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Dual Split, Men With Best Road Score Since 2000

Apr 22, 2022

SEATTLE – For the eighth time in the past nine seasons, the Husky men's track team knocked off the Cougars in the annual UW-WSU Dual Meet, which returned to Pullman's Mooberry Track for the first time since 2018. The men put up 100 points for the third time in those eight wins, however the WSU women came out on top to split the team titles in the Boeing Apple Cup Series.
 
The Dawgs won the men's title with 100 points while the Cougars put up 63. But Washington State avoided a third-straight Husky sweep by winning the women's meet, 94 to 69. Washington's men scored its most points in Pullman in the 5-3-1 format since 2000.
 
The men won 13 of the 19 events including all four throwing events. The Dawgs had top-three sweeps, meaning 9-0 point totals, in the men's 800-meters, the 3,000-meters, and the javelin. The women won eight events but did not manage a top-three sweep today.
 
Fittingly, the clinching points on the men's side came from freshman sprinter Anthony Smith, who had himself a stellar first Dual. Smith anchored the Husky 4x100m relay to a win, then won the 100-meter dash, and he then ran the No. 8 time in school history to win the 200-meters in 20.70 seconds to get the Huskies over the 82-point mark which locks up the team win.

 
The men won seven of the nine individual running events. Along with Smith's wins in the short sprints, freshman Matthew Wilkinson ran 47.94 to win the 400-meters, and yet another freshman, Nathan Green, won the 800-meters in 1:50.24.
 
Brian Fay and Kieran Lumb, the 5,000-meter NCAA leader and No. 4-ranked runner, went 1-2 this time at 1,500-meters in 3:43.98 and 3:44.04. Tibebu Proctor led a 1-5 Husky finish in the 3k in 8:11.48.
 
Jonathan Birchman won a tight battle in the 110m hurdles, and joined Smith, Wilkinson, and Cass Elliott on the 4x100m relay which ran an impressive 40.11 in the first 4x1 by the Dawgs this season.
 
Recent addition Tim Luebbert took the triple jump today with a best of 46-3 ½, and he took third in the long jump at 22-3 ½. Other jump scorers for the men were Jamie Schlueter who was second in the long jump in 22-5 ¼, plus taking a point for third in the 110m hurdles in 14.84. Ollie Thorner was second in the pole vault, clearing 15-7 ¼.
 
The men's throws title sweep was comprised of Sam Van Peursem in the shot put (58-6), Elijah Mason in the discus (a season-best 192-5 to move him up into the NCAA top-20), Jayden White in the hammer (218-0, followed by a PR of 209-11 from Connor Jost in second), and Roan Allen in the javelin (219-2, backed up by Zach Annanie at 210-1 and Brady Gockel at 199-6).
 
The UW women's team was missing a couple key pieces today but saw some fantastic efforts from some of its veteran leaders.
 
Anna Gibson nearly broke the meet record in the 800-meters, as she clocked a 2:04.89 in one of the most hotly contested races of the day, going to 23rd in the NCAA this season and No. 4 in school history. Madison Heisterman took second in that race in another great time of 2:06.76.

 
In the women's discus, Beatrice Asomaning became just the third Husky to go 180-feet, a mark she hit exactly today to get the win, with MaKayla Kelby taking second at 170-4. Kelby won the shot put with a new outdoor PR of 54-5 ½, as she improves her own No. 2 mark in UW history and closes the gap on the record of 55-7.
 
All-American Allie Schadler got a win in her last Dual, taking the 1,500-meters in a time of 4:20.69 with Sophie Cantine right behind her in a new PR of 4:20.88.
 
Freshman Julia David-Smith had a huge win in a one-on-one battle in the first women's track race, the 3,000-meter steeplechase. It was the first steeple of her career, and David-Smith delivered a time of 10:28.18 to win.
 
Aaliyah Wilson and Olivia Ribera gave the Huskies a sweep in the short sprints. Wilson took the 100-meter dash in 11.68, just off her PR, and Ribera clocked a season-best 23.89 time to take the 200-meters, in addition to running 11.82 for third in the 100m.

 
Naomi Smith was second in the 3k in her first race since the cross country season, running 9:44.84. It took a meet record from WSU to beat Ida Eikeng in the 100m hurdles, as she ran 13.57 for second. Eikeng also set a long jump PR, going 19-8 ¾, and Jelani Heath also had a wind-legal collegiate best of 19-4 ¾ for third-place. Heath also took on the triple jump and scrapped out three points with a second-place finish.
 
Five women all cleared 12-5 ½ in the pole vault, with Ashleigh Helms earning the win based on makes and misses, and Holland Pilukas taking third, while Delaney Ezeji-Okoye also made the height but settled for fifth.
 
In the women's javelin, the Huskies went 2-5 but WSU got the first-place points. Kathleen Horn was second at 156-5, with Natalie Holmer third at 145-9 and freshman Ashley Smith setting a PR at 143-5.