WALNUT, Calif. -- It was a statement day for several Washington State competitors but none more so than Ruby Roberts and Abby Regan in the 1500m Friday at the 56th Annual Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.
Roberts (senior, Kingston, Wash.) took third place in the Women’s Olympic Development Elite 1500m race with a lifetime time of 4 minutes 18.57 seconds, the third-best time in WSU women’s all-time records.
Earlier in the day, teammate Regan (junior, Coonamble, NSW, Australia) won the women’s University/Open 1500m event with a PR time of 4:19.49, the fourth-best time in WSU’s all-time records. There were 137 competitors in this event.
With sophomore CharLee Linton’s Thursday night 10,000m time of 35:17.29, 13th in the event and third-fastest in WSU all-time, the Cougar women produced three times that ranked in the school’s top five best at Mt. SAC.
Freshman CJ Allen (Allyn, Wash.) was the runner-up in the men’s 400m hurdles with a PR time of 51.44 seconds. Rashaun Johnson (senior, West Seattle) finished seventh in the same intermediate hurdles with a season-best time of 52.30 while Daniel Zmuda (freshman, DuPont, Wash.) ran a PR time of 52.86 for ninth place among the 60 competitors. Zmuda also ran the 110m hurdles in a time of 14.42 for 16th place.
The WSU women’s 4x400m relay was the runner-up in the 22-squad field. The Cougar team of Bree Winfrey, Christiana Ekelem, Dominique Keel and Erin Allen ran a season-best time of 3:40.21.
Celena Ward (junior, Spokane) saved the best for last as on her final attempt of the day she threw the javelin a PR distance of 156-0 (47.55m) for third place and jumped into the Cougar women’s all-time records in ninth place. Kelsie Taylor’s javelin throw of 137-11 (42.04m) was 14th place.
It was also a good day for the WSU men’s javelin throwers too. Kyle Stevens (senior, Fall City, Wash.) took third place with his PR toss of 220-6 (67.21m) while Sam Ferenchak finished fourth with a toss of 220-1 (67.09m), just one inch off his lifetime-best. Travis Pickett threw the hammer a PR distance of 186-5 (56.83m) for 19th place in the field of 33.
Erin Allen (junior, Kenmore, Wash.) ran a PR time in the 400m hurdles of 59.52 for seventh place among the 57 competitors. Allen’s time is the sixth-best in WSU all-time.
Forrest Shaffer (junior, Petaluma, Calif.) ran a PR time in the men’s Olympic Development Elite 3000m steeplechase of 9:02.27 for ninth place.
Candice McFarland’s time of 13.82 was ninth place in the 100m hurdles and she ran a 400m hurdles time of 1:04.81 (53rd). Dominique Keel ran the 100m dash in a time of 11.99 for 46th. Courtney Zalud ran the 800m in a time of 2:10.53 for 35th.
In the men’s sprints, Andre McBride ran a 200m time of 21.20 for 20th place and Terrance Chambers ran a season-best 400m time of 48.78 for 43rd and Lucas Sealby’s time in the 400m was 49.98 for 63rd. Kyle Farmer ran the 100m dash in a time of 10.87 for 64th place. The men’s 400m relay squad of Brandon Bobb, McBride, Alex Olobia and Chambers finished 11th in a time of 41.37. The 1600m relay team of Allen, Lucas Sealby, Jesse Jorgensen and Jacob Sealby ran a time of 3:13.16 for fourth place.
Matt Swanson ran the 800m in 1:53.17 for 34th place. Lee George finished 27th in the 1500m with a time of 3:49.96 while Jackson Haselnus finished 59th with a PR time of 3:52.70. Josiah Sims’ 110m hurdles time of 14.55 was 21st.
At the Oregon Relays Friday evening in Eugene, pole vaulters Kristine Felix and Kelsey Bueno finished third and fifth, respectively. Felix cleared a height of 12-9 1/2 (3.90m) while Bueno’s final bar was 12-3 1/2 (3.75m).
Thane Pierson high jumped 6-9 3/4 (2.08m) for fifth and Cole Smith cleared 606 (1.98m) for seventh.
Long jumper Katie Dean took sixth place with a wind-aided leap of 17-9 1/2 (5.42m).
WSU is home to host the 14th Annual Cougar Invitational outdoor meet April 26 at Mooberry Track Complex in Pullman. Events begin at 9:30 a.m. and there is no charge for spectators.