May 13, 2012
EUGENE -- Washington State had a trio of performers earn silver medals Sunday at the 27th Annual Women's and 82nd Annual Men's Pac-12 Conference Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Stephan Scott-Ellis, a junior from Tacoma, finished second in the men's triple jump after winning the long jump Saturday. Chris Benard from Arizona State won the triple jump title with a leap of 53-feet, 10 1/2 inches (16.42m), accomplished on his second attempt of the day. Scott-Ellis held onto second place with third and fourth attempts of 51-9 3/4w (15.79m) and 52-2 1/2 (15.91m). In the sixth round, the third-place jumper, Arizona's Nick Ross, moved ahead of Scott-Ellis with a leap of 52- 5 1/2w (15.99m). Scott-Ellis roared back and finished the competition with his lifetime-best leap of 52-5 1/2 (16.05m), the 10th-best triple jump mark in WSU history.
"Stephan did very well at this meet," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "After winning the long jump last night with a great performance, he came out today and got himself in a good position in the triple jump. He had to battle today and needed a lifetime best in this final jump. He handled himself very well and was very calm with no drama or theatrics; just took care of business. He had 18 of our points."
Joe Abbott, a senior from Reno, was the runner-up in the men's 800m run with a time of 1 minute 48.59 seconds after the come-from-behind finish by Oregon's Elijah Greer to win in a time of 1:48.48.
Shawna Fermin, a junior from Victorville, Calif., captured second place in the women's 400m dash with her second PR time in two days. Fermin's Sunday final time of 52.66 is the second-fastest time in Cougar women's history.
Ramsey Hopkins, a junior from San Diego, ran the 110m hurdles in a wind-aided PR time of 14.13 for third place while Josiah Sims (junior, Tacoma) finished seventh in a time of 14.52. J Hopkins took fifth place in the 400m hurdles with a time of 51.57. Jacob Sealby (sophomore, Wenatchee) ran the 400m dash in a time of 47.50 for seventh place.
The women's 4x100m relay squad of Chanel James, Cindy Robinson, Candii McFarland, Fermin ran a time of 45.02 for sixth place, and the time is the fourth-fastest in school history. The 4x400m relay team of Shaquana Logan, Bria'una Watley, James and McFarland ran a season-best time of 3:45.94 for 11th.
Jasmine Johnson-McKeown threw the discus 141-8 (43.18m) for 13th place. In the triple jump Lauran Johnson leaped 39-8 3/4 (12.11m) for 15th and Kayla Warren reached a distance of 38-4 (11.68m) for 16th. Christine Rice tied for 11th in the high jump after clearing the opening height of 5-4 1/2 (1.64m), while Johnson did not clear a bar. Kelsey Bueno did not clear the opening bar in the pole vault.
Oregon's men's (140 points) and women's (200.5 points) teams won the titles. The Cougar men scored 56.5 points for eighth and the WSU women were ninth with 27 points.
"I thought we had good effort and were very competitive at this meet which is tougher now that there are 12 schools dividing up the points," Sloan said. "With the two new schools and everyone else stepping up their game, this is a very, very competitive track meet. We had a lot of people who reached their season best or their lifetime best marks and will go unrecognized because it wasn't good enough to get in the scoring. The Cougar performed well but not up to the standards of this meet in a point-producing situation.
"The men's team had some good showings with Jacob Sealby in the 400m, Joe Abbott ran a great race but came up against the hometown hero in the 800m, and the 1500m guys made it into the final but fell short of scoring. Ramsey Hopkins clobbered the sixth hurdle but righted himself and fought to the finish for third place. Josiah Sims had good set of races too. J Hopkins did not have his best race today but still scored in fifth. Oliver Henry came in ranked lower in the discus but competed up to sixth place and did a nice job. Same for Sam Ferenchak in the javelin Saturday.
"Shawna Fermin was fantastic and only got caught in the last 50 meters of the 400m. It was a big breakthrough for her in both the prelims and the final and looked great anchoring our 4x1 relay. The women javelin throwers were outstanding and Courtney Simmons did a nice job. We scored 16 points in the javelin. There were big performances by our women's team; Caroline Austin with a lifetime best in the steeplechase, Cindy Robinson and Chanel James in the sprints, Shaquana Logan had a great run in the hurdles, Lauran Johnson in the triple jump. Good performances all along but the level of competition is just that much higher.
"We'll go to work recruiting and continue to do our due diligence in preparation and we'll get better and be more competitive at this meet next year. And we will continue to train our people going to the NCAA first rounds at the end of the month."
Qualified Cougars will next compete at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds May 24-26 in Austin, Texas.