Regan, Roberts roll at Relays

From staff reports

Junior Abby Regan and senior Ruby Roberts both experienced career days at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday and remain red-hot in the month of April. 

Roberts grabbed third place in the Women’s Olympic Developmental Elite 1,500-meter race with a lifetime best of 4 minutes and 18.57 seconds, which also earned her the third-best time in WSU women’s all-time records. 

Earlier in the day, Regan stepped up alongside 137 competitors and won the women’s University/Open 1,500-meter event with a new personal record time of 4:19.49, which is the fourth-best time in WSU’s all-time records. 

But the Cougars weren’t done making history. Sophomore CharLee Linton paced herself in the 10,000-meter race with a time of 35:17.29, the third fastest time in WSU history.  

The relays continue to be a relatively successful event for WSU as the team of junior Bree Winfrey, sophomore Christiana Ekelem, sophomore Dominique Keel, and junior Erin Allen finished second in the 22-squad field with a season best time of 3:40.21. 

The hurdles weren’t as favorable for the Cougar women. Allen was the lone Cougar who finished a hurdle event in the top eight. She ran a personal record time of 59.52 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles good for seventh place and sixth-best in WSU history. Redshirt sophomore Candice McFarland finished in time of 13.82 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles for ninth, while also running the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:04.81.   

Top finishes in the sprints also eluded the WSU women as Keel ran the 100-meter dash just under 12 seconds, placing her in 46th. Redshirt senior Courtney Zalud ran the 800-meter race in a time of 2:10.53, which earned her 35th place.

In the women’s field events, junior Celena Ward took third place in the javelin, throwing a personal record distance of 150 feet on her final attempt. Her record throw also earned her a spot in the Washington State’s top 10 all-time records.   

The men also had success in the javelin event. Senior Kyle Stevens finished in third place with a personal record toss of 220 feet and 6 inches. Junior Sam Ferenchak followed closely behind and earned a fourth place finish with toss of 220 feet and 1 inch, just missing his life-time best throw by one inch.   

Meanwhile, the men performed well in the hurdles. Freshman CJ Allen finished second in the 400- meter hurdles with a personal record time of 51.44 seconds. In the same event, senior Rashuan Johnson finished in seventh with a season best time of 52.30 seconds, while freshman Daniel Zmuda battled for a ninth place finish and a personal record time of 52.86 seconds.    

The individual men’s sprints weren’t the strongest events for WSU as no Cougar finished in the top 10. Sophomore Terrance Chambers ran a season-best time of 48.78 in the 400-meter race, but that placed him in 36th. Sophomore Andre McBride ran the 200-meter race in 21.20 seconds, which served as the 20th-fastest time in the event. Redshirt freshman Kyle Farmer’s 10.87 second time in the 100-meter dash put him in the back of the pack (64th), while the men’s 400-meter relay squad of freshman Brandon Bobb, McBride, freshman Alex Olobia, and Chambers finished in 11th with a time of 41.37 seconds. The 1,600- meter relay team of Allen, redshirt junior Lucas Sealby, redshirt junior Jesse Jorgensen, and redshirt junior Jacob Sealby just missed a top-three finish with a time of 3:13.16 for fourth place.   

WSU returns home to host the 14th annual Cougar Invitational outdoor meet.