March 23, 2013
"I think we competed well against the formidable level of competition at this meet," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "We had quite a few PRs and solid marks as people opened their outdoor season at the meet. We had a lot of things to hang our hat on here. I think the team is ready to step it up another notch next week at Stanford and some of our top athletes will be opening up their seasons there."
Ruby Roberts (junior, Kingston, Wash.) won the women's 1500m race with a lifetime-best time of 4 minutes 25.82 seconds which is the ninth-fastest time in WSU women's history. Richard Shroy (redshirt sophomore, Carson City, Nev.) won the men's 1500m in a PR time of 3:47.99. Also on the track, Jesse Jorgensen (redshirt sophomore, Puyallup, Wash.) won the men's 800m race in a time of 1:50.85.
Oliver Henry (senior, Spanaway, Wash.) won the men's discus with a PR toss of 171-feet (52.13m) with Cougar teammate Cameron Brink tossing a PR distance of 154-2 (46.98m) for third.
Erin Allen (sophomore, Kenmore, Wash.) finished fourth in the women's 400m hurdles with a PR time of 1:00.97, the 10th-fastest time in WSU women's history. In the high hurdles, Morgan Clem (14.31) and Shaquana Logan (14.37) took third and fourth respectively.
Brett Blanshan led a trio of Cougar men with good times in the 200m dash as the senior ran a time of 21.59 (fifth), followed by Andre McBride's 21.73 (seventh), Terrance Chambers' 21.82 (ninth) and Byron Howell's 21.87 (10th). Earlier in the day Chambers, a freshman from Federal Way, Wash., had run a PR time in the 400m dash of 47.86 (fourth).
Ramsey Hopkins took fourth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.43 followed by Josiah Sims (14.58 - sixth), Garrett Gerling (PR 14.80 - eighth), Sean Harris (PR 14.96 - ninth), and Spencer Wordell (PR 15.33 - 12th). Dana Wells' 400m hurdles time of 52.37 was third-fastest on the day.
Matt Wardell took second place in the men's shot put with a PR toss of 51-5 1/2 (15.68m)
Other Cougars women with notable marks Saturday included Kristine Felix, tied for third in the pole vault (12-1 1/2/3.70m), Mary Barnett third in the shot put (44-9/13.64m), and Ashley Kenney fourth in the discus (151-6/46.19m).
"Shawna Fermin ran 24.28 which is a great time when you realize she ran out of lane one on this track with really, really tight turns," Sloan said.
WSU men with notable performances at USC included Austin Sordorff with fourth in the pole vault (15-7. 4.75m) while Sean Harris tallied PRs in the pole vault (14-5 1/4/4.40m) and in the long jump (20-10 3/4/6.37m).
More Sloan quotes: "Ruby Roberts looked strong and had an impressive race in her 1500m win. It was a big run for Erin Allen with her first outdoor race of the year and to run under 61-seconds. Anna Adamko had a big PR last night in the javelin.
"On the men's side in the high hurdles we had a pretty good showing across the board, with three lifetime-bests. And Richard Shroy out-kicked the Husky runner (Tyler King) down the stretch and it was a great run for him. Oliver Henry had a good mark to win the discus and Cameron Brink threw a solid mark for a freshman.
"We're definitely moving in the right direction and we need to keep people healthy."
WSU decathletes Sean Harris and Spencer Wordell will compete at the Texas Relays March 27 and 28, and a selected group of Cougars will compete at the Stanford Invitational March 29 and 30.