Feb. 26, 2011
SEATTLE -- Washington State University track and field competitors reached 13 lifetime and 27 season-best marks during the two days of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the University of Washington's Dempsey Indoor Facility.
Sophomore Stephan Scott-Ellis was the top scorer for the Cougar men with 14 points, taking third place in the triple jump Saturday with a leap of 50-10 1/4 (15.50m) after his second place long jump finish Friday night.
Cougar senior and team captain Jeshua Anderson added 13 points individually plus relays points to the team total. Anderson finished second in the 400m dash with a time of 47.13 seconds only 10 minutes after running to a fourth-place finish in the 60m hurdles (8.10). Brandon Dawson also scored in the 400m with a seventh place in a time of 48.21 while Jacob Sealby ran a PR time of 49.05 for 15th. Ramsey Hopkins took fifth place in the 60m hurdles final with a time of 8.19.
Greg Hornsby and Arizona State's Daniel Auberry both ran a 60m dash final time of 6.84 with Auberry getting the edge for second place and Hornsby was relegated to third place.
The Cougar men's 4x400m relay team of Hornsby, Dawson, Sealby and Anderson ran a season-best 3:10.80 for second place, just 46/100s second off Oregon's winning time.
"The 4x4 guys did a good job in tough circumstances and that is their best time of the year but they can run faster," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "During the first leg, Greg Hornsby had to evade a starting block left in the first lane. Jacob Sealby ran a really good leg, running in the low 47-seconds on his split. We may see them at a meet next weekend to qualify for the NCAA Championships."
Joe Abbott finished second in the 800m run after winning his heat with a time of 1:50.86. Two-time All-American Anna Layman was tripped and tumbled to the track on the opening turn of the women's 800m race but the race continued without a restart, leaving Layman without a time.
The lone WSU woman to score on the track Saturday was freshman Ruby Roberts who finished eighth in the mile with a time of 4:50.25. Caroline Austin placed 15th in the mile with a season-best time of 4:58.18.
In the women's 3000m, senior Chelsea VanDeBrake finished 11th and dropped her PR time by 11 seconds with a time of 9:37.10, the sixth-fastest time in school history. Sarah Bobbe claimed the WSU freshman school record with her 3k PR time of 9:48.91 (16th).
"Chelsea did a great job at this meet, running two lifetime-best marks," Sloan said. "And Sarah Bobbe's freshman school record time was very nice to see."
Other Cougar women competing Saturday included Shawna Fermin (400m, 57.66, 21st), Courtney Zalud (800m, 2:11.76, 13th), Caroline Austin (800m, 2:15.05, 18th), and Ruby Roberts (800m, 2:22.60, 22nd). The women's 4x400m relay of Angela Jensen, Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Zalud and Chanel James finished ninth in a time of 3:55.92.
Results from WSU men racing but not scoring included Todd Wakefield (mile, 4:12.12, 11th), Matt Cronrath (mile, 4:13.80, 13th), David Hickerson (mile, 4:15.26, 14th), Andrew Gonzales (3000m, 8:23.90, 26th), and Andrew Kimpel (3000m, 8:33.87, 30th).
In other field events, Ryan Deese and Ross VanZanten both high jumped 6-8 1/4 (2.04m) for 10th and 12th places, respectively. The height was a PR for VanZanten. Deonta Edwards cleared 6-6 1/4 (1.99m) for 14th place. Joe Bartlett threw the shot put 52-8 1/4 (16.06m) for 12th.
In women's field events, Bianca Walton triple jumped a PR distance of 38-11 1/2 (11.87m) for ninth place and Candace Missouri leaped 37-4 (11.38m) for 15th. Hiliary Moore finished 11th in the pole vault after clearing 12-2 (3.71m) while Ksenija Marovic did not clear a bar in the pole vault competition. Mary Barnett threw the shot put 4-11 3/4 (12.49m) for 13th place.
Sean Harris did not finish the men's heptathlon 60m hurdles race, the fifth of the seven events, because of re-aggravating his left knee during the high jump competition Friday night.
Stanford won the men's team title with 107.5 points followed by Arizona (102), UCLA (82.5), Oregon (79), Arizona State (72.5), California (66), Washington State (63), Washington (57), Long Beach State (20), and Cal State Northridge (13.5).
Oregon won the women's team competition with 138 points followed by Arizona with 128. The rest of the team scoring was Stanford (96.5), Arizona State (92), Washington (62.5), California (60), UCLA (33), Cal State Northridge (22), Washington State (16), UC Irvine (9), and Long Beach State (4).
"We had some bright points and some people had their eyes opened at this meet but we will continue to work," Sloan said. "I saw some performances, like Bianca Walton's 38-foot triple jump, and thought that was encouraging."