McAlvey, Hughes, Rodgers, And Pace Record Wins In Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Washington State men's and women's track and field teams recorded 13 top-three event finishes, and four event wins Friday, April 8, at the Whitworth Peace Meet in Spokane, Washington.
Sophomore Jared McAlvey had a record-setting day at the Whitworth Pine Bowl. McAlvey won the 400m hurdles and set a Boppell Track record with a time of 51.66. His time is also a new personal record in the event. The sophomore also recorded another personal record in the men's 100m dash with a time of 10.75 seconds to place third.
Senior Joseph Heitman recorded a season-best long jump with a distance of 6.89m to place second overall in the event. He would also go on to place third in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.83 seconds.
Junior Suzy Pace jumped her way to first place in the women's high jump as Cougs claimed the top-three spots in the event. Pace won the event by clearing a season-best height of 1.71m. Sophomore's Giovanna Rhoads and Kaylee Sowle placed second and third overall with a mark of 1.61m.
Continuing with field events, sophomore Audrey Hughes and senior Anna Rodgers won their events in Spokane. Hughes placed first in the discus for the second time this season with a mark of 43.39m. Rodgers won her first event of the 2022 outdoor season by leaping a season-best 5.87m in the women's long jump event.
In the women's hammer throw, four Cougars placed inside the top-five. Senior Sasha Korolenko had the best throw by a Coug, placing second overall with a distance of 53.18m. Sophomore Tara Koonce finished in third with a mark of 52.81m and was followed by junior Amy Kramer (52.23m) and freshman Alexandra Payne (52.10m) to round out the top-five.
The WSU track and field team will be busy next week, with three meets on the schedule, including two out in California. The Cougs will be in Azusa, California for the three-day Bryan Clay Invitational, April 13-15, and in Walnut, California for the Mt. Sac Relays, April 13-16. The Cougs will also be back up in Spokane for the Whitworth Twilight for one day, April 14, on the Whitworth campus.
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