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Cougs Advance on Day One of NCAA West Prelims

May 26, 2021

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Washington State University Track and Field program kicked off the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round Wednesday afternoon from E.B. Cushing Stadium.

The 1500-meter duo of Paul Ryan and Zach Stallings continued their impressive 2021 campaign as each qualified for the event quarterfinals at the NCAA West Prelims. Ryan went on to win heat number two with a time of 3:44.93 and finish sixth overall in the first round of the 1500-meter race. Stallings would advance as well in the event, posting a time of 3:45.43 and finishing second in heat number four. Paul and Zach will now look ahead to the quarterfinals of the 1500m run which will take place Friday, May 28 at 3:45 p.m. PT.
Sam Brixey continued his dominance in the 110-meter hurdles this outdoor season as he qualified for the quarterfinals in the event at the NCAA West Prelims with a time of 13.72 overall. Brixey knocked out this solid overall time in heat number one and beat out multiple top runners of other heats in the 110-meter hurdles. Sam now looks to Friday, May 28 to compete in the finals of the event, taking place at 4:45 p.m. (PT). Nick Johnson went on to finish 35th overall in the 110-meter hurdles, posting a time of 14.08 overall.

Gabe Shouman and Alex Cielo got the opening day of the NCAA West Prelims started in the javelin throw, where Shouman would go on to finish 31st overall and Cielo would post a 38th place finish. Gabe saw his best throw of 198-feet 5 inches (60.49m) during his second attempt, whereas throw number three would be recorded at 191-feet 6 inches (58.38). Cielo's best mark of the day also came from attempt number two, which was 185-feet 9 inches (56.63m), and his third and final throw would come up just short of that distance measuring at 182-feet 1 inch (55.51m) overall.
Ja'Maun Charles had his plate full during day one of the NCAA West Preliminaries as he competed in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash Wednesday evening. Charles first ran in the opening heat of the 100-meter which saw he post a time of 10.44 overall, and ultimately would finish 36th in the event. Ja'Maun then geared up for the 200-meter where he ran a season-best time of 21.35 and went on to finish 40th overall.  

100m – First Round:  Ja'Maun Charles – 10.44 (36th)
200m – First Round:  Ja'Maun Charles – 21.35 (40th)
1500m – First Round:  Paul Ryan – 3:44.93 (6th) – Q; Zach Stallings – 3:45.43 (11th) – Q
110m Hurdles – First Round:  Sam Brixey – 13.72 (13th) – Q; Nick Johnson – 14.08 (35th)
Javelin:  Gabe Shouman – 198-5 (60.49m) [31st]; Alex Cielo – 185-9 (56.63m) [38th]


The Cougars continue competing at the NCAA Division I West Preliminary from College Station, Texas at E.B. Cushing Stadium tomorrow, Thursday, May 27.

WSU will see seven women's entries compete during day two which includes Carolina Ulloa-Daza (hammer), Kendra Sachse (javelin), Emily Coombs (pole vault), Charisma Taylor (100-meter hurdles), Kaili Keefe (1500-meter), Neema Kimtai (1500-meter), and Stephanie Cho (400-meter hurdles).

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