Western Washington, Central Washington, and Seattle Pacific open up their 2016 cross country campaign in two different venues Saturday.
The Viking women (above/photo courtesy WWU Athletics), who start the season ranked #9 in the USTFCCCA Division II pre season poll, and whose men’s squad starts the season ranked #22, travel to Ellensburg to compete in the CWU Invitational hosted by Central Washington, with the men’s 6k getting underway at 4 pm, followed by the women’s 4k at 4:45pm at Rotary Park.
Western’s women’s squad returns 6 of the 7 runners that led the Vikings to a program best 6th place finish at last year’s NCAA Division II championships in Joplin, Missouri.
On the men’s side, the Vikings look to return to the NCAA championship meet after not qualifying last season.
For Central, they will be looking for leadership from sophomore Alexa Shindruk and senior Stephanie Rexus on the women’s side, and sophomore Jonathan Lafferty.
Meanwhile, the Falcons of Seattle Pacific are eschewing their traditional trip to Alaska for the Humboldt State Invitational in Trinidad California, where they’ll face 11 schools in the meet.
The Falcons will race over an 8-k course in the men’s competition, while the women will run 6k.
Seattle Pacific’s preview of the Humboldt State Invitational is available here.
Finally, Washington State grad Bernard Lagat closes out his 2016 campaign by running a road mile at the Great North City Games in Newcastle/Gateshead, England Saturday.
University of Washington grad Katie Mackey of the Brooks Beasts, who ran the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York last week, is entered in the women’s road mile race at the Great North City Games.
Another former Husky, Norris Frederick, is entered in the long jump.
Saturday’s Great North City Games will be shown live online via usatf.tv starting at 6:15 am, pacific time.
The Great North City Games takes the best of track & field into a street setting, making it more accessible to the public. The meet is held in conjunction with the Great North Run, which is one of Great Britain’s top half-marathon road races.
In Brussels, Belgium, Vancouver native Kara Winger ended her 2016 season with a third place finish in the javelin at the Van Damme Memorial meeting Friday evening, the 14th and final stop of the season-long IAAF Diamond League tour.
The three-time US Olympian, who started her 2016 season shortly before the US Olympic trials in July due to a nagging injury and the demands of her master’s program in business administration, threw a season best of 202-11 (61.86m) in the fourth round of competition.
Latvia’s Madara Palameika won the event with a bed of 217-1 (66.18m).
Here’s Winger’s thoughts on he competition:
SB 61.86m for 3rd at #memorialvandamme 😃 What a strange and motivating season! Each one is different and each one teaches me something new. I really wanted more distance, but my consistent series felt MUCH better than my last two competitions, and leaves me hungry for 2017. Special thanks to @tysevin and @drborlabi for excellent advice heading into today! #soundmindsoundbody #healthy #ASICS #qaloring Can't wait to see @russthrowsstuff and @the_k9_known_as_madeline! #family