|Washington's Haley Jacobson hands off to Kennadi Bouyer|
(photo courtesy University of Washington)
In Tempe, Arizona, the Washington women won the team title at the Baldy Castillo Invitational at Sun Angel Stadium Saturday, featuring squads from Texas A&M, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois, and several smaller schools.
Washington won the women’s team title with 110 points, with Texas A&M second with 99 and Oklahoma third with 98. Texas A&M rolled to the men’s team title with 187 points, with UW fifth with 59.
Event winners for the women included Kimberly Stueckle (13.55w) in the 100m hurdles, Kristina Owsinski (14-1.25/4.30m) in the pole vault, and Kennadi Bouyer (19-5.5/5.93m) in the long jump. Gianna Woodruff (58.62 400H), Haley Jacobson (11.77 100m), the 4x100m relay team of Jacobson, Bouyer, Woodruff & Sierra Peterson (45.22), and Alanna Coker (39-10.5/12.15m TJ) all had second-place finishes for the women as well.
The 4x100m relay team’s time of 45.22 is the third fastest in school history, and the best mark by a Husky quartet since 1985.
NCAA indoor All-American Jax Thoirs got the Huskies’ lone win in the men’s meet in the pole vault, clearing 17-4.5 (5.30m), to outlast teammate Chris Williams, who cleared the same height, but needed an extra attempt.
In Los Angeles, a limited number of athletes from Washington State competed at the USC Trojan Invitational at Loker Stadium Saturday.
Bradly Stevens threw a lifetime-best in the javelin of 219-feet 10 inches (67.01m) for fourth place. Sam Ferenchak took sixth place with a toss of 207-0 (63.09m) while Kyle Stevens, Bradly’s older brother, opened the season with a toss of 205-4 (62.60m).
In the women’s javelin, Celena Ward was the runner-up in the competition with a toss of 150-1 (45.74m) while Kelsie Taylor finished third with a throw of 141-9 (43.22m).
On the track, Andrea Smith ran the 100m hurdles in a time of 14.64 seconds, just 3/100s second off her lifetime-best time, for seventh place. The WSU men’s 4x100m relay of Kyle Farmer, Terrance Chambers, Zach Smith and Lucas Sealby finished fourth with a time of 41.35. The women’s 4x100m relay of Candice McFarland, Danielle Darden, Dominique Keel and Bria’una Watley finished fourth in a time of 45.77.
The Cougars will compete Tuesday at the Jim Bush Collegiate meet hosted by UCLA, which will be telecast live on the Pac-12 Network.
In Tuscon, Arizona, Washington State alum Jeshua Anderson opened up his 2015 campaign by winning the 400 hurdles at the Willie Williams Classic, hosted by the University of Arizona, in a time of 49.96.
In Gresham, Oregon, Western Washington’s Katie Reichert continued her winning ways in the javelin, as she won with a toss of 152-3 (46.41m) at the Rose City Preview meet at Mt. Hood Community College.
Reichert is one of women so far this season to own an automatic qualifying mark for May’s NCAA Division II championships, as she threw 159-2 (48.51m) two weeks ago at the Puget Sound 5-way meet in Tacoma.
Results from the Rose City Preview meet are available here.
NOTE: The sports information offices of Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, and the USTFCCCA/TFRRS contributed to this report.