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Day Two in The Books for Cougs at Pac-12 Championships

May 15, 2021

LOS ANGELES – The Washington State University Track and Field program saw another solid day at Loker Stadium as the Cougars competed during day two of the Pac-12 Championships.

Charisma Taylor got things rolling to begin the track events during day two, as she was able to qualify and advance into the finals of the 100-meter hurdles. Taylor posted a personal record of 13.33 in the event, which also sees her remain at the second-best time in Washington State history behind Diana Pickler (13.25). Mackenzie Fletcher would come in 14th place overall in the event as well, recording a time of 14.23.
 
Caroline Jerotich posted an impressive run during the 3000-meter steeplechase to cap off the track events for day two of the Pac-12 Championships. Jerotich ran a personal best of 10:35.60 in the event which is now the 10th best all-time mark in Washington State history. Pia Richards followed Caroline in this race, recording a time of 11:11.36 as well.
 
The long jump featured lone Cougar Lauren Newman who posted a top ten finish with a jump of 19-feet 4 3/4 inches (5.91m). Emily Coombs also finished the second day of action with a 10th place finish in the pole vault, as she cleared 12-feet 7 1/2 inches (3.85m). Lovely Tukuafu helped cap off day two of the Pac-12 Championships in the shot put as she posted a throw of 39-feet 9 3/4 inches (12.13m) for an 18th place finish.
 
Peyton Teevens was the lone Cougar in the heptathlon, and currently sits in 13th place overall after day one of competition. Teevens began the day running a 15.01 in the 100-meter hurdles to place 12th in the event. Peyton followed up with a solid performance in the high jump, as she tied her personal best of 5-feet 4 1/4 inches (1.63m). She turned in a 14th place mark in the shot put with a throw of 33-feet 1 3/4 inches (10.10m). Teevens finished the first day of the heptathlon off in the 200-meter dash, posting a time of 26.23 and currently has totaled 2,924 points so far.
 
Saturday saw the remainder of the heptathlon action, as Peyton began the day with the long jump where she posted a personal best at 16-feet 2 1/4 inches (4.93m). She followed the long jump with yet another personal best, this time in the javelin throw with a mark of 111-feet 6 inches (34.00m) to take ninth place overall amongst the other heptathlon competitors. The final event of the heptathlon featured Peyton with one of her best finishes throughout her two days of competition, as she posted a personal best of 2:16.22 in the 800-meter run and finished second in the race as well. Teevens concluded the heptathlon in 11th place overall, totaling 4,893 points after two days of competing, a personal best for the freshman.
 
The men's high jump squad for the Cougar men showed up in a big way, scoring 12.5 total points for WSU. Leading the way was Mitch Jacobson who advanced to the final three competitors, finished with a clearance of 7-feet 1 1/2 inches (2.17m) and in a tie for second overall. Daylon Hicks looked just as impressive, posted a personal best of 6-feet 8 3/4 inches (2.05m) as well to capture fifth place. Colby White rounded of the scoring for the Cougs within the event, posting a mark of 6-feet 5 1/2 inches (1.97m) to finish in a tie for seventh place. Max English went on to place ninth overall with a mark of 6-feet 5 1/2 inches (1.97m), followed by teammate Beau Sheeran in 11th at 6-feet 3 1/2 inches (1.92m) as well.

Colton Johnsen led the way for the Cougars in the 3000-meter steeplechase, recording a time of 8:51.39 for a sixth-place finish. Johnsen's run added three additional team points to the WSU men's score during day two, seeing WSU holding down a tie for sixth overall heading into day three. Kennan Schrag just missed adding a point himself, as he finished ninth overall with a time of 9:08.82.
 
Sam Brixey and Nick Johnson showed off their speed and athleticism during the 110-meter hurdles to no one's surprise, as they each qualified for the finals in the event. Brixey posted a non-winded personal best of 13.85 which sees him take over the 10th best time in WSU history after being tied previously at 13.86. Johnson also a season-best 13.85 in the event and both will compete in the finals Sunday, beginning at 3:40 p.m.
 
Seth Andres and Cody Teevens were in action representing the Cougs in the decathlon during day one of the Pac-12 Championships. Andres currently sits in eighth place totaling 3,511 points, and Teevens is in 10th for the time being, posting 3,463 points. Seth saw impressive performances throughout each event, as he posted personal bests in each which included 100-meter dash (10.98), long jump (6.86m), shot put (11.46m), high jump (1.76m), and in the 400-meter (52.62). Cody saw multiple personal records throughout the opening day as well, with a PR in the long jump (6.75m), in the shot put (9.84m), and in the 400-meter (51.87).
 
