Saturday, September 30, 2017

Falcon women place second at competitive Charles Bowles Willamette Invite...

SALEM, Oregon—The Seattle Pacific women’s cross country team (above/photo courtesy Seattle Pacific) placed four runners in the top 25 to earn a second place finish in the Cardinal section of the Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational hosted by Willamette University Saturday.

The Falcons scored 94 points, but came up short as Humboldt State of California took the win with 65 points.  Seattle University finished third with 112 points, while Whitworth was fifth with 159.

Other Washington schools were Puget Sound in ninth at 209, Saint Martin’s 11th at 298, Whitman 12th at 302, and Pacific Lutheran 17th with 459.

In the process, the Falcons beat #24 Point Loma Nazarene, earning a bit of payback after finishing third behind Point Loma at the Sundodger two weeks ago; however, Humboldt State snuck up on the Falcons to get the win, and possibly propel themselves into the Division II national top 25 when the USTFCCCA poll is released early next week.

Division III All-American Kayla Leland of Whitworth was the winner over the 5k course in a time of 17:38.

Seattle University’s Olivia Stein was the Redhawks’ top runner in third in 17:45.  Dania Holmberg led the way for Seattle Pacific in 12th at 18:12; Yadira Lopez was Saint Martin’s top runner in 27th in 18:35.

On the men’s side, SeattleU finished behind Portland, as the Pilots took the overall team title with 59 [points, 20 better than the Redhawks’ 79.

Pacific Lutheran, powered by Brad Hodkinson’s overall victory over the 8k course in 24:49, was fifth with 176, 

Seattle Pacific was ninth with 216, Whitworth 11th at 260, Saint Martin’s 14th with 375, and Puget Sound rounded out the 17 team field with 450 points.

Washington athletes who finished in the top ten included SeattleU’s Oil Boudouris in eighth (25:19), Seattle Pacific’s Ben Halladay in ninth (25:20), and SeattleU’s Jacques Hebert in tenth (25:24).


In Louisville, Kentucky, Alexa Shindruk led Central Washington to a third place finish in the Blue section of the Louisville Sports Commission Cross Country Classic at Tom Sawyer State Park.

Shindruk finished the 5k race in fifth overall in a time of 18:22.

The Wildcat men’s team finished seventh in the Blue section of the men’s 8k race with 146 points, led by Corbin Carlton, who was 22nd in 26:16.


COUGARS STUMBLE IN SEASON OPENER AT NOTRE DAME, WHILE EASTERN’S COLTON JOHNSEN WINS MONTANA INVITE XC RACE…

On Friday, the #11 ranked Washington State men’s squad took a big hit with their 11th place finish at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.

Junior Chandler Teigen led the Cougar charge with his 19th place finish in 24:11 over the 5-mile course.

On the women’s side, the Cougars finished 14th, led by Vallery Korir’s 15th place finish over the 5k course, as she ran 16:47.


In Missoula, Montana, Eastern Washington’s Colton Johnsen won the men’s 8k race at Friday’s Montana Invitational, running 25:34.

The Eagles’ Kari Hamilton was third in the women’s 5k race, running 18:17.

Eastern Washington’s recap is available here, with the results inside the recap.

NOTE: The sports information offices of Seattle Pacific, Central Washington, Washington State, and Eastern Washington contributed to this report.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Husky squads get identical fourth place finishes at Bill Dellinger Invitational...

SPRINGFIELD, Oregon—The University of Washington men’s and women’s cross country teams ran to identical fourth place team finishes at Friday’s Bill Dellinger Invitational on a rainy morning at the Springfield Golf Course.

In the opening men’s 8k race, Washington’s Colby Gilbert (left/photo by Paul Merca), who sat out the Sundodger meet in Seattle two weeks ago, threaded his way through the pack to finish fifth in a time of 23:48, five seconds behind winner Clayton Young of BYU, as the Cougars had three other runners in front of Gilbert.

Behind Gilbert were freshman Talon Hull in 13th (23:55), Mahmoud Moussa in 15th (24:00), Andrew Gardner in 27th (24:10), and Sundodger winner Johnathan Stevens in 33rd (24:18), to give the Dawgs an adjusted score of 85 points.

One place behind Washington were the Bulldogs of Gonzaga, who were led by All-American Troy Fraley’s 18th place finish in 24:04.

The Zags’ other scorers were Jake Perrin in 31st (24:14), Max Kaderabek in 39th (24:21), Peter Hogan in 42nd (24:25), and Bennett Gagnon in 44th (24:26) to give Gonzaga an adjusted team score of 147 points.

BYU had a dominating performance, placing seven runners in the top 10 to score 17 points, followed by Stanford’s 73, and Oregon’s 75.

In the women’s 6k race, Pac-12 champ Amy-Eloise Neale led the way for the Huskies with her 6th place finish in 19:16, as Oregon’s Katie Rainsberger won in dominating fashion, running an announced course record of 18:48.

