Saturday, January 22, 2011

Shaquana Logan and Stephen Scott-Ellis double-winners at Cougar Indoor Invitational...

PULLMAN--Washington State sophomores Shaquana Logan and Stephen Scott-Ellis (left/photo courtesy Washington State University) were double-winners at the Cougar Indoor Invitational, a two-day meet concluding Saturday, at WSU's Indoor Facility. WSU's men's and women's team won all three of their dual contests against Idaho, Montana and Utah State.

Logan, from Tacoma, scored big points for the Cougar women, winning the 60m hurdles in a personal-record time of 8.66 seconds, taking the long jump with a leap of 18-feet, 5 inches (5.61m), and then added a second-place finish in the 200m (PR 25.82).

Scott-Ellis, also from Tacoma, was Friday night's long jump winner at 24-0 3/4 (7.33m) and returned to the sandpit Saturday to claim the triple jump with a leap of 50-1 1/4 (15.27m).

Sean Harris, a junior from Kent, Wash., won the men's heptathlon with lifetime-best total of 5,022 points, followed by Utah State's Philip Noble with 4,870 points. Harris had tallied or equaled PR marks in his four events Friday, came back Saturday morning to run the 60m hurdles in a time of 7.40, pole vaulted 14-5 1/4 (4.40m), and ran a 1000m PR time of 3:11.70.

Transfer Chanel James led a first through fourth Cougar finish in the 60m dash, opening her WSU career with a 7.79 time. Morgan Clem won the 200m in 25.42 and Ruby Roberts (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the 800m in a PR time of 2:15.90. High jumper Holly Parent equaled her 2010 Cougar Indoor meet record height of 5-8 3/4 (1.75m).

WSU sophomore Greg Hornsby ran a PR time of 6.80 in the prelims of the 60m dash but finished second to Utah State's Armahd Lewis in the final. Brett Blanshan won the 200m dash in a time of 22.29, followed by WSU newcomer Rashaun Johnson (22.64). Jaycee transfer Brandon Dawson won the 400m in his debut in a Cougar uniform, running a time of 49.29.

Another newcomer, Australian Todd Wakefield, was the top collegiate finisher in the 800m running a time of 1:53.48. Joe Abbott claimed the mile in a PR time of 4:14.08, edging out Utah State Hunter Nelson (4:14.50) at the finish line, with WSU's Matt Cronrath close behind in a time of 4:14.87. Jeshua Anderson, WSU's three-time All-American intermediate hurdler, ran identical prelim and final times in the 60m high hurdles of 8.03 seconds.

In the field events, WSU's Ryan Deese and Utah State's Clint Silcock both cleared 6-10 3/4 (2.10) in the high jump with Silcock taking first on fewer misses.

"It was a good, solid performance across the board for the Cougs," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said at the conclusion of the meet. "I felt that we competed well. We were in a battle with Utah State and it was a good track meet from that standpoint. We had a lot of positive things happen this weekend. I'm excited to move forward and get over to Seattle next weekend and see some different colored uniforms on our opposition and see how well we compete on a little bit bigger stage.

Stephan Scott-Ellis had a great weekend with a 24-plus long jump last night and then back with over 50-feet in the triple jump. He is not 100 percent on top of his game from a physical standpoint but a pretty good start to the season for Stephan.

"There are a lot of athletes I didn't mention who are on the cusp of breaking through and performing at a very high level."

Complete results, including team scores from Saturday's meet are available here...

NOTE:  The Washington State University sports information office contributed to this story.

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