Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cougs, Zags & Eagles open 2012 outdoor season at cold & blustery Dusty Lane Open...

SPOKANE--Washington State, Gonzaga and Eastern Washington got the 2012 outdoor season started at the cold and blustery Dusty Lane Open meet hosted by Spokane Falls Community College.

The WSU women captured seven wins, while the Cougar men took five wins to open the 2012 campaign.

On the track, Shaquana Logan led a first through fourth finish for the WSU women in the 100m hurdles, running a time of 14.25 seconds.  Brittney Crabb won the 400m hurdles in a time of 1:05.93.

Caroline Austin and Ruby Roberts finished one-two in the 800m with times of 2:17.18 and 2:19.80, respectively. The 4x400m relay squad of Bria'una Watley, Austin, Jacki Hill and Courtney Zalud won in a time of 4:04.60.

In women's field events, Carly Fitzpatrick won the pole vault after clearing 11-feet, 5 3/4 inches (3.50m), and Christine Rice won the high jump with a leap of 5-5 3/4 (1.67m). Long jumpers Zoe Moller and Lauran Johnson finished one-two after both reached a distance of 17-6 (5.33m).

For the Cougar men on the track, Todd Wakefield (above/photo courtesy Washington State University) led a first through fourth WSU finish in the 800m with a time of 1:53.93. Josiah Sims won the 110m hurdles in a lifetime-best time of 14.88. J Hopkins led a one-two-three WSU finish in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.53.

Lee George won the 1500m in a PR time of 3:56.82. All American triple jumper Stephan Scott-Ellis ventured outside his jumping element and captured the 100m dash in a time of 11.43 after running into a stiff headwind.

Gonzaga's Emily Thomas won the women's 1500 in 4:42.70.

Eastern Washington's Brad Michael won the 400 in 48.18, as well as the 200 in 22.22. Nicole Nida of the Eagles won the women's 200 in 25.78. Kyle King won the 5000 in 14.45.82. Michelle Coombs won the javelin at 147-11 (45.10m). Eastern alum Erica Chaney won the discus at 144-10 (44.14m).

The Cougars head to Los Angeles for the USC Invitational March 23-24.

Complete results from the Dusty Lane Open are available here.

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

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