Men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel across the state for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship Friday and Saturday in Seattle.
The 20th Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held in Seattle at the University of Washington’s Dempsey Indoor Facility. The Cougars will look to build on early indoor-season success this weekend as they prepare to face fellow Pac-12 opponents, with the exception of Oregon State and USC, as well as teams from the Big West and West Coast conferences.
A total of 26 teams will compete Friday and Saturday, 12 on the men’s and 14 on the women’s, including first year competitors, BYU, Colorado, and Utah. The Stanford men claimed the 2011 men’s championship, while the Oregon women claimed the women’s championship.
Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said he expects a difficult challenge, but he is confident in both teams’ abilities going in to the meet. Sloan cited individual athletes including WSU junior, Stephan Scott-Ellis.
“Right now, our strongest competitor is Stephan Scott-Ellis in the horizontal jumps and he will be very competitive for the championship of both the long and triple jump,” Sloan said.
Sloan also singled out junior transfer, Michael Bolligar as an athlete he expects to perform well this weekend.
“Michael Bolligar is coming along at the right time and I look for him to have a good competition and be up there in the scoring,” Sloan said.
Bolligar said despite early-season struggles, he expects to have a good competition. “I’m pretty confident I’ll do well,” Bolligar said. “Definitely going for the win.”
Competition will begin Friday at 12:30 p.m. with men’s weight throw, and concludes at 7:15 p.m. with the women’s pentathlon 800-meter run. Saturday’s competition begins at 10:30 a.m. with the men’s heptathlon 60-meter hurdles, while the women’s 4 x 400 meter relay conclude’s the weekend’s action at 2:40 p.m.
Complete results of the championship will be posted at www.wsucougars.com, at the completion of each day's events.