Jan. 16, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State junior Jeshua Anderson won the 60m hurdles and the 800m run while freshman Andrew Kimpel, competing unattached, won the men's mile in a meet record time of 4-minutes, 17.03 seconds Saturday at the Eighth Annual WSU Open Indoor meet.
Over 525 athletes dove into the track and field season at the two-day meet held at WSU's Indoor Performance Facility. Many Cougars did not compete, having just one week of school and training under their belts in the new year, and other Cougars competed unattached in the meet.
Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) won the men's 60m hurdles in a time of 8.10 seconds after running 8.08 in the prelims, and won the 800m run in a time of 1-minute, 54.34 seconds.
Kimpel (Spokane) made his indoor debut by besting Andrew Jones' (WSU) 2007 mile time of 4:18.72. David Hickerson (Spokane) also bettered the mile time with his second-place finish in a time of 4:18.46.
Idaho had two women reach NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks. K.C. Dahlgren won the women's pole vault with a height of 13-feet, 1 1/2 inches (4.00m) and Mykael Bothum won the shot put with a throw of 50-8 3/4 (15.46m).
Washington State women claiming wins Saturday included Chelsea VanDeBrake (Yakima) in the mile (5:18.66), Amanda Andrews (Gig Harbor) in the 800m (2:26.35), and Emily Farrar (Bainbridge) in the 3000m (11:07.81). Cougar men with victories included freshman Brett Blanshan (Selah) in the 60m (6.87), freshman Wesley McCann (Puyallup) in the 200m dash (22.60), and Dan Geib (Reno) in the 3000m (8:34.69).
"This was a very good beginning for us. I am happy to get the season underway and I thought people competed well," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "The mark that catches my eye more than any other in the meet is Brett Blanshan's 6.87 in the 60m dash. That is a real strong run for a freshman in his first meet. That is a time that traditionally makes the final at the Mountain Pacific Championship meet. And freshman Greg Hornsby did a nice job with a couple of 6.90 runs.
"There are a sizeable number of people who are going to be strong contributors to our team's success all year long, and especially in the months of May and June, who did not compete today. We should see the Cougs in full strength participation next week."
Washington State hosts the Cougar Indoor Invitational meet Jan. 22-23 with teams from Idaho, Eastern Washington, Montana, Utah State, and Spokane CC joining the Cougars.