Behind Neale for the Dawgs were Izzi Batt-Doyle in 14th (19:33), Emily Hamlin in 20th (19:44), Kaitlyn Neal in 27th (19:54), and Nikki Zielinski in 28th (19:57), as the Huskies scored an adjusted total of 95 points.

Gonzaga finished tenth in the ten-team field, led by Jordan Thurston’s 39th place finish in 20:11, as they scored 299 points.

Oregon had two other runners finish behind Rainsberger, as the host team won with a low score of 33 points, followed by Stanford with 66 and BYU with 78 points.


NOTE: The University of Oregon contributed to this report.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Central Washington heads to Louisville, while Seattle Pacific and Saint Martin's race in Salem...

With the Great Northwest Athletic Conference cross country championships in Bellingham looming in three weeks, three of the four Washington Division II schools are in action Saturday.

Central Washington (above/photo by Paul Merca) takes its longest regular season trip of the season, as the Wildcats head east to Louisville, Kentucky for the highly competitive Louisville Sports Commission Cross Country Classic at Tom Sawyer State Park, the site of this year’s NCAA Division I championship meet.

The Wildcats are among 42 Division II teams entered in this year’s meet, with the men racing over 8k at 10:45 am local time, and the women running 5k 45 minutes later.


Meanwhile, both Seattle Pacific and Saint Martin’s will head down Interstate 5 to Salem for the Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational hosted by Willamette University.

Both the Falcons and the Saints will run in the Cardinal sections, featuring NCAA D1, D2, and D3 schools, with the men kicking it off at 9:30 am over 8k, and the women following at 10:20 am.

Seattle University will also have a full squad competing at the Charles Bowles meet.


NOTE:  The GNAC and Willamette University contributed to this report.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Huskies move up one spot to #11 in latest USTFCCCA coaches' poll...

NEW ORLEANS—Despite having the weekend off, the University of Washington women’s cross country team (above/photo by Paul Merca) moved up one spot in the USTFCCCA national coaches’ poll released Tuesday.

The Huskies, who were ranked number 12 after emerging victorious at its own Sundodger Invitational on September 16th, moved to number 11.

The nation’s top five women’s teams in order are Pac-12 champ Colorado, defending national champ Oregon, New Mexico, Michigan, and Stanford.

The other Pac-12 women’s squad ranked in the national top 30 is #27 Utah.

On the men’s side, Washington State maintains its number 11 ranking, despite not racing so far this season.

The nation’s top five men’s teams in order are defending national champion Northern Arizona, Stanford, Syracuse, defending Pac-12 champ Colorado, and Arkansas.

The two other Pac-12 teams ranked in the national top 30 include #8 Oregon, and #23 UCLA.


ALL FIVE WASHINGTON D1 SCHOOLS IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND

All five of Washington’s Division I schools are in action Friday and Saturday, with Washington and Gonzaga heading to Springfield, Oregon for the Bill Dellinger Invitational hosted by the University of Oregon at the Springfield Golf Course, which will host the Pac-12 championship meet four weeks later.

The men’s 8k gets the meet started at 10 am, while the women’s 6k goes an hour later.

Both the Huskies and the Zags will run nearly everyone, with the only significant athlete not competing is Washington’s Fred Huxham.  Significant Huskies who are running the race as unattached athletes include freshmen Shona McCullough, Devan Kirk, and Issac Green.

The Dellinger Invitational takes the place on the cross country calendar of the Washington Invitational due to the fact that Oregon is hosting the Pac-12 championship meet.

Besides host Oregon, teams entered in the meet include BYU, Cal Poly, Idaho, Oregon State, Portland, Stanford,  and UC Santa Barbara.


Washington State finally gets its season opener Friday as the team travels to South Bend, Indiana for the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational.

The men’s squad will face four nationally ranked teams in the 42-team field, while the women’s team will face a field of 47 teams, including seven nationally-ranked squads.


Eastern Washington makes another trip to Missoula, Montana on Friday for the Montana Invitational hosted by the University of Montana, while Seattle University makes the drive to Salem, Oregon for the Charles Bowles Invitational hosted by Willamette University.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Oregon, University of Washington, Washington State, Notre Dame, and the USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Viking men take fourth at Roy Griak Invitational race in Minnesota...

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minnesota—Western Washington’s Andrew Wise (above/photo courtesy Western Washington University) led he Vikings to a fourth place finish in the men’s Division II section of the Roy Griak Cross Country Invitational meet, hosted by the University of Minnesota Saturday, as he crossed the line in 16th place in a time of 26:33 over 8k.

After some minor confusion over the results of the meet, which initially had Western in 14th, the results were corrected and the Vikings finished with a final team score of 192 points, as USTFCCCA 18th ranked Augustana of South Dakota won with a score of 49 points.

