PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State track and field competitors won five events, reached eight lifetime-bests and 14 season-bests Saturday at the 14th Annual Cougar Invitational Track & Field meet at Mooberry Track in Pullman, Wash.
Travis Pickett, a sophomore from Snohomish, Wash., won the men’s hammer with a PR heave of 189-feet, 5 inches (57.74m). Freshman Dino Dodig (Novi Sad, Serbia), tuning up for the Pac-12 Decathlon Championship to be held at Mooberry Track May 10-11, won the men’s 110m hurdles with a time of 14.91 seconds.
A trio of Cougar women won events included Katie Dean (sophomore, Vancouver, Wash.) with a PR leap in the long jump of 18-10 3/4 (5.76m). In the vertical jumps, Holly Parent (senior, Victoria, B.C.) won the high jump with a height of 5-7 1/4 (1.71m), and Kelsey Bueno (senior, Kent, Wash.) won the pole vault after clearing the bar at 12-0 3/4 (3.68m). Running unattached, Caroline Austin, WSU school record-holder, won the women’s steeplechase with a time of 10 minutes, 58.67 seconds.
Celina Ward (junior, Spokane) was the top collegiate placer in the women’s javelin with a PR throw of 159-7 (48.65m), moving her in the WSU all-time records from ninth to eighth.
Five meet records were broken Saturday. WSU school record-holder and All-American Marissa Tschida, returned to throw the javelin a winning toss of 178-3 (54.34m), bettering her own meet record of 172-3 (52.52m) thrown in 2011. Liga Velvere, running for the Vandal Track Club, broke the women’s 400m dash record with her winning time of 54.74, surpassing Terran Legard’s 2005 time of 54.94. In the women’s 3000m, Northwest Nazarene’s Jordan Rehfeld ran a winning time of 10:04.64 with runner-up, Carroll College’s Leah Esposito’s time of 10:13.72, both better than Gonzaga’s Brenn Donnelly’s 2010 time of 10:15.84. Treasure Valley CC’s Eric England won the men’s triple jump with a leap of 49-9 (15.16m) to claim the 49-3 1/2 (15.02m) meet record from Eastern Washington’s Tim Archer set in 2000. Ugis Svazs, Vandal Track Club, won the men’s javelin with a soaring distance of 241-7 (73.64m), erasing EWU’s Ryan Cole’s 2000 mark of 225-2 (68.64m).
“I wanted this meet to be a rest day for some of our people who have been competing hard recently and I wanted it to be an opportunity for some of the people who haven’t had the chance to compete so I think we accomplished those things,” Head Coach Rick Sloan said. “I thought overall we got some pretty good marks. On the women’s side, Celena Ward had a big PR (javelin throw) last weekend and then came out today and backed it up with another PR. I’m very pleased with showing that kind of consistency. Katie Dean had a big PR in the long jump. These are big marks for us going into the Husky Dual meet next weekend. On the men’s side, Travis Pickett almost got over the 190-mark barrier (in the hammer) and that’s two weekends in a row with PRs for him. That’s really encouraging. In the shot put John Fullington threw a lifetime-best and Matt Wardell had a season-best. That is going to be a critical event and a very competitive event next weekend.”
Next Saturday, May 3, the Cougars host the WSU vs. Washington Dual meet - the 98th for men and 38th for women - at the Mooberry Track Complex in Pullman. Events begin at1 1 a.m. and there is no charge for spectators.