PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State women’s team and the Washington men’s team were the winners at Saturday’s track and field dual meet at Mooberry Track in Pullman, Wash. The WSU women out-scored the No. 21 Huskies 82-81, in the 38th meeting and won for the 14th time in the 18 meetings in Head Coach Rick Sloan’s era. The UW men won the 98th meeting with a score of 84-79.
“I liked most today is that we had a very close, tight, hard-fought competition and there was a winner and loser at the end of the day. That is something that we are sorely missing in the sport of track and field,” Sloan said. “This is what makes the sport fun, in my opinion. Even though it was stressful, I had a blast today. The women did a miraculous job at the end of the meet, putting themselves in a position to get the win. Thankful for Ruby Roberts (senior, Kinston, Wash.) who wasn’t supposed to run the 3000m but got in there and battled and got a third place. Her one point made the difference for the women’s team.”
Senior Mary Barnett (Hermiston, Ore.) was a double winner for the WSU women, tossing a season-best shot put distance of 45-7 (13.89m) and ended her day with a PR heave in the discus of 139-11 (42.66m). Coach Sloan saw the discus as a pivotal event for the Cougar women to win the meet.
“It was an outstanding day for Mary Barnett with all of her events, and Kelsie Taylor scoring in the discus. Right there is where the meet changed. And Ruby’s one point put us over the top,” Sloan said.
Sophomore Dominique Keel was a double-winner Saturday with victories in the dashes, running the 100m in wind-aided time of 11.84 seconds and the 200m in a time of 24.14. Keel also ran on the winning 4x100m relay.
The women’s 800m race was won by Abby Regan (junior, Coonamble, NSW, Australia) in a PR time of 2 minutes, 5.82 seconds, the sixth-fastest time in school history. Finishing right behind Regan was Cougar senior Courtney Zalud (Colbert, Wash.) with a PR and eighth-best time in school records of 2:06.30.
Senior Shaquana Logan (Tacoma) won the 100m hurdles (13.88), ran on the winning 400m relay, and scored with a second-place finish in the long jump (18-11 1/4), just behind Cougar teammate Shantae Young (senior, Oak Harbor, Wash.) who won with a wind-aided PR leap of 18-11 3/4. Young also finished third in the triple jump with a PR of 40-2 3/4 (12.26).
Lateah Holmes (sophomore, Fife, Wash.) led a one-two-three finish in the high jump with a PR jump of 5-7 1/4 (1.71m) followed by Audrey Ketcham and Charlotte Muschamp. Muschamp also scored with a second-place in the triple jump of 40-4 1/4w. There was a one-two WSU finish in the women’s javelin with Celena Ward tossing 153-1 and Kelsie Taylor second at 145-8. Taylor was also third in the discus with a PR of 124-2.
Katie Flood was a double winner for the Huskies, winning the 1500m and the 3000m. UW’s Tianna Woodruff was the lone meet record-breaker Saturday with her 400m hurdles time of 57.72, erasing Husky Terra Barter’s 1995 record time of 57.88.
“At one point, late in the meet, we were ahead by five points on the men’s side and I thought we could hold off and win, and I thought we might be struggling on the women’s side. There was a big flip flop right at the end and it was tough,” Sloan said. “Our guys really battled hard and competed well. Washington is a very good team. I told the team the meet would be decided by centimeters and hundredths of seconds.”
The Cougar men had some outstanding performances in spite of just coming up short in the team total. Travis Pickett (sophomore, Snohomish, Wash.) won the hammer throw with a PR toss of 193-4 (58.93m). Cameron Brink (sophomore, Bainbridge, Wash.) won the discus with a toss of 154-11.
Andre McBride (sophomore, San Leandro, Calif.) won the 100m (10.70) with Brandon Bobb third (10.91), and Terrance Chambers (sophomore, Federal Way, Wash.) won the 200m with a PR time of 21.37. Jacob Sealby (redshirt junior, Wenatchee, Wash.) won the 400m (47.00) with CJ Allen second in a PR time of 48.14.
Rashaun Johnson (senior, West Seattle) won the 400m hurdles (52.70) while Daniel Zmuda (freshman, DuPont, Wash.) won the 110m hurdles with a PR time of 14.28) and returned for a second-place finish in the 400m hurdles (53.44). Josiah Sims finished second in the high hurdles with a legal-best time of 14.33.
Both men’s relays won with the 400m relay of Johnson, McBride, Kyle Farmer and Chambers running a season-best time of 40.28.
UW’s Kasen Covington was a double-winner after taking the long jump (23-6) and the triple jump (49-11w). WSU’s PJ Benedictus (junior, Renton) scored with second-place finishes in both the long and triple jumps with a PR in the triple of 49-6 1/4w (15.09m).
“We got some great marks but in a meet like this you just want to be ahead of the people in the purple,” Sloan said. “We needed to be at our very best and some of our kids achieved that today.”
Next Saturday, May 10, a limited number of Cougars will compete at the Idaho Vandal Jamboree meet in Moscow. The Pac-12 Conference Combined Events Championships will be May 10-11 at Mooberry Track in Pullman. WSU is expected to have three competitors. There is no charge to spectators for this part of the Pac-12 Championships.