Saturday, March 23, 2013

Dawgs get five wins, Cougs take four at USC Trojan Invitational...

LOS ANGELES--Washington State's Ruby Roberts (above/photo by Randy Miyazaki, and Washington's Kasen Covington highlighted the performances by both squads at Saturday's USC Trojan Invitational at Loker Stadium.

Roberts won the women's 1500 in a personal best 4:25.82, while Covington rode a slight 2.3 meter per second tailwind to record the victory in the triple jump with a jump of 51-6 1/2 (15.71m).

Other winners on the day for the Cougs included Richard Shroy in the men's 1500 (3:47.99), Jesse Jorgensen in the 800 (1:50.85), and Oliver Henry in the discus (171-0/52.13m).

Former conference scorer Justine Johnson made her debut in the 3000 steeple, taking the victory in that event at 10:40.25.

Kayla Stueckle, an NCAA quarterfinalist last year in the 400m hurdles, posted her best ever season-opener, as she clocked 59.21 seconds for the win.

Pac-12 scorer AJ Maricich cleared 7-0 1/4 (2.14m) to win the high jump with a first attempt clearance at the height, a mark matched by UCLA's Herbert Dew on his second attempt.

Pole vaulter Jax Thoirs took the victory in his specialty, as the frosh cleared 17-2 3/4 (5.25m), with fellow Husky frosh Chris Williams second at 16-2 3/4 (4.95m).

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