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WSU Defeats UCLA and Tennessee Men's Teams
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 03/31/2012
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March 31, 2012


LOS ANGELES -- The Washington State University men claimed six event wins en route to dual meet wins over both UCLA and Tennessee Saturday at the double dual meet at Drake Stadium. The Cougar men defeated Tennessee 92 to 66, and overtook the host Bruins 85.5 to 77.5. The Cougar women had four event wins but were edged by UCLA 82 to 81 and surpassed by No. 14 Tennessee 99 to 63. The UCLA men defeated Tennessee 115 to 46, and the Tennessee women up-ended UCLA 96 to 67.

"It was an exceptional day for Cougar track and field, both men and women and I'm so proud of our teams," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "Defeating UCLA men and Tennessee men was as good as we could have hoped for entering the meet. And we really had to battle all day long, right down to the final event, to get those wins. Joe Abbott and the UCLA anchor ran neck-and-neck the entire last leg of the men's four-by-four, and Joe beat him by half a stride and that was the difference in the meet."

WSU's Stephan Scott-Ellis (junior, Tacoma) was a double-winner, first taking the men's long jump with a leap of 24-feet, 9 1/4 inches (7.55m), followed by Michael Bolligar in third (22-4 1/4 / 6.81m) and Sean Harris fifth (19-4 3/4 / 5.91m). Scott-Ellis finished his day with a victory in the triple jump with a leap of 50-5 1/4 (15.37m) as PJ Benedictus took fourth with a distance of 43-7 1/4 (13.29m).

Lee George (redshirt freshman, Ferndale) won the men's 1500m in a lifetime-best time of 3 minutes, 47.93 seconds, nearly 10 seconds off his previous PR. Todd Wakefield was second in a time of 3:49.12 with Matt Cronrath fourth in 3:50.36. Cougar men also had an impressive showing in the 3000m where Andrew Kimpel's 8:12.39 led a second-through-fourth finish with Jono Lafler third (PR 8:13.04) and Drew Jordan fourth (8:19.35).

Joe Abbott (senior, Reno) won the men's 800m run in a time of 1:48.57 which is a UCLA dual meet record, and David Hickerson finished fourth (1:53.41). Abbott ended the day anchoring the 4x400m relay team of Ryan Barrett, J Hopkins, and Brandon Dawson to a second-place finish in a time of 3:14.62.

J Hopkins (senior, Everett) won the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 51.52 as Dana Wells took third (52.24) and Rashaun Johnson was seventh (54.68). In another barrier race, Andrew Gonzales (sophomore, Kennewick) won the men's 3000m steeplechase with a time of 8:59.23, just 1/100s second off his PR time, and a UCLA dual meet record.

Shawn Swartz (junior, Port Coquitlam, B.C.) won the men's high jump clearing the bar at 6-7 1/2 (2.02m) with Ross VanZanten second at a height of 6-5 1/2 (1.97m) and Michael Bolligar fifth at 6-1 1/2 (1.87m).

The Cougar women tallied their first win of the day when freshman Christine Kirkwood (Othello) led a first through fourth Cougar finish in the javelin, throwing 158-4 (48.26m), a UCLA dual meet record. Courtney Kirkwood Simmons was second to her sister after throwing a distance of 146-10 (44.75m), with Anna Adamko third (PR 146-6/44.66m), and Jaclyn Onosko finished fourth (141-4/43.07m).

Caroline Austin (junior, Chehalis) led a one-two Cougar finish in the women's 3000m steeplechase, winning in a time of 10:47.01, which is a UCLA dual meet record, with Emily Farrar second in a time of 10:53.01.

Shawna Fermin (junior, Victorville, Calif.) claimed the women's 400m dash in a time of 53.86, which is a UCLA dual meet record time, and then claimed third in the 200m with a time of 24.20.

Christine Rice (junior, Ridgefield) won the women's high jump with a leap of 5-8 1/2 (1.74m) with Lauran Johnson third after clearing 5-6 (1.68m).