Behind Wise were Dylan Hayes in 39th (26:58), Jadon Olson in 43rd (27:00), Liam Cossette in 45th (27:01), and Sean Eustis in 65th (27:16), giving them a 1-5 split of 43 seconds.

In the women’s Division II race, Lillianna Stelling was the Vikings’ first runner across the line in 28th place, clocking 23:28 over the 6k course at Les Bolstad Golf Course, as Western scored 205 points to finish seventh, with GNAC rival and number 5 ranked Simon Fraser winning the team title with a low score of 73 points.

Following Stelling were Alexandra Laiblin in 35th (23:39), Jane Barr in 41st (23:43), Tracy Melville in 53rd (23:54), and Peyton Shinnick in 60th (24:02), as Western had a 1-5 split of 34 seconds.

Alexis Zeis of the University of Mary was the overall winner in a time of 21:42, one second ahead of Simon Fraser’s Julia Howley.


In Lacey, both Western and Central Washington ran their second tier runners at the Saint Martin’s Classic, hosted by Saint Martin’s University on their campus course.

Emma Knudson of Linfield was the overall women’s winner over 5k, clocking 18:51, to lead her squad to the team title with a low score of 52 points.

Host Saint Martin’s was fourth with 128 points, led by Larissa Kolasinski’s sixth place finish in 19:16.

Western Washington was fifth with 131 points, led by Waverly Shreffler, who was fifth in 19:15. Central Washington was eighth with 230 points, as they were led by Brenna Liebel in 33rd place with a time of 20:27.

In the men’s 8k race, Eric Fitzpatrick of Southern Idaho led his squad to the overall team title by winning in a time of 26:15, as they scored 53 points.

Western Washington was second with 77 points, led by Peter Butler in 10th in a time of 27:18. Central Washington was sixth with 147 points, led by Henry Milodragovich in 23rd place in 27:49, while host Saint Martin’s was seventh with 172 points, led by Josh Hunt’s 12th place finish in 27:27.


NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Minnesota, Western Washington University, and Saint Martin’s University contributed to this report.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Western off to Roy Griak Invite; rest of squad, plus Central Washington at Saint Martin's Invitational...

Three of the state’s four Division II squads are in action Saturday in a fairly light weekend of competition, after last week’s Sundodger Invitational in Seattle, and Gonzaga’s dual meet with Idaho in Spokane.

In a meet where they hope for a strong showing to possibly propel themselves to a national ranking, the Western Washington men’s and women’s squads head to St. Paul, Minnesota for the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota.

This meet will be the Vikings’ first major test of the year, as their top runners ran the season opening triangular two weeks ago with Central Washington and Saint Martin’s at a controlled pace, or were held out of last Saturday’s Sundodger Invitational.

At last year’s Griak Invitational, the Viking men’s squad finished fifth, led by Isaac Derline in 6th, and Andrew Wise (left/photo by Paul Merca) in 10th over an 8k distance. The Viking women’s team was sixth in the meet in 2016.

Flotrack will provide live streaming coverage of the Roy Griak Invitational ($) beginning at 7 am pacific.

Those not making the trip to Minnesota will make the drive to Lacey for Saturday’s Saint Martin’s Invitational, where they will again see Central Washington, and host Saint Martin’s, who were idle last week.  

At the SMU Invite, the women will run 5k, with the men running 8k.  The meet starts at 10 am on the Saint Martin's campus course next to the track.

Seattle Pacific is taking the weekend off, and competes next weekend at the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem, hosted by Willamette University.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Husky women move one spot in latest USTFCCCA cross country poll...

NEW ORLEANS—The University of Washington women’s cross country team (above/photo by Paul Merca), fresh off a solid victory at their own Sundodger Invitational, moved up one position to number 12 in the latest USTFCCCA national coaches’ cross country poll released by the organization Tuesday.

There were no changes in the national top five women’s teams, with reigning Pac-12 champ Colorado, defending national champions Oregon, New Mexico, Michigan, and Stanford occupying the top spots in that order.

The only other Pac-12 team in the national top 30 is number 26 Utah, which dropped four spots from last week.

The Washington men’s team did not receive any votes to merit a national ranking despite scoring a perfect 15 at its own Sundodger Invitational over the weekend, in spite of resting its top three runners.

Washington State, which hasn’t competed so far this season, remains the country’s number 11 team in the national poll.

Like the women’s poll, there were no changes in the national top five. Defending national champion Northern Arizona occupies the top spot, followed by Stanford, Syracuse, defending Pac-12 champ Colorado, and Arkansas.

Pac-12 teams in the national top 30 include # 8 Oregon, and # 20 UCLA.

The next test for Washington is the Bill Dellinger Invitational hosted by the University of Oregon on September 29th in Springfield, which will host the Pac-12 championships four weeks later.  Washington State heads to South Bend, Indiana for the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational.


