PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State track and field competitors won a total of 20 events and a pair of freshmen reached school records over the two days of the Cougar Indoor/Multis competition at the WSU Indoor Facility on the Pullman campus.
WSU freshman Dino Dodig (Novi Sad, Serbia) won the men’s heptathlon with a freshman school record of 5,483 points, surpassing Brandon Brownell’s 2004 total of 5,154 points. Dodig’s heptathlon total is also the second-best in WSU overall school records. After taking the lead after the first day’s four events, Dodig ran the 60m hurdles in 8.44 seconds, pole vaulted a lifetime-best height of 14-feet 7 1/4 inches (4.45m) and ran the 1000m in a time of minutes 59.54 seconds. Cougar teammate Spencer Wordell (senior, Spokane) was the heptathlon runner-up with a PR of 5,230 points, fourth-best in WSU all-time records. Wordell ran the 60m hurdles with a season-best time of 8.51, pole vaulted 13-11 1/4 (4.25m), and was the fastest runner in the 1000m with a time of 2:37.89.
Daniel Zmuda (DuPont, Wash.) won the men’s 60m hurdles with a time of 8.44 but ran a prelim time of 8.01 seconds to tie the WSU freshman school record set by Jeshua Anderson in 2008.
Liga Velvere, running for the Vandal Track Club, won the women’s 800m with a meet record time of 2:10.05, erasing Utah State’s Jill Steele’s 2006 time of 2:12.51.
Cougar women winning events Saturday on the track included Danielle Darden (freshman, Aliso Viejo, Calif.) in the 60m dash (8.83), Candice McFarland (redshirt sophomore, Las Vegas) in the 60m hurdles (8.68), CharLee Linton (sophomore, Shorewood, Wash.) in the 3000m with a PR time of 10:03.74, and the women’s s 4x400m relay of Christiana Ekelem, Andrea Smith, Darden, and Holly DeHart (3:57.83).
WSU won all four women’s jumps with Charlotte Muschamp (redshirt junior, Edendale, New Zealand) winning the high jump tying a meet record height of 5-8 3/4 (1.75m) but has cleared 5-10 earlier this season. Kelsey Bueno (senior, Kent, Wash.) led a first through fourth finish in the pole vault. Bueno and Kristine Felix both cleared the bar at 12-5 1/2 (3.80m) with Bueno winning on fewer misses. Summer Cull and Samantha Andrada finished third and fourth, respectively, after both clearing 11-11 3/4 (3.65m). The long jump was claimed by Zoe Moller (redshirt sophomore, Bellingham) with a PR leap of 18-0 1/4 (5.49m) and the triple jump was won by Shantae Young (senior, Oak Harbor, Wash.) with a distance of 37-7 3/4 (11.47m).
Freshman Alex Olobia (Renton, Wash.) won the men’s 60m dash with a PR time of 6.94 with another frosh, Brandon Bobb (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) the runner-up in the time of 7.05. Other Cougar men winning races included Terrance Chambers (sophomore, Federal Way, Wash.) in the 200m (22.55), Andrew Kimpel (senior, Spokane) in the 800m (1:56.63), Jesse Jorgensen (redshirt junior, Puyallup, Wash.) in the mile (4:19.36), Andrew Gonzales (senior, Kennewick, Wash.) in the 3000m (8:24.83), and the 4x400m relay of Andre McBride, Olobia, Kyle Farmer and Daquon Brunson (3:29.01).
WSU men with field event wins Saturday included Cole Smith (freshman, Hoquiam, Wash.) in the high jump (6-6 - 1.98m) and PJ Benedictus (junior, Renton) in the triple jump (48-8 3/4 - 14.85m).
“I’m happy with the results to a certain extent. With as many people as we have competing to think that all are going to come out and get lifetime bests, it just doesn’t happen that way,“ WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. “I think the combined events athletes did an outstanding job as this was one of the few times they get to compete in their specialty of the pentathlon and heptathlon. It was a good start for us. Nice job by Daniel Zmuda tying the WSU freshman record in the high hurdles. Travis Pickett had a lifetime best in the weight throw with a good performance. Alex Olobia had a lifetime best in the men’s 60m of 6.94. In the distance races, a good run by Andrew Gonzales and I think he realized he let it get away from him in the middle of the race but finished strongly with a good time. CharLee Linton did an outstanding job in the 3000m with a couple of high quality pacemakers but when it came time for her to take the lead and do the job she did a tremendous job with a big PR for her. Austin Sodorff pole vaulted over five meters and it’s a good thing that he’s no longer satisfied by a five-meter vault. I think he’s ready to pop a 17-foot vault here soon. This meet was another step in the right direction for us. We’re getting back to training. The people who aren’t quite getting it done yet we’ll find out why and get them up to speed. Another month until the championships so it’s time to start taking some big steps forward.”
The WSU track and field teams will compete next weekend at the Vandal Indoor Friday evening, Feb. 7, and at the Vandal Collegiate Saturday, Feb. 8. Both meets are at the Kibbie Activities Center in Moscow, Idaho.