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Record breaking weekend for track and field

Vallery Korir broke school record in women’s 10,000 meter

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Junior hurdler Christapherson Grant, left, clears the hurdles as he competes in a heat during the Cougar Indoor on Feb. 3.

Junior hurdler Christapherson Grant, left, clears the hurdles as he competes in a heat during the Cougar Indoor on Feb. 3.

ABBY LINNENKOHL | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

ABBY LINNENKOHL | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Junior hurdler Christapherson Grant, left, clears the hurdles as he competes in a heat during the Cougar Indoor on Feb. 3.

SAM HEIKELL, Evergreen reporter

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WSU track and field concluded a successful two days in California during which the Cougars participated in three different meets.

Distance runners and throwers competed in the Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Senior Vallery Korir led the Cougars on Friday, placing 19th overall in the women’s 10,000 meter with a time of 33:52.28, breaking her own WSU record in the event.

Redshirt senior Tyler Jackson took fifth place in the men’s discus with a personal record distance of 50.56 meters on his final throw in the men’s collegiate section. Redshirt senior Cole Smith finished sixth in the men’s javelin invitational section with a distance of 63.90 meters.

Redshirt senior Alissa Brooks-Johnson had a record-breaking day Saturday at the Jim Bush Legends Invitational at University of California, Los Angeles. She took first in the women’s 400 meter hurdles with a personal record time of 57.86. With the run, she broke her lifetime-best time and moved up to fourth in the WSU all-time record books for the event.

Brooks-Johnson also took third in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.73 seconds, good for seventh-fastest in WSU history. She later ran the anchor leg in the women’s 4×100 meter relay where the Cougars ran their best time of the season, taking second place.

Redshirt sophomore Molly Scharmann earned first place in the women’s pole vault with a final height of 4.10 meters, tied for third best in WSU history. Junior Katelyn Frost placed eighth in the event, clearing a height of 3.55 meters.

In the men’s 200 meter dash, senior Zach Smith took second place with a PR time of 21.32, with junior Ja’Maun Charles close behind him in third place with a time of 21.59.

Charles also took part in the men’s 4×100 meter relay, where the Cougars took second place with a season-best time of 40.67.

Redshirt senior Brock Eager continued his impressive season at the Stanford Invitational, finishing second overall with a personal-record toss of 69.57 meters, fourth-best in WSU history.

WSU Associate Head Coach Yogi Teevens said she was impressed with the sprinters’ performances Saturday.

“We had a really good day. Lots of PRs and season-best marks,” Teevens said. “The 4×100 relays both weren’t flawless, so I’m very excited about how fast they can get as the season progresses.”

The Cougars will look to keep improving as they compete at the Pepsi Team Invitational and the SCC War XI next Saturday.

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