The U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon takes place in Houston on Saturday, with the men’s race starting at 9:00 AM and the women at 9:15.
Coverage: same-day tape on NBC, 3-5 PM
RW/RT Olympic Trials site / Flotrack coverage page
The RW/RT page will have a live blog.
The Cross Internacional de Itálica, an IAAF Cross Country Permit meet, takes place on Sunday in the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Itálica near Santiponce, Spain.
The Kenya Police Inter-Provincial Cross Country Championships will be held on Saturday at Nairobi’s Ngong Racecourse. Men’s stars slated to run include Geoffrey Mutai (Boston/NY marathon champ), Vincent Yator, Lucas Rotich and Titus Mbishei. Women’s stars include Edna Kiplagat (World marathon champ), Mercy Cherono (African XC champ), Janet Kisia, and Esther Chemutai.
Capital FM preview
Track and field
The Brisbane Track Classic, part of Australia’s National Athletics Series, takes place on Saturday in the Queensland city. Stars slated to compete include hurdle World Champion Sally Pearson, US javelinist Mike Hazle, and Kiwi decathlete Brent Newdick*.
(*whose name shall be to this site as Dick Trickle was to SportsCenter)
Previews: The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald
The Christmas Cup takes place on Saturday in Moscow.
Lots of scored meets this weekend, including many duals.
#4 Ohio State travels to Michigan for a men’s-only dual on Saturday. Showing some scheduling creativity, it’s an evening meet (field events at 6:00, running events at 7:00). So high school kids and coaches can still do their own meet and then go see this one (and I can work that other meet until 4:00, then drive up to Ann Arbor with plenty of time to spare).
Michigan promo / Ohio State promo
Boring and whimpy non-scored meets…
Texas A&M hosts the Texas 10-Team Invitational on Saturday. The Aggies bill it as a scored meet, but it’s between conferences, which means no one really cares who wins.
Live stream (free)
Nebraska hosts the Holiday Inn Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Virginia Tech hosts the VT Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
The Kentucky Invitational takes place on Friday and Saturday.