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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Cougars T&F Win 17 Events at Dusty Lane Open
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 03/16/2013
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March 16, 2013


SPOKANE - The Washington State women won 11 events and the Cougar men won six events Saturday at the Dusty Lane Open track and field meet held at Spokane Falls Community College.

"We had a solid day with good marks," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "For the most part I'm pretty happy with the efforts and what we accomplished when we know we are going to run the hurdles and the sprints into a headwind here. There are adjustments when you move outside for competitions and we lucked out on the weather. We have the first one under our belts."

Freshman Indigo Williams won the 100m dash in a time of 13.19 seconds. Freshman Christiana Ekelem's time of 25.79 led a first through third Cougar finish in the 200m dash, with Mercedes Smith (25.93) and Morgan Clem (26.33) following. Courtney Zalud won the 400m dash with a PR time of 57.20, Ruby Roberts won the 800m (2 minutes 13.48 seconds), and Caroline Austin won the 1500m (4:37.80). Morgan Clem won the 100m hurdles in a time of 15.59. A Cougar women's 4x400m relay squad of Austin, Roberts, Zalud and Amanda Henderson won in a time of 4:13.98.

In the field events, freshmen Katie Dean and Essence White finished one-two in the long jump with Dean leaping 17-feet 8 inches (5.28m) and White jumping 16-6 1/2 (5.04m). Shantae Young and Kayla Warren finished one-two in the triple jump with Young reaching a distance of 38-1 1/2 (11.62m) and Warren jumping 34-11 1/4 (10.65m). Ashley Kenney won the discus with a throw of 154-4 (47.05m) and freshman Kelsie Taylor won the javelin with a throw of 149-2 (45.48m).

On the men's side, Todd Wakefield won the 800m in a time of 1:51.08 while Jono Lafler and Andrew Kimpel finished one-two in the 1500m with Lafler running a PR time of 3:50.80. Rashaun Johnson won the 400m hurdles in a time of 54.82 and Forrest Shaffer won the 3000m steeplechase in his collegiate debut in the event, running a hand-time of 9:30.4.

Cougar men claimed two field event titles. Freshman Austin Sodorff, battling a crosswind, pole vaulted to a lifetime-best height of 15-feet 11 inches (4.85m). Oliver Henry won the discus with a throw of 164-8 (50.20m).

Other notable performances by WSU men included Terrance Chambers who ran a PR time in the 200m of 22.10 into a stiff headwind for second-place, and was also the runner-up in the 400m (48.84). Kyle Stevens finished fourth in the javelin with a toss of 203-4 (61.98m). Hammer throwers had PRs with Chris Baltazar throwing 173-2 (52.79m) and Travis Pickett reaching a distance of 169-9 (51.75m).

"I was pleased with Austin's lifetime-best pole vault in poor conditions and with Todd Wakefield nearly running his PR in the 800m," Sloan said. "Forrest Shaffer had an exciting run after clipping a barrier with about a lap and a half left, and hitting the track, but getting up and regained the lead. It was a gutsy effort on his part and we have our number two steeplechaser in place now. Terrance Chambers had a good day and Kelsie Taylor did a nice job in the women's javelin with a good series."

The Cougars travel to Los Angeles for the USC Trojan Invitational meet March 22 and 23.

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