April 20, 2013
PULLMAN - Stephan Scott-Ellis won a trio of events and Holly DeHart was a double-winner Saturday as the Washington State track and field teams dominated the 13th Annual Cougar Invitational meet at Mooberry Track. On the day, the WSU women won 12 events and the Cougar men won 10.
Scott-Ellis, a senior from Tacoma, won the men's long jump with a leap of 23-feet 8 1/4 inches (7.22m), won the 200m dash in a wind-aided time of 21.26 seconds, and ended the day with a win in the triple jump with a wind-aided leap of 50-9 1/2 (15.48m).
DeHart, a sophomore from Kent, Wash., won the women's 100m dash in a season-best time of 12.13w and then was victorious in the 200m dash in a season-best time of 24.74w.
Other notable performances include Todd Wakefield (junior, Kearns, Australia) winning the 1500m with a meet record time of 3 minutes 44.88 seconds, erasing the 2002 record of 3:48.62 set by Kip Kangogo of Athletics Alberta. Jesse Jorgensen (redshirt sophomore, Puyallup, Wash.) won the 800m in a lifetime-best time of 1:49.56. Oliver Henry (senior, Spanaway, Wash.) won the discus with the second PR throw in three days, today reaching a distance of 177-9 (54.19m).
Other WSU men claiming victories Saturday in Pullman included decathletes Sean Harris in the 110m hurdles (14.66) and Spencer Wordell in the 400m hurdles (53.41). In the field events, Jovan Vukicevic won the high jump (6-9/2.06m) and Austin Sodorff tied for first in the pole vault (15-7 1/4/4.76m).
Other Cougar women claiming wins on the track included Ruby Roberts in the 800m (2:13.66), Caroline Austin in the 1500m (4:34.20), CharLee Linton in the 3000m (10:31.99) and Andrea Smith in the 100m hurdles (14.88w).
WSU women dominated the field events with six wins and Ashley Kenney (senior, Spokane Valley) PR'd for the second time in three days as she threw the discus 164-3 (50.07m) for the win. Also taking first place finishes were Christine Rice in the high jump (5-5/1.65m), Kristine Felix in the pole vault (12-0 1/2/3.67m), Charlotte Muschamp in the triple jump (season-best 40-10 1/2/12.46m), Mary Barnett in the shot put (43-11 3/4/13.40m) and Celina Ward in the javelin (142-7/43.47m).
At the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., Saturday, Shawna Fermin (senior, Victorville, Calif.) ran a season-best time of 52.88 in the women's 400m dash Invitational/Elite race for fourth place. In other racing Friday, the women's 4x100m relay of Cindy Robinson, Dominique Keel, Christiana Ekelem and Fermin ran a season-best time of 45.37 for third place. Jono Lafler (senior, Maple Valley, Wash.) ran a PR time of 14:02.69, 25th place in the men's 5000m Olympic Development Elite race.
"I was pleased with the way our people stepped up their performances this week in at Mt. SAC, in Spokane, and here at home," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "This is the time of year when we expect to see their best efforts coming out in competition. We start the championship season next week at the dual meet with the Huskies followed by the Pac-12 meet and then the NCAA meets. These upcoming meets should show that we have worked hard the entire year and I'm excited to see what performances are coming from the Cougs."
Next Saturday the Washington State track and field teams compete in Seattle for the dual meet against the University of Washington. The meet will be shown live online on the Pac-12.org website. Look for links on the schedule at www.wsucougars.com.