Jan. 28, 2012
PULLMAN -- The Washington State men's and women's track and field teams swept the dual meet scoring and four more meet records fell Saturday in the second day of the Cougar Indoor meet at WSU's Indoor Facility.
The Cougar men's team had dual scores of 90-32 over UCLA, 95-27 over Idaho, 103-19 over Montana, and 94-27 over Utah State. The Cougar women's team also grabbed four dual wins with scores of 68-51 over UCLA, 78-40 over Idaho, 86-35 over Montana, and 76-45 over Utah State.
"Throughout the meet we had some areas where we didn't get the job done but other people stepped in a picked up the slack. It was a total Coug effort all the way through," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "This is only the third meet of the season and I like where we are. We'll go back to the drawing board now and re-ignite and get back out and compete."
WSU junior Stephan Scott-Ellis was a double winner, claiming the men's triple jump with a meet record and lifetime-best leap of 52-feet, 5 1/4 inches (15.98m), the 10th-best mark in school history, and bettering Cougar Jamil Smith's 2005 meet record of 50-6 3/4 (15.41m). Friday night Scott-Ellis long jumped a PR and meet record distance of 24-8 1/2 (7.53m) to win that event.
On the women's side of the ledger, Idaho's Hannah Kiser was a double-winner with a meet record mile time of 4:44.31 which surpassed former Vandal Dee Olson's 2006 time of 4:51.53, and then came back to win the 800m in a time of 2:13.96.
Cougar Jacob Sealby (sophomore, Wenatchee) won the 400m dash in a meet record time of 48.46 seconds, erasing Utah State's Nick Karren's 2008 time of 48.66. Sealby also anchored the winning men's 4x400m relay team of J Hopkins, Brandon Dawson and Robert Shelby that ran a time of 3:17.97.
Also on the oval, WSU's Andrew Gonzales (sophomore, Kennewick) won the 3000m in a PR and meet record time of 8:18.11, erasing the 2005 time of 8:20.31 run by Utah State's Mike Nielson. Utah State's Daniel Howell finished second in this year's 3k with a time of 8:18.54, also surpassing the Aggie alum's meet mark.
Dana Wells (junior, Tieton, Wash.) ran a PR time in the men's 200m of 22.28, leading a first through fourth place finish for WSU. Drew Jordan (redshirt freshman, Medford, Ore.) and Andrew Kimpel (redshirt sophomore, Spokane) finished one-two in the mile with Jordan's time of 4:13.92 being a lifetime-best. Ramsey Hopkins (junior, San Diego) won the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.09 after running a PR time of 8.07 in the prelims.
In the field, a pair of Cougars won events with PR marks: Shawn Swartz (junior, Port Coquitlam, B.C.) won the high jump with a height of 6-11 (2.11m) which is an indoor PR for him, and Joe Bartlett (senior, Reno) won the shot put with a heave of 57-7 3/4 (17.57m).
Chanel James led a one-two-four Cougar scoring finish in the women's 200m. Carly Fitzpatrick (junior, Sumner, Wash.) became the 10th Cougar woman to break the 12-foot threshold in the pole vault as she cleared exactly 12-0 (3.66m) Saturday for fifth place.
Marcus Nilsson led UCLA with a first through third placing in the men's heptathlon, winning with a score of 5.362 points. WSU's Michael Bolligar (junior, Peoria, Ariz.) finished fourth with 5097 points.
The WSU track and field teams will next compete in Moscow, Idaho, at the Vandal Indoor Feb. 3 and at the Runners Soul Open Feb. 4.
ADDITIONAL QUOTES FROM COUGAR HEAD COACH Rick Sloan:
"I think one thing that was important was that Cassie Whitfield started us off well (Friday night) with a second place in the weight throw against Idaho and Utah State. That gave us a good start.
"On the women's side, Chanel James did a really nice job, especially in the 200m where we have non-banked turns. I was happy with Carly Fitzpatrick clearing 12-feet for the first time. As far as scoring in the meet, our women hurdlers did a good job and the women distance runners had a nice meet across the board.
"From the men's standpoint, Stephan Scott-Ellis had a good performance last night in the long jump with a 24-8 and then to come back today with almost a 16-meter triple jump, those are two really strong performances. Shawn Swartz is on a roll right now and he looked good in the high jump.
"Ramsey Hopkins ran both hurdles races under 8.10 seconds and that is championship-level scoring with that time. All the Cougar men high hurdlers ran well. Brett Blanshan is starting to drop his 60m time back down again. "Dana Wells was a big surprise for me. Running the winning 200m time in the slow heat and to be honest I didn't think Dana had that kind of sprint speed in him and that was a good race for him.
"Jacob Sealby is doing it every week now on a consistent basis. In addition to his meet record 400m time of 48.46 he ran a 48-flat time anchoring the 1600m relay team win. He looks very strong and very fast and I'm looking forward to seeing him run on a big track.
"The men's distance guys did a real nice job today. Andrew Gonzales had a really strong run in the men's 3k and that is 30 left-hand turns in a place like WSU's facility.
"Happy for Joe Bartlett who had a lifetime indoor best in the shot put and only a few inches short of his outdoor PR and he had a good series in the final."