NAMPA, Idaho -- Washington State University track and field competitors won eight events Saturday at the Jacksons Invite/New Balance Boise Indoor meet in Nampa, Idaho.
Jacob Sealby (redshirt junior, Wenatchee) was a double winner, taking the men’s 400m dash with an indoor PR time of 47.19 seconds. His twin brother, Lucas Sealby, finished fifth in the 400m with a time of 48.62. The Sealbys returned to the track at the end of the meet, joined by Terrance Chambers and CJ Allen, to win the 4x400m relay in a time of 3 minutes 16.75 seconds. The WSU “B” relay squad of Andre McBride, Josiah Sims, Hironmoy Redman and Garrett Gerling took second in a time of 3:23.48.
Jesse Jorgensen (redshirt junior, Puyallup) won the men’s 800m with a time of 1:51.87 with Todd Wakefield sixth with a time of 1:55.04.
Abby Regan (junior, Coonamble, NSW, Australia) and Ruby Roberts finished one-two in the women’s 800m with Regan’s time of 2:11.90 and Roberts at 2:12.28.
The WSU women’s 4x400m relay team of Erin Allen, Christiana Ekelem, Bree Winfrey and Dominique Keel won with a time of 3:49.69. A second Cougar relay of Briau’na Watley, Danielle Darden, Alissa Brooks-Johnson, and Leanne Asper ran a time of 3:56.01 for fifth place.
Cougars excelled in field events too. Charlotte Muschamp (redshirt junior, Edendale, New Zealand) won the women’s triple jump with an indoor personal-best distance of 39-feet 1/4 inch (11.89m). Austin Sodorff (sophomore, Woodinville) won the men’s pole vault with an indoor PR height of 16-6 3/4 (5.05m). PJ Benedictus (junior, Renton) won the men’s triple jump with an indoor PR distance of 49-3 (15.01m) while Tay’lor Eubanks was fifth with a leap of 46-3 1/2 (14.11m).
A trio of Cougar men finished in the top eight of the 60m hurdles final. Sims was second with a time of 8.31 after running a PR time in prelims of 8.18, Gerling finished fourth in 8.34 and Dino Dodig was eighth in a time of 8.61 after a prelim time of 8.39. Daniel Zmuda had the second best time in the prelims, a PR of 8.09, but did was disqualified for a false start in the final.
McBride was eighth in the men’s 60m dash with a season-best time of 7.00. In the prelims Brandon Bobb ran a time of 7.07 and Kyle Farmer’s time was 7.08.
Drew Jordan was the runner-up in the men’s mile with a time of 4:07.40, with Andrew Gonzales third in 4:09.44 and Andrew Kimpel sixth in 4:15.83.
Three Cougar women placed in the 400m dash with Bree Winfrey third in a time of 56.64, Erin Allen fourth with a PR time of 57.11 and Dominique Keel sixth in 57.56. Briau’na Watley finished fourth in the 60m dash with a PR time of 7.77. In the 60m hurdles final, Liz Harper finished sixth in a PR time of 8.94 and Andrea Smith was eighth in 8.95.
In the men’s high jump, Cole Smith cleared 6-6 3/4 (2.00m) for fourth with Thane Pierson and Dino Dodig tied for sixth at 6-4 3/4 (1.95m). Friday evening Dodig finished second in the long jump with a leap of 22-8 1/2 (6.92m).
WSU hosts the Cougar Indoor and Multis Meet Fri., Jan. 31 and Sat., Feb. 1 at the Indoor Facility in Pullman.
WSU HEAD COACH RICK SLOAN QUOTES:
“Overall this was a good meet with a lot of things I was excited and encouraged by. On the men’s side Austin Sodorff had really good attempts at the next height in the pole vault of 17-0 3/4 after his PR clearance. Jesse Jorgensen in the 800m was in control the entire time but went out in 56 seconds on the first lap which is too slow to do much. Jacob Sealby had a solid early season race and a good time since he hasn’t raced in a year. The 4x4 relay star was Lucas Sealby with a strong 47.9 split and after going out strong.
“This was PJ Benedictus’ first triple jump competition and he’s still figuring out his run and trying to find the rhythm of his jumping. He found it on the last couple of attempts and hit the PR on his last attempt so that is exciting for us.
“To have Drew Jordan back on the track looking fantastic is great and I thought Andrew Kimpel looked good in the same race, a solid mile for him.
“Daniel Zmuda had a breakout race in the 60m hurdles but I think he was the scapegoat for all the runners in the final with a false start. He had a big PR and having a freshman run an 8.09 this early is exciting.
“Charlotte Muschamp struggled a little in the early part of the triple jump but got the win. She is very fit and strong and capable of going over 40-feet.
“Abby Regan looked very strong and Ruby used her strong cross country fitness to come on strong but Abby held her off. Abby came close to running her outdoor lifetime best time of 2:09.
“Every week we try to improve on where we were the previous week. We make corrections and train a little harder, get better and some people are making those corrections and others need to pick themselves up and get going. Some of the people we are depending on as a team are lagging behind and others are doing a great job. We need to get everybody on board as we move forward.”