Saturday, April 7, 2018

Ducks may have swept their Pepsi Team Invitational, but weather was the true winner...

EUGENE—It was wet.

It was windy. And it was cold.

That pretty much summed up the competition at the Pepsi Team Invitational at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon for both the University of Washington and Washington State University, as they battled each other, the Cougars from Brigham Young University, and the elements.

The final team score will show that the host Ducks swept the meet, scoring 185 on the women’s side, with BYU and WSU tied for second at 152, and UW fourth with 112.  On the men’s side, it was the Ducks scoring 171, with BYU second at 160, WSU at 157, and 153 for the Huskies.

In reality, it was the weather that was the clear winner of the meet, as the gusty winds and rain forced the meet to operate nearly an hour late, and forced the pole vault to move indoors to a runway underneath the West Grandstands.

Washington got their wins from Colby Gilbert in the men’s 1500 (above/photo by Howard Lao) in 3:48.64, Jose Padilla in the discus (178-6/54.41m), and the 4 x 400 relay team of Evan Mafilas, Jason Palmer, Michael Thomas, and Ryan Croson, as they ran 3:13.31.  

The Cougars got their wins from Brock Eager in the hammer (214-4 /65.33m), Atina Kamasi in the women’s javelin (148-6/45.27m), Cole Smith in the men’s javelin (206-7/62.98m), Molly Scharmann in the women’s pole vault (12-11/3.94m), Sander Moldau in the men’s pole vault (16-10.75/5.15m), Peyton Fredrickson in the men’s high jump (6-7/2.01), and Vallery Korir in the women’s 3000 in 9:51.38.

Both Washington and Washington State have the next week off, before they head to Southern California the following week for the Mt. SAC Relays, Bryan Clay and Long Beach meets.

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

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