WSU track and field shines at Buc Scoring Invite with impressive wins and personal bests

Suzy Pace, Justin Sands lead WSU’s jump group, secure first-place finishes and personal bests

ALENA RINEHARDT, Evergreen reporter

The WSU outdoor track and field team jumped higher than ever at the Buc Scoring Invite last Thursday and Friday.     

The final day of the invite proved to be very successful for the Cougs, with two wins from the jump group, five podium finishes from the throws group and multiple advances to the finals. 

Suzy Pace started out the meet strong by achieving her first win of the season and 11th of her career, by clearing 1.58 meters on her first jump and 1.63m on her second attempt for the women’s high jump. 

The WSU men’s long jumpers led an impressive feat by all three advancing to the finals, where Justin Sands secured first place and another personal best (6.82m) at his second jump during the finals. 

Sands now boasts back-to-back wins so far this season. 

Matthew Metcalf also took third place (6.56m) in the men’s long jump and Eli Lawrence made his WSU debut a notable one by placing fifth (6.29m). 

Women’s shot-put also was commemorable, with Nana Gyedu finishing in second (14.26m) and Gracie Strickland achieving a personal best and as well as placing third (13.64m).

Ronald Grueso Mosquera took the lead in the men’s discus and placed first with a mark of 52.05m on only his second throw of the afternoon. His teammates Max Moore and Caden Hottman did not disappoint and followed Mosquera’s success by taking second (50.18m) and third place (46.73m), respectively. 

The meets this weekend will split the WSU outdoor track and field team, as some will be attending the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas and some will be attending the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, California.