The Washington State Cougars track and field team broke three meet records Friday night and four more Saturday at the Cougar Indoor meet at the WSU’s Indoor Facility. WSU Sports Media
The Cougars rounded out a successful weekend as they swept the dual meet scoring Saturday, receiving solid individual performances from both the men and women.
The weekend’s meet was the third of the season, but was the first team scoring meet of the year. WSU competed against UCLA, along with Idaho, Montana and Utah State.
Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan was happy with the performances he saw out of his athletes, calling the meet, “a total Coug effort all the way through.”
Sloan singled out several individual athletes, praising performances from all spectrums of the team from men’s distance and triple jumping to women’s hurdling and distance.
“As far as scoring in the meet, our women hurdlers did a good job and the women distance runners had a nice meet across the board,” Sloan said. “The men’s distance [also] did a really nice job today.”
A few of the meet’s highlights included a lifetime-best long jump from WSU’s Stephan Scott-Ellis, a junior from Tacoma. Scott-Ellis also claimed the men’s triple jump with a meet record leap of more than 52 feet, which was the 10th best mark in WSU's history.
“Those are two really strong performances,” Sloan said of Scott-Ellis’ marks.
Another WSU athlete who excelled during the weekend was distance runner, Andrew Gonzales, who won the 3000 meter dash with a personal best and meet record time of 8:18.11.
“Andrew Gonzales had a really strong run in the men's 3k and that is 30 left-hand turns in a place like WSU's facility,” Sloan said.
The sophomore Gonzales is part of a strong men’s distance group that has seen much early-season success. The WSU men ran their way to a first through fourth sweep in the men’s 200 meter as well with junior Dana Wells leading the way with a time of 22.28 seconds.
The Cougar women also had much success on the track during the weekend, with senior Chanel James leading a one-two-four Cougar scoring finish in the women’s 200 meter dash.
Other