Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cougs, Zags & Eagles tune up for conference meets at Vandal Collegiate in Moscow...

MOSCOW, Idaho--With the focus of tuning up for the conference championships next week, Washington State, Eastern Washington, and Gonzaga competed Saturday at the Vandal Collegiate Indoor meet at the Kibbie Dome.

WSU alum Jeshua Anderson (left/photo by Paul Merca), the reigning USA and NCAA 400 hurdles champion took the victory in the men's 400, running 48.17.

The Cougars' Michael Bolligar won the high jump with a season-best 6-feet, 8 3/4 inches (2.05m), and captured the long jump with a distance of 22-6 1/2 (6.87m). He also ran a PR time in the 60m hurdles of 8.88 seconds.

Other Cougar men claiming victories included Dana Wells who continued to see his marks fall this season with a win in the 200m in a PR time of 21.90.Lee George won the mile in a PR time of 4:11.40, and Aric Walden won the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.19. Thrower Joe Bartlett won the shot put with a mark of 57-7 (17.55m).

Gonzaga's Robert Walgren won the 3000 in 8:31.78, and Eastern Washington won the men's 4 x 400 relay in 3:15.30.

On the women's side, Shawna Fermin won the 200m dash in a PR time of 24.35 seconds, the fastest time for a WSU woman this season.

Shaquana Logan led a foursome of Cougs to top five finishes in 60m hurdles. Logan won with a time of 8.52 followed by Devin Brooks (2nd, 8.82), Morgan Clem (4th, 9.09), and Andrea Smith (5th, 9.10).

Eastern's Keisa Monterola continued her hot streak, winning the pole vault with a jump of 13-11.25 (4.25m), and leading an Eagle 1-2-3 finish. Teammate Shene Davis won the long jump in 18-7.25 (5.67m).

Former Eagle Erica Chaney won both the shot put (49-8.25/15.14m) and the weight (57-10.25/17.63m).

Gonzaga's Emily Thomas won the 3000 in 9:57.00.

Eastern Washington next competes at the Big Sky championships in Flagstaff, Arizona next weekend, while the Cougars head to Seattle for the MPSF championships.  With the West Coast Conference not sponsoring indoor track, the Zags will wait two weeks to run in the Husky Last Chance meet in Seattle.

Complete results from the Vandal Collegiate meet are available here.


Vancouver native Kara Patterson blogs about her victory in Saturday night's Sydney Track Classic, where she had a toss of 191-10 (58.47m).

The one thing that stands out from her post is the fact that she writes, "I had more intensity, confidence, fun, and connection than I have in a competition for a whole year."

To read the rest of her post, please click here.

NOTE: The sports information offices of Eastern Washington and Washington State contributed to this report.

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