April 24, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State's Jeshua Anderson and Idaho's Mykael Bothum were double winners and five meet records fell Saturday at the 10th Annual Cougar Invitational Track & Field Meet at Mooberry Track in Pullman.
Anderson, a junior All-American intermediate hurdler, did not run his specialty but won the 800m in a time of 1-minute, 54.45 seconds, and won the 110m hurdles in a time of 14.46w seconds.
Bothum won the women's discus with a throw of 166-feet (50.59m), and won the shot put with a meet record toss of 51-feet, 7 inches (15.72m), breaking her own meet record of 51-5 3/4 (15.69m) set in 2008.
Others breaking meet records included WSU's Dominic Smargiassi who won the men's 3000m race in a time of 8:31.87, wiping out the 2005 mark of 8:39.22 set by WSU's Ryan Freimuth. The WSU men's 4x400m relay team of J Hopkins, Joe Abbott, Luke Lemenager, and Reny Follett ran a time of 3:14.49, bettering the previous record of 3:14.74 set by Idaho State in 2000.
In the women's 1500m, Montana's Katrina Drennen (4:28.89) and Kesslee Payne (4:34.51) finished one-two for the Grizzlies and surpassed the previous meet record of 4:36.93 run by WSU's Anna Blue in 2001. A trio of Gonzaga women shattered the 3000m record of 10:26.00 run in 2006 by Ashley Puga of Northwest Nazarene. Zags Brenn Donnelly (10:15.84), Brittany O'Regan (10:18.96), and Laura Volcheff (10:20.39) all bettered the meet record.
Cougar women winning events on their home track included Veronica Elseroad-Wall in the 400m hurdles (1:01.44), Caroline Austin in the 3000m steeplechase (11:34.04), Holly Parent in the high jump (5-9 1/4, 1.76m), Hilary Moore in the pole vault (11-10 3/4, 3.63m), and Marissa Tschida in the javelin (158-9, 48.39m).
Other WSU men claiming victories Saturday included Sam Ahlbeck in the 1500m (3:56.88), J Hopkins in the 400m hurdles (52.64), Stephan Scott-Ellis in the long jump (PR 24-4 1/2, 7.43m), and Matt Lamb in the discus (177-8, 54.15m).
Other notable performances included EWU's Nicole Luckenbach winning the women's hammer with a toss of 199-8 (60.85m). WSU's Kjirsten Jensen finished second in the hammer but with a PR toss of 185-4 (56.49m) which is the fourth-best hammer throw in WSU women's history. Idaho finished one-two in the men's hammer as James Rogan won with a toss of 207-0 (63.10m) and Beau Whitney took second with a toss of 205-1 (62.52m). Ryan Weidman, a coach a Spokane CC, won the javelin with a throw of 220-10 (67.30m) as former Cougar Curt Borland heaved the spear 216-1 (65.87m). Also passing the 200-foot mark were a pair of Montana throwers, Justin Graff (210-6, 64.17m), and Jason Flemmer (202-6, 61.73m). Just missing the big mark was Wes Nolen, competing unattached, who threw 199-1 (60.32m). Future Cougar, Chanel James from Spokane Community College, won the women's 100m dash in a time of 11.93.
"This weekend we wanted to be at home, get out and compete, and our number one goal is to do well and stay healthy. We had some pretty good marks, and to my knowledge, everybody came out healthy," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "So now we are making our preparations and getting well-rested for the Huskies and the championship season that is upon us."
Sloan pointed out several performances by Cougars Saturday saying, "Kjirsten Jensen's PR in the hammer throw was nearly a 10-foot improvement. Stephan Scott-Ellis reached a PR in the long jump and I think he is on the verge of putting a jump way out there. I was happy with the women's discus as Ashley Kenney and Jasmine Johnson-McKeown did a good job of competing with both reaching season-best throws. It was a cool, breezy day and one that you don't want to take too many clothes off but still people wanted to come out and get some good performances."
Washington State hosts Washington May 1, in the annual dual meet: the 99th edition for the men's teams and the 35th meeting for the women's team. Action begins at 11 a.m. at the Mooberry Track Compex.