NOTE:  The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stevens wins Sundodger men's invitational race as Dawgs roll without their top three...

SEATTLE—No Colby Gilbert? No Fred Huxham? No Andrew Gardner?

The answer to that question was a resounding no problem as Washington’s Johnathan Stevens (left/photo by Paul Merca) picked up the slack to record the victory at the Sundodger Invitational Saturday at Seattle’s Lincoln Park.

Stevens and teammate Mahmoud Moussa led the race for the first three laps of the Lincoln Park course before pulling away to the victory over 8km in 24:12, two seconds ahead of freshman Talon Hull, who did not run in a Husky uniform, but competed unattached.

In third was another freshman competing unattached, Tibebu Proctor, who ran 24:21, followed by Moussa in 24:26.  Julius Diehr of the Dawgs rounded out the top five in 24:33.

The only non-Husky to break into the top ten was Eastern Washington’s Colton Johnsen in tenth at 24:46.

Matt Seidel was Seattle University’s first runner across the line in 15th place, clocking 25:10.

The Dawgs scored a perfect 15 points to win the 4-team invitational race with Eastern Washington second with 62 points, and Seattle University third with 75 points.  Portland State rounded out the field with 94 points.

While not quite as dominating a performance as the men, the #13 Husky women’s team took care of business in the 6k invitational race, led by reigning Pac-12 and NCAA west regional champion Amy-Eloise Neale, who won in 20:30, with Creighton’s Emily Martin second in 20:35.

The Huskies’ Izzi Batt-Doyle was third in 20:40, followed by Oregon State's Juliana Mount at 20:45, with UW's Emily Hamlin fifth in 20:53. 

The next four places were split between Huskies in uniform (Anna Maxwell in 6th in 20:54, and freshman Allie Schadler in 8th at 20:56), and unattached Dawgs Nikki Zielinski in 7th (20:55), and Camila David-Smith in 9th (21:09).

Oregon State’s Holly Cavalluzzo finished tenth in 21:13.

With all five scorers in the top eight, Washington cruised to a low score of 22 points, followed by Oregon State’s 66 points, followed by Nevada at 72, and Creighton at 84.

Eastern Washington was fifth with 113, led by Kaili Keefe’s 18th place finish at 21:40, while Seattle University was sixth with 182 points, led by Olivia Stein’s 20th place finish in 21:44.

The open women’s 6k was won by Washington State alum Ruby Roberts, who bided her time before moving over the final lap to win in 21:11, one second ahead of Southern Oregon’s Jesse Perkinson.

Kayla Leland of Whitworth was seventh in 21:38, while Alexa Shindruk of Central Washington, the winner of last week’s triangular with Western and Saint Martin’s, was tenth at 21:53.

With seven teams from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference competing, plus nationally ranked Point Loma making the trip north from California, the open section of the Sundodger was an early season measuring stick for those teams looking to be around at the end of the season.

Simon Fraser, ranked number 7 in the USTFCCCA women’s poll won the open women’s team title with 42 points, followed by Point Loma with 55 points, which could see them break into the national top 25.

Seattle Pacific was third with 132 points, led by Dania Holmberg’s 23rd place finish in 22:25.

Western Washington, which held out several of its top runners as they prepare for next week’s Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota, was fifth with 166 points, led by Jane Barr’s 24th place finish in 22:25.

Division III Whitworth was 6th with 173, followed by Central Washington in seventh with 200 points.  Puget Sound was eighth with 254 points to round out Washington D2 and D3 schools in the top ten in the 20-team field.

Canadians dominated the open men’s 8k race, grabbing six of the top ten spots, but it was Pacific Lutheran’s Brad Hodkinson taking the victory in 24:25, as the NCAA Division III All-American cruised to a nine-second win over Nick Colyn of Vancouver’s Trinity Western University.

Trinity Western, the reigning Canada West cross country champions, won the Sundodger with a low score of 46 points to Simon Fraser’s 69 points, which held off defending NAIA national champs Southern Oregon by one.

Western Washington was fourth with 122 points, led by Andrew Wise’s 19th place finish in 25:30.

Central Washington was eighth with 259 points, led by Josh Boston in 60th place in 26:08.  Seattle Pacific rounded out the Washington D2 & D3 schools in tenth with 275 points, led by Ben Halliday’s 12th place finish in 25:16.


In Spokane, former Husky Sumner Goodwin led Gonzaga to a 20-39 dual meet victory over Idaho over the 8k course around the Mead HS athletic complex.

Goodwin won in a time of 24:33, beating out teammates Jake Perrin and Kyle Thompson, who both ran 24:35.

In the women’s 5k race, Andrea Condie of Idaho was the winner in a time of 17:47, with Gonzaga’s Jordan Thurston second in 18:07.

The Vandals won the dual by a 19-44 count, as Idaho got all seven counting scorers in the top eight, with only Thurston breaking up the Idaho pack.

