Cougars battle adverse conditions

Track placed first in several competitions in Eugene despite weather



Freshman decathalon athlete Sander Moldau clears the pole during the wet and windy Oregon Pepsi Team Invitational on April 7 in Eugene, Oregon.

SAM HEIKELL, Evergreen reporter

Making a trip to Eugene,  Oregon, WSU track and field continued to see success at the Pepsi Team Invitational on Saturday, as athletes earned top finishes across the board.

Despite the meet being delayed almost an hour due to rain and wind, redshirt juniors Brock Eager and Amani Brown got the day started on a high note. Eager took first in the men’s hammer throw with a final distance of 65.33 meters, while Brown finished close behind in second place with a personal-record toss of 63.07 meters.

In the women’s hammer throw, redshirt sophomore Aoife Martin earned a second-place finish with a final throw of 54.98 meters, sixth-best in WSU history. Junior Kaitlin Krouse also finished second in the women’s discus with a heave of 42.87 meters.

In the men’s high jump, junior Peyton Fredrickson took first place with a final height of 2.01 meters. Junior Keelan Halligan was right on his heels, tying for second place with a season-best jump of 2 meters.

The Cougars took the women’s pole vault by storm with four athletes placing in the top five. Redshirt sophomore Molly Scharmann was in control, taking first place with a final height of 3.94 meters. Freshman Emily Coombs tied for second place with a height of 3.79 meters and junior Katelyn Frost and freshman Macee Erickson tied for fifth at 3.64 meters.

Freshman Sander Moldau and redshirt senior Abu Kamara finished seventh and eighth in the men’s long jump, while redshirt senior Greer Alsop finished fourth on the women’s side.

Moldau also took first in the men’s pole vault with a clearance of 5.15 meters, a season best.

In the women’s javelin throw, sophomore Atina Kamasi took first place with a throw of 45.27 meters on her fourth attempt, while redshirt sophomore Madelyn Sirmon and sophomore Kelsey Kehl finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Redshirt senior Cole Smith brought home a victory on the men’s side of the event with a toss of 62.98 meters

The men’s 4×100 meter relay team of senior Zach Smith, juniors Ray Littles, Ethan Gardner and Ja’Maun Charles took second place, coming in a fraction of a second behind Brigham Young University with a time of 40.95.

Senior Vallery Korir earned first in the women’s 3000 meter race, winning the Cougars’ sole event on the track.

After a weekend at the University of Oregon, the Cougars will have nearly two weeks to prepare for their next meet, the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, California.