April 2, 2011
TUCSON -- Washington State competitors won seven events and racked up 20 lifetime-best marks Saturday at the Jim Click Shootout Track and Field meet at the University of Arizona's Drachman Stadium.
In the men's team scoring, Ohio State won with 161 points followed by Minnesota with 157, Arizona with 156 points and Washington State with 151. Arizona claimed the women's team title with 176 points followed by Ohio State with 169, Washington State with 162, and Minnesota with 155.
"I am very proud of the way our team competed against the University of Arizona and the two Big Ten teams. We were leading at a certain point on both sides and we accomplished what we came here to do," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "We had some spectacular marks and some people really made significant improvements today."
WSU's Jeshua Anderson was a double winner taking the 110m hurdles with a wind-aided personal-best time of 13.86 seconds, and winning the 400m hurdles with a time of 49.33. He also anchored the winning 4x400m relay (3:10.07). In the intermediate hurdles, J Hopkins was the runner-up in a PR time of 51.23 and Dana Wells took fourth place with a PR time of 52.96.
Holly Parent won the women's high jump with a PR leap of 6-feet, 3/4 inches (1.85m) which is the fourth-best height all-time for a Cougar woman high jumper. Arizona's Brigetta Barrett, the 2011 NCAA Indoor champion, finished second after also clearing 6-0 3/4 but missed on her first attempt at the final height as Parent cleared on the first attempt. WSU's Christine Rice took fourth place with her PR leap of 5-10 3/4 (1.80m) which is the eighth-best high jump in WSU history.
Marissa Tschida and Courtney Kirkwood went one-two in the women's javelin with Tschida, the defending Pacific-10 Conference champion, throwing 171-0 (52.13m) and Kirkwood finishing second with a throw of 169-5 (51.64m). The defending Big Ten Conference champion, Ohio State's Maggie Mullen, placed third with a throw of 152-9 (46.55m).
Other top scorers for the Cougar women were Ashley Kenney taking second in the discus with a PR throw of 164-2 (50.04m), Kelsey Bueno and Kendall Mays finished second and third respectively in the pole vault after both cleared 12-0 (3.66m), and in the 3000m steeplechase, Caroline Austin was second (11:03.03) and Amanda Andrews third (11:35.07). Shawna Fermin's third place time in the 400m was a PR of 54.39 and ties for the eighth-best time in school records. Chanel James' 100m dash time of 11.82 (fourth) is tied for the fifth-fastest women's 100m time in WSU history.
Cougars scoring high on the men's side included Joe Abbott's second place in the 800m in a time of 1:49.16 while Matt Cronrath ran a PR time of 1:51.42 for third place. Brett Blanshan placed second in the 200m with a PR time of 21.07 and third in the 100m with a wind-aided PR time of 10.45. Nate Washington also had a good day in the sprints placing fourth in the 200m with a PR time of 21.30 and fifth in the 100m in a PR time of 10.51w. Kyle Stevens was the runner-up in the javelin with a toss of 199-11 (60.94m).
"I felt this was a great event. Fred Harvey and his staff at Arizona and Jim Click, the sponsor, really put on a great show. It was a great track and field meet under very warm, sunny skies," Sloan said. "We would have liked to have won but we had some great team performances and both the men's and women's teams have moved to base camp two on the summit of Everest. We have moved to a different plateau. We are ready to take that as our base platform and move to the next one."
The Cougars track and field teams will compete next weekend at the Texas Relays in Austin and at the Oregon-Washington Clash III hosted by Community Colleges of Spokane.