Feb. 25, 2011
SEATTLE -- Washington State track and field competitors racked up 10 personal record marks Friday at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships, a two-day competition held at the University of Washington's Dempsey Indoor Facility.
The Cougar women's distance medley relay squad of Courtney Zalud, Shawna Fermin, Anna Layman, and Ruby Roberts were runners-up with a time of 11 minutes, 18.14 seconds, the second-best time in WSU women's history. Oregon's DMR team won in a time of 11:09.75.
The men's distance medley relay squad of Matt Cronrath, Jeshua Anderson, Joe Abbott and Todd Wakefield finished sixth in a time of 9:39.87, the fifth-best DMR time in WSU men's history. Relay squads from Oregon (9:26.78) and Arizona (9:28.87) broke the MPSF meet record with their one-two finishes.
Stephan Scott-Ellis (sophomore, Tacoma) placed second in the long jump with a lifetime-best leap of 24-feet, 3 3/4 inches (7.41m). In the women's long jump, Shaquana Logan (sophomore, Tacoma) took seventh place after leaping a PR distance of 19-0 1/2 (5.80m). Candace Missouri finished 11th with a long jump of 18-2 1/4 (5.54m).
In the men's 200m dash final, Greg Hornsby finished sixth in a time of 21.68, and Nate Washington took seventh place with a PR time of 21.71. Other Cougars and their places included Marlon Murray (21.76, 9th), Rashaun Johnson (PR 21.84, 11th), and Brett Blanshan (21.91, 14th).
Junior Cassie Whitfield (Spanaway, Wash.) finished eighth in the women's 20-pound weight throw after tossing the ball 55-8 1/2 (16.98m).
Angela Jensen opened the women's pentathlon competition with the top time in the 60m hurdles of 8.68 seconds. She cleared 5-1 (1.55m) in the high jump, threw the shot put a PR distance of 34-2 1/4 (10.42m), long jumped 17-0 (5.18m), and was in sixth place going into the final event, the 800m run. In spite of running a PR time in 800m of 2:28.77, Jensen took seventh place with 3,530 points.
Sean Harris is in 14th place after the first four events in the men's heptathlon with 2,662 points. He opened with a PR time in the 60m dash of 7.30 seconds. Next, Harris long jumped 20-1 1/2 (6.13m), threw the shot put 39-10 (12.14m), and high jumper 6-0 (1.83m).
In the 5000m races, Chelsea VanDeBrake finished 10th in a PR time of 16:45.81, the ninth-best time in Cougar women's 5k history. Andrew Gonzales finished 14th in the men's 5000m in a PR time of 14:17.91.
In the men's 60m hurdles prelims, Ramsey Hopkins' time of 8.08 equaled his PR time and was third fastest and Jeshua Anderson ran a time of 8.12, fifth-fastest in the prelims. Both advance to the Saturday final. Greg Hornsby ran the fastest time in the 60m dash prelims of 6.83 and will be the lone Cougar in the final.
Among Cougar men competing Friday but not advancing or scoring were Garrett Gerling (60m hurdles, 8.35, 12th), Marlon Murray (60m dash, 6.95, t-11th), Nate Washington (60m dash, 6.95, t-11th), and John Brenteson (pole vault, 15-9 3/4, 4.82m, 12th).
WSU women competing Friday but not advancing or scoring included Shaquana Logan (60m hurdles, 8.62, 10th), Angela Jensen (60m hurdles, 8.64, 12th), Chanel James (60m dash, 7.73, 18th, and 200m, PR 25.10, 20th), Cindy Robinson (200m, 25.19, 22nd), and Morgan Clem (60m dash, 7.71m t-15th, and 200m, 25.41, 24th)..
After six events the Stanford men lead the team standings with 40.5 points and Arizona State leads the women's team standings with 54 points. The Cougar men are seventh with 16 points and the WSU women are ninth with 13 points. The remaining events begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Dempsey Indoor facility.