Friday, January 19, 2018

Cougs host WSU Indoor Open meet Friday and Saturday...

This weekend is fairly light for Washington’s nine NCAA Division I and II schools, with all of the West side schools not competing.

However, Central Washington, Gonzaga, and Eastern Washington will all head to Pullman for Friday and Saturday’s WSU Indoor Open at the school’s indoor facility.

Two-time Pac-12 heptathlon Alissa Brooks-Johnson (left/photo by Paul Merca) of the Cougars opens her season, as she competes in the 60 hurdles, high jump, and shot put.

One of the most interesting entries in the field is Katie Nageotte, who was seventh at last year’s USATF outdoor championships in the pole vault.

Nageotte has been training in Pullman since last spring, and is now listed as a volunteer coach for the Cougars, working with jumps coach and former world champion Brad Walker.

Last week, Nageotte was second at the national pole vault summit in Reno, clearing 15-1.5 (4.61m), behind winner and world champs runner up Sandi Morris’ 16-0.75 (4.90m). Nageotte's mark is currently the fifth best in the world so far in this young 2018 season.

Nageotte was ranked second in the US and sixth in the world by Track & Field News with a season and personal best of 15-6.25 (4.73m), set in Rottach-Egern, Germany on July 15th.

The meet gets underway Friday afternoon with the women’s triple jump and pole vault, the men’s and women’s weight throw, and the men’s triple jump.

The meet resumes Saturday morning at 10 am, with the final event scheduled for 5:45 pm.

NOTE:  The sports information office of Washington State University contributed to this report.

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