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T&F Wraps Up Pac-12 Championships

May 16, 2021

LOS ANGELES – The Washington State University Track and Field program wrapped up the final day of the Pac-12 Championships from Loker Stadium Sunday evening.

Charisma Taylor continued to lead the Cougs on the women's side, as she posted a sixth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Taylor's time of 13.35 notched three total team points for Washington State as well. Charisma's day was not finished however, as she turned her attention to the triple jump where is recorded a third-place finish. Taylor's six points were earned after posting a jump of 43-feet 10 1/2 inches (13.37m).

"Although we were without several key student-athletes, we had some outstanding performances," head coach Wayne Phipps said. Charisma Taylor led the women scoring in both the hurdles and the triple jump." 
Suzy Pace secured additional points for WSU as she finished in a tie for sixth overall in the high jump, totaling 1.5 points. Pace finished the day with a clearance of 5-feet 7 inches (1.70m) to lead the Cougar squad. Aislinn Overby and Kaylee Sowle each finished in a tie for 10th overall, with the pair ending the final day of the Pac-12 Championships at 5-feet 5 inches (1.65m) overall.
The 400-meter hurdles final saw Stephanie Cho post a season-best time of 58.16 overall. Cho finished in sixth overall as well, earning three total points towards the WSU team score. Erin Mullins capped off the individual track events for Washington State in the 5000-meter where she placed 22nd with a time of 16:45.13 overall.
The women's 4x100-meter relay squad of Mackenzie Fletcher, Skyler Walton, Jasneet Nijjar and Elise Unruh-Thomas clocked in a time of 46.95 overall to finish ninth overall in the team race.
Anchoring the Washington State men's squad during the last day of Pac-12 Championship action was the 1500-meter crew of Paul Ryan and Zach Stallings. Ryan ran an impressive race throughout, leading the pack for a time being, and ultimately made a stellar move to zip past a fellow competitor to claim second place overall. Paul clocked a time of 3:40.62 as well. Stallings ran just as competitive during the race, finishing sixth overall at 3:41.69, and adding three points of his own to the overall WSU team score.

The men's 5000-meter race saw multiple Cougars in action, led by Colton Johnsen. Colton posted a fifth-place overall finish to earn Washington State four team points. Johnsen's time of 13:39.54 was a personal best for the veteran Coug, and he nearly missed the WSU top ten all-time list as the 10th spot is held by Julius Korir at 13:38.6 back in 1982. Fellow Cougs running in the 5000m include Matthew Watkins finishing in 25th (14:22.65), Brian Barsaiya will a personal best of 14:23.81 and placed 27th as well. Jacob Nicholson and Reid Muller each posted personal records in the race as well as Nicholson posted a time of 14:25.46 (29th), and Muller finished with a time of 14:27.88 (30th).

"On the men's side Colton Johnsen, who was dominating the men's steeplechase Saturday before taking a tough fall over the last water jump, still scored in both the steeple and the 5km today which featured the top 3 athletes in the nation," Coach Phipps conintued. "Paul Ryan finished second in a very strong 1500m field losing only to the number 2 athlete in the nation."
John Kolb kicked off the scoring for Washington State during day three in the discus throw, after posting a mark of 183-feet 1 inch (55.80m) to claim a second-place finish overall. Kolb's Pac-12 Championship debut would secure eight total points for the Cougs and aid the team in climbing the leader board later in the day.

"John Kolb and Mitch Jacobson also had amazing runner-up finishes in very strong fields. We have set-up ourselves very well for the first round of the NCAA's and we very excited to continue our post-season run," Phipps discussed.
The men's pole vault saw the Cougar men add more points to their overall team score as Jacob Englar finished fourth in the event. Englar posted a clearance of 16-feet 3 1/4 inches (4.96m) to lead WSU, and fellow teammate Lucas Tailin finished 10th overall with a mark of 15-feet 5 1/2 (4.71m) as well.
The dominate duo of Nick Johnson and Sam Brixey in the 110-meter hurdles saw an impressive final, as Johnson and Brixey would go fourth and fifth in the race. Nick turned in a time of 13.86 to earn himself five total points, and Sam would go on and post a time of 13.99 and total four points as well.
The men's 4x100-meter relay crew of Sam Brixey, Blake Deringer, Ja'Maun Charles, and Jared McAlvey contributed two points to the Cougar effort, finishing seventh overall with a time of 40.71.

100m Hurdles Final:  Charisma Taylor – 13.35 (6th) – 3 Points
400m Hurdles Final:  Stephanie Cho – 58.16 (6th), PR – 3 Points
1500m Final: Neema Kimtai – 4:23.12 (11th)
5000m:  Erin Mullins – 16:45.13 (22nd)
4x100m Relay:  Fletcher, Walton, Nijjar, Unruh-Thomas – 46.95 (9th)
4x400m Relay:  Fletcher, Unruh-Thomas, Nijjar, Cho – 3:45.57 (7th) – 2 Points
Triple Jump:  Charisma Taylor – 43-10 1/2 (13.37m) [3rd] – 6 Points
High Jump:  Suzy Pace – 5-7 (1.70m) [6th] – 1.5 Points; Aislinn Overby – 5-5 (1.65m) [10th]; Kaylee Sowle – 5-5 (1.65m) [10th]
Discus:  Julia Parra – 122-9 (37.42m) [21st]
1500m Final:  Paul Ryan – 3:40.62 (2nd) – 8 Points; Zach Stallings – 3:41.69 (6th) – 3 Points
110m Hurdles Final:  Nick Johnson – 13.86 (4th) – 5 Points; Sam Brixey – 13.99 (5th) – 4 Points
5000m:  Colton Johnsen – 13:39.54 (5th), PR – 4 Points; Matthew Watkins – 14:22.65 (25th); Brian Barsaiya – 14:23.81 (27th), PR; Jacob Nicholson – 14:25.46 (29th), PR; Reid Muller – 14:27.88 (30th) PR
4x100m Relay:  Brixey, Deringer, Charles, McAlvey – 40.71 (7th) – 2 Points
4x400m Relay:  Charles, McAlvey, Stallings, Willems – 3:11.95 (8th) – 1 Point
Pole Vault:  Jacob Englar – 16-3 1/4 (4.96m) [4th] – 5 Points; Lucas Tailin – 15-5 1/2 (4.71m) [10th]
Discus:  John Kolb – 183-1 (55.80m) [2nd] – 8 Points


  • Team scoring is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for places first through eighth.
  • Women's team scores: USC 162.50, Oregon 151, Arizona State 77, Washington 77, Colorado 74.50, UCLA 70, Stanford 64, Arizona 51.50, California 48, Oregon State 21, Washington State 16.50, Utah 6
  • Men's team scores: Oregon 185, USC 137, Washington 114, Arizona State 72, Arizona 67, Washington State 61.50, Stanford 59, UCLA 46.50, Colorado 42, California 31


Washington State will now look ahead to the NCAA West Regional, held May 27-29 and will be located at College Station, Texas hosted by Texas A&M.

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