April 6, 2013
EUGENE- The Washington State track and field teams had two individual winners in Matt Wardell, had a pair of women move up in the Cougar historical ranks, and tallied 11 lifetime-best marks on a rainy Saturday at the Pepsi Team Invitational at Hayward Field. No. 4 Oregon won the men's team competition with a score of 194.5 points, upsetting the No. 1-ranked Texas A&M team (180.5). The Washington State men were third with 165.5 and Washington fourth with 129.5. The Texas A&M women, ranked No. 3 nationally, won with a score of 201 points followed by No. 2 Oregon with 181, No. 15 Washington with 146 and Washington State with 138.
"We had a lot of very good performances but they were even better under the conditions we were competing most of the day. I thought our kids really got out and competed," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "For the most part we got better today. The marks were going to be irrelevant today; it was about competing against the others in your event and I think the Cougars did a good job of that. Being 15 points behind Texas A&M is not a bad thing."
Scott-Ellis, a senior from Tacoma, won the men's long jump with a season-best leap of 24-feet 9 inches (7.54m). Scott-Ellis, a four-time All-American jumper, also finished fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 47-8 (14.53m).
Wardell, a sophomore from Post Falls, Idaho, won the men's shot put with a lifetime-best throw of 51-10 (15.80m).
Caroline Austin, a senior from Chehalis, Wash., was the runner-up in the women's 3000m steeplechase with a PR time of 10 minutes 18.77 seconds which improves her time at third-best in WSU all-time. Ruby Roberts, a junior from Kingston, Wash., was edged at the finish line of the women's 1500m for third place, running a time PR time of 4:22.09 which is fourth-best in WSU history.
Top Cougar men's placers include Dana Wells (senior, Tieton, Wash.) with a second in the 400m hurdles in a season-best time of 51.89. Sean Wilson (redshirt senior, Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the runner-up in the triple jump with a leap of 48-3 1/2 (14.72m) after a two-year absence from competition. Tay'lor Eubanks (freshman, Everett, Wash.) took third in the triple jump (38-3 1/2- 14.72m). Oliver Henry (senior, Spanaway, Wash.) took second in the discus with a throw of 165-4 (50.39m). Todd Wakefield (junior, Kearns, Australia) finished third in the men's 1500m with a time of 3:53.22.
Andrew Gonzales (junior, Kennewick) ran a PR time in the 3000m steeplechase of 8:54.17 for fourth while Forrest Shaffer (sophomore, Petaluma, Calif.) ran a PR time of 9:15.29 for sixth place. The men's 400m relay team of Trevor Rogers, Brett Blanshan and Andre McBride ran a season-best time of 40.49 for third place and the 1600m relay team of Byron Howell, Jesse Jorgensen ran a season-best time of 3:11.46, also for third place.
Anna Adamko (sophojmore, Vancouver, Wash.) threw the javelin 143-4 (43.68m) for second place while Charlotte Muschamp (redshirt sophomore, Edendale, New Zealand) took third place in the women's triple jump with a wind-aided mark of 39-2 1/4 (11.94m).
Other WSU women reaching PR marks in Eugene Saturday included Dominique Keel (freshman, Beaverton, Ore.) with a 100m dash time of 11.90 seconds for fourth, Courtney Zalud (redshirt junior, Colbert, Wash.) running the 800m in a time of 2:08.29 for fourth, Kris Tollefson (freshman, Seattle) ran the 800m in a time of 2:15.34 for ninth, and Kristine Felix (freshman, Wailuku, Hawai'i) was runner-up in the pole vault with a height of 12-9 1/2 (3.90m). The WSU women's relay squads both recorded season-best times. The 4x100m relay of Cindy Robinson, Keel, Christiana Ekelem, and Shawna Fermin ran a time of 45.78 for fourth. The 4x400m relay of Bree Winfrey, Ekelem, Keel and Fermin ran a time of 3:44.25 for third place.
"Putting ourselves in this type of competitive arena with a team atmosphere and a scoring meet, it gives us a perspective of what we need to accomplish as a team and how to move forward from here. There are a lot of very positive areas for the Cougs from this weekend and we know the areas we need to step it up a little bit more. Looking ahead to the Husky Dual meet which will be our next scoring competition, both sides of that meet will be extremely close and it will depend on who has healthy bodies and how well the teams compete against each other.
At the Sam Adams Classic meet at Whitworth University Saturday, WSU claimed several victories including: Indigo Williams (women's 100m and 200m), Amanda Henderson (women's 1500m with PR time of 4:46.70), Thane Pierson (men's high jump), and PJ Benedictus (men's triple jump). Also notable was a hammer PR throw by Ryan Randall (freshman, Stanwood, Wash.) of 170-10 (52.07m).
Next weekend the Cougars will compete at the SCC WAR VI meet at Spokane Falls CC Saturday, April 13.