TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound athletic department announces the Inaugural Ed Boitano Invitational will be hosted by the Logger track & field program on Saturday, March 4. The event starts at 11 a.m. on Peyton Field.
Boitano was a long-time assistant coach for the Puget Sound track & field program. He passed away in October 2016. It was his 21st season with the Loggers.
"There was something special Ed brought as a coach and as a person," said Puget Sound head coach Mike Orechia. "It's hard to describe, but he had a powerful influence on our student-athletes."
Boitano specialized in coaching the pole vault. He helped guide former Logger Amy Wells to an NAIA National Title in the pole vault in 1998. Wells was also a three-time All-American with Boitano as her coach.
Boitano's daughter, Andrea Boitano, will be in attendance on Saturday. She will formerly address fans, student-athletes, alumni, and coaches during the Boitano Invitational. Andrea Boitano was inducted into the Puget Sound Hall of Fame last fall. She was a three-time All-American cross country runner with the Loggers.
Orechia noted that numerous Puget Sound alumni from all over the country will make their way to Tacoma for the Inaugural Ed Boitano Invitatonal.
Saturday marks the first event of the outdoor track & field season. The Logger men and women are scheduled to compete against Lewis & Clark, Whitworth, Western Washington, Seattle Pacific, and St. Martin's.
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