Aug. 6, 2012
When the Washington State track and field home meets moved a stone's throw north from Martin Stadium to the current location, the first meet held at Mooberry Track was a double dual meet between the men's teams from Washington State, Idaho and Montana, Sat., March 28, 1981. The WSU men dominated both Idaho (114-49) and Montana (126-29).
At this meet, senior Doug Nordquist (Brea, Calif.) high jumped 7-feet 2 1/4 inches (2.19m) which would stand as a record for the new stadium for only a few weeks until he bettered that mark with a school-record leap of 7-4 1/2 (2.25m) in dual wins against Oregon (86-77) and Idaho (124-35) April 18, 1981.
The tall (6-4) and lanky (180-pounds) Nordquist led a double-life on campus. He was also the drum major for the Cougar Marching Band and was equally at home gliding backward over the high jump bar as he was twirling the baton and leading the band at halftime of the WSU football games. Nordquist's high jump mark is currently tied for fourth-best in the WSU all-time records.
Nordquist was on the 1981 WSU men's track team that was named the top dual meet team in the nation by Track & Field News with 11 dual wins and no losses. Another member of that squad was Georges Kablan, a sprinter from the Ivory Coast. At the WSU/Oregon/Idaho meet Kablan ran a Mooberry Track record 100m dash time of 10.47 seconds. He also ran the third leg of the men's 4x400m relay with John Avognan, Jeff Ramsey, and Chris Whitlock that ran a stadium record of 3 minutes 7.47 seconds. This same relay team went on to run a school-record time of 3:07.12 at Corvallis in 1981.
Look for more Memorable Mooberry Moments in the coming weeks.