Saturday, January 19, 2013

Scott-Ellis, Roberts, and Parent among Cougar winners at Boise State...

NAMPA, Idaho--Washington State's track teams earned twelve victories at Saturday's Boise State Bronco Invitational meet at the Jackson's Track in the Idaho Center.

Among key winners for the Cougs were All-American Stephan Scott-Ellis, who won the long jump with a season best 24-3 (7.39m); Greg Hornsby in the 60 (6.85); Jacob Sealby in the 400 (48.20) and Ross VanZanten in the high jump in a personal best of 6-9 3/4 (2.08m).

On the women's side, Ruby Roberts (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the 800 (2:14.00); Holly Parent won the high jump with a leap of 5-7 (1.70m); Kristine Felix the pole vault with a jump of 12-4 3/4 (3.78m); and the women's 4 x 400 meter relay team of Bree Winfrey, Bria'una Watley, Shawna Fermin, and Erin Allen, in a time of 3:49.03.

"I'm very pleased with the effort of the Cougars today. It was a good meet here in Boise," WSU head coach Rick Sloan said. "There were a lot of positive things, a real step up from last week as people were competing in their events for the first time and coming out and preforming well. It was a good day for us in Moscow too. We need to keep everybody healthy and keep the season moving in the right direction."

Several Cougars competed at the Idaho Collegiate meet in Moscow Saturday, with Terrance Chambers winning the men's 200m dash in 22.27.Lucas Sealby won the 400m dash in a time of 49.06. Cougar men went first through fourth in the 3000m with Drew Jordan, running unattached, won in a time of 8:26.00 followed by Jono Lafler, Justin Englund and Forrest Shaffer. Multi-events specialist Spencer Wordell reached PRs in 60m dash of 7.16 and the 60m hurdles of 8.62.

In Reno, Nevada, several members of the University of Washington and Eastern Washington University pole vault squads, along with several post-collegians with Washington ties competed at the UCS Spirit National Pole Vault Summit meet at the Reno Livestock Events Center Friday and Saturday.

In the elite men's pole vault competition, University of Washington alum and 2012 US Olympic Trials third place finisher Scott Roth finished eighth with a jump of 17-0 3/4 (5.20m) as Olympic champ Renaud Lavillenie from France won with a world leading jump of 19-2 3/4 (5.86m).

In Saturday competition, Levi Keller of Seattle finished in a tie for sixth in the open 1 competition with a best of 17-6 1/2 (5.35m).

The College 1 competition saw reigning Pac-12 champ JJ Juilfs from the University of Washington finish fourth with a best of 17-4 1/2 (5.30m), with teammate Jax Thoirs fifth at 17-0 3/4 (5.20m), and Chris Williams clearing no height, as Kansas' Alex Bishop won with a best of 17-4 1/2 (5.30m).

In the College 2 section, Seattle University's Stephen Squatrito was 11th with a jump of 13-5 1/4 (4.10m).

In the women's College 1 section,  Washington's Kristina Owsinski finished in a tie for ninth with Eastern Washington's Robin Taylor, as both cleared 12-5 1/2 (3.80m).

The Huskies' Georgia Reynolds was 13th at 11-1 3/4 (3.40m), while the Eagles' Keisa Monterola, an NCAA scorer indoors in 2012, failed to clear a height for the second straight meet.

Kansas' Natalia Bartnoskaya won the women's College 1 section with a best of 13-9 1/4 (4.20m).

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

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