Brixey, Johnson, and Jacobson Record National Top-10 Marks.
SPOKANE - Washington State track and field graduate students Sam Brixey, Nick Johnson and Mitch Jacobson each recorded a top-10 national time in their respective event at the Spokane Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 11, as the Cougars dominated the first-ever collegiate meet held at the brand-new The Podium in Spokane.
"This was a great way to wrap-up our fall season and gives us a lot to be excited about for the rest of the season," said WSU track and field head coach Coach Wayne Phipps.
WSU Men's Track and Field Team Recap
The Cougar men's track and field team did not disappoint in their first indoor meet of the season as a full team, as WSU won two events and collected six top-three finishes.
Graduate student Sam Brixey picked up right where he left off last season by finishing first in the 60m hurdles at the Spokane Invitational. Brixey finished his first 60m hurdles race of the season in 7.82 seconds, which currently stands as the fourth-fastest time in the nation in the event. His time of 7.82 seconds in the 60m-hurdles is also a new facility record at The Podium.
Washington State swept the top-three spots in the 60m hurdles, as graduate student Nick Johnson finished behind Brixey at 8.05, while senior Josephy Heitman placed third after clocking in at 8.36. Johnson's time of 8.05 is currently the eighth-fastest 60m hurdle time in NCAA Division I.
Graduate student Mitch Jacobson and sophomore Jared McAlvey also had themselves a day at the Podium in Spokane, Washington. Jacobson leaped his way into second place in the high jump, posting a mark of 2.10m. Jacobson's jump is the 10th-highest mark in the country. McAlvey kept himself busy in his first indoor meet of the seaosn, as he ran in five different races. His best performance came in the 200m dash, where he ran a 21.78 to finish in second place. McAlvey's time in the 200m currently stands as the 15th-fastest time in the country.
WSU senior Jacob Englar made his return to the runway coming of a major surgery and took second over in the pole vault, clearing 5.05m.
"Jacob's recovery, commitment and work ethic to get back to such a high-level so quickly is absolute incredible," Phipps said of Englar's return performance.
WSU Women's Track and Field Team Recap
The Cougars women's track and field team turned in great performance in their first indoor meet of the season at the Spokane Invitational at the Podium, as the WSU women won two events and posted six top-three finishes.
In her first meet as a Coug, freshman Antonia Bushendorf won the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.56. Her time posted at the 60m hurdles is a new facility record for woman at The Podium, and it is also tied for the 30th-fastest time in the country.
Senior Anna Rodgers looked like she was already in mid-season form at the Spokane Invitational, as she captured a first-place finish in the long jump. Rodgers posted a leap of 19-2 3/4 (5.86m) to win the event.
"I was very impressed by senior Anna Rodgers win in the long jump and freshman Antonia Bushendorf's win in the hurdles," Coach Phipps said.
Sticking to jumps, junior Suzy Pace and sophomore Peyton Teevens had some spring in their steps in the high jump, as they placed second and third overall, respectively. Each WSU jumper cleared 1.65m, whoever it was Pace who cleared the height without a fault to claim second place over her teammate.
WSU Men Results
60m: Jared McAlvey- 6.97 (6th) PR
60m Hurdles: Sam Brixey- 7.82 (1st), Nick Johnson- 8.05 (2nd), Joseph Heitman- 8.36 (3rd) PR, Jared McAlvey- 8.46 (5th), Cody Teevens-DQ
200m: Jared McAlvey- 21.78 (2nd)
400m: Amadane Aboudou- 53.01 (18th) PR
High Jump: Mitch Jacobson- 2.10m (2nd), Taino Ferdinand- 2.05m (3rd) PR, Colby White- 1.95m (8th), Daylon Hicks- 1.95m (9th) , Benjamin Kaplan- 1.90m (12th) PR
Weighted Throws: Marty Munyon- 49-2 1/4 [14.99m] (5th)
Long Jump: Joseph Heitman- 21-02 3/4 [6.56m] (7th), Matthew Metcalf- 20-11 1/4 [6.38m] (11th) PR, Cody Teevens- 20-10 1/2 [6.36m] (12th)
Pole Vault: Jacob Englar- 5.05m (2nd), Lucas Tailin- 4.75m (4th), Hunter Wagner- 4.50m (11th) PR, Cody Teevens- 3.60m (19th).
Shot Put: Joey Jensen- 43-9 3/4 [13.35m] (9th).
WSU Women Results
60m: Skyler Walton- 7.63 (3rd)
60m Hurdles: Antonia Buschendorf- 8.56 (1st) PR
200: Mackenzie Fletcher- 25.59 (10th) PR
400m: Elena Willems- 59.18 (4th) PR, Elise Unruh-Thomas- 59.61 (5th)
High Jump: Suzy Pace- 1.65m (2nd), Peyton Teevens- 1.65m (3rd), Kaylee Sowle 1.60m (4th), Giovanna Rhoads-1.60m (4th)
Weighted Throws: Alexandria Payne- 53-9 1/4 [16.39m] (4th) PR, Sasha Korolenko 51-8 1/4 [15.75m] (5th), Amy Kraemer- 46-5 1/4 [14.15m] (11th), Tara Koonce 44-4 1/4 [13.52m] (17th), Audrey Hughes- 41-9 3/4 [12.74m] (20th) PR
Long Jump: Anna Rodgers- 19-2 3/4 [5.86m] (1st), Jasneet Nijjar- 17-7 1/4 [5.37m] (7th) PR, Peyton Teevens- 15-1 1/2 [4.81m] (18th)
Pole Vault: Emily Coombs- 3.75m (5th), Kolby Weiss- 3.60m(T-7th), Sophia VanWormer- 3.15m (19th)
Shot Put: Audrey Hughes- 42-7 1/2 [12.99] (6th), Julia Parra- 36-9 [11.20m] (15th)
Next Time Out
The WSU men's and women's track team will be back in action after the winter break for the Cougar Classic on Jan. 14 at The Podium in Spokane. It will be the second of five meets at the Podium this season and the first of four meets that WSU will host at The Podium this season.
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