WSU track and field show out at Idaho McCluskey Memorial grand opening in Idaho

Idaho McCluskey Memorial opened Friday, honored Lauren McCluskey, ended with four Coug podium finishes

ALENA RINEHARDT, Evergreen reporter

The Idaho McCluskey Memorial open held Friday and Saturday, proved to be another great success for the WSU men’s and women’s indoor track team, as well as a day of remembrance for all. 

The Idaho McCluskey Memorial Open last Friday, the memorial opening included the official ribbon-cutting and official dedication ceremony for the new Lauren McCluskey Indoor Track.

Lauren McCluskey was a Pullman native and Pullman High School track member. She also attended University of Utah, where she ran track and would often train at University of Idaho track facilities during winter months. Lauren McCluskey was murdered in 2018 by a man that she only briefly dated, and one year after her passing Idaho renamed the track meet that is held at Uof I in her honor.

Between both the men’s and women’s indoor track teams, the Cougs ended the Idaho McCluskey Open with a total of four podium finishes. Nana Gyedu, a WSU freshman, ranked first for now the second meet in a row in women’s shot put with a mark of 14.52m.  Suzy Pace achieved second place in the women’s high jump and Ashley Hollenbeck earned a personal best as well as third place in the 60-meter dash. 

Ronald Grueso Mosqquera secured second place in men’s shot put, along with Bode Brewer achieving a personal best in the 60m.  

Matt and Jill McCluskey donated $1 million to resurface the UI track in the Kibbie Dome. The dome will officially be dedicated to Lauren McCluskey Friday at the Invitational.