TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Washington State men’s and women’s teams claimed victories Saturday in a five-team meet at the Jim Click Shootout at Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson. The WSU men scored 193 points, easily surpassing No. 17 Arizona’s 133 points and well-beyond Air Force with 99 points, Kansas State with 98 points, and New Mexico’s 76 points. The Cougar women won with 158 points with No.11 Arizona second with 142 points, followed by Kansas State’s 134 points, and both Air Force and New Mexico scored 67 points.
“It was a great job by the Cougs on both sides today,” WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. “It was a nice, warm day with some wind which helped us in some areas but hurt us in some areas like the hurdles races where are kids were blown into the hurdles. With six places scoring we kept battling through the events. In our two scoring meets this season the kids have really come up and competed well.”
Lifetime-best throws led Sam Ferenchak and Kyle Stevens to a one-two finish in the men’s javelin. Ferenchak won with a toss of 222-feet 1 inch (67.70m) and Stevens was second with a throw of 215-5 (65.65m). Spencer Wordell scored a team point with a sixth-place PR toss of 190-2 (57.96m).
Cougar men had a trio of one-two finishes on the track. In the men’s 110m hurdles, Sims and Zmuda grabbed first and second places with wind-aided PR times of 14.26 second and 14.34 seconds, respectively. Steeplechasers Andrew Gonzales’ 9 minutes 14.04 seconds and Forrest Shaffer’s 9:34.44 were took first and second places. Andrew Kimpel won the men’s 3000m with a time of 8:32.10, followed by John Whelan’s second-place and PR time of 8:37.47.
Andre McBride was the runner-up in both the 100m and 200m dashes. McBride ran wind-aided PR times of 10.42 in the 100m and 21.03w in the 200m. Also scoring PRs were Kyle Farmer in the 100m (10.79), and in the 200m Terrance Chambers (21.53w) and Farmer (22.01w). They were joined by Rashaun Johnson on the 400m relay squad that finished second in a season-best time of 40.64.
Jacob Sealby ran a lifetime-best 400m dash time of 46.80, just getting passed in the last few meters of the race. He joined CJ Allen, Lucas Sealby and Dino Dodig in the 1600m relay for second place in a time of 3:12.84.
Cameron Brink threw the discus a PR distance of 161-3 (49.14m) for fifth place.
“The goal today for our distance runners was not about running fast times but about beating the people in the other colored uniforms across the line,” Sloan said. “And they did a good job of it and scored well for us.”
Courtney Zalud won the women’s 800m in a season-best time of 2:09.01 with Abby Regan second in a time of 2:09.06. In the 1500m, Ruby Roberts took second with a season-best time of 4:26.22 with Regan third in a season-best time of 4:26.50.
Kelsey Bueno won the women’s pole vault after clearing the bar at 12-8 1/4 (3.87m). Kristine Felix finished second with a height of 12-4 1/2 (3.77m).
Steffie Pavey was the lone women in the 3000m steeplechase, winning in a time of 12:02.17 for the 10 team points while CharLee Linton was the runner-up in the 3000m run but knocked eight seconds off her PR with a time of 10:20.48.
Although second place in the women’s 400m relay, the WSU squad of Shaquana Logan, Dominique Keel, Christiana Ekelem and Danielle Darden ran a time of 45.06 which is the fifth-fastest time in school history. Keel also ran a PR in the 200m with her third-place time of 24.07 and clocked in a wind-aided 100m time of 11.60, also for third place. Bree Winfrey’s 400m time of 55.30 for second place, is the fastest by a Cougar woman this season.
Candice McFarland finished third in the 100m hurdles with 4.0 meters per second wind-aided PR time of 13.80.
In the women’s javelin Kelsie Taylor and Celena Ward finished second and third with throws of 143-8 (43.79m) and 139-5 (42.50m), respectively, while Alissa Brooks-Johnson landed a PR javelin throw of 125-9 (38.34m). Mary Barnett scored 10 points for the Cougars with her performances in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.
The next competition for the Washington State track and field competitors is the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays, April 17-19, at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.