March 27, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -- Washington State freshman Stephan Scott-Ellis finished second in the triple jump but leaped a lifetime-best distance of 50-feet, 10 inches during the last day of the Stanford Invitational Meet at Cobb Track and Angell Field.
"We had some pretty solid performances at Stanford," Rick Sloan, Cougar Head Coach said. "If I were grading with As, Bs and Cs, there are quite a few As and a whole lot of Bs. We had some very good performances with the strongest coming from our distance group. Sam Ahlbeck was terrific and Lisa Egami had two excellent performances. Those two and Dan Geib would get As. Geib really pushed the pace with about 2000m to go in the 10k Friday night, passing guys who later worked to catch up at the finish. It was a great race for him."
Scott-Ellis, from Tacoma, reached the 50-10 (15.49m) distance on both his fourth and fifth attempts of the men's invitational event.
Kendall Mays (junior, Spokane) pole vaulted an outdoor PR height of 12-9 1/2 (3.90m) for fifth place.
Cougars had strong performances in both the men's and women's 800m races. Luke Lemenager (senior, Maple Valley, Wash.) finishing third in the men's 800m in a time of 1:49.56, and Joe Abbott (sophomore, Reno) took fourth in a time of 1:49.95, both just off their PRs for this distance. David Hickerson (sophomore, Spokane) ran a time of 1:52.99 and Jeshua Anderson (junior, Woodland Hills, Calif.) ran a time of 1:53.15 in the same event. In the women's 800m race, Lisa Egami (senior, Coquitlam, B.C.) ran a season-best time of 2:08.87 (14th) with Cougar freshmen Courtney Zalud (Colbert, Wash.) running a PR time of 2:10.66 and Caroline Austin (Chehalis) running a season-best time of 2:14.96.
Brett Blanshan (freshman, Selah) placed sixth in the men's 200m dash with a PR time of 21.59w. Ryan Barrett (junior, Graham) ran a 200m time of 21.98w and André Jennings ran a time of 22.06. Freshmen women Shawna Fermin (Victorville, Calif.) and Cindy Robinson (Norwalk, Calif.) ran 200m times of 24.97 and 25.00, respectively.
The men's 4x400m relay of J Hopkins, Reny Follett, Abbott and Barrett placed fourth with a season-best time of 3:16.17. The women's "B" squad of Jacki Hill, Caroline Hedel, Zalud, and Cindy Robinson ran a time of 3:51.44 for fifth place.
In racing late Friday night, Dan Geib (junior, Reno) finished sixth in the 10,000m race with a PR time of 29:22.95, and Justin Englund (redshirt freshman, Federal Way) finished 28th in a time of 30:29.97.
Next weekend the Cougars will split squads with a small group competing at the Texas Relays in Austin and a larger contingent participating in the Sam Adams Classic at Whitworth University in Spokane.
Additional quotes from Coach Sloan about other Cougars at Stanford: "Abbott and Lemenage both had strong runs in the 800m as did Lisa Egami, Courtney Zalud and Caroline Austin. Egami ran the 1500m strong too.
"Jeshua Anderson's intermediate hurdles race was a real easy race for him. He was under control and not even breathing hard after the race. He ran a good 800m race today as a strengthening exercise to get him prepared for the prelims and finals on back-to-back days at the Texas Relays.
"Stephan Scott Ellis struggled in the long jump but recovered with a nice job in the triple jump. Two jumps exactly the same is a strong performance.
"Brett Blanshan's 10.83 and 10.85 time in the 100m and then the 200m time of 21.59 were solid. In the 200m he ran a great turn in lane one and had a strong run. He is coming along and moving in the right direction.