Sunday, April 29, 2018

Washington State sweeps Washington in The Dual in Pullman...

PULLMAN—It had to come to an end eventually.

And the three-meet sweep by the Washington Huskies of their cross-state rival Washington State Cougars in the track meet known simply as The Dual came to a halt at Mooberry Track on the WSU campus, as the Cougs swept the Dawgs on a slightly overcast day in the Palouse.

On the men’s side, the final count was 89-74, while the final women’s score was 88-75 in favor of Washington State.

With the victory by Washington State, the Cougs lead the all time series on the men’s side at 59-39-1, while the Huskies lead the all-time women’s series at 21-18.

While the winning time in the men’s 1500 was a modest 3:50.82, Chandler Teigen’s (left/photo by Paul Merca) victory provided a major momentum spark for the Cougars, as it came at the expense of Washington’s All-American Colby Gilbert (3:53.25), as Gilbert did most of the leading, only to have Teigen take the win.

Washington State head coach Wayne Phipps, who won his first Dual as head coach, said, “For Chandler Teigen to win over Colby Gilbert, outstanding athlete for Washington, and Paul Ryan to come out of nowhere to get third was absolutely important for our team.”

On the women’s side, the Cougs rode their All-American multi-events specialist Alissa Brooks-Johnson, as she competed in six events, winning three—the high jump (5-5.25/1.66m), the 100 hurdles (13.73), and the 400 hurdles (58.05).

Atina Kamasi won the women's javelin with a lifetime-best throw of 175-feet 1 inch (53.36m), a mark that is the second-best in WSU all-time records. Greer Alsop won the triple jump with a meet record mark that equaled her PR of 41-8 (12.70m) and replaced UW's Shaniae Lakes 2012 meet record of 41-4 1/2 (12.61m). Aoife Martin won the hammer with a PR distance of 184-1 (56.12m).

Besides Teigen’s win in the 1500, Zach Smith took both the 100 and 200, running 10.59 and 21.45.  Brock Eager, recovering from a shoulder strain, won the hammer with a distance of 218-9 (66.68m).

Nick Johnson captured the 110m hurdles with a PR time of 13.97 and Christapherson Grant won the 400m hurdles with a PR time of 53.15.

The Huskies got multiple wins from  Gina Flint, who went 8-for-8 in Dual Meet events for her career as she swept the shot put (49-10.5/15.20m) and discus (158-10/48.41m) on the women's side, and freshman Jonah Wilson who won both the shot (54-2/16.51m) and the discus (174-8/53.24m) on the men's side in his first Dual.

Freshmen Evan Mafilas (47.22 in the 400) and Devan Kirk (1:50.98 in the 800) both had individual wins and teamed up for the 4x400m relay win, while senior Carolyn Birkenfeld also won the open 400m (55.26) and ran on the winning 4x400, as they set a new meet record of 3:40.07.

The biggest difference in how The Dual played out for Washington was in the field events.  Washington won 17 events overall including 12 of the 22 track events, but the Cougars won 11 of the 16 field events and had four events where they swept the top three scoring spots, compared to two sweeps for the Dawgs, in the women's shot put and men's 5,000-meters.

"Credit to the Cougars for competing with a lot of spirit today and it does not feel great to have our winning streak come to an end but it wasn't for a lack of effort as I thought our kids battled," said Head Coach Greg Metcalf.

"We are missing a handful of pieces to our team who we would have liked to see out here today, but many of our athletes had the best day of their seasons today or in some cases of their careers and that's encouraging going into Pac-12s."

Phipps said afterwards, “Every year I think our staff has found a greater appreciation for this meet and how much it means to the kids. We talked to the team before the meet to make sure everyone was on board. We knew we were down a number of significant people but everyone went out and competed hard. To win by 15 points on the men's side and 13 points in the women's side, I couldn't ask for anything more, especially being at home.”

Washington’s release is available here, while Washington State’s is available  here.

Complete results of The Dual are available here.

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

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