March 24, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Washington State University senior thrower Joe Bartlett won both the shot put and discus Saturday at the USC Trojan Invitational track and field meet at Locker Stadium/Cromwell Field on the USC campus.
Bartlett, a senior from Reno won the men's shot put with a heave of 57-feet, 6 1/4 inches (17.53m), and later in the afternoon won the discus with a throw of 169-4 (51.61m). Cougar teammate Oliver Henry (junior, Spanaway, Wash.) took second in the discus with a throw of 163-4 (49.78m), just one inch under his lifetime-best thrown last weekend in Spokane.
"My series in the shot put really gave me and Debra (Coach Farwell) a lot of encouraging signs," Bartlett said. "Now we know for sure we're moving in the right direction. Not only was the weather gorgeous but we had our first crack at beating some Huskies at this meet. It's nice to be able to get out in the sunshine and not have to brave the elements of the Palouse!"
In addition to WSU, teams from Texas A&M (preseason rankings: men No. 6, women No. 7), Oregon (men No. 16, women No. 1), BYU, Michigan, Washington and host USC (men No. 13, women No. 3) competed at the Trojan Invite.
"Joe had a long foul today in the discus so I am encouraged that he is getting up there," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "All of our throwers, for the most part, did a good job at this meet, starting with Christine Kirkwood and Courtney Simmons getting over 160-feet in the javelin Friday and Sam Ferenchak reaching 216 in the men's javelin. Oliver Henry right at his lifetime-best and with a consistent series of throws in the discus"
The WSU men's 400m hurdles corps fared well with senior J Hopkins (Everett) leading the way, finishing third with a time of 51.80 seconds. Rashaun Johnson's time of 52.24 was good for sixth place and Dana Wells took ninth with a time of 53.26.
"These were pretty good time for this event this time of year," Sloan said. "J kind of struggled at the start of the race but was very strong at the end. And it was a really good race by Rashaun Johnson, just over his lifetime-best, but a smooth, strong-looking run."
In the men's 100m dash, Brett Blanshan and Richard Wilhite finished eighth and ninth respectively with times of 10.85 for Blanshan and 10.87 for Wilhite. Blanshan also ran the 200m with a time of 21.76 for 10th. The 4x100m relay squad of Johnson, Greg Hornsby, Wilhite and Blanshan finished fourth with a time of 41.21. The 4x400m relay team of Brandon Dawson, Hopkins, Robert Shelby and Wells ran a time of 3:19.38 for 10th.
For the WSU women, Shaquana Logan (junior, Tacoma) long jumped 18-7 (5.66m) for third place and placed fourth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.97.
Shawna Fermin (junior, Victorville, Calif.) ran a PR time in the 200m dash of 24.06 which was eighth-best on the day. Running into a headwind, Chanel James (senior, Tacoma) was ninth in the 100m dash with a time of 12.35. The Cougar women's 4x100m relay team of Cindy Robinson, James, Candii McFarland and Fermin finished third in a time of 45.93.
"Shawna ran a great 200 and it was a good race for her," Sloan said. "The relay was okay for the women. I was happy the relay opened the season under 46-seconds. I think this is going to be a pretty good relay when we get it ironed out."
In the field events Saturday, Lauran Johnson (junior, Vallejo, Calif.) took fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-5 (1.65m) and triple jumped 37-1 (11.30m) for 10th. Mary Barnett (sophomore, Hermiston, Ore.) threw the shot put 43-5 (13.23m) for sixth with Jasmine Johnson-McKeown tossed the shot 42-0 1/2 (12.81m) for eighth.
"We got the outdoor season officially underway last weekend and this weekend got to see more performances in better weather," Sloan said. "Now we regroup and get ourselves together and get ready for the dual meets next weekend. We're limited to 34 of each gender and we need to find the best 34 that have the best likelihood of scoring points for us."
The WSU track and field teams will return to Los Angeles next Saturday for a double dual scoring meet with teams from Tennessee and UCLA on the Bruins' campus.