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Cougs Capture Multiple Wins at Hayward Premiere

Apr 3, 2021

EUGENE, Ore. – The Washington State University Track and Field program wrapped up an impressive weekend at the Hayward Premiere Saturday afternoon inside Hayward Stadium, hosted by the University of Oregon.

The Washington State women's squad were locked in at the Hayward Premiere, totaling six overall wins at one of the best meets happening in the country this weekend. Skyler Walton took home first place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.78, a personal best for the sprinter and the sixth best time in WSU history. Charisma Taylor posted two victories while at Eugene, first in the 100-meter hurdles at 13.52, and then another win in the triple jump with a mark of 42-feet 5 1/2 inches (12.94m). Stephanie Cho impressed in the 400-meter hurdles, winning the event with a time of 57.16. Aislinn Overby landed in the top spot in the high jump as a personal best of 5-feet 9 3/4 inches (1.77m) secured the victory. Emily Coombs added another win to her outdoor season total in the pole vault, as she placed first with a mark of 12-feet 9 1/2 inches (3.90m) during the event. There were plenty of other bright spots for the Cougs, including Neema Kimtai setting the WSU freshman record in the 5000-meter run at 16:31.13, and ranking ninth all-time as well in WSU history. Erin Mullins also cracked the all-time WSU top-10, as she recorded a time of 34:51.37 in the 10,000-meter run, ranking fourth in WSU history. Sasha Korolenko also broke into the all-time WSU top-10 in the hammer throw with a mark of 176-feet (53.65m) to rank ninth all-time.

The WSU men picked up three huge wins themselves at the Hayward Premiere, beginning with Sam Brixey in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.88. Mitch Jacobson posted a season-best in the high jump of 6-feet 11 inches (2.11m) to capture the victory in the event. John Kolb placed first as well in the discus as his throw of 183-feet (59.15m) earned himself the top spot. The Cougar distance squad continued their success from the indoor season as in the 1500-meter Invite, which featured many of the best 1500m runners in the nation, including the NCAA Indoor mile champion. Colton Johnsen, Paul Ryan and Zach Stallings finished fourth, seventh and eighth respectively which then results in the sixth, 12th and 15th fastest times in the nation in the event. Johnsen, who ran a 3:40.72, posted the seventh fastest time in the 1500m in WSU history as well. 

100m:  Skyler Walton – 11.78 (1st), PR; Jordyn Tucker – 11.95 (4th)
100m Hurdles:  Charisma Taylor – 13.52 (1st); Mackenzie Fletcher – 14.26 (4th); Jasneet Nijjar – 14.75 (6th), PR
200m:  Jasneet Nijjar – 24.99 (5th)
400m:  Elise Unruh-Thomas – 57.16 (3rd)
400m Hurdles:  Stephanie Cho – 57.16 (1st); Mackenzie Fletcher – 1:00.38 (2nd), PR; Peyton Teevens – 1:02.58 (5th), PR
800m:  Neema Kimtai – 2:08.60 (9th), PR; Jelena Grujic – 2:13.21 (13th); Kaili Keefe – 2:17.62 (18th)
1500m:  Kaili Keefe – 4:25.00 (5th); Natalie Ackerley – 4:34.14 (13th), PR
5000m:  Neema Kimtai – 16:31.13 (3rd), PR; Alaina Stone Boggs – 17:44.91 (12th), PR
10,000m:  Erin Mullins – 34:51.37 (23rd), PR
Hammer:  Carolina Ulloa-Daza – 181-6 (55.34m) [3rd]; Sasha Korolenko – 176-0 (53.65m) [4th], PR
High Jump:  Aislinn Overby – 5-9 3/4 (1.77m) [1st], PR; Suzy Pace – 5-9 3/4 (1.77m) [2nd], PR; Kaylee Sowle – 5-5 3/4 (1.67m) [6th]
Javelin:  Kendra Sachse – 156-7 (47.74m) [3rd]; Maelyn George – 142-10 (43.54m) [6th]
Long Jump:  Lauren Newman – 19-0 (5.79m) [2nd];  Anna Rodgers – 18-10 3/4 (5.76m) [3rd]
Pole Vault:  Emily Coombs – 12-9 1/2 (3.90m) [1st]; Tayla Beavers – 11-3 3/4 (3.45m) [2nd]
Triple Jump:  Charisma Taylor – 42-5 1/2 (12.94m) [1st]
100m:  Ja'Maun Charles – 10.75 (4th);  Blake Deringer – 10.76 (6th), PR; De'antae Choates– 10.92 (10th) 
110m Hurdles:  Sam Brixey – 13.88 (1st); Nick Johnson – 14.15 (4th)
200m:  Ja'Maun Charles – 21.49 (2nd); Blake Deringer – 21.73 (4th), PR; Ethan Willems – 21.92 (6th); De'antae Choates – 22.31 (7th), PR
400m:  Ethan Willems – 48.50 (4th)
400m Hurdles:  Jared McAlvey – 53.66 (6th)
800m:  Paul Ryan – 1:51.03 (8th), PR; Zach Stallings – 1:51.87 (13th); Reid Muller – 1:52.83 (18th)
1500m Invite:  Colton Johnsen – 3:40.72 (4th), PR; Paul Ryan – 3:41.63 (7th); Zach Stallings – 3:42.21 (8th), PR
1500m:  Reid Muller – 3:46.78 (7th), PR
3000m Steeple:  Kennan Schrag – 9:17.18 (13th), PR
5000m:  Jacob Nicholson – 14:41.99 (8th); Zak Kindl – 15:25.08 (12th); Cameron Dean – 15:33.81 (13th)
10,000m Invite:  Matthew Watkins – 29:15.19 (22nd), PR
Discus:  John Kolb – 183-0 (55.79m) [1st]; Joseph Jensen – 176-0 (48.50m) [6th], PR
High Jump:  Mitch Jacobson – 6-11 (2.11m) [1st]; Max English – 6-7 (2.01m) [3rd]; Daylon Hicks – 6-5 (1.96m) [4th]
Javelin:  Gabe Shouman – 210-2 (64.06m) [4th], PR; Alex Cielo – 196-3 (59.82m) [6th]; Josh Farr – 179-1 (54.60m) [9th]
Long Jump:  Joseph Heitman – 22-9 1/4 (6.94m) [2nd]
Pole Vault:  Jacob Englar – 15-7 (4.75m) [3rd]

WSU Track & Field will be in action next, Friday, April 9, competing at the Rafer Johnsen/Jackie Joyner Invitational hosted by UCLA.

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