Track and field has strong showing in southern California

From staff reports

Competing with the likes of Olympic and World Champion sprinter Allyson Felix running this past weekend, the WSU track and field team sent athletes to a pair of meets held in Los Angeles County and saw a number of personal records set amongst a talented conglomerate of competition.

The team’s heptathletes competed at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California on April 15 and the majority of its runners, jumpers and throwers were sent to the 58th Annual Mt. SAC Relays in Norwalk, California, which ran from April 14-16.

Five athletes cemented their names into the schools top 10 lists while competing at the Mt. SAC Relays at Cerritos College while junior Liz Harper doubled up in meets, competing in both and finishing fourth overall at the California Invitational Heptathlon being at Azusa Pacific University.

In what was Harper’s debut in the heptathlon, she scored 5,472 points to place her seventh overall in the meet and fourth among collegians. Harper’s point total in the event is the seventh-highest in WSU all-time records.

Notable marks of Harper’s in the seven events include a 19-feet, 1/2 inch (5.80m) distance in the long jump, a javelin throw of 89-6 (27.28m) and a finishing time of 2 minutes, 16.23 seconds in the 800m.

At the Mt. SAC Relays, junior Morgan Willson ran a time of 36 minutes, 6.48 seconds (31st), the sixth-fastest mark in school history while freshman Katherine Dittmann finished in 36:33.54 (35th), eighth-fastest in WSU all-time records and the school’s freshman record.

Senior Dominique Keel ran a lifetime best in the 200m spring in a time of 23.74 seconds, 18th place in the race but fifth-fastest in WSU all-time records.

Senior CharLee Linton set a PR in the women’s Invitational Elite 5000m with a time of 16:31.43 (40th), seventh-fastest in school history.

The WSU 4x400m relay team finished third in the fastest heat of the invitational section with a time of 3 minutes, 36.76 seconds, good enough for a fourth place finish. The mark is also the fourth-fastest finish in the event in school history.

TMB Track Club ran the winning time of 3:32.52, with Felix running the second leg. Duke took second in the 4x400m with a time of 3:35.07.

Harper, who anchored the 4x400m for WSU, placed ninth in the 400m hurdles with time of 59.39 roughly one hour before the relay started.

Junior hurdler CJ Allen continued his impressive spring season in the men’s invitational 400m hurdles in winning his heat in 50.26 seconds. Allen finished fifth overall in the meet and second among collegians.

In the field, senior Austin Sodorff cleared 17 feet, three-fourth inches (5.20m) in the pole vault to finish fourth in the meet and in a four-way tie for 10th-best mark in school history.

Redshirt sophomore Jake Callaghan won the shot put with throw of 53-10 1/4 (16.41m) while redshirt junior Adam Mahama took third in the men‘s discus at 172-11 (52.71m), nearly an eight-foot PR. Cameron Brink had a season-best discus toss of 160-4 (48.87m) for eighth place.

At the Bryan Clay Invitational, Brad Stevens finished fifth in the men’s javelin with a throw of 214-11 (65.51m) and Kelsie Taylor was 13th in the women’s javelin at 132-11 (40.53m).

The Cougars will return to the track this weekend for a dual meet with the University of Washington in their first of two outdoor home meets for the season. Events will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Mooberry Track.

Reporting by Braden Johnson