May 12, 2012
EUGENE -- Washington State junior Stephan Scott-Ellis won the men's long jump Saturday, the first day of the 27th Annual Women's and 82nd Annual Men's Pac-12 Conference Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. The sunny day brought a high temperature of 79 degrees at 5 p.m., just as some of the longer races began.
Scott-Ellis, from Tacoma, the 2011 conference triple jump champion, leaped a lifetime-best 25-feet, 9 1/4 inches (7.85m) which was wind-aided by a 3.9 meters per second gust. Scott-Ellis opened the competition with a leap of 25-5 1/2 (7.76m) which was aided by a 2.1 mps wind, and placed him in the lead until California's Hammed Suleman matched that distance on his third attempt. Scott-Ellis came back with the winning mark on his third attempt which held for the victory. Just to remove all speculation about the effect of the wind in reaching the winning mark, Scott-Ellis soared to a non-wind-aided PR mark of 25-6 1/2 in his fifth attempt which would have won the event, and is the ninth-best in WSU all-time records. Scott-Ellis passed on his sixth and final attempt to save energy for his defense of his triple jump title Sunday afternoon.
Courtney Kirkwood Simmons and her sister Christine Kirkwood, from Othello, Wash., finished second and third in the women's javelin. Simmons, a senior, threw a season-best 166-3 (50.68) for second place and Kirkwood, a freshman, tossed 161-9 (49.31m) for third place. Anna Adamko, a freshman from Vancuover, Wash., also scored for the Cougars with a season-best throw of 150-1 (45.75m) for seventh place. Celena Ward's javelin throw of 138-9 (42.29m) was ninth and Jaclyn Onosko's toss of 115-8 (35.27m) was 18th.
Jovan Vukicevic, a junior from Serbia who struggled during the season with injuries, cleared a Cougar-career PR of 7-1 1/2 (2.17m) to tie for fourth place in the conference, and his mark tied for 10th-best in WSU all-time records. Shawn Swartz cleared 6-9 (2.06m) which tied for 14th.
Joe Bartlett finished fifth in the men's shot put with a heave of 53-9 (16.38m). John Brenteson took eighth place in the pole vault after clearing 16-4 1/2 (4.99m) but Jake Baertlein did not clear a bar. Sam Ferenchak placed eighth in the javelin with a toss of 207-3 (63.18m).
On the track for final races Saturday, Caroline Austin just missed scoring in the women's 3000m steeplechase, running a PR time of 10:28.59 for ninth. In the same event, Ruby Roberts was 13th (10:37.20) and Emily Farrar was 18th (11:01.22). In the men's steeplechase, Andrew Gonzales finished 10th (9:10.35) and David Hickerson was 18th (9:29.34). Andrew Kimpel did not finish in the men's 10,000m.
In a women's field final, Mary Barnett finished 11th in the shot put with a toss of 43-3 3/4 (13.20m).
In prelim heats Saturday, Jacob Sealby's 400m time of 47.49 (6th) advanced him into the Sunday race but Brandon Dawson just missed the final after running a season-best 48.09 for ninth. WSU's 110m hurdlers Ramsey Hopkins, with season-best time of 14.28 for third, and Josiah Sims' PR of 14.41 (5th) will both run Sunday. Joe Abbott won the third heat of the 800m in a time of 1:51.73 while Lee George (3:47.82 - 11th) and Todd Wakefield (3:48.21 - 12th) are the last two runners to qualify for the 1500m final.
J Hopkins is the lone Cougar advancing to the men's 400m hurdles, after winning his prelim heat with a time of 51.56, which is third-best of the heats. Rashaun Johnson was 10th (53.33), Dana Wells 12th (54.02), and Robert Shelby did not finish his race.
Shawna Fermin won her heat of the women's 400m dash with a PR time of 52.95, second-best in WSU history.
Competing Saturday but not advancing from the prelims included Greg Hornsby's season-best 100m dash time of 10.61 (15th) and Brett Blanshan's time of 10.80w (21st). Blanshan also ran the 200m prelims in a time of 21.58 (16th). The men's 4x100m relay team of Johnson, Hornsby, Blanshan and Dawson finished ninth in the prelims in a time of 41.28 with the top eight teams moving on. In the 110m high hurdles Sean Harris ran a time of 15.18 (17th) and Aric Walden ran a time of 15.98 (19th).
In the women's 100m dash prelims, Cindy Robinson was 13th (11.83) and Chanel James was 15th (11.87). Robinson came back later in the day to run a PR time in the 200m of 24.10 (13th) and James ran a time of 24.63 (19th).
Shaquana Logan finished 10th (13.69w) and Candii McFarland was 14th (14.11w) in the women's 100m hurdles, and later in the day in the 400m hurdles, Logan was 16th (1:01.73) and McFarland was 18th (1:02.48). Katie Fleischer ran a time of 4:39.91 for 19th in the 1500m.
After eight scored events for, UCLA leads the men's team scoring with 45 points followed closely by Oregon's 44 and Arizona's 43. The Oregon women lead the team standings with 48 points after seven scored events, followed by Stanford and USC with 40 points each. The WSU men have 20.5 points for ninth and the Cougar women have 16 points for eighth.
The Pac-12 Conference Track & Field Championships resume with individual events and relays May 13, in Eugene.