Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2014 Pac-12 champ CJ Allen gets one of nine WSU wins at Jim Bush Collegiate Invite...

LOS ANGELES—Under sunny yet windy conditions, the Washington State track & field teams earned nine wins as the Cougars finished second in the men’s portion of the Jim Bush Collegiate Invitational Tuesday at Drake Stadium on the campus of UCLA, behind the host Bruins.

Using the international scoring format of 7-5-4-3-2-1 (relays 7-5-4), the Bruins won the men’s title with 151, while the Cougars were second with 127.5, and Arizona third with 104.5.  On the women’s side, WSU was third with 107, with Arizona second at 133, and UCLA winning with 161 points.

2014 Pac-12 champ CJ Allen (above/photo courtesy WSU Athletics) won the men’s 400 hurdles in a collegiate leading time of 50.55 seconds.  Allen's mark is also the 11th fastest time in the world so far this season.

Other winners were:

—Travis Pickett in the men’s hammer (182-11/55.75);

—CharLee Linton in the women’s 3000 (9:53.35);

—John Whelan in the men’s 3000 (8:28.32);

—Thane Pierson in the men’s high jump (6-11/2.11m);

—Greer Alsop in the women’s triple jump (40-8.75/12.41m);

—The men’s 4x100 relay team of Zach Smith, Ja’Maun Charles, Terrence Chambers & Jonnie Green won in 40.70;

—Matthew Swanson was the beneficiary of a disqualification by Arizona’s Collins Kibet, as he won the men’s 800 in 1:52.32; 

—Brad Stevens in the mens’ javelin with a toss of 203-7 (62.06m).

In his post-meet comments, WSU head coach Wayne Phipps was pleased with the team’s overall performance.

CJ Allen running the number one time in the nation on a windy day bodes well for our season-end goals. He was about a second and half faster this year at this meet than last year. It was great to see another one of our team captains, Travis Pickett, perform so well. He was out all of last year so it was extra special to see him win today. Greer Alsop came up big on her very last jump to win the triple jump. Thane Pierson capped off a great weekend by winning the high jump after a great opener at USC. It was an awesome week of hard training and great competition but we are looking forward to getting back home.”

NOTE:  The sports information offices of WSU and UCLA contributed to this report.

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