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Cougs Compete at Arkansas Qualifier

Feb 5, 2021

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Washington State University Track and Field program posted a solid day, both from the Cougar women and men at the Arkansas Qualifier Friday afternoon. 

Charisma Taylor led the Cougars on the women's side with two second place finishes on the day. Taylor posted a time of 8.19 in the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles, a time that ties her personal best, and is also the current WSU record in the event. Taylor then went on to place second in the triple jump also with a mark of 43-feet 7 3/4 inches (13.30m). Skyler Walton ran a 7.49 in the 60-meter dash finals, a personal best and also the seventh fastest time in WSU history in the event as well. Suzy Pace posted a solid performance in the high jump, finishing fourth overall with a clearance of 5-feet 6 inches (1.68m). Anna Rodgers posted a personal best in the long jump at 19-feet 5 1/4 inches (5.92m), and went on to finish fifth overall.

"Charisma Taylor led the way, finishing second in the hurdles (although she ran the fastest time in the meet in the prelims) and in the triple jump both with nationally ranked marks," Coach Wayne Phipps discussed. "What made this even more impressive was that she ran the 60m hurdles prelims, minutes later ran the 60m hurdle finals and then immediately ran over to the triple jump which had already started. Other very impressive performances included Skyler Walton's amazing run to finish 3rd in the 60m dash."

The WSU men were led by both Mitch Jacobson and Zach Stallings who each recorded wins at the Arkansas Qualifier. Jacobson posted a win in the high jump with a mark of 6-feet 10 3/4 (2.10m), and Stallings took home first place in the mile event with a personal best of 4:02.04. Sam Brixey continued to dominate the 60m hurdles, placing first in the prelims, but finished second overall in the final with a time of 7.80. Colton Johnsen turned in a solid day at Fayetteville as well in the 3000-meter, finishing third overall with a time of 8:07.68. 

"...Sam Brixey finishing second in a photo finish in the 60m hurdles; Mitch Jacobson winning the high jump, and Zach Stallings; who dominated the men's mile, winning by over 8 seconds and running the 11th fastest time in the nation," Phipps added.

"Another great meet for us and again very thankful for the work our medical staff and department put in to help provide us with this opportunity," Coach Wayne Phipps said. "We competed very well against some outstanding competition and it was very beneficial to compete in the NCAA national championship facility."
60m Skyler Walton – 7.49 (3rd), PR; Jasneet Nijjar – 7.94 (15th), PR
60m Hurdles Charisma Taylor – 8.19 (2nd); Mackenzie Fletcher – 8.99 (9th)
200m Jasneet Nijjar – 24.64 (14th), PR
400m Mackenzie Fletcher – 57.86 (17th)
High Jump Suzy Pace – 5-6 [1.68m] (4th); Kaylee Sowle – 5-6 [1.68m] (6th); Aislinn Overby – 5-4 1/4 [1.63m] (11th), PR
Pole Vault Emily Coombs – 12-7 1/2 [3.85m] (10th); Tessa Watkins (NH)
Long Jump Anna Rodgers – 19-5 1/4 [5.92m] (5th), PR
Triple Jump Charisma Taylor – 43-7 3/4 [13.30m] (2nd)
60m Hurdles Sam Brixey – 7.80 (2nd); Nick Johnson – 8.07 (7th); Jared McAlvey – 8.71 (16th)
200m Ethan Willems – 21.87 (6th)
400m Ethan Willems – 48.33 (7th); Jared McAlvey – 49.55 (12th)
800m Pascal Kleyer – 1:53.26 (6th)
Mile Zach Stallings – 4:02.04 (1st), PR; Justin Janke – 4:10.00 (5th)
3000m:  Colton Johnsen – 8:07.68 (3rd)
High Jump:  Mitch Jacobson – 6-10 3/4 [2.10m] (1st)
Pole Vault:  
Jacob Englar – 16-7 1/4 [5.06m] (6th)

Washington State Track and Field will be back in action next, Friday, Feb. 12 as the Cougars will head to Seattle to compete in the UW Invitational throughout the weekend. 

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