Scott-Ellis Fifth in Long Jump at NCAA T&F Final Championships
June 6, 2012
DES MOINES, IOWA -- Washington State junior Stephan Scott-Ellis earned his third All-America certificate with his fifth-place finish in the men's long jump Wednesday at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Johnny Bright Field & Jim Duncan Track in Drake Stadium on the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa.
Scott-Ellis (junior, Tacoma) opened the first flight competition with a leap of 23-feet, 10 inches (7.26m) and followed with his best leap of the day, a 2.6 meters per second wind-aided leap of 25-7 1/4w (7.80m). His third attempt of 24-2 3/4 (7.38m) was not an improvement and after the second flight's first three attempts Scott-Ellis was in fifth place heading into the final. His final three attempts netted distances of 24-5 1/2 (7.45m) and 23-8 3/4 (7.23m) before he passed on his last attempt due to a sore hamstring. Texas junior Marquise Goodwin led the competition with his opening leap of 26-10 1/2 (8.19m) but won after soaring on his final attempt to 27-0 (8.23m).
"I'm feeling really blessed because my hamstring was acting up a little bit so I'm grateful that I was able to pull out with a fifth-place finish," Scott-Ellis said.
Scott-Ellis, the 2012 Pac-12 long jump champion and 2011 Pac-10 triple jump champion, earned All-America honors at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships last March with his seventh place finish in the triple jump and 13th place finish in the long jump. His legal lifetime-best long jump mark of 25-6 1/2 (7.78m) is ninth-best in WSU history. He plans to compete at the United States Olympic Trials at the end of this month in Eugene.
The Cougar women's 4x100m relay of Shaquana Logan (junior, Tacoma), Cindy Robinson (junior, Norwalk, Calif.), Candii McFarland (freshman, Las Vegas) and Chanel James (senior, Tacoma) ran a time of 45.41 for 21st.
Shawna Fermin (junior, Victorville, Calif.) ran a 400m dash time of 52.99 seconds for 18th place.
A pair of Cougar women javelin throwers had disappointing performances in Wednesday's competition. Anna Adamko (freshman, Vancouver, Wash.) threw a distance of 146-9 (44.73m) for 19th place and Courtney Kirkwood Simmons (senior, Othello, Wash.) threw the spear 144-9 (44.13m) for 22nd place.
"Stephan did a real nice job in the long jump competition and scored points for us. Fifth place at the nationals is a great accomplishment," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "Our relay kind of missed the last handoff and it was still not a bad time but at this level you have to have a near perfect race to even have a chance. I thought Shawna Fermin ran a good race, with a time under 53 seconds again but the level of competition here is so remarkable that even with a good performance by her, she was still back in her heat. Unfortunately we struggled in the javelin with both only throwing in the 140s. I thought we might be able to score there but it wasn't in the cards."
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