MOSCOW, Idaho -- Cougars captured eight event wins and more than a dozen lifetime-best marks Saturday at the Vandal Open Indoor Track & Field meet at the Kibbie Activities Center in Moscow, Idaho.
Dominique Keel led a quartet of WSU women in the 200m dash with a season-best time of 24.54 seconds followed by Christiana Ekelem PR time of 25.00, Holly DeHart’s season-best time of 25.22, and Bree Winfrey’s PR time of 25.26. The 4x400m relay squad of DeHart, Candice McFarland, Danielle Darden and Liz Harper won in a time of 3 minutes, 51.99 seconds.
Shantae Young won the women’s triple jump with a season-best leap of 38 feet 2 1/4 inches (11.64m).
Lucas Sealby won the men’s 200m dash in a time of 21.76 while his twin brother and fellow quartermiler, Jacob, won the 800m in a time of 1:55.13. Terrance Chambers won the 400m dash in a PR time of 49.11. Forrest Shaffer claimed the 3000m in a time of 8:38.51.
Josiah Sims (8.26) and Daniel Zmuda (8.43) finished one-two in the men’s 60m hurdles but neither had times approaching their season-bests or PRs.
In the men’s weight throw, Travis Pickett threw a PR distance of 57-6 1/2 (17.54m) for sixth and Sam Wardell tossed a PR of 48-7 1/2 (14.82m) for 10th.
The WSU track and field teams are scheduled to compete Feb. 14 and 15 at the Don Kirby Elite Invite in Albuquerque and at the Husky Classic in Seattle.
WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan quotes on the weekend competition, “Kristine Felix did a nice job and continues to climb to better heights in the pole vault. Daniel Zmuda ran 8.01 again in the 60m hurdles so that shows good consistency at a record pace. Ruby Roberts didn’t run a PR but had a big, strong solo run, winning by about 10 seconds. I’m very happy with Candice McFarland with a big drop in her 60m hurdles time. All the women hurdlers ran solid Friday night. The sprinters did a good job both days.
“Today was tough coming back after a late night and then early start this morning. It’s a rough thing to get through motivationally and physically as well. Audrey Ketcham is showing some good efforts in the high jump; shows that we are at the platform ready to jump higher. Lucas Sealby had a strong 200m today and a strong 400m last night. Terrance Chambers ran a PR in the 400m today and then came back and ran a strong 47.9 split on the 1600m relay under not the most motivated conditions.
“Looking ahead to next week, our distance runners will be engaged in their primary events in a very competitive field at the Husky Classic. All of our sprinters and jumpers will be in New Mexico in another very competitive field. I think everything we have been doing along the way is getting us ready for this coming weekend and that, in itself, will be the springboard in the Mountain Pacific Championships.”