, plus selected institutions from the Big West, West Coast, and Mountain West conferences.

Regardless of venue for championship week, the aim for many of these athletes is to find themselves in the top 16 in the NCAA rankings when this weekend is over, as only the top 16 in each event advance to the national championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas in two weeks.

Friday’s action begins at 12 noon with the women’s weight throw final and the first event of the pentathlon. Both pole vaults will take place Friday, as will both men’s and women’s long jumps, as well as the men’s weight throw. The pentathlon will complete all five events, while the heptathlon will do four of seven. Track finals on Friday include the 5,000-meters, the 200-meters, and the distance medley relays which conclude the day.

All remaining track events take place Saturday beginning at 10:30am, plus the conclusion of the heptathlon and the men’s and women’s high jumps, triple jumps, and shot puts. As is the case with every collegiate meet, the 4x400m relay ends the competition.

Based on the current NCAA rankings, 31 different individuals from MPSF schools occupy spots in the national top ten entering this weekend (not all will contest the events they’re ranked in), including Oregon’s Eric Jenkins (3000/5000).

Flotrack will provide streaming video of the meet ($) with a subscription to Flotrack Pro.

Meanwhile, Eastern Washington travels to Flagstaff, Arizona for the Big Sky championship meet, and Seattle University travels to Colorado Springs for the Western Athletic Conference title tilt.

The Eagles are sending 23 women and 13 men to Flagstaff, led by defending Big Sky weight throw champion Jordan Arakawa.

In Metz, France, Bernard Lagat closed his 2015 indoor season by winning the 3000 at the Metz International indoor meet.

The 40 year old Washington State alum used his trademark kick to win in 7:37.91, setting a new world masters record,

Results from the meet are available here.

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