Cougs Have Multiple Top-Five Finishes In Split-Squad Action
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State men's and women's track and field teams had multiple top-five finishes in split-squad action on Saturday, Jan. 29, as the Cougars competed against some of the nation's best at the New Mexico Team Open in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the UW Invitational in Seattle.
New Mexico Team Open Recap
The Cougs sent their sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers down to the Albuquerque Convention Center to compete in the New Mexico Team Open. It was the first time in two seasons that WSU has sent athletes to the New Mexico Open.
Leading the way for the Washington State men was graduate student Mitch Jacobson, who took first place in the high jump. Jacobson record a mark of 2.11m to claim his second-straight meet victory in the event.
Graduate student Sam Brixey showed his speed at the Albuquerque Convention Center with a mark of 7.81 in the men's 60m hurdle event to place second overall. This is the Boise, Idaho native's best mark of the season in the 60m hurdles, while his time of 7.81 ties him for the 16th fastest mark in the nation. Freshman Ben Chappell continued his excellent first season as a Coug by setting a new personal record in the weight throw. Chappell posted a throw of 17.71m to place fourth in the event, giving the freshman thrower his third top-five finish of the season.
The Washington State women recorded five top-five finishes at the New Mexico Team Open. Junior Skyler Walton highlighted the day for the Cougars, as she won the 200m dash. Walton blazed down the track in a 24.81 second to establish a new personal-best in the event.
In the women's high jump, junior Aislinn Overby took third after clearing a season-best 1.75m. Overby has now collected a top-three finish in back-to-back meets. Senior Anna Rodgers and freshman Antonia Buschendorf both placed fourth in their respective events in New Mexico. Rodgers recorded a personal record of 6.02m in the women's long jump and Buschendorf ran a time of 8.67 in the 60m hurdles.
UW Invitational Recap
The Washington State men's and women's track and field team sent their distance runners to Seattle for the UW Invitational on Saturday.
Graduate student Colton Johnsen continued to show the country that he is one of the top men's distance runners in NCAA. The Bellingham, Wash. native placed fifth in the 3,000m with a time of 7:54.78, one second behind his personal record. Graduate student Zach Stallings also recorded a fifth-place finish in the mile. Stallings ran a 3:59.04 at the Dempsey Indoor Facility, finishing one second behind his personal record as well.
Washington State will be back in Spokane, Wash. next weekend to host two meets at the Podium. The Cougs will host the WSU Invitational on Feb. 3-5 and the WSU Open on Feb 4. Check back with WSUCougars.com for more information on both of next weekend's meets.
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