Saturday, February 3, 2018

WSU's Molly Scharmann vaults to victory at Cougar Indoor...

PULLMAN—Molly Scharmann (above/photo courtesy WSU Athletics) won the women’s pole vault to highlight competition in the second day of competition at the Cougar Indoor at the Indoor Practice Facility on the Washington State campus.

Scharmann won the event with a personal best of 13-3.5 (4.05m), a mark that puts her fourth on the MPSF conference performance list.

The mark is also the fourth best in school history, and capped off an outstanding weekend by athletes coached by WSU pole vault coach and American record holder Brad Walker.

Earlier in the afternoon, Cougar volunteer coach Katie Nageotte soared to a second place finish at the NYRR Millrose Games in New York, clearing 15-5.5 (4.71m).

Afterwards, Scharmann said, "The training has gone a little bit better, just working on the little things in practice. I've been sick for the past couple weeks and this is the first week I've felt well so that helped me out a lot today. In practice we don't use bars, we mostly practice with bungees but I definitely know I have a lot more coming this year."

WSU alum Kiana Davis broke the meet record in the triple jump, bounding 42-4.75 (12.92m). The Cougars’ Greer Alsop (40-3.5/12.28m) and Oyinlola Akinlosotu (40-0.5/12.20m) put themselves into the top ten on the MPSF performance list with their efforts.

All told, WSU athletes garnered 13 wins over the course of the two days of competition.

Central Washington’s Mariyah Vongsaveng won the women’s 60 hurdles in a season best time of 8.68. 

In Friday’s pentathlon, both HarLee Ortega (3651) and Ali Anderson (3605) put themselves in the top ten on the NCAA Division II performance list with their second and third place finish behind WSU’s Alissa Brooks-Johnson’s 4190 performance.

NOTE:  The sports information offices of Washington State University and Central Washington University contributed to this report.

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