Complete results of the Idaho/Gonzaga dual, along with Gonzaga’s recap, are available here.

KELSEY QUINN NAMED OPERATIONS DIRECTOR AT UW

While it hasn’t been formally announced by the school, Kelsey Quinn is the newest addition to the Washington track and field staff, as she is the new operations director, replacing Megan Morgan, who took a position in the private sector.

Quinn comes from Warner Pacific in Portland, where she was the head track and cross country coach for the Knights.

Before Warner Pacific, she was an assistant coach at Grand View University in Iowa. Quinn was a standout sprinter and hurdler at the University of Iowa.

NOTE: The University of Washington, the PNTF Officials, Gonzaga University and Warner Pacific University contributed to this report.

Friday, September 15, 2017

THE WEEKEND AHEAD: Sundodger and Gonzaga/Idaho dual top cross country calendar...

The collegiate cross country season roars into full swing Saturday as four of the state’s Division 1 schools and three of Washington’s Division II institutions are in action Saturday.

In Seattle, the University of Washington hosts the annual Sundodger Invitational cross country meet at Lincoln Park in West Seattle, beginning at 9 am with the women’s open 6k race at 9 am, and races throughout the morning and early afternoon.

The two open women’s and men’s races (men race 8k) have the biggest fields, with the likes of Division II Seattle Pacific, Western Washington and Central Washington. 

Those three schools will get their first test of how they fare against other teams in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, led by nationally ranked Simon Fraser, plus Alaska Fairbanks, Concordia, and Northwest Nazarene.

Throw in the mix Canada West men’s and women’s champs Trinity Western, and NAIA powerhouse Southern Oregon, and the two early races could have potential national implications for those teams.

The women’s invitational race at 11 am features host Washington going up against a field that includes Eastern Washington, Oregon State, Hawaii, Santa Clara, Portland State, SeattleU, Nevada, and Creighton.  The Huskies will be at full strength for this race on paper, led by reigning Pac-12 and NCAA west regional champ Amy-Eloise Neale (above/photo by Paul Merca).

Most of their freshman class will race unattached, led by Canadian and world U20 cross country chanpionhips competitor Shona McCullough.  Arizona prep standout Allie Schadler will run in uniform for the Dawgs.

In contrast, the men’s invitational race at 11:35 am only has four teams—host Washington , Eastern Washington, Portland State, and Seattle University.

The Huskies are holding out three of their top runners—Colby Gilbert, Fred Huxham, and Andrew Gardner, along with redshirt freshman Gavin Parpart, who ran for Team USATF at the IAAF World U20 Cross Country championships in Uganda last spring.  Johnathan Stevens and Mahmoud Moussa will lead he charge for the Huskies Saturday.

There are also two high school races on the docket, with the girls’ 5k going at 10:25 am, and the boys’ 5k closing out the Sundodger at 12:20 pm (the varsity and JV races are consolidated).


In Spokane, Gonzaga hosts the University of Idaho in a dual meet on the athletic fields at Mead High School.beginning at 10 am with the women’s race, and the men following at 10:30 am.

The women’s race will be contested over 5k, while the men will run 8k.


NOTE:  The sports information offices of the University of Washington, Great Northwest Athletic Conference, and Gonzaga University contributed to this report.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Cougs and Dawgs maintain their national rankings in latest USTFCCCA coaches' poll...

Washington's Amy-Eloise Neale, Izzi Batt-Doyle & Emily
Hamlin lead at the UW/SeattleU Open (Paul Merca photo)
NEW ORLEANS—The cancellation of last week’s Oregon XC Preview in Springfield due to the poor air quality around the Pacific Northwest caused by the number of wildfires did not hurt the Washington  State Cougars in the first official USTFCCCA coaches poll released Tuesday.

Washington State remains ranked at number 11, holding steady from the same ranking the Cougars got in the coaches’ pre-season poll two weeks ago.

The nation’s top five men’s teams are defending national champion Northern Arizona, Stanford, Syracuse, Pac-12 champ Colorado, and Arkansas.

Other Pac-12 schools ranked in the national top 30 include #8 Oregon and #22 UCLA.

The University of Washington remains ranked number 13 in the latest national women’s poll, after competing against Seattle University on September 1st in a non-scoring meet.

Three Pac-12 teams are among the nation’s top five squads in the latest poll, led by Pac-12 champs Colorado, defending national champions Oregon, New Mexico, Michigan, and Stanford.

Utah is the only other Pac-12 team ranked in the women’s top 30 at number 22.


WEEKEND RECAP

Here’s a couple of items we missed over the weekend:

On Sunday at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile on the streets of New York, Hannah Fields of the Brooks Beasts finished 19th in 4:31, as former world champion Jenny Simpson won her sixth title (and fifth straight) in a time of 4:17 (4:16.6).

