While the two big schools duke it out on the track in Pullman, here’s what the other Washington Division I and II schools are doing this weekend:
In Spokane, Gonzaga and Eastern Washington will run at the Spokane Memorial Open Friday and Saturday hosted by Spokane Falls CC.
A 5000 meter run for both men and women opens the meet Friday along with the men’s and women’s hammer. The main portion of the meet will be contested Saturday.
Shelby Mills (left/photo by Paul Merca) of Gonzaga, who ran at the NCAA championships last year in the steeplechase, is scheduled to run the 5000 in Spokane according to a release from the school.
SeattleU, plus Seattle Pacific, and Western Washington will have athletes competing at the Spike Arlt Invitational in Ellensburg hosted by Central Washington University.
Unfortunately neither meet currently has links to entries. The link to the time schedule for the Spokane Memorial Open is here, while the link to the time schedule for the Spike Arlt meet is here. Results of both meets should be posted on their web sites and eventually on the TFRRS.org site.
In other news, Gonzaga announced the signing of eleven men’s athletes to its program for the 2016-17 school year, which is the largest group signed under the direction of coach Pat Tyson.
“Unbelievable the windfall of talented young runners joining the Zag Nation for cross country and track and field,” Tyson said. “I did not expect this many to commit! It is unprecedented and means I'll have to ease down on the number next year. All 11 of these young men bring more than just running potential, they are also stellar students! They are stellar guys who want to make a positive difference in the world! These are guys who want to help GU cross country win a WCC title! They all want to be successful distance runners at the highest level.”