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Cougar Men Wrap Up Day Three

Jun 11, 2021

EUGENE, Ore. – The Washington State Track & Field program saw three Cougars from the men's squad competing in the finals of their respective events at the NCAA Championships Friday evening.
"It was an awesome season, and this group has been absolutely amazing," said head coach Wayne Phipps. "Their commitment, dedication, and performances have been awe-inspiring."
Paul Ryan ran in the 1500-meter finals to get things rolling for the Cougars on the track, as he went on to finish eighth overall with a time of 3:40.50. Ryan ran a solid race overall, as he would stick close to the leaders throughout multiple splits of this race. Paul found himself less than a full second off the leader after 1100-meters, which led to a close finish where Ryan was just five seconds off as the pack crossed the finish line. Paul finishes the outdoor season earning himself First Team All-American honors as well.
Colton Johnsen capped off an incredible outdoor season running in the finals of the 3000-meter steeplechase, where he set the pace of this race right out of the gate. Johnsen went on to lead this race for a total of five laps, as he set the precedent for the other competitors to try and catch him. Colton ultimately crossed the finish line in 12th overall, posting a time of 8:46.89 and earning himself Second Team All-American honors also.
Mitch Jacobson finished the 2021 outdoor season in the high jump finals, where he unfortunately recorded no official height in his three attempts at 6-feet 10 3/4 inches (2.10m). Jacobson earns himself Honorable Mention All-American honors after a phenomenal season as well.
"It's these student-athletes that make this season of unprecedented challenges so incredible and so rewarding," Phipps continued. "We went from no season a year ago to five NCAA All-Americans this year, truly amazing!"

1500m – Final:  Paul Ryan – 3:40.50 (8th)
3000m Steeplechase – Final:  Colton Johnsen – 8:46.89 (12th)
High Jump – Final:  Mitch Jacobson – NH



Washington State concludes the NCAA Outdoor Championships tomorrow, Saturday June 12 as three total Cougs will be in action during the final day of competition. Leading WSU during day number four from Hayward Field will be Suzy Pace (high jump), Charisma Taylor (Triple Jump), and finally Stephanie Cho (400-meter hurdles).

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