Track and field achieves record breaking weekend

18 personal record marks were earned by Cougar athletes



WSU junior hurdle Christapherson Grant, middle, focuses as he clears the hurdle during his 60-meter hurdles heat at the WSU Indoor Open on Saturday at the Indoor Practice Facility.

DANIEL PARAMO, Evergreen reporter


WSU Track and Field won or took top marks in nine events this weekend at the 16th Annual WSU Indoor Open. They also achieved 18 personal records collectively over the two-day competition.

Teams from Gonzaga University, University of Idaho, Eastern Washington University, Whitworth University, Spokane Community College, Central Washington University, Lewis-Clark State College, University of Puget Sound and Linfield College all traveled to Pullman to compete at the event.

“I was really impressed by the way we competed,” said WSU Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Wayne Phipps in a WSU news release. “It is nice to get a meet at home in the early season to work on some things and a great opportunity for local schools to compete as well.”

Field events took place on the first day of competition, including the pole vault, weight throw and triple jump. Katie Nageotte, a volunteer coach who also competes at the professional level, took the women’s pole vault event, setting a meet record of 4.76 meters. This mark also set a personal record and would tie her for second in the world rankings.

Redshirt sophomore Molly Scharmann won second place with her own personal record mark at four meters, the sixth best women’s pole vault mark in WSU history.

“Overall, I’m happy with my results,” said Scharmann in the release. “I’ve been working toward a four-meter bar since last year, so it was a relief to get it.”

Redshirt junior Brock Eager and redshirt junior Aoife Martin won the weight throw competitions for the men and women, respectively, for the second time this season. They previously won the event at the Ed Jacoby Invitational Meet in Nampa, Idaho. Both throwers improved on their marks from that meet, and Martin earned a new PR of 17.23 meters.

Washington State swept the women’s triple jump as alum Kiana Davis took first, with three current Cougar athletes finishing right behind her. Davis managed to break her own record from last year’s WSU Open with a distance of 12.84 meters.

The second day of the WSU Open featured the remainder of the field competitions. Sophomore Lauren Newman won the women’s long jump with a PR of 5.65 meters, while junior Chrisshnay Brown’s victory in the women’s shot put rounded out the field competitions.

The Cougs won several of the track events as well. Junior Regyn Gaffney took first in the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.58 seconds, while junior Ja’Maun Charles won the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 6.85 seconds.

Sophomore Nick Johnson won the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of eight seconds.

WSU’s next meets will be Jan. 26 and 27 at the UW Invitational in Seattle and the New Mexico Team Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Cougs will once again split their team to compete in both meets simultaneously.