Feb. 19, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State track and field competitors grabbed 10 wins and reached 11 lifetime-best marks Saturday at the WSU Open II Indoor track and field meet, a two-day competition held at WSU's Indoor Facility.
Cougar women claiming wins on the oval Saturday included Chanel James in the 60m dash with a time equaling her PR of 7.62 seconds in the prelims and then winning in a time of 7.65, Cindy Robinson in the 200m running a season-best time of 25.21, Ramona Morshead in the 3000m running a time of 10-minutes, 42.61 seconds, the 4x400m relay of Jalisa Williams, Courtney Zalud, James, and Veronica Elseroad-Wall in a time of 3:55.20.
In women's field events, joining Cassie Whitfield, Friday night's weight throw winner, were Christine Rice who high jumped a PR of 5-feet, 8 1/2 inches (1.74m), and Bianca Walton who triple jumped 37-10 1/2 and led a one-two-three Cougar women finish. Angela Jensen ran the top collegiate 60m hurdles time of 8.72, with Canadian Olympian and Idaho assistant coach Angela Whyte winning the hurdles in 8.14. Mary Barnett threw the shot put a PR distance of 44-10 3/4 (13.68m) for second place.
WSU men taking wins Saturday included Rashaun Johnson in the 200m with a time of 22.05, J Hopkins in the 400m dash with a time of 50.79, Andrew Gonzales in the mile with a PR time of 4:14.83, and Ross VanZanten in the high jump clearing 6-7 (2.01m). Garrett Gerling finished second in 60m hurdles with a PR time of 8.35, Joe Bartlett took second in the shot put with a PR throw of 55-7 1/2 (16.95m), and Drew Jordan took third place in the mile with a PR time of 4:19.53.
Cougars who reached lifetime-best marks at the WSU Open II meet included Sean Harris in the 60m dash (8.51m) and in the pole vault (14-9/4.50m), Nate Washington in the 60m dash (6.95), and Ashley Kenney in the shot put (42-2/12.85m),
The meet served as a tune-up for many schools in the weekend leading up the conference indoor championships. Washington State teams will compete at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships in Seattle Feb. 25-26, and many Cougars strived to improve their marks to be included in the next meet.
"Some did make that mark today and some did not," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "We will move forward with the competitors who did and the ones who we already knew were our main people. I think we are going to take a solid team over to the Mountain Pacific meet. The women's competition is going to be tough. We have a good team but so does everybody else. I think our men's team can be competitive but it depends on how well some of the other teams do. I trust that we are going to perform very well. We are going to put up a good number of points on the men's side, especially. We need our bodies rested and as healthy as we can possibly be and then turn loose the reigns and let them go crazy."
Asked to comment on some of the Saturday performances by the Cougars, Sloan said, "I was pleased with Sean Harris and his two lifetime-best marks which were solid, but we actually expected more than that. He is capable of more and with good rest he should have a good meet in Seattle. I was happy to see Christine Rice reach 5-8 1/2 in the high jump and it was a nice-looking jump. I think John Brenteson is ready to break through in the pole vault after having some big clearances early. It was good to see Chanel James running her PR in the 60m dash."