Feb. 11, 2012
SEATTLE -- Washington State University's Jacob Sealby ran a lifetime-best time of 47.35 seconds to win the men's invitational 400m dash race Saturday at the Husky Classic Indoor track and field meet at the Dempsey Indoor Facility.
Sealby, a sophomore from Wenatchee, Wash., took .50 seconds off his previous PR time for the invitational race win. WSU teammate Brandon Dawson (senior, Fairfield, Calif.) finished sixth in the quartermile invite race with a time of 48.36. Dawson and Sealby ran the first two legs of the 4x400m relay which was the runner-up in the invitational race with J Hopkins and Dana Wells finishing the relay legs. The relay ran a season-best time of 3-minutes, 12.02 seconds.
In the women's 400m dash invitational race, Cougar Shawna Fermin (junior, Victorville, Calif.) was the runner-up in a PR time of 55.11. Fermin also ran the lead-leg of the third-place women's 4x400m relay with the other legs consisting of Chanel James, Candii McFarland and Shaquana Logan running a time of 3:46.36. Logan (junior, Tacoma) also tallied a sixth-place finish in the 60m hurdles final (8.47) and finished 20th in the long jump (5.36m/17-7).
Andrew Kimpel (sophomore, Spokane) ran a PR time in the men's 3000m invite race of 8:10.15 for 30th. In the other men's 3k race, Drew Jordan (redshirt freshman, Medford, Ore.) finished second with a PR time of 8:09.06 while Lee George (redshirt freshman, Ferndale, Wash.) ran a PR time of 8:24.71 (26th).
"Jordan had a very gutsy, competitive run and I liked the way he attacked the race and it was a huge PR," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "Across the board, most of our distance runners are not sharp yet but they did a good job and a lot got PRs and are not happy with their marks. That is a good thing as they are going to continue to get better."
Other notable performances for the Cougar men Saturday included the 60m hurdles where Aric Walden (freshman, Newport, Wash.) finished fourth in a time of 8.19 with Garrett Gerling seventh in a PR time of 8.28 and Josiah Sims eighth in a PR time of 8.29.
Cindy Robinson ran a PR time in the women's 60m dash prelims of 7.64 and then ran 7.66 for seventh place in the final.
In the 800m run, Joe Abbott (senior, Reno) looks to be regaining his All-American form with an 11th place finish in a time of 1:51.89. In the women's race, Courtney Zalud (junior, Colbert, Wash.) took 15th place in an early-season time of 2:11.76.
Caroline Austin (junior, Chehalis, Wash.) ran a 3000m PR time of 9:46.27 for eighth place.
"Overall I think the Cougars performed well and stepped up to the plate where the challenges were and did a pretty good job,' Sloan said at the conclusion of the meet. "I'm encouraged by the progress we are making. In the next two weeks we should continue to get better and be competitive in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. I am happy with the fact that people are performing pretty well and are dissatisfied with how they are performing so I know their expectations are high. They need to fulfill those expectations and we'll be pretty good."
Saturday at the University of Arkansas Tyson Invitational meet in Fayetteville, Stephan Scott-Ellis (junior, Tacoma) finished fifth in the men's triple jump after leaping 51-7 3/4 (15.74m) in his first attempt and then fouled the next five attempts. Shawn Swartz (junior, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia) tied for eighth in the men's high jump after clearing 6-11 (2.11m) which equals his season-best.
The next competition for the Cougars track and field teams will be the Vandal Collegiate meet, Feb. 18 in Moscow.
MORE QUOTES FROM COACH SLOAN: "I'm very happy for Brandon Dawson. He has worked very hard all year long and was just not racing well. Coach Richardson has done a great job of getting him to settle down and relax and do what he does every day in practice. That is starting to pay dividends as he ran a 48.36 in the 400m and then came back in the 4x400m relay to run a 48.4 lead-off leg and Sealby ran 46.3 on his leg. He was a strong force for us.
"All the men high hurdlers did well. Aric is running consistently and learning as he goes along.
"On the women's side, Shaquana Logan had a nice day and Cindy Robinson ran a couple of PRs in the 60m dash and had a good time in the 200m Friday night. Shawna Fermin ran 55.2 in the lead leg of the relay.