Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rainier Beach grad Michael Berry on Team USA 4x4 relay pool for USA vs. The World...

Rainier Beach HS graduate Michael Berry (left/photo by Paul Merca) was named by USA Track & Field to be part of Team USA’s relay pool for the annual USA vs. The World competition at the Penn Relays this Saturday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

Berry will be part of the USA’s 4 x 400 meter relay pool, that includes 2004 Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner, along with several members of the USA’s world indoor championship team that won in Portland last month.

A Penn Relays staple, USA vs. the World begins live coverage Saturday on NBCSN from 12:30-3 p.m. before track on TV continues with Drake Relays from 3-5 p.m (all times EST).

In 2015, Team USA’s men swept the USA vs. the World field, claiming victories in the the 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m relays. The women won the 4x1 in a photo finish and were second in both the 4x2 and 4x4.

Stanford University has released its list of accepted entries for Sunday’s Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto.

The meet is heavily loaded in the distance races, as the conditions, especially towards the evening hours, are ideal.  Many of the area’s top professional athletes including a large contingent from the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts, will have a presence there.  Additionally, both the University of Washington and Washington State University will send their top distance runners there, instead of running in their own home meets the day before.

A significant entry in the meet is Washington State alum Bernard Lagat, who will make his track debut in the 10000 meters. Lagat is looking to qualify for the US Olympic Trials in that event, and run the Olympic qualifying standard of 28:00.00.

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