Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cougars sweep UCLA, Idaho, Montana and Utah State, plus pro recap...

PULLMAN--The Washington State men's and women's track and field teams swept the dual meet scoring and four more meet records fell Saturday in the second day of the Cougar Indoor meet at WSU's Indoor Facility.

The Cougar men's team had dual scores of 90-32 over UCLA, 95-27 over Idaho, 103-19 over Montana, and 94-27 over Utah State. The Cougar women's team also grabbed four dual wins with scores of 68-51 over UCLA, 78-40 over Idaho, 86-35 over Montana, and 76-45 over Utah State.

"Throughout the meet we had some areas where we didn't get the job done but other people stepped in a picked up the slack. It was a total Coug effort all the way through," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "This is only the third meet of the season and I like where we are. We'll go back to the drawing board now and re-ignite and get back out and compete."

WSU junior Stephan Scott-Ellis (above/photo courtesy WSU) was a double winner, claiming the men's triple jump with a meet record and lifetime-best leap of 52-feet, 5 1/4 inches (15.98m), the 10th-best mark in school history, and bettering Cougar Jamil Smith's 2005 meet record of 50-6 3/4 (15.41m). Friday night Scott-Ellis long jumped a PR and meet record distance of 24-8 1/2 (7.53m) to win that event.

Also on the oval, WSU's Andrew Gonzales (sophomore, Kennewick) won the 3000m in a PR and meet record time of 8:18.11, erasing the 2005 time of 8:20.31 run by Utah State's Mike Nielson. Utah State's Daniel Howell finished second in this year's 3k with a time of 8:18.54, also surpassing the Aggie alum's meet mark.

On the field, a pair of Cougars won events with PR marks: Shawn Swartz (junior, Port Coquitlam, B.C.) won the high jump with a height of 6-11 (2.11m) which is an indoor PR for him, and Joe Bartlett (senior, Reno) won the shot put with a heave of 57-7 3/4 (17.57m).

Chanel James led a one-two-four Cougar scoring finish in the women's 200m. Carly Fitzpatrick (junior, Sumner, Wash.) became the 10th Cougar woman to break the 12-foot threshold in the pole vault as she cleared exactly 12-0 (3.66m) Saturday for fifth place.

Complete results from the Cougar Team Scoring Meet are available here, while Washington State's release is available here.

PRO HIGHLIGHTS

The professional track & field circuit got into full gear Saturday night with the first running of the US Open Track & Field meet at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Kenya’s Silas Kiplagat overtook Washington State alum Bernard Lagat with one lap remaining and held off the six-time American record holder to win the Visa men’s mile. Kiplagat survived a strong final push from Lagat to win in a time of 4:00.65, just ahead of Lagat’s time of 4:00.92.

“Inside the race I knew I was going to have to change my strategy to win. I was a little disappointed with the time today. The atmosphere was the same (as the Millrose Games). I didn’t feel anything different. The crowd was amazing. For Silas to come in and win his first meet is very good. That tells you how good he is.”

In the women's 50 meter hurdles, Rainier Beach HS grad Ginnie Crawford finished fourth in her 2012 debut in a time of 6.90, as Lolo Jones took the victory in 6.78.

Results from the US Open are available here.

In Glasgow, Scotland, University of Washington alum Scott Roth, competing in his first meet in a USA uniform as a senior, failed to clear a height at the Five Nations Challenge, opening at 16-10 3/4 (5.15m).

Karsten Dilla of Germany won the event with a personal best jump of 18-9 1/4 (5.72m).

Results from the Five Nations Challenge are available here.

In the middle of our coverage of the UW Invitational, one result from Friday completely overlooked was Brad Walker's victory in the pole vault, as the former Husky and current American record holder outdoors won his event at the University of New Mexico Collegiate Invitational, clearing 18-8.25 (5.70m).

Results from the UNM Collegiate Invitational are available here.

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

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