Staying on the right track

Records are meant to be broken, and two Washington State track stars continue to break them.

At the Husky Classic in Seattle, senior Rudy Roberts surpassed former WSU Cougar Jennifer Bravard’s time in the women’s 3,000-meter and finished one-tenth of a second ahead with a time of 9 minutes and 15.79 seconds for seventh place in the field of 38 runners.

With that record in place, Roberts is now on five WSU lists of all-time bests, including the mile, the 1500-meter, the 5,000-meter, the steeplechase and, of course, the 3,000-meter. 

“Ruby’s 3,000m time was the fastest by a tenth of a second over an outdoor time and nearly 12 seconds faster than WSU’s all-time indoor time,” Head Coach Rick Sloan said in a press release. 

Not to be outdone, senior Todd Wakefield finished seventh in the men’s mile with a time of 4 minutes and .90 seconds. Wakefield nearly cemented his name in the WSU record books by running the mile in just more than four minutes, placing himself on the Cougar men’s top 10 all-time list.

Sloan said it was still a great run for Wakefield. 

Jesse Jorgensen earned a new personal record in the men’s 800-meter, finishing with a time of 1 minute and 50.23 seconds. The redshirt junior was the runner-up and the top collegiate distance-runner in the race.  In the women’s 800-meter competition, Steffie Pavey reached a personal record time of 2 minutes and 17.11 seconds.

“Our distance crew really had a good day in Seattle, from the 800 meters up, they ran pretty well,” Sloan said.

At the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Charlotte Muschamp topped her lifetime best in the triple jump with a distance of 41 feet and 5 and a quarter inches, good for ninth place.

Muschamp, a redshirt junior, continues to reach new heights and is now tied for third-best of all time in the WSU record books.

Muschamp’s high-jump on Friday equaled her lifetime best of 5 feet and 10 inches, well enough for fourth place, which is the second time she has cleared that mark this season. 

“I’m never satisfied, but I think we’re in a good place with some of our people that we need to perform at a high level, are doing that,” Sloan said.  

Junior Samantha Andrada cleared a pole vault personal record of 12 feet 8 inches, and the veteran Kelsey Bueno added a season best to the meet by clearing the same height.

Dominique Keel finished with a strong outing in the B final of the 60-meter dash with a personal record time of 7.57 seconds, the seventh quickest time in WSU women’s all-time records. The sophomore also ran a season-best 24.45 seconds in the 200-meter. 

On the men’s side, senior Josiah Sims ran a personal record time in the 60-meter hurdles of 8.14 seconds, finishing eighth in the B preliminary trials, and then nearly matched that time in the finals, running 8.15 seconds.

“Where our points are going to come at the championships, those people are doing a good job right now,” Sloan said. “With the (indoor) championships two weeks out, it’s a matter of fine-tuning and rest and then we should be ready to put some championships performances together.”