In the men’s pro race, Drew Windle of the Brooks Beasts finished 22nd in 4:18 (4:17.3), as two-time Olympic 1500 meter medalist Nick Willis of New Zealand won his fourth title in 3:52 (3:51.3).


Also on Sunday, Washington State University hall of famer Bernard Lagat finished eighth at the Simplyhealth Great North Run half-marathon in Newcastle, UK, running 63:02, as Great Britain’s Mo Farah of the Beaverton-based Nike Oregon Project and the reigning world champion at 10000 meters, won in 60:06, collecting his fourth victory at this event.


The day before, Washington alum Katie Mackey of the Brooks Beasts, who missed the USATF outdoor championships in June due to an injury, finished fourth in the women’s road mile at the Great North CityGames street meet in Newcastle/Gateshead, running 4:36 (4:35.63), as Great Britain’s Melissa Courtney won in 4:34 (4:33.83).


Finally, here’s a report from Ken Goe of the Oregonian stating that the planned renovation to Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon is now expected to begin next summer, which puts the 2019 Nike Prefontaine Classic and the NCAA track & field championships in danger, as well as the 2019 Oregon state high school championships.

Additionally, the Oregon track team could be forced to look elsewhere outside their campus to train, most likely at nearby high schools (South Eugene HS is the closest facility to the Oregon campus with a track).

According to Goe, the 2019 Nike Prefontaine Classic is expected to move from late May to either late July or early August because of changes in the international schedule due to the world championships in Doha, Qatar from September 28 to October 6th.


NOTE: The USTFCCCA, New York Road Runners, Great North Run, and Oregonlive.com contributed to this report.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Vikings sweep last-minute triangular with Central & Saint Martin's...

LACEY—Due to the unhealthy air quality levels in Ellensburg because of the wildfires around the Pacific Northwest, Central Washington’s Apple Ridge Invitational was cancelled on Thursday, and in its place, a hastily assembled meet featuring Central, Western and last minute host Saint Martin’s on its campus course.

In the opening women’s 4k, reigning GNAC 10000 meter champion Alexa Shindruck (left/photo by Paul Merca) took the victory, running 14:40, to finish 16 seconds up on Western Washington senior Lillianna Stelling.

The Vikings essentially ran this race as a controlled tempo run, with the next six runners behind Stelling finishing within six seconds.

Larissa Kolasinski of Saint Martin’s, who led the race early, was twelfth in 15:28.

In the men’s 6k race, Western’s Ian Fay, a freshman from Cedarcrest HS competing unattached, was the winner in 19:36.  

Western senior Andrew Wise was the first scoring runner across the line, finishing third in 19:53.

Central Washington’s first runner was Ron Leaf in seventh at 20:10, while Saint Martin’s was led by Josh Hunt in 15th place in 20:24.

Western, which enters the season ranked in the West Region top ten on both the men’s and women’s sides, easily won both meets, scoring 20 to Central’s 46 and Saint Martin’s in the women’s competition, and 23 points in the men’s race, with Central second at 34 and Saint Martin’s with 80.

Central and Western Washington will compete at next week’s Sundodger Invitational at Lincoln Park in West Seattle, hosted by the University of Washington, while Saint Martin’s returns to action in two weeks at their own invitational.

Complete results are posted below.

 
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In a related note, Saint Martin's recently announced the addition of Atanas Atanassov as an assistant track and cross country coach.

Atanassov was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Washington for the last four years, and served as the primary coach for 2016 US Olympic decathlete Jeremy Taiwo.

Atanassov will work with the sprinters and field event specialists at Saint Martin's, while continuing to work with Taiwo, who was injured and did not compete in the 2016 season.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of Saint Martin’s, Western and Central Washington contributed to this report.

Geubelle finishes fourth in DecáNation triple jump...

ANGERS, France—University Place resident Andrea Geubelle (above/photo courtesy University of Kansas) finished fourth in the triple jump for Team USATF at Saturday’s DecáNation meet at Stadium du Lac de Maine.

Geubelle jumped a best of 42-9.5 (13.04m) on her second attempt as Jeanine Assani Issouf of France won with a best of 44-8.25 (13.62m).

Team USATF scored nine individual victories to win the overall title, scoring 122 points, with France second with 103 points, to give the Americans its tenth victory in 13 appearances at this season-ending meet.


In a related note, Geubelle will return to Lawrence, Kansas to train with University of Kansas coach Wayne Pate at her alma mater.

Andrea Geubelle part of Team USATF at Saturday’s DecáNation meet in France...

ANGERS, France—University Place resident Andrea Geubelle (above/photo by Paul Merca) will have one more meet this season as the 2016 US Olympian is part of the Team USATF delegation competing in Saturday’s DecáNation meet at Stadium du Lac de Maine.

Geubelle was selected for this meet based on her third place finish at the USATF championships in Sacramento in June.

The DecáNation meet is a one-day international meet in which ten athletes complete one decathlon.

Seven countries are part of the meet, including China, Japan, the Balkans, Poland, Ukraine, and host France.

Team USATF has won the meet nine time out of the 12 years participating in this annual season-ending meet.


NOTE: USA Track & Field contributed to this report.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Central Washington Invite now moved to Saint Martin's in Lacey Saturday...

Saint Martin's Yadira Lopez runs at
last year's SMU Open on their campus
(Paul Merca photo)
PORTLAND—Saturday’s Central Washington Invitational has officially been moved to the Saint Martin’s University campus in Lacey, according to a release sent out Thursday afternoon by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Saint Martin’s agreed to host the meet, which features both Central Washington and Western Washington, on its course, after the poor air quality issues due to the forest fires affecting the Pacific Northwest.

The meet will start at 10 am with the women’s 4k, with the men’s 6k going at 10:45 am.


FIELDS TAKES THIRD IN LONG ISLAND MILE WEDNESDAY...

Apologies for the delay in posting these, but Hannah Fields of the Brooks Beasts finished third in the Hoka One One Long Island Mile run Wednesday night in Huntington, New York.

Fields ran 4:30.32, as Emily Lipari of the Boston AA won in 4:28.84.

In the David Torrence Memorial Mile, named after the two-time winner of this meet, Cal alum and Peruvian Olympian who passed away last week after drowning in a Phoenix area apartment complex pool, Garrett Heath of the Brooks Beasts finished eighth in 4:00.81.

Great Britain’s Chris O’Hare held off two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis for the win in 3:56.22 to 3:56.41.

Complete results of the Hoka One One Long Island Mile are available here, along with a link to watch the replay of the races.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Saturday's Central Washington Invitational also cancelled due to air quality issues...

Central Washington sophomore
Samantha DuPras (Paul Merca photo)
ELLENSBURG—Saturday’s Central Washington Invitational is the latest victim of the rash of wildfires and poor air conditions throughout the Pacific Northwest, as that meet has been cancelled.

In a news release from the school, Central Washington also announced that their home football game against Western Oregon has been moved from Ellensburg to the Seattle area, as well as two soccer matches.

Central Washington is attempting to schedule a triangular meet with other GNAC schools somewhere in Western Washington, and urges its followers to refer to wildcatsports.com for updates.

Western Washington and Saint Martin's University were scheduled to compete in the CWU Invitational.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

WSU's scheduled appearance at Oregon XC Preview scuttled due to air quality issues...

WSU runners Chandler Teigen and Nathan Wadhwani
(Paul Merca photo)
Just received notice from WSU track and cross country sports information director Linda Chalich informing us that WSU’s scheduled appearance at Thursday’s Oregon Cross Country Preview in Springfield at the Springfield Golf Club has been cancelled.

Shortly after receiving the note, the University of Oregon posted a press release confirming the meet’s cancellation.

Due to the continued air quality issues in the Eugene and Springfield areas, Oregon cross country has made the decision to cancel the Oregon XC Preview this Thursday, Sept. 7, at Springfield Golf Club.

Director of Athletics Rob Mullens, Oregon head coach Robert Johnson, coaches Andy and Maurica Powell and director of athletic medicine Dr. Greg Skaggs have monitored the situation closely over the last couple of weeks, and came to the decision to cancel the meet in order to ensure the safety of both student-athletes and fans.

Fan and student-athlete safety is the primary concern for the University of Oregon, and Dr. Skaggs, university administration and the coaching staff determined that the air quality was simply unsafe for a cross country meet.

The Ducks will still host a pair of meets in 2017 at Springfield Golf Club, the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Sept. 29 and the Pac-12 Championships on Oct. 27.”

In a text from Chalich, she said that the WSU coaching staff “will regroup and may try to find something…if necessary.”

The Oregon XC Preview meet would have been scored as three duals and counted for three contests to meet NCAA requirements.

Several news reports have reported that Eugene’s air quality index had reached unhealthy levels over the last 24 hours due to the combination of high temperatures and large fires in the Rogue, Umpqua, and Willamette valleys, as well as parts of Central Oregon. 

Washington State held its annual alumni meet on September 1st at the Colfax Golf Course, with Nathan Wadhwani (17:31) winning over 6k, and Vallery Korir (13:15) winning over 4k.

WSU's release, along with their official announcement about the cancellation of their trip to Oregon is available here.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: SMU's Larissa Kolasinski wins Puget Sound Invitational 6k Saturday...

In Lakewood, Saint Martin’s Larissa Kolasinski (above, #404/photo courtesy Saint Martin’s Athletics) led from the gun to win the women’s race Saturday at the Puget Sound Invitational at Fort Steilacoom State Park.

Kolasinski, a junior from Issaquah, covered the 6k course in 23:51 to win by 27 seconds over host Puget Sound freshman Rachel Metzler.

The host Loggers won the team competition with a low score of 20, with Saint Martin’s squeezing out second with 60 points, one less than Pacific Lutheran.

