Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Allyson Felix headlines final high performance meet at Nike+ House of Track in Portland...

Friday night’s grand finale at the Nike+ Run Club House of Track in Portland will feature perhaps the best field for an indoor meet on the West Coast.

Heading the field is multiple Olympic and world championship gold medalist Allyson Felix (left/photo by Paul Merca), who will begin the Road to Rio by running the 60 meter dash.  She will potentially go against former Oregon standouts Jenna Prandini and English Gardner.

The women’s 800 features Seattle Pacific alum McKayla Fricker against Olympians Geena Lara and Shannon Rowbury, with Megan Malasarte of the Brooks Beasts, and Treniere Moser of the Nike Oregon Project thrown in for good measure.

In the women’s 1500, Natalja Piliusina and Hannah Fields of the Brooks Beasts, along with training partner Phoebe Wright go against Lauren Wallace of Oiselle and Charlotte Browning.  Olympian Bridget Franek leads the field in the women’s 3000.

The University of Washington trio of Kristina Owsinski, Diamara Planell Cruz & Liz Quick head the field in the women’s pole vault.

On the men’s side, WSU alum Jeshua Anderson goes against Rainier Beach HS alum Michael Berry and Cas Loxsom of the Brooks Beasts in the 400, while in the 800m, Olympian Andrew Wheating goes against Gig Harbor’s Mark Wieczorek and Tyler Mulder.

Loxsom is also entered in the 1500, with Suguro Osako and Eric Jenkins of the Nike Oregon Project.  Luc Bruchet, Travis Burkstrand, and Dorian Ulrey, are also entered, after running at the UW Invitational in Seattle last weekend.

The mens’ 3000 is loaded, led by Olympian and world championship medalist Matthew Centrowitz, and his Nike Oregon Project teammates Osako and Cam Levins, with Trevor Dunbar, Will Geoghegan, Arizona alums Lawi Lalang and Stephen Sambu.

The University of Washington will send a sprint contingent as well as several vaulters. Seattle Pacific, Western Washington and Saint Martin’s will also have athletes entered.

Upon the conclusion of this weekend's meets, the track will be disassembled before it moves across town to the Oregon Convention Center for the USA indoor and the IAAF world indoor championships.

The University of Portland will also host the Portland Indoor Invitational the day before starting at noon.  Accepted entries have not been posted as of Tuesday night.

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