March 23, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- A warm evening welcomed the Washington State University javelin throwers Friday at the USC Trojan Invitational track and field meet first day at Locker Stadium/Cromwell Field on the USC campus.
Freshman Christine Kirkwood (Othello, Wash.) placed second in the women's javelin with a collegiate debut toss of 164-feet, 2 inches (50.05m). Her older sister, All-American Courtney Kirkwood Simmons finished fourth with a toss of 160-4 (48.87m). BYU's Allyson Wardell-Andersen edged Kirkwood to win the competition with a throw of 167-11 (51.19m). WSU's Anna Adamko (freshman, Vancouver, Wash.) threw 137-7 (41.95m) for ninth and Jaclyn Onosko, (sophomore, Kent, Wash.) threw the spear 129-2 (39.37m) for 10th.
"This was a good job by Christine who has been nursing some sore ribs. I had her use a short approach but as the competition moved along she felt confident to use the long approach and she lit up again," Cougar Associate Head Coach Debra Farwell said. "I was happy with that and happy with Courtney's six throws today."
In the men's javelin, Sam Ferenchak (freshman, Vancouver, Wash.) threw a personal-record distance of 216-9 (66.07m) on his first attempt on the night. His mark held up for third place in the event. Derek Byrne (freshman, Yakima, Wash.) tossed a distance of 183-4 (55.88m) for ninth. USC's Cooper Thompson won the men's javelin with a throw of 235-2 (71.69m).
"Sam opened with that big throw but didn't back it up with a solid series like he did last week," Farwell said. "It was good for him to see some of the big throwers in the country tonight at this meet."
WSU will have a large contingent competing at the USC Trojan Invitational Saturday events in Los Angeles.