May 1, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Torrential rains, hail and lightening delayed but did not deter the Washington State track and field teams as they swept the dual meet with Washington Saturday at Mooberry Track in Pullman. The Cougar men reached 18 lifetime-best marks and defeated the Huskies 108 to 55 in the 99th meeting of the two teams, while the WSU women, with eight lifetime-best marks, won 114 to 49 in the 35th meeting with the UW.
"We really had some outstanding performances, especially under the conditions today," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "They would have been outstanding performances under any conditions, let alone a blustery day. We talk about the championship season starting with this meet and we're off to a good start. People have upped their game. That is why I like the dual meet, because there is accountability and an outcome, a winner and a loser. People perform differently when they are performing for their team rather than just for themselves and I think that showed today. I'm really happy with where we are and what we accomplished today. Hopefully we can build on this and keep moving forward at the conference meet and then the regionals and the national meets."
WSU's Jeshua Anderson (junior, Woodland Hills, Calif.) won the 110m hurdles in a personal-record time of 14.04 seconds and then came back won the 400m hurdles in a meet record and Mooberry Track record time of 49.63. Anderson, the two-time defending Pac-10 and NCAA intermediate hurdles champion, bettered the previous meet record time of 50.18 run by Washington's Shane Charles in 2006. Anderson also erased the 27-year old Mooberry Track record 49.69, run by Rob Cassleman for the Pacific Coast Club in 1983. Cassleman is a former WSU women's coach, father of former Cougar All-American 400m hurdler John Cassleman, and currently the official starter for the Cougar home track meets.
Cougar senior sprinter Princess Joy Griffey (Federal Way) erased a 24-year old meet record when she won the 100m dash in a time of 11.65 seconds, removing Pam Qualls-Reynolds's 1986 record of 11.67 run in 1986.
Kjirsten Jensen and Candace Missouri were double-winners as the WSU women won 16 of the 18 events Saturday. Jensen, a sophomore, won the hammer throw with a PR distance of 192-feet, 8 inches (58.74m), the third-best hammer throw in WSU women's history, and then won the shot put with a PR toss of 41-5 1/4 (12.63m). Missouri, a junior, won the long jump with a leap of 18-9 1/2w (5.71m) and took the triple jump title with a season-gest distance of 39-8 1/2 (12.10m).
Other Cougar women winners Saturday included Shawna Fermin (200m), Anna Layman (800m), Lisa Egami (1500m), Shaquana Logan (100m hurdles), Veronica Elseroad-Wall (400m hurdles in PR 1:00.59), Holly Parent (high jump), Jasmine Johnson-McKeown (discus), Marissa Tschida (javelin), and both relay teams.
The WSU men won 13 of the 18 events with Anderson and Stephan Scott-Ellis double winners. Scott-Ellis, a freshman, won the long jump with a mark of 23-8 1/4 (7.22m) and later in the afternoon won the triple jump with a PR leap of 51-3 (15.62m). Other Cougar men claiming victories included Reny Follett (400m), Joe Abbott (800m), Jono Lafler (200m),Sam Ahlbeck (3000m steeplechase), Trent Arrive (high jump), Joe Bartlett (shot put), Matt Lamb (discus), and the WSU men won both relays.
"We knew the weather wasn't going to be great but with the competition, we did a pretty good job throughout the meet," Sloan said. "There were a couple of events where we didn't quite get it done but we made up for it in other areas. Stephan Scott-Ellis had two big jumps out there. Jeshua Anderson had a pretty good day with his high hurdles going well. Brett Blanshan did a real nice job with a couple of nice runs. Kjirsten Jensen had a big PR in the hammer and then came back and won the shot put. All three javelin thrower performed well but they have an outstanding thrower in Brooke Pighin. I was glad to see Candace Missouri do well today; she's had a slow year and she did a really nice job in both the long and the triple jumps and that was great of her. Anna Layman had a good meet running a strong and controlled 800m and then ran a good relay leg. Intermediate hurdlers Veronica and Brittnay Crabb had good solid races with a PR for Brittnay and season-best for Veronica. We had a lot of guys and women perform well and it showed in the score."
The Cougar multi-events performers, decathletes Kyle Schauble and Ramsey Hopkins and heptathletes Angela Jensen and Jasmine Johnson-McKeown, will compete at the Pacifici-10 Conference Combined Events championships May 8-9 in Berkeley. The rest of the Cougar teams will compete at the conference meet the following weekend in Berkeley.