Cross country takes center stage for most of the state's pro distance runners, as all eyes are on Boulder, Colorado for Saturday's USA cross country championships, with spots on the plane for the IAAF world cross country championships in Guiyang, China on the line.
The Seattle based Brooks Beasts will send Angela Bizzarri and former Colorado prep standout Katie Mackey to the line in the women's 8k race, along with Tacoma native Brie Felnagle, who is sponsored by adidas.
Former Washington All-American Christine Babcock and WSU alum Collier Lawrence will represent the Seattle based Oiselle squad in the 8k. Eastern Washington alum Mattie Suver (left/photo by Mike Scott) is also entered in the field as she attempts to make her second straight world cross country team.
The Beasts will also have Garrett Heath, coming off a strong winning performance at last month's Great Edinburgh Cross Country race in the men's 12k race. Bellingham native Jake Riley, who now competes for the Brooks/Hanson's Distance Project, and Club Northwest's Joe Gray, are also entered in the men's 12k race.
The Huskies will send freshmen Fred Huxham and Mahmoud Moussa to run in the junior men's 8k race. Moussa will try to emulate older brother Ammar, who made two USA junior cross country squads.
Also entered are Wisconsin frosh Joe Hardy, a former state champ at Seattle Prep HS, along with Spokane's John Dressel and WSU frosh Sam Levora.
USATF.TV will stream the national championships.
The accepted entries for the USA cross country championships are available here (click on event).
paulmerca.blogspot.com will be on site covering the meet.
On the track, Washington State will host the Cougar Indoor and multi-events meet at their indoor facility this Friday and Saturday, with most of Washington’s Division I and II teams from eastern Washington entering athletes. Western Washington is also scheduled to send athletes to Pullman for this weekend’s meet.
The University of Washington will send a small contingent of vaulters, sprinters and jumpers to Albuquerque, New Mexico for Friday & Saturday’s New Mexico Classic.
Finally, Cas Loxsom and Riley Masters of the Brooks Beasts, along with WSU alum Bernard Lagat are entered in Saturday’s New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, MA., just outside of Boston.
Loxsom, the new American record holder in the 600, moves up in distance to the 1000m, while Masters is entered in the mile.
Lagat will run the 3000 against a field that includes training partner Lawi Lalang, Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia, along with Will Leer and Hassan Mead.
NBCSN will televise the meet live from 3-5pm, pacific time.