FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Washington State track and field competitors wrapped up the Cougars’ competition at the NCAA West Region Track & Field Championships Preliminary Rounds Saturday at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark.
Jesse Jorgensen, men’s 800m, Andrew Gonzales, men’s 3000m steeplechase, are the only Cougars to advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, June 11-14.
Saturday, the men’s 4x100m relay squad of Rashaun Johnson, Andre McBride, Kyle Farmer and Terrance Chambers ran a wind-aided season-best time of 40.21 seconds for 15th place. The Cougar women’s 4x100m relay did not start its race.
Ruby Roberts, a senior from Kinston, Wash., finished 21st in the women’s 1500m semifinals with a time of 4 minutes, 29.85 seconds after running a prelim time of 4:22.49 which was second 15th overall.
In the men’s 110m hurdles semifinals, WSU freshman Daniel Zmuda (DuPont, Wash.) ran a lifetime-best time of 14.04 seconds which was 20th on the day. This was the second consecutive day of PR performances for Zmuda who ran a Friday prelim time of 14.22.
Senior Drew Jordan (Medford, Ore.) ran the men’s 5000m in a time of 14:32.48 for 25th place.
In the women’s high jump, senior Holly Parent (Victoria, B.C. Canada) cleared her opening bar at 5-feet 5 3/4 inches (1.67m) on her first attempt and then cleared the next bar at 5-7 3/4 (1.72m) on her second attempt. She missed on all three attempts at 5-9 3/4 (1.77m) to finish 14th. Pac-12 Champion Charlotte Muschamp (redshirt junior, Edendale, New Zealand) did not high jump Saturday after her hamstring tightened during her triple jump competition Friday.
Triple jumpers Tay’lor Eubanks and PJ Bendictus reached some PR marks but did not place high enough to advance. Eubanks, a sophomore from Everett, Wash., had a wind-aided PR leap of 49-11 (15.21m) for 23rd, and PJ Benedictus, a junior from Renton, Wash., soared to a non-wind-aided PR mark of 49-3 3/4 (15.03m) for 27th.
The NCAA DI Outdoor Championships will take place June 11-4, at Hayward Field in Eugene.