Dawgs, Cougs Topple Idaho's Finest at State Challenge Cup in Pullman

April 17, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - It was a strange sight in Pullman on Saturday as track and field teams from Washington, Washington State and Eastern Washington joined forces to sweep a team dual with Idaho and Boise State in the 2nd-Annual State Challenge Cup at Washington State's Mooberry Track Complex.

Wins in 21 of 36 events lifted the three Washington schools -- whose scores were combined, as were the two Idaho schools' -- to a 463-169 win on the men's side, and a 348-284 advantage in women's competition. Husky athletes won three events overall, including both men's hurdles and the women's steeple.

While much of the attention of the track and field world focused on this weekend's Mt. SAC Invitational, junior Laura Halverson made sure to give Northwest track fans something to talk about Saturday, logging the fourth-best women's steeplechase time in UW history in her victory in Pullman. Halverson's time of 10 minutes, 57.17 seconds was a stunning 30 seconds faster than runner-up Mandy Macalister of Idaho, and was one-hundredeth of a second below the NCAA's Regional qualifying standard.

Joining the junior on the victory stand were hurdlers Marc James and Sean Williams, both Pac-10 qualifiers already this season. Running into a stiff wind, James notched an impressive 14.92-second mark, more than a quarter-second ahead of the competition, while Williams clocked a 53.20 for a narrow, .03-second victory in the quarter hurdles.

Also of note Saturday was the performance of freshman Carin Trygg, whose hammer throw of 155 feet, 2 inches is the sixth-best ever by a Husky thrower.

In addition to the competitors in Pullman, several other Huskies were scheduled to compete late Saturday at Mt. SAC. Results of those events will be made available upon their completion. For live results from Mt. SAC, visit www.mtsac.edu/relays.

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