Englar Brings Home Conference Title; Cougars Wrap Up Day One at Pac-12 Championships
EUGENE, Ore. - Jacob Englar cleared his first attempts at both 5.01m and 5.11 to win the men's pole vault on day one of the 2022 Pac-12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.
The individual title makes Englar the first WSU men's pole vault Pac-12 champion since Sander Moldau won the event back in 2018. On a rainy night in Eugene, Englar missed on his first two attempts at 4.91 before clearing on his third. "It was pretty stressful, I won't lie," said Englar. "Coach (Doug Farley) just pulled me aside and got in my face to relax and try to stay calm out there. It was definitely pretty nerve racking but you just have to stay confident and stay calm. I definitely have much more confidence in weather which really helps going into nationals and regionals. Jumping in bad weather just makes you a better vaulter and makes you tougher so I think I'll for sure carry my experiences from jumping in the bad weather here onward."
He then cleared his marks at 5.01m and 5.11m, both on his first attempts, and watched as finalists Tate Curran of UCLA and Max Manson of Stanford each came up short on three attempts at 5.11m to had Englar the title.
Valentine Barrios-Bornacelli also brought home a podium finish on the first day of competition, placing runner-up in the women's javelin. Barrios-Bornacelli sat atop the leader-board after her first throw of 48.68 and later pushed her mark to 50.31 (165-0.0) on her final attempt to cement her second overall, All-Conference finish.
In the women's pole vault, Emily Coombs cleared both 3.63m and 3.78m on her first attempts to finish fifth overall.
Zach Stallings made his way into the final of the men's 1500m with a ninth-place finish in his prelims heat. Stallings ran a 44.85 split on his first 300 to open the second heat of the men's 1500 and closed his race with a 55.7 split over the final 400 to qualify for Sunday's finals with a time of 3:42.48. The time was only three seconds off his personal best and was his second-fastest 1500 this outdoor season.
Jared McAlvey also booked his spot on Sunday as he qualified for finals of the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 51.79 to win his heat.
Mevin Jelegat concluded the Cougars' first night at Hayward Field with a new PR and a WSU freshman record in the women's 10k. She ran a final lap of 1:20.9 to improve on her PR by nearly 10 full seconds, crossing the finish line at 33:56.49 to finish ninth overall.
WSU will look ahead to day two of the Pac-12 Championships which will feature Colton Johnson, who owns the top time in the conference in the men's 3000m steeplechase, as well as Micaela De Mello, who owns the third-fastest 100m hurdles on the women's side so far this season.
WSU Day 1 Results
- 10k: Mevin Jelagat, 33:56.49 - 9th (PR) (WSU freshman record)
- 400m hurdles: Renee Yang - 1:02.91, 10th (PR)
- Pole Vault: Emily Coombs - 3.78m, 5th
- Hammer Throw: Carolina Ulloa-Daza - 57.26m, 9th
- Hammer Throw: Sasha Korolenko - 53.69m, 15th
- Hammer Throw: Tara Koonce - 53.46m, 16th
- Hammer Throw: Alex Payne - 51.79m, 17th
- Hammer Throw: Amy Kraemer - 48.54m, 20th
- Javelin: Valentina Barrios Bornacelli - 50.31m, 2nd
- Javelin: Maelyn George - 36.59m, 13th
- Heptathlon: Peyton Teevens - 769 pts
- TEAM STANDINGS: Washington State - 12 pts, 7th
- 200m: Blake Deringer, 21.99 - 19th
- 200m: De'Antae Choates, 22.20 - 21st
- 200m: Yanai Macon, 22.30 - 23rd
- 400m hurdles: Jared McAlvey, 51.79 Q - 2nd
- 1500m: Zach Stallings, 3:42.48 Q - 9th
- 1500m: Felix Wammetsberger, 3:55.81 - 21st
- 10k: Matthew Watkins, 29:59.67 - 16th
- Pole Vault: Jacob Englar, 5.11m - 1st
- Javelin: Josh Farr, 60.50m - 9th
- TEAM STANDINGS: Washington State - 10 pts, 5th