In other men's running events, high hurdler Aric Walden (freshman, Newport) was the runner-up in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.35w, followed by Josiah Sims in third (14.71w) and Ramsey Hopkins (14.94w). The 4x100m relay of Rashaun Johnson, Greg Hornsby, Dawson and Brett Blanshan finished third in a time of 41.40. Hornsby took fifth in the 100m dash (10.84) with Blanshan seventh (10.97) and Blanshan also took third in the 200m dash (21.65). Barrett claimed third in the 400m dash (48.56) with Dawson tied for fourth (49.20).

In other WSU men's field events, javelin thrower Sam Ferenchak was the runner-up after tossing the spear 207-5 (63.22m). Joe Bartlett took second in the shot put with a season-best heave of 57-11 1/4 (17.66m) while Oliver Henry took fifth with a toss of 47-1 (14.35m). Bartlett also reached a season-best in the discus with a mark of 171-6 (52.28m) for fourth and Henry took seventh with a throw of 158-3 (48.24m). Chris Baltazar finished fourth in the hammer with a toss of 159-2 (48.51m). Jake Baertlein took third in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-1 1/4 (4.91m), and John Brenteson finished sixth at 15-7 1/4 (4.76m).

In other women's running events, the 4x100m relay of Cindy Robinson, Chanel James, Candii McFarland, Fermin placed second in a time of 45.80. Robinson ran a PR time in the 100m dash of 11.90 for third with James fourth (12.04) and Morgan Clem eighth (12.41). In the 200m dash behind's Fermin's third place, Robinson took fourth (PR 24.26), Clem was ninth (25.48) and James 10th (25.57). In the 100m hurdles, Shaquana Logan was fourth in 13.94, with McFarland fifth in 14.21, and Clem seventh in 14.43. Logan also placed fourth in the 400m hurdles (1:01.95) with McFarland fifth (1:02.35), and Brittnay Crabb seventh (1:04.12). Courtney Zalud placed third in the 800m with a time of 2:12.67. Ruby Roberts took third in the 1500m with a time of 4:28.89. After winning the steeplechase, Austin doubled-back to the track and also took fourth in the 3000m (9:58.68) with Katie Fleischer seventh in the same race (10:22.36).

In other women's field events, Shantae Young claimed third in the triple jump (38-3 1/2 / 11.67m) while Kayla Warren took fifth (37-3 3/4 / 11.37m). Logan finished third in the long jump (18-7 1/4 / 5.67m) with Lauran Johnson fourth (18-1 1/2 / 5.52m) and Zoe Moller eighth (17-8 3/4 / 5.40m). Shantae Young took third place in the triple jump (38-3 /12 / 11.67m) and Warren placed fifth (37-3 3/4 / 11.37m). Thrower Cassie Whitfield took third in the hammer (154-3/47.02m) while in the discus, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown took fourth (137-0/41.76m) and Mary Barnett was sixth (128-8/39.21m). Later in the meet, Barnett took third in the shot put (43-2 1/2 / 13.17m) and Johnson-McKeown placed fourth (41-8 1/2 / 12.71m). Kelsey Bueno pole vaulted 12-0 3/4 (3.68m) for seventh and Carly Fitzpatrick cleared 11-7 (3.53m) for ninth.

"Early on, Jake Baertlein did a great job in the pole vault," Sloan said. "Chris Baltazar wasn't even in the hammer scoring until his final throw and that was huge. Lee George winning the 1500m - that was an outstanding run by him and a lifetime-best. All of our distance crew did a nice job today. We had a couple of sweeps here and there that were big momentum builders. A great time by J Hopkins, I don't think we expected that. Ryan Barrett did a good job in the open 400 and came back on the 4x4. Brett Blanshan did a great job to get us a couple of points late in the meet in the 200m."

WSU decathletes Michael Bolligar and Sean Harris will compete April 2 and 3 at the UC Santa Barbara Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational. Next weekend the Cougars will split between competing at the Stanford Invitational and the SCC WAR V meet in Spokane.

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