In the men’s 8k race, Devin Wulff of the University of Portland took the victory in 26:51, as the Pilots took the first six places and scored a perfect 15 points to handily win the meet.

Saint Martin’s Josh Hunt led the Saints with his seventh place finish in 28:07.

Pacific Lutheran took second overall with 65 points, led by sophomore Porter Kreier’s 12th place finish in 29:00.

Complete results of the Puget Sound Invitational are available here (see link inside UPS's release).

Saint Martin's travels to Ellensburg for the Central Washington University Apple Ridge Invitational on Saturday September 9th.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of Saint Martin’s University and the University of Puget Sound contributed to this report.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Batt-Doyle wins UW/SeattleU Open one week after competing at World University Games...

SEATTLE—Just over a week after her seventh place finish in the 10000 meters at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan, Washington senior Izzi Batt-Doyle (left/photo by Paul Merca) traded her green and gold Australia kit for a purple and gold Husky uniform to win the women’s 3-mile run at the UW/SeattleU Open non-scoring meet at Warren G. Magnuson Park Friday.

Traditionally, the UW/SeattleU Open meet has been a glorified tempo run disguised as a cross country meet for both teams to meet NCAA regulations.  For the better part of the race, Batt-Doyle ran the point, as a group of about eight or nine Huskies were close by as they ran the first two miles at a controlled 5:30/mile pace.

Batt-Doyle, whose track season was extended to mid-August, and who is the most race ready runner on the team right now, pulled away over the last mile to win on a sunny 80-degree day in 16:19, nine seconds ahead of unattached UW runners Nikki Zielinski (16:28), and ten up on Kaitlyn Neal (16:29).

Behind them was a group of five Huskies, three of whom were competing unattached, all of whom cruised in under 16:35, including reigning Pac-12 champ and All-American Amy-Eloise Neale (5th, 16:34), and frosh standout Allie Schadler (7th, 16:34).

In coach Kelly Sullivan’s debut as Redhawks head coach, Olivia Stein led SeattleU across the line as their first runner, completing the course in 11th place in 17:01.

In the men’s 4.5 mile race, Washington runners took the top twelve spots in what was a controlled effort, considering that the Huskies began practicing as a team Monday.

Johnathan Stevens was credited with the win in 22:26, with Talon Hull and Julius Diehr taking second and third in 22:27.

Matt Seidel was SeattleU’s first runner in at 13th in 22:56.

After the UW/SeattleU meet, Seattle Pacific and Northwest University took over the Magnuson Park course for a scored dual meet.

In the women’s 3-mile, the Falcons’ Alyssa Foote took command over the last lap to earn a five-second win over teammate Dania Holmberg, 17:21-17:26, leading Seattle Pacific to a 18-45 win over Northwest.

2016 NAIA national cross country championships qualifier Sarah Estabrook (17:46) was the Eagles’ leading runner.

The men’s 4.5 mile race had a bit of a twist, as Northwest’s Riley Sine (22:48) won the race, defeating SPU’s Ben Halladay by 14 seconds.

However, Sine’s efforts were not enough for the Eagles to pull the upset over the Falcons, as Seattle Pacific packed six runners in the top nine to win by a 23-37 count.


In Missoula, Montana, Jake Perrin of Gonzaga led a 1-2-3 finish by the Zags at the season-opening Clash of the Inland Northwest at the University of Montana Golf Course.

Perrin got his first collegiate win in a time of 18:36 over a 6k course, with teammate Ben Hogan credited with the same time, and Dillon Quintana third at 18:41.

Such was the dominance by the Bulldogs that they placed six in the top ten and 11 in the top 20.

Colton Johnsen of Eastern Washington was the Eagles’ top finisher, with his sixth place overall finish in 18:46.

Gonzaga cruised to three dual wins, beating EWU (17-46), Idaho (17-45) and Montana (15-50).  The Eagles beat Montana 25-30, and lost to Idaho 19-40.

In the women’s race,  Gonzaga’s Jordan Thurston was the first Bulldog across the line with her fifth place finish over the 4k course in 14:32, with Eastern’s Kari Hamilton-Scharnhorst sixth in 14:34.

The GU women won two of their three duals, beating out Eastern Washington (25-33) and Montana (29-30), but falling to Idaho (19-42). Eastern lost to Idaho 20-41, and also to host Montana by a 26-29 count.

Gonzaga hosts a dual meet against Idaho on September 16th, while Eastern Washington heads to Seattle for the Sundodger Invitational hosted by the University of Washington.


In Brussels, Belgium Friday night, former Puget Sound resident Devon Allen raced to a fourth place finish in the men’s 110 hurdles at the final stop of the IAAF Diamond League series, the Ivo Van Damme Memorial.

Allen ran 13.24, as authorized neutral athlete Sergey Shubenkov won in 13.14.

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