A few notes from some races on the national and international stage this past weekend.
Friday night was the distance carnival at the Stanford Invitational. Two of the Ricardi siblings hit the track for the steeplechase, with good results. Lois (now running as an unattached married woman) was 7th in the top section with her 10:29.28 time. Little brother John (now wrapping up his time at Idaho State) was 9th (also in the top section) with a stellar 8:55.96. Great to see him under 9:00.
David McNeil of NAU (who won the 3,000 at the Big Sky indoor meet and who won the 5,000 at NCAA's) won the 5,000 with is 13:25.63. Jessica Pixler of Seattle Pacific (Division II in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference - same conference as MSU-Billlings) won the women's 5,000 with a solid 15:44.07. My reason for bringing up these two is to demonstrate the level of competition that kids can have by staying close to home and running for the in-state DI, DII and NAIA schools.
On the international scene, Shalane Flanagan led the US women to a bronze medal podium finish at the World Cross County championships. For those of you who made it to Spokane in February, these were the very same American women that you saw at the front of the pack at that race. To get more info on the World XC results, check out http://www.usatf.org/ or http://www.iaaf.org/.
The Muddy Buzzard