WSU indoor track and field impress at two meets

Caicedo sets world-best 60-meter, De Mello snags fifth-fastest time in program history



Then-redshirt sophomore sprinter Tierney Silliman (left) and then-sophomore sprinter Jordyn Tucker race neck and neck down the track during their 60-meter dash heat Jan. 19, 2019 at the Indoor Practice Facility.

ALENA RINEHARDT, Evergreen reporter

WSU indoor track and field started the 2022–23 season in Spokane at the Spokane Invitational and accumulated a total of four wins and multiple top marks. They have only added more accolades from there.

During the Spokane Invitational on Dec. 10, 2022 Maribel Caicedo took the win in the 60-meter hurdles and achieved the fourth-fastest time in program history. Micaela De Mello finished in second and is notched as having the fifth-fastest time in program history. The Cougars also achieved a total of 25 personal bests during this meet.

The following meet, the Cougar Classic Invitational, on Jan. 13, resulted in a huge accomplishment by Caicedo. She not only became the fastest 60 hurdler in Cougar history, but she also set the current world-best 60 hurdle time.

De Mello finished right behind her, achieving second all-time. The Cougars ended with five top-10 marks in the country in this second meet.

The University of Washington Indoor Preview involved many personal bests from the young men’s distance team who traveled to Seattle for the meet. The entire team ended up setting personal bests in their events and Alec Barran and Aiden Emerson, both freshmen, each set a personal best in the mile.

Multiple wins were secured in the Idaho McCluskey Memorial Open on Jan. 20–21. Nana Gyedu placed first in the women’s shot put and Ronald Grueso Mosquera placed second in the men’s shot put. In total, between the men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams, the Cougs secured four podium finishes.

The distance team headed back to the west side for the University of Washington Invitational, which took place Jan. 27–28. Caicedo took another first-place win in the 60 hurdles and De Mello took third in the New Mexico Team Open in a split weekend Saturday. The women’s 4×400 relay team also secured a first-place win in this open. Combined with the distance team, the Cougs achieved 18 personal-best times.

The WSU indoor track and field team will compete in the WSU Invitational in Spokane at The Podium on Feb. 2–4.