Saturday, May 1, 2010

Cougars take Huskies to the woodshed...

PULLMAN--In football, many television analysts use the analogy of taking a team to the woodshed when describing a thorough beat-down of another squad.

Washington State did just that to the Washington Husky men's and women's track & field teams in the 99th meeting of the two squads, 108-55, while thumping the women's team 114-49 in the 35th meeting of the cross-state rivalry.

With torrential rain, hail & lightning wreaking havoc with the time schedule, WSU head coach Rick Sloan was pleased with the final outcome.

"We really had some outstanding performances, especially under the conditions today," said Sloan. "They would have been outstanding performances under any conditions, let alone a blustery day. We talk about the championship season starting with this meet and we're off to a good start. People have upped their game.

"That is why I like the dual meet, because there is accountability and an outcome, a winner and a loser. People perform differently when they are performing for their team rather than just for themselves and I think that showed today. I'm really happy with where we are and what we accomplished today."

Jeshua Anderson (above/photo courtesy Washington State University) led the Wazzu charge with a win in the 110 hurdles in a PB 14.04, and then came back won the 400m hurdles in a meet record and Mooberry Track record time of 49.63. Anderson, the two-time defending Pac-10 and NCAA intermediate hurdles champion, bettered the previous meet record time of 50.18 run by Washington's Shane Charles in 2006. Anderson also erased the 27-year old Mooberry Track record 49.69, run by Rob Cassleman for the Pacific Coast Club in 1983.

Cougar senior sprinter Princess Joy Griffey erased a 24-year old meet record when she won the 100m dash in a time of 11.65 seconds, removing Pam Qualls-Reynolds's 1986 record of 11.67 run in 1986.

Kjirsten Jensen and Candace Missouri were double-winners as the WSU women won 16 of the 18 events Saturday. Jensen, a sophomore, won the hammer throw with a PR distance of 192-feet, 8 inches (58.74m), the third-best hammer throw in WSU women's history, and then won the shot put with a PR toss of 41-5 1/4 (12.63m). Missouri, a junior, won the long jump with a leap of 18-9 1/2w (5.71m) and took the triple jump title with a season-best distance of 39-8 1/2 (12.10m).

In an event featuring three potential NCAA finalists and two All Americans from last season, WSU's Marissa Tschida and got the win with a mark of 179-1 in the women's javelin. Husky junior Brooke Pighin was second at 165-8, outdueling WSU's Courtney Kirkwood who ranks just ahead of Pighin on the NCAA list.

Freshman James Alaka was the only double-winner of the day for UW, as he blazed to victories in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Alaka ran a wind-aided 10.22 in the 100m which will tie him for ninth-best in the NCAA this year. It was also under the old meet record but won't count due to the strong gusts. Alaka then lowered his PR in the 200-meters with a win in 20.87 seconds which was wind-legal.

Senior Zack Midles captured his third-straight hammer throw against his father's alma mater, tossing a season-best 209-feet, 6-inches. Sophomore Angus Taylor was second with a new PR of 198-1 for the Dawgs.

As in 2009, the Huskies swept the women's 3,000-meters, led once again by Anita Campbell, who earned her second-straight win in 9:45.72. Freshman Lindsay Flanagan was second in 10:02.08, and sophomore Kayla Evans took third in 10:13.12.

Complete results from the UW/WSU dual meets can be accessed here.

Washington will host its one and only home outdoor meet, the Ken Shannon Invitational, next Saturday, May 8. From there it's on to the Pac-10 Championships in Berkeley and NCAA preliminary rounds in Austin.

NOTE: The University of Washington and Washington State University both contributed to this report.

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