SEATTLE -- Washington State’s Ruby Roberts ran a school record time in the women’s 3000m Elite race Saturday at the Husky Classic in the Dempsey Indoor Facility in Seattle.
Roberts, a senior from Kingston, Wash., ran a time of 9 minutes 15.79 seconds for seventh place in the accomplished field of 38 runners. Roberts surpassed Jennifer Bravard’s time of 9:15.89, run in 1993 in Walnut, Calif. Roberts is now on five WSU all-time best lists: 3000m - school record (9:15.79i - 2014), mile - second (4:46.48i - 2014), 1500m - fourth (4:20.16 - 2013), 5000m - fourth (16:25.94 - 2013), and steeplechase - sixth (10:31.14 - 2011).
Todd Wakefield, a senior from Kearns, New South Wales, Australia, finished seventh in the men’s mile with a time of 4:00.90. He came close to becoming the seventh WSU runner to break four-minutes in the mile and just missed climbing into the Cougar men’s top 10 all-time list. The most recent sub-four Cougar was Bernard Lagat (3:55.65i) in 1999, on a day that Lagat, 39, won the Millrose Games 2000m race in an unofficial American record time of 4:54.74.
Jesse Jorgensen was the top collegiate and overall runner-up in the men’s 800m race with a PR time of 1:50.23. Also in the 800m, Matthew Swanson (1:53.83) and Hironmoy Redman (PR 1:53.95) placed 23rd and 24th, respectively. In the mile, Lee George ran a time of 4:09.61 for 21st, Jackson Haselnus’ PR time of 4:11.20 was 26th. On the women’s side, Steffie Pavey reached an 800m PR time of 2:17.11 for 34th.
“Our distance crew really had a good day in Seattle, from the 800 meters up they ran pretty well,” Cougars Head Coach Rick Sloan said. “Ruby’s 3000m time was the fastest by a tenth of a second over an outdoor time, and nearly 12 seconds faster than WSU’s all-time indoor time. It was a great run by Todd. And there were good marks by the Cougars in New Mexico too. I’m never satisfied but I think we’re in a good place with some of our people that we need to perform at a high level are doing that. Where our points are going to come at the championships, those people are doing a good job right now. With the championships two weeks out, it’s a matter of fine-tuning and rest and then we should be ready to put some championships performances together.”
ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Charlotte Muschamp triple jumped into third place on the Washington State track and field all-time records Saturday at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational indoor meet at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Muschamp, a redshirt junior from Edendale, New Zealand, soared in the triple jump a distance of 41-feet 5 1/4 inches (12.63m), a lifetime best for her, ninth in the meet, and tied for third-best on the WSU all-time standings. She shares third place in the school records with Francesca Green (1999) who was in attendance as an assistant coach at Arizona. Muschamps also cleared a team-leading high jump of 5-10 (1.78m) Friday night in Albuquerque, the second time this season she has cleared that height.
Dominique Keel, a sophomore from Beaverton, Ore., was the runner-up in the B final of the women’s 60m dash with a PR time of 7.57 seconds, the seventh-fastest time in WSU women’s all-time records. Keel also ran the first leg of the women’s 4x400m relay that ran a season-best time of 3 minutes 43.36 seconds for sixth place. Christiana Ekelem, Bree Winfrey and Erin Allen comprised the rest of the relay.
Kristine Felix pole vaulted 13-1 3/4 (4.01m) for 10th with Samantha Andrada clearing a PR height of 12-8 (3.86m) for 20th and Kelsey Bueno clearing the same height, a season-best for her, for 24th. Andrada's mark is ninth-best in WSU all-time records.
On the men’s side, the 4x400m relay of CJ Allen, Lucas Sealby, Terrance Chambers and Jacob Sealby fan a season-best time of 3:12.34 for fifth-place. Earlier Jacob Sealby placed sixth in the 400m with a time of 47.37 while Lucas Sealby took 11th place with a time of 48.00.
Josiah Sims ran a PR time in the 60m hurdles of 8.14 for eighth in the B prelims and then nearly duplicated that time in the final with a time of 8.15 for eighth. Garrett Gerling also ran a PR time of 8.14 in the same prelim but was ninth while Daniel Zmuda ran a time of 8.16 for 10th.
Freshman Alex Olobia (Renton, Wash.) ran the 60m dash C prelims in a time of 6.97, which was sixth-fastest, and then ran a time of 7.06 for eighth in the final.
Other Cougars competitors Saturday in New Mexico included: PJ Benedictus in the men’s triple jump (46-2 3/4 - 17th), Candice McFarland in the women’s 60m hurdles (8.95 - 12th in B prelim), Andrea Smith in the 60m hurdles (9.00 - 12th in the C prelim), and Danielle Darden in the 60m dash (7.86 - 14th in the B prelim).
The next competition for WSU track and field is hosting the WSU Open II Feb. 21-22 at the Indoor Facility in Pullman.