Abbott, Scott-Ellis, and Bolligar Finish Strong at MPSF Championships
Feb. 25, 2012
SEATTLE -- Washington State University's Joe Abbott, Stephan Scott-Ellis and Michael Bolligar had top three finishes Saturday at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships at the Dempsey Indoor Facility in Seattle.
Stephan Scott-Ellis, winner of the MPSF long jump Friday night, traded places with the runner-up for the triple jump final. Scott-Ellis triple jumped 52-feet, 1 3/4 inches (15.89m) for second place while ASU's Chris Benard leaped an NCAA Automatic qualifying mark of 53-11 (16.43m) to win.
Joe Abbott (senior, Reno) ran a season-best 800m time of 1-minute, 49.47 seconds but was the runner-up as BYU's Miles Batty, the collegiate record-holder in the mile, ran an 800m time of 1:49.17.
Michael Bolligar (junior, Peoria, Ariz.) captured third place in the men's heptathlon with 5,406 points, the second-best heptathlon in Cougar men's history. He ended the first day's competition in second place and after the 60m hurdles (8.83) was in fourth place but moved up to third after pole vaulting 14-1 1/4 (4.30m). Bolligar ran the 1000m in a time of 2:39.43. UCLA's Marcus Nilsson won the hept with 5700 points while Oregon's Dakotah Keys was second with 5,660 points.
"Michael did a great job and competed through some difficulties but kept his head up when it would have been easy to go in the tank after the pole vault," Cougar Head Coach and multis coach Rick Sloan said.
Jacob Sealby (sophomore, Wenatchee) took eighth place in the 400m dash with a time of 48.32, and Brandon Dawson finished 11th in a time of 48.83. Sealby ended the day anchoring the WSU men's 4x400m relay team of Dawson, Abbott, and J Hopkins to a fourth place finish in a time of 3:10.49.
A trio of Cougar men scored in the 60m hurdles with Aric Walden (freshman, Newport, Wash.) fifth in a time of 8.22, Josiah Sims (junior, Tacoma) sixth in a PR time of 8.28, and Garrett Gerling (redshirt freshman, Walla Walla) seventh in a time of 8.38.
In the field events, Jovan Vukicevic (senior, Serbia) took fifth place in the men's high jump with an indoor PR mark of 6-11 1/2 (2.12m), and Shawn Swartz tied for 13th after clearing 6-7 1/2 (2.02m). Joe Bartlett (senior, Reno) took fifth place in the shot put with a toss of 57-2 1/4 (17.43m) and Matt Wardell finished 14th (50-0/15.24m).
"I'm proud of the men's team. I thought they stepped up and competed hard. For the Cougar men it was as good of a meet as I could have hoped for coming into the competition," Sloan said. "I thought 60 points would be a great meet for us and we scored 61. The points came a little different than I had imagined. Stephan Scott-Ellis did a great job both days. Joe Abbott's race didn't get out fast enough for Joe to run the time he wanted. With 100 meters to go he moved out and around people and the only guy that beat him is the collegiate record-holder in the mile. Jovan did a good job today in the high jump. Joe Bartlett had a good series of throws. Our high hurdlers did well even though Aric didn't have his best race but he and Josiah and Garrett got some good points in the hurdles final. Our relay did a good job with Jacob Sealby running 49.5 on his anchor leg. Their time of 3:10 is pretty darn good. And the run yesterday by Jono Lafler was pretty spectacular."
The Cougar women's points came on the track as Shaquana Logan took sixth place in the women's 60m hurdles in a time of 8.54, and Cindy Robinson (junior, Norwalk, Calif.) finished seventh in the 60m dash with a time of 7.63 after running a prelim PR time of 7.58 Friday. Shawna Fermin (junior, Victorville, Calif.) ran a 400m dash PR time of 54.89 for eighth place. Mary Barnett heaved the shot put a PR distance of 45-8 /12 (13.93m) and just missed scoring with ninth place.
"There were some bright points for the Cougar women through the competition," Sloan said. "Cindy Robinson did some great things and scored in events where she was not seeded to score. Shawn Fermin did a great job and Shaquana Logan did a really nice job competing in the pentathlon and then come back to score in the hurdles. Katie Fleischer with the freshman school record was good for us. Mary Barnett's PR in the shot put was a positive note for us."
Cougar men competing but not scoring included Mack Young, 23rd in the 800m (1:55.38), Todd Wakefield, 10th in the mile (4:05.54) and David Hickerson 13th in the mile (4:06.81). In the 3000m, Andrew Gonzales took 19th (PR 8:11.57), Jono Lafler was 25th (PR 8:20.45) and Justin Englund was 27th (8:25.77).
Other WSU women's results included Courtney Zalud 16th place finish in the 800m (2:12.96), Ruby Roberts finished 22nd in the women's mile (4:53.18), and Caroline Austin was 31st in the 3k (9:58.93). The 4x400m relay squad of Candii McFarland, Chanel James, Logan and Fermin finished 11th in a time of 3:50.48. In the triple jump, Kayla Warren took 11th (38-4/11.68m), while Shantae Young placed 13th (37-11 1/2/11.57m), and Lauran Johnson placed 16th (36-4 3/4/11.09). Kelsey Bueno was 21st in the pole vault (11-5/3.48m) while Carly Fitzpatrick did not clear a height.
Arizona State won the men's team title with 131.5 points and Stanford won the women's team championship with 125 points. The WSU men placed sixth with 61 points and the Cougar women were 10th with 13 points.
"The MPSF Championships is the culmination of our indoor season except for the people who might be going on to the NCAA meet, and it signals the beginning of the outdoor season," Sloan said. "With the outdoor season comes the intermediate hurdles and the javelin, two strongholds for the Cougars. I'm pleased, especially with the men, with the performances we had here and I'm very excited to get to the outdoor season and on to the Pac-12 and national championships."
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