Feb. 11, 2006
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington State's indoor track and field teams competed Saturday at both the Husky Classic Meet at the Dempsey Indoor facility in Seattle, and at the Holiday Inn Team Invitational at the Idaho Sports Center/Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho.
With a large open meet with competitors from around the country, the Husky Classic provided some of the top competition the Cougars have seen to date. WSU freshman Sara Trané (Sweden) ran a freshman school record 800m time of 2-minutes, 10.62 seconds for 17th place, which was also her personal-best.
All three Cougar triple jumpers reached PRs Saturday in Seattle. Martin Boston placed third in the men's triple jump with a PR of 49-feet, 9 inches (15.16m) and freshman Moreno Zapata finished fifth with a leap of 48-4 3/4 (14.75m). Sarah Burns reached a PR for second place in the triple jump with her leap of 40-3 1/2 (12.28m).
In the women's 60m hurdles prelims, multi-events All-American Julie Pickler finished fifth (8.64) and Katie Miller was sixth (8.69), but did not run in the final as they moved to field events competition. Pickler also finished second in the high jump with a height of 5-8 3/4 (1.75m), with Cougar McKinnon Hanson reaching a PR of 5-7 (1.70m) for fourth place. Pickler's long jump of 19-6 (5.94m) was tied for seventh while Catie Schuetzle was 14th (18-7 1/4).
Justin Ireland and Evan Blanshan ran PR times in the mile. Ireland's 4:08.22 was 32nd and Blanshan's 4:16.39 was 52nd. Andrew Jones finished 20th in the men's 3000m with a PR time of 8:14.92, with Cougar teammates also reaching PRs including freshman Sam Ahlbeck (8:19.68), and redshirt freshman Drew Polley (8:36.42).
In the men's high jump, Kyle Eaton's 6-6 3/4 (2.00m) height placed him in a tie for seventh while Ryan Thomas cleared 6-2 3/4 (1.90m) for 14th and Brandon Brownell cleared 6-0 3/4 (1.85m) for 17th. Brownell's long jump of 22-5 3/4 (6.85m) was a PR and ninth place.
In the women's 3000m, all four Cougars reached PR times led by Haley Paul's 11th place time of 9:40.30, followed by Collier Lawrence's 9:51.81 (19th), Isley Gonzalez 9:57.02 (25th), and Kelly Ramirez' 10:16.80 (37th).
Sophomore Jessica Zita threw a shot put PR of 47-0 3/4 (14.34m) for fifth place in the event. Tamara Diles cleared 12-11 3/4 (3.96m) in the pole vault which placed her in a six-way tie for fifth place. Freshman Tiffany Maskulinski passed until the bar reached 12-6 and then she miss on all three attempts.
Cougars competing at the Holiday Inn Team Invite at Nampa, Idaho, found success Saturday. Senior James McSwain led a one-two-three-six finish in the men's 60m dash with a winning time of 6.83 seconds. Jaycee Robertson was second with a time of 6.85, Justin Woods third in 6.95, and Brian Woods sixth in 7.05. Robertson came back to run a PR time of 21.40 in for third place.
John Cassleman took second place in the 400m dash with a time of 48.26. Cassleman ran the lead leg of the second place 4x400m relay (3:20.04) with Devin Timpson, Brian Woods and Justin Woods finishing the relay. In the women's sprints, La Shawnda Porter won the 200m dash with a PR time of 24.65 and finished third in the 60m dash (7.85) as teammate Nicole Hatcher was second in a time of 7.76.
Cougar assistant coach and All-American Ellannee Richardson, running under the Palouse Hills Track Club, won the 400m dash with a time of 53.21.
In field events, Drew Ulrick threw a shot put PR of 51-9 3/4 (15.79m) for sixth place.
Washington State will compete at the Vandal Indoor and McDonald's Open next weekend at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow.