Thursday, April 7, 2016

Another busy weekend for all nine Washington D1/D2 schools ahead Friday & Saturday...

All nine Washington Division I and II schools are in action this weekend, with the majority congregating in Spokane for the WAR IX meet hosted by Spokane Community College starting on Friday.

Gonzaga, Washington State, Eastern Washington, and SeattleU, plus D2 schools Central Washington and Saint Martin’s will compete in the WAR IX meet, which features a mix of D1, D2, D3, NAIA and junior colleges from the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, plus a few post-collegians.

Also on Friday, Eastern Washington hosts its lone home meet, the Pelleur Invitational, which is essentially a dual meet between the Eagles and the University of Montana. 

Expected to compete at the Pelleur for the Eags are distance runner Katie Mahoney (left/photo by Paul Merca) and thrower Kaytlyn Coleman, both of whom were honored by the Big Sky Conference for their performances at last week’s Stanford Invitational.

The majority of the Washington State team heads south to Tempe, Arizona for the Sun Angel Classic hosted by Arizona State University Friday and Saturday.  The Cougars will travel 38 men and women to Tempe for the two-day meet that attracts many of the top prep, collegiate, and professional athletes.  

University Place resident Andrea Geubelle will open her 2016 outdoor campaign in Tempe.

The University of Washington will head south to Eugene for the annual Pepsi Team Invitational scoring meet hosted by the University of Oregon at Historic Hayward Field,  featuring the USC Trojans, and Penn State Nittany Lions, along with the Huskies and the Ducks.

The meet will begin with the men’s discus at 10:50 a.m. on Saturday and the first track race will be the women’s 5,000-meters at 12 noon. The television broadcast window on Pac-12 Washington (628 on Seattle area Comcast) and Pac-12 Oregon starts at 1 p.m. and lasts through the end of the meet at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The Pepsi Team Invite uses a unique scoring system where only two athletes per school are allowed to score in each event. The point system is 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for individual events, and 9-7-6-5 for relays.

The Pepsi meet will be the 2016 outdoor debuts for All-Americans Izaic Yorks and Colby Gilbert, as neither have raced since the NCAA indoor championships last month.

Finally, both Western Washington and Seattle Pacific will send teams to Canada for the Simon Fraser/Emilie Mondor Invitational in Burnaby, BC on Saturday.

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