March 20, 2010
LOS ANGELES -- The Washington State track and field competitors shook the indoor cobwebs off Saturday at two outdoor meets: in Los Angeles at the USC Trojan Invitational and at the Community Colleges of Spokane Dusty Lane Open meet at SFCC.
In LA, WSU junior All-American Marissa Tschida won the women's javelin throw with a heave of 172-feet, 8 inches (52.63m), just nine feet of her school record toss of 181-8 thrown last year and will place her in the top three if not the national lead in the event to date. Courtney Kirkwood tossed the spear 155-4 (47.36m) and Jennifer Hamilton threw the javelin 150-6 (45.87m), for fourth and fifth places, respectively. Kjirsten Jensen threw the hammer 170-3 (51.89m) for eighth place in the "A" section, just four feet off her lifetime best mark, and Cassie Whitfield won the "B" section with a PR toss of 166-9 (50.83m), over five feet more than her previous best. Ashley Kenney threw the discus a distance of 153-1 (46.66m).
The Cougar men's throwers also threw well today. All-American Jacob Weintraub 13th after throwing 142-9 (43.53m). Bartlett also threw a PR in the shot put with a second-place heave of 55-4 3/4 (16.88m) while Weintraub finished fourth with a mark of 54-8 (16.66m). Freshman Kyle Stevens took third place in the javelin with a throw of 199-6 (60.82m) and Mark Presby was fourth after throwing the spear 183-8 (55.99m).
On the track, WSU women sprinters took advantage of the warm temperatures. Princess Joy Griffey took second in the 100m with a time of 11.91 seconds and third in the 200m with a time of 24.17. Jacki Hill ran a PR time in the 200m of 25.81 and Brianne Brown ran a time of 26.40. Shawna Fermin was the top Cougar in the 400m dash with a time of 55.59 followed by Hill (57.03) and Brown (57.74). Anna Layman finished fifth in the 800m with a time of 2:15.14. The 4x400m relay squad of Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Fermin, Griffey and Layman was second in a time of 3:46.30.
Caroline Hedel finished third in the 400m hurdles with a PR time of 61.95 and Brittnay Crabb was fourth in a time of 62.21. Shaquana Logan clocked a 100m hurdles time of 14.31 and Jalisa Williams was time at 14.93.
Also at USC, the Cougar men established some early sprint marks. Freshman Greg Hornsby took third place in the 200m dash with a time of 21.81. Brett Blanshan ran a 100m time of 11.01 and a 200m time of 22.59 while Devin Giles ran 11.244 and 22.68 in the dashes. The 4x100m relay team of Blanshan, Nate Washington, Hornsby and Marlon Murray ran a time of 41.50 for fourth place.
Two-time NCAA intermediate hurdles champion Jeshua Anderson ran a training race in the 800m today with a time of 1:52.86 which was fifth-best in the race. Dana Wells did run the 400m hurdles today with a time of 53.82.
At the Dusty Lane Open in Spokane, freshman Stephan Scott-Ellis was a double-winner, taking the 100m dash in a time of 11.03 and then long jumping 23-0 3/4 (7.03m). André Jennings and Wesley McCann had a two-three finish in the 200m dash with times of 21.92 and 22.08, respectively. McCann was also the runner-up in the 400m dash (49.87) and Jennings was fourth (50.33). David Hickerson won the 800m with a PR time of 1:52.39, with Ian Smith second in 1:55.84. The men's 1500m saw Jono Lafler (3:51.48), Sam Ahlbeck (3:53.63), and Justin Englund (3:54.92) finish first through third. J Hopkins won the 400m hurdles in a time of 55.45.
Decathletes Kyle Schauble and Ramsey Hopkins ran and threw at this meet. Schauble won the 110m hurdles (14.98), threw the discus (100-9, 30.71m) and threw the javelin (169-9, 49.61m). Ramsey Hopkins ran a high hurdles time of 15.44, threw the discus 107-7 (32.80m) and threw the javelin (145-0 (44.20m). Schauble, R. Hopkins, McCann and J Hopkins ran on the winning 4x400m relay team. John Brenteson won the pole vault with a clearance at 14-9 (4.50m).
The Cougar women had a solid showing Saturday in Spokane. Cindy Robinson ran the 100m dash in 12.08, finishing behind Cougar signed recruit Chanel James (11.88), and won the 200m dash in a time of 24.81. Caroline Austin won the 800m race in a time of 2:15.17 with Marisa Sandoval fourth in a time of 2:23.09.
Heptathletes Angela Jensen and Jasmine Johnson-McKeown competed in several events. Jensen won the 100m hurdles (14.06) and threw the javelin a PR distance of 119-1 (33.30m). Johnson-McKeown ran the hurdles in 15.44, threw the javelin 106-9 (32.53m) and threw the discus a PR distance of 147-6 (44.96m).
In other women's field events, Maria Creech and Amanda Stewart tied for first in the high jump with clearances at 5-3 3/4 (1.62m). Loreah Winlow and Hilary Moore tied for first in the pole vault after clearing 11-7 3/4 (3.55m).
Next weekend several Cougars will be competing at the Stanford Invitational.