Saturday, February 20, 2010

WSU throwers, UW vertical jumpers shine at Vandal Collegiate...

MOSCOW, Idaho -- Washington State indoor track and field competitors reached 28 personal-record marks Friday night at the Vandal Collegiate Meet in the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho, as the Cougars tuned up for their conference championships next weekend.

It was a good evening for the Cougar throwing corps. Sophomore weight throwers Kjirsten Jensen (left/photo courtesy WSU Sports Information) and Cassie Whitfield tossed PRs with Jensen's 61-feet, 2 1/4 inches (18.65m) a five-foot improvement and just 4 1/4 inches from an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark. Jensen was runner-up to EWU's Nicole Luckenbach who threw an NCAA PQ mark of 61-11 3/4 (18.89m). Whitfield's 58-8 (17.88 m) was third place. Jensen's mark is the fourth-best in WSU history and Whitfield's mark is sixth-best all-time.

Jasmine Johnson-McKeown, a freshman multi-events competitor, continues to make a name for herself in the throwing events as she tossed the shot put 44-9 (13.64m) for second place Friday.

WSU sophomore Joe Bartlett put the shot a PR distance of 54-6 (16.61m) for second place and junior transfer Jacob Weintraub tossed a distance of 54-4 3/4 (16.58m) for fourth place.

The Washington Huskies sent a limited number of athletes to the meet, primarily its pole vaulters.

Scott Roth won the men's competition with a modest 17-7 3/4 (5.38m), while Bryce Borer finished tenth at 15-2 1/4 (4.63m). Jeremy Lashinske and Ryan Vu no-heighted.

In the women's vault, Kelly Mudlo and Ally Wojciechowski finished fifth & seventh, both clearing 11-8.5 (3.57m). Logan Miller and Taylor Fjeran finished eighth and 13th, respectively, with both clearing 11-2.5 (3.42m).

Kelly McNamee won the women's high jump with a mark of 5-8 (1.73m).

Complete results from the Vandal Collegiate can be accessed here.

NOTE: Here's a link to the UW's release announcing its fall 2010 recruiting class, led by 2009 Foot Locker champ and Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of the Year Megan Goethals from Michigan.

Washington State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Idaho contributed to this report.

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