Track and field dominates Dawgs in dual meet

Cougars swept UW in competition for first time since 2010



Redshirt senior hurdler/multi-event performer Alissa Brooks-Johnson wins the women’s 4x100 meter relay as the anchor for the WSU team, adding points toward the women’s win during the WSU-UW Dual on April 28 at Mooberry Field.

AVERY COOPER, Evergreen reporter

WSU track and field beat University of Washington in a rare dual meet between track and field squads Saturday in Pullman.

The Cougar men won by a score of 89-74, while the women were victorious with a score of 88-75. This is WSU’s first sweep of UW since 2010.

Wayne Phipps, director of cross country and track and field, said it was a great day for the program.

“Everyone went out and competed hard,” Phipps said in a WSU news release. “To win by 15 points on the men’s side and 13 points in the women’s side, I couldn’t ask for anything more, especially being at home.”

Under Phipps’ leadership, this is the first time the Cougars have achieved dual wins over the Huskies on the men’s or women’s side. In total, 23 WSU athletes achieved personal records at the meet.

Sophomore Atina Kamasi won the women’s javelin throw with a lifetime-best toss of 53.36 meters.

“Doing well at this meet makes me so confident going into the Pac-12 Championships and the NCAA regional meet,” Kamasi said in the release, “and that’s important.”

Junior distance runner Chandler Teigen won the men’s 1500 meter. He said it was crucial for the team to beat the Huskies.

“The last couple of years, the distance-distance matchup between us and the University of Washington has been the deciding factor in the outcome of the meet,” Teigen said in the release, “so to be able to put [up] some points is really important to me and my teammates.”

Redshirt senior hurdler/multi-event performer Alissa Brooks-Johnson claimed first in three of the six events in which she competed. She took home the high jump and the 100- and 400-meter hurdles.

Sophomore Lauren Newman finished with an event win and personal record of 5.88 meters in the women’s long jump, just edging out Brooks-Johnson, who came in second with a personal record.

Senior Zach Smith won the men’s 100- and 200-meter dashes and competed with teammates in the men’s 4×100 meter relay. The Cougars lost the event but posted a time of 40.26 seconds.

Smith said the time should qualify the relay team for the NCAA First Round.

“This was my last meet here as a Coug and I was really looking forward to it,” Smith said in the release. “Beating the Dawgs today was just the icing on top. I’m looking forward to Pac-12s and NCAA Round One.”

The Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships will be held this Saturday and Sunday at Cobb Track and Angell Field in Stanford, California.