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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Muschamp Wins High Jump at Pac-12 Championship
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/17/2014
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PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State’s Charlotte Muschamp won the women’s high jump Saturday at the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships at Mooberry Track on the Washington State University Pullman campus.

Muschamp, a redshirt junior from Edendale, New Zealand, won with a lifetime-best high jump leap of 5-feet 11 1/2 inches (1.82m) which is the seventh-best mark in WSU all-time records. Muschamp had a limited year of training and competing, overcoming non-athletic injuries during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Her previous PR in the high jump was 5-9 3/4. She will compete in the triple jump Sunday.

“Things have been going well at practice and it’s my first major meet outdoors. It was great (to get a PR), just a relief and on to the NCAA,” Muschamp said. “The fans were great, they made it happen. Full credit goes to them. Bringing home the title is great to be able to repay Coach Sloan for the opportunity. I never knew I could do it so jumping 1.82 kind of reassured me I could do it. I give credit to Coach Sloan and Coach McGee. I’m just thankful more than anything.”

Audrey Ketcham took eighth place in the high jump with a clearance at 5-5 1/4 (1.66m), the same height as Holly Parent who finished ninth.

Senior Kyle Stevens (Snoqualmie, Wash.) threw a four-foot PR in the javelin of 224-9 (68.50m) for third place at the meet and 10th place in WSU’s all-time records. Stevens is first javelin thrower to toss a Cougar men’s top ten mark since Jon Jeffreys in 2008 (237-4, seventh). Cole Smith landed a PR distance of 202-9 (61.79m) for ninth place.

“I wanted to better (today), obviously,” Stevens said. “I was feeling good all week at practice, feeling strong. Then I came out and didn’t throw very well for the first three throws but talked to my little brother and picked up my game and threw far, so it was good. This is actually the first year I have been able to throw at home, even though I am a senior, because I’ve been injured for so many years. My entire family being here, and my brother cheering me on out in the sector because he was retrieving javelins, was especially fun.”

Senior Andrew Gonzales (Kennewick, Wash.) took third place in the men’s 3000m steeplechase with a season-best time of 8 minutes, 57.40 seconds while junior Forrest Shaffer scored with a sixth-place finish in a time of 9:06.92.

“My mindset was to go out, run fast and score,” Gonzales said. “I knew from the very beginning when I ran at UCLA, that I could go out and compete with the best this year. Before the race I thought to myself, ‘I’m as good as anyone in this field.’ I knew I could keep up with these guys. My goal was to stick with the main pack. I kind of did that, I think I was a little alone throughout the first part of my race. But my mindset was just to score. My dad was here. All the alumni were here from previous years and they just kept yelling ‘go Gonzo, go Gonzo, Gonzo!’ I had that motivation to do well and I had everyone here to back me up and support me. I couldn’t have done it without the home crowd.”

Autstin Sordorff took sixth place in the men’s pole vault with a PR height of 16-8 3/4 (5.10m). John Brenteson cleared 15-9 (4.80m) for 14th and Dino Dodig cleared 15-3 (4.65m) for 15th.

Ruby Roberts’ 1500m prelim time of 4:25.98 was 10th-best of the field where 12 advance to the final. Abby Regan ran the 800m prelims in a qualifying time of 2:07.84, seventh-best in this round. Courtney Zalud’s 800m time of 2:09.77 was 11th place.

The men’s 4x100m relay team of Rashaun Johnson, Andre McBride, Kyle Farmer, and Terrance Chambers clocked in a season-best time of 40.26 for fifth place in the prelim and advanced to the Sunday final.

McBride came back later in the afternoon and ran a qualifying time in the 100m of 10.57 (7th) and finished the day with another qualifying time in the 200m of 21.35 (8th). Chambers also qualified for the 200m final with a PR time of 21.31 which was seventh-best of the prelims.

Shaquana Logan advanced from the 100m hurdles prelim with a season-best time of 13.59 which was fourth-fastest of the day. Other Cougars competing included Candice McFarland 14.04 (9th), Liz Harper 14.63 (14th), Alissa Brooks-Johnson 14.66 (15th), and Andrea Smith 14.469 (16th).

Daniel Zmuda and Josiah Sims will race in the 110m hurdles finals. Both ran identical prelim times of 14.44 for fifth and sixth places. Garrett Gerling ran a time of 14.69 for 10th. CJ Allen ran the top time in the men’s 400m hurdles of 51.84 and will be joined by Zmuda in the final after he ran a qualifying time of 52.93. Rashaun Johnson just missed the final with his ninth place finish in 53.56.

Jacob Sealby ran a time of 46.91 for fourth in 400m dash prelims to advance to the final while his twin brother, Lucas, ran a time of 48.76 for 13th.

Jesse Jorgensen ran the men’s 800m prelim in a time of 1:49.79 which was fifth-best on the day and the 2013 runner-up in the 800m will race in the Sunday final. Matthew Swanson ran a time of 1:52.65 for 16th.

After the combined events of last weekend and Saturday’s finals, Oregon leads both the men’s and women’s team standings. The Duck men have 70.25 points followed by Washington with 40.25. WSU’s men are in 10th place with 18 points. The Oregon women lead with 64 points followed by UCLA with 32.5. The Cougar women have 19 points and are tied for seventh.

Cougars in running events prelims but not advancing to finals included Dominique Keel who ran a PR time in the 200m of 24.05 for 11th, with Briauna Watley’s time of 24.66 placing 16th, and Holly DeHart’s time of 25.12 19th. Erin Allen ran the 400m hurdles in a time of 1:00.74 for ninth while Liz Harper ran a PR time of 1:01.39 for 11th and Logan ran a time of 1:04.41 for 14th. CharLee Linton finished 15th in the 10,000m race in a time of 36.49.43. Lee George ran the men’s1500m in a time of 3:56.32 for 18th. John Whelan finished 15th in the men’s 10,000m in a time of 32:53.72.

Also competing in field events Saturday, Travis Pickett finished 10th in the men’s hammer throw with a throw of 179-10 (54.82m). In the women’s javelin, Celena Ward threw 140-8 (42.89m) for 10th, Kelsie Taylor threw 131-11 (40.20) for 12th, and Alissa Brooks-Johnson threw 130-1 (39.66m) for 13th. In the women’s long jump Katie Dean was 12th with a leap of 18-7 3/4 (5.68m) and Alissa Brooks-Johnson was 19th with a leap of 17-10 1/4 (5.44m). Mary Barnett threw the shot put 45-4 1/4 (13.82m) for 13th.

The Pac-12 T&F Championships conclude Sunday with the first field event beginning at 11 a.m. and the running events starting at 1 p.m.

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