Central Valley restores Strandberg Invitational
The Strandberg Invitational is being revived after being mothballed for seven years.
A core of Central Valley coaches and volunteers has worked hard to bring back Saturday’s meet, the 23rd Strandberg.
The Strandberg began in 1983 and was held at CV the first two years. It was moved to Mead in 1985 before returning to CV in 1990 upon the completion of its all-weather track.
The event was named after Marty Strandberg, who was a teacher, coach and administrator for more than 40 years in the CV district.
Strandberg competed in track in the 1920s and 1930s at Deer Park and at Cheney Normal School (Eastern Washington University). During his coaching career, his teams won 27 championships.
The meet begins with the hammer throw at 8 a.m. The first event on the track, the distance medley relay, is at 10. The final race is at 6 p.m.
The field consists of 24 teams, including all GSL schools except Gonzaga Prep, which is headed to the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays in Portland.
Admission is $5 per person or $20 for a family of four or more.
The East Valley girls and CV boys won the last titles in 2006.
• The 15th annual District I Meet of Champions is today at Post Falls, beginning at 2:30.
The meet features the best of all classifications at one site. It gives small-school athletes a chance to see how they stack up against big-school athletes. It’s a final tuneup before Idaho athletes dive into state-qualifying meets next week.
• In other GSL duals today at 4, CV and Ferris go to G-Prep, Lewis and Clark visits Shadle Park and North Central goes to University.
• With two weeks left in the season, here are the GSL standings. Boys: Mead (6-0), Mt. Spokane (5-0), G-Prep (5-1), CV (3-1), University (2-3), Ferris (2-3), Shadle Park (1-3), NC (1-4), Rogers (0-5) and LC (0-5). Girls: Mt. Spokane (5-0), CV (4-0), Mead (4-2), G-Prep (3-2-1), Ferris (3-2), LC (2-3), Shadle (1-3-1), NC (1-3), U-Hi (1-4) and Rogers (0-5).