Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cougs host WSU Open, while Eagles head to Nampa for Bronco Invite...

Washington State's Regyn Gaffney
(photo courtesy WSU Athletics)
Washington State and Eastern Washington’s indoor track & field teams are in action this weekend, with the Cougars hosting the 15th annual WSU Open meet at their indoor facility on the WSU campus in Pullman Friday and Saturday, and the Eagles traveling to Boise for the Boise State Bronco Invitational at Jacksons Track in Nampa.

The Friday portion of the WSU Open will consist of competition in the discus, weight throws, triple jumps and the men’s pole vault, while the remainder of the meet will go on Saturday.

In addition to the host Cougars, athletes from Gonzaga, Central Washington, and Division III schools Puget Sound and Whitworth will have competitors at the meet.

Eastern Washington will send a majority of their squad to Nampa for the Bronco Invitational at Jacksons Track on Saturday.

According to Eagle women’s coach Marcia Mecklenburg, "The Bronco Invite will give us a chance to compete against Sacramento State and Portland State for the first time this year," said Mecklenburg. "Sac is always tough across all event areas and Portland State has some amazing sprinters. I am expecting our defending Big Sky champion Rebecca Tarbert (60m) to get tested.  Our vaulters should also have a little more ccompetition then they have had in the last couple of meets and it will be fun to see how they respond."

"At this time of the year, the focus is to continue improving marks, and take advantage of competition situations and learn from them," Mecklenburg said.

Here’s some more links to get you through the week:

Friend of the blog and former University of Washington hammer thrower Martin Bingisser, who lives in Switzerland, was back in the Seattle area over the Christmas holiday, and while he was in town, did an interview with Brooks Beasts coach Danny Mackey and his wife and UW alum Katie (left/photo by Paul Merca).

Danny and Katie discuss how they make the most of being married to her coach, what they are striving to improve upon, and the key factors in building a team.

Danny talks about his shortcomings as a coach and how he is trying to improve.  Chief among them is creating a culture of accountability.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of Washington State and Eastern Washington, along with HMMR Media contributed to this report.

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