Thursday, March 29, 2018

Congratulate yourself if you know where all nine Washington NCAA D1/D2 schools are competing this weekend...

This weekend’s schedule of meets for the state’s nine NCAA Division I and II schools feels like Whack-A-Mole—just when you think you’ve got it covered, you find out that there’s more.

We will start in the Bay Area with the STANFORD INVITATIONAL that begins Friday, as WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON STATE, EASTERN WASHINGTON, GONZAGA and WESTERN WASHINGTON, will have athletes competing.

The Stanford meet will focus primarily on the distances, though Washington will have their pole vaulters in the meet, and Washington State will have their throwers.

Washington’s Amy-Eloise Neale (left/photo by Paul Merca), the runner-up in the NCAA cross country championships last fall, makes her outdoor season debut after competing in the NCAA indoor championships.  Neale is entered in the women’s 1500.

About an hour or so away from Stanford at Chabot College in Hayward, SAN FRANCISCO STATE hosts the SAN FRANCISCO STATE DISTANCE CARNIVAL while their campus’ track facility undergoes renovation.

Athletes from WASHINGTON STATE, GONZAGA, SEATTLE UNIVERSITY, and SEATTLE PACIFIC will run in the two-day meet.  Like the Stanford meet, the focus is on the distance races.

WASHINGTON STATE will send their sprinters, hurdlers, and jumpers to Los Angeles for the UCLA JIM BUSH LEGENDS INVITATIONAL meet on Saturday at Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus.

Both WASHINGTON and EASTERN WASHINGTON will send a select group of sprinters to Austin for the TEXAS RELAYS Friday and Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.

Hannah Cunliffe will make her professional debut as an adidas athlete, as she’ll run on a USA Red squad.  Tacoma’s Marcus Chambers is also scheduled to run on a USA 4 x 400 meter relay team.

EASTERN WASHINGTON will send the remainder of its athletes not competing at either Stanford or Texas to Missoula, Montana for the AL MANUEL INVITATIONAL Friday & Saturday, hosted by the University of Montana.

Closer to home, SEATTLE PACIFIC and WESTERN WASHINGTON will have athletes competing in Vancouver, BC at the UBC INVITATIONAL Saturday, while SAINT MARTIN’S and CENTRAL WASHINGTON head to Tacoma for the JD SHOTWELL INVITATIONAL hosted by the University of Puget Sound.

Whenever possible, we’ve set up links to each meet’s home page. Some of the smaller meets have not set up home pages or links to live results, so it will go to the host school’s home page.

If you’ve actually read this post this far, congratulations! 

NOTE:  The sports information offices of all nine Washington NCAA Division I and II schools, along with the host schools of the various meets, contributed to this report.

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