Day two of the Pac-12 Championships saw both Andres and Teevens back in action, beginning with the 110-meter hurdles where Seth posted a fourth-place finish at 15.02 and Cody finished seventh overall at 15.40. The discus followed as Andres (28.22m) and Teevens (26.63m) went 12th and 13th respectively. The decathlon duo each saw personal records in the pole vault event as Andres posted a mark of 13-feet 5 1/4 inches (4.10m), and Teevens with a clearance of 11-feet 5 3/4 inches (3.50m). Seth and Cody each went on to post PRs in the last two remaining events, and ultimately posted personal bests in overall points in the decathlon as well. Andres saw personal records in the javelin throw (38.17m) and the 1500-meter (5:03.86) to round out the decathlon to total 6,387 points for a ninth-place finish. Cody also saw a personal best in both the javelin (44.49m), and the 1500m (4:56.78) and finished the day with 6,232 points for an 11th place finish.
 

WOMEN
100m Hurdles Prelims:  Charisma Taylor – 13.33 (6th), PR, Q; Mackenzie Fletcher – 14.23 (14th)
800m:  Neema Kimtai – 2:10.44 (19th); Kailli Keefe – 2:13.45 (28th); Natalie Ackerley– 2:16.28 (30th)
3000m Steeplechase:  Caroline Jerotich – 10:35.60 (10th), PR; Pia Richards – 11:11.36 (14th)
Long Jump:  Lauren Newman – 19-4 3/4 (5.91m) [10th]
Shot Put:  Lovely Tukuafu – 39-9 3/4 (12.13m) [18th]
Pole Vault:  Emily Coombs – 12-7 1/2 (3.85m) [10th]; Tayla Beavers – 12-1 1/2 (3.70m) [17th]; Tessa Watkins – 11-7 3/4 (3.55m) [17th]
Heptathlon:  Peyton Teevens – 4,893 Points (11th), PR
100m H (15.01); HJ (5-4 ¼, 1.63m); SP (33-1 ¾, 10.10m); 200m (26.23); LJ (16-2 ¼, 4.93m), PR; JAV (111-6, 34.00m), PR; 800m (2:16.22), PR
 
MEN
100m:  Ja'Maun Charles – 10.56 (14th); Blake Deringer – 10.64 (19th), PR
400m:  Ethan Willems – 49.15 (18th)
110m Hurdles Prelims:  Sam Brixey – 13.85 (4th), PR, Q; Nick Johnson – 13.85 (5th), Q
3000m Steeplechase:  Colton Johnsen – 8:51.39 (6th) – 3 Points; Kennan Schrag– 9:08.82 (9th)
High Jump:  Mitch Jacobson – 7-1 1/2 (2.17m) [2nd] – 7 Points; Daylon Hicks – 6-8 3/4 (2.05m), PR [5th] – 4 Point; Colby White – 6-5 1/2 (1.97m) [7th] – 1.5 Points; Max English – 6-5 1/2 (1.97m) [9th]; Beau Sheeran – 6-3 1/2 (1.92m) [11th]
Decathlon:   Seth Andres – 6,387 Points (9th), PR
100m (10.98), PR; LJ (22-6 ¼, 6.86m), PR; SP (37-7 ¼, 11.46m), PR; HJ (5-9 ¼, 1.76m), PR; 400m (52.62), PR; 110m H (15.02); DT (92-7, 28.22m); PV (13-5 ¼, 4.10m), PR; JT (125-2, 38.17m)PR; 1500m (5:03.86), PR
 
Cody Teevens – 6,232 Points (11th), PR
100m (11.13); LJ (22-1 ¾, 6.75m), PR; SP (32-3 ½, 9.84m), PR; HJ (6-0 ¾, 1.85m); 400m (51.87), PR; 110m H (15.40); DT (87-4, 26.63m); PV (11-5 ¾, 3.50m, PR); JT (145-11, 44.49m), PR; 1500m (4:56.78), PR
 

NOTEWORTHY

  • Team scoring is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for places first through eighth.
  • Women's team scores: Arizona State 56, Oregon 56, Washington 53, UCLA 27, Colorado 23, California 22, Arizona 21, Oregon State 21, Stanford 18, USC 14, Washington State 1
  • Men's team scores: Washington 68, Oregon 54, Arizona 38, USC 36, Stanford 26, UCLA 21.50, Washington State 21.50, California 20, Arizona State 16, Colorado 13

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