Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cougars' Jesse Jorgensen upset winner of 800 at MPSF championships...


SEATTLE--Washington State's Jesse Jorgensen (above on right/photo by Paul Merca) was supposed to have been an afterthought in the men's 800 meter field at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor championship meet at the Dempsey Indoor facility on the University of Washington campus.

But the redshirt junior from Puyallup pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the meet, winning the 800 meter run in a stacked field that included the Oregon duo of Boru Guyota and Mac Fleet.

Oregon's Russell Hornsby played pacesetter, taking the lead for the first 450 meters before stepping off the track for Guyota and Fleet to take over.

On the final lap, Jorgensen charged his way to the front, with Washington's Derrick Daigre in hot pursuit.  

Jorgensen and Daigre appeared to break away from the pack as they entered the home straight, but Daigre began fading badly, with Jorgensen using every bit of energy to cross the line first in 1:48.84, with UCLA's Nick Hartle just running out of real estate to finish second in 1:48.86.  

Stanford's Luke Lefebure was third in 1:49.08, followed by Guyota in 1:49.23, then Fleet in 1:50.06, and Daigre in 1:50.40.

Washington's Kasen Covington used a third round jump of 51-6.5 (15.71m) to add a MPSF title to the Pac-12 championship won last May.

Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry ran a strong anchor leg to lead the Oregon Ducks to a victory in the 4 x 400m relay, as Oregon clocked 3:06.99.  Tacoma freshman Marcus Chambers ran the lead off leg for the victorious Ducks.

In the women's triple jump, WSU's Charlotte Muschamp finished third with a mark of 40-4 (12.29m).

WSU's Thane Pierson tied for fourth in the high jump at 6-11 (2.11m).

In a spirited battle, the Cougars' Ruby Roberts was fifth in the 3000, running 9:16.30, just off of her school record of 9:15.79 set two weeks ago.

In the men's team competition, the University of California won the title with 96 points, edging out Arizona State by three.  The Huskies finished the meet in seventh with 50 points, while the Cougars were eighth at 49.5 points.

The University of Southern California took home the MPSF team title with 106 points, with Arizona State a distant second at 81.

Washington State was tenth with 28.5 points, and the Huskies were 11th with 28 points.

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