Track and field sets more PRs at meet in Seattle

From staff reports

The indoor track and field Mountain Pacific Sports Federation competition on Friday and Saturday made it into the history books for WSU. From day one of racing at Dempsey Indoor Facility in Seattle, the Cougs were surpassing their own marks.

In the women’s 5000-meter race, senior CharLee Linton took third with a time of 16:34.89 and made her seventh-best all-time for WSU bumping out the last time from Anna Blue in 2003.

The pentathlon for the women was a double success with junior Liz Harper as runner-up and her teammate junior Alissa Brooks-Johnson coming in third.

Harper finished with 4,146 points which also made her the third in WSU all-time records. She already held the second-best place for the 400m hurdles and now Harper also tied for fifth best in WSU’s records with her personal best time in the 60m hurdles with 8.45 seconds.

Freshman Lindsey Schauble also moved up the ranks for the pentathlon to make it 10th at the meet with a personal record of 3,533 points and put her eighth in line for the best in WSU records.

In the women’s high jump, junior Kiana Davis won with a leap of 5-feet, 10 1/2 inches, a personal best. Harper also placed with that same leap making her third in the competition based on missed attempts.

In the eighth place spot, seniors Audrey Ketcham and Lateah Holmes were in a four-way tie with their competitors with 5-feet, 4 1/2 inches.

Davis also extended her bests into the triple jump by placing third in a leap of 41-feet, 2 1/4 inches. This puts her 10th-best for WSU.

Stepping up, freshmen Jenaya Pynn, Stephanie Cho and Grace Victor and junior Steffie Pavey raced in WSU’s first distance medley this season and placed 11th with a time of 12:05.08.

Although freshman Reid Muller missed scoring in the men’s 800-meter race, he made a personal best time of 1:51.64 to push out Bob Hewitt-Gaffney’s time in 2007 and make Muller ninth in WSU’s freshman school record.

Muller was also in the men’s distance medley relay which broke the frosh school record from earlier this year by six seconds. Racing third among Chandler Teigen, Ray Littles and Nathan Tadesse, these freshmen made it across the finish line in 9:53.49 to place seventh.

Another freshman to impress was Ja’Maun Charles in the men’s 60-meter dash with his top time of 6.80 seconds in the prelims and then took sixth in that event with he finished a second slower in the following day of competition. Charles also scored in the 200-meterdash with 21.86 seconds.

Senior high jumper Thane Pierson shared his fifth place height of 6-feet, 10 3/4 inches with two others while junior Cole Smith set a personal best of 6-8 3/4 to finish 12th.

The men’s heptathlon has been added to the school records with junior Dino Dodig’s 5,635 points for a personal record and a fourth place finish.

The indoor season ends for the Cougs with the NCAA DI Indoor Championships, March 11-12, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Reporting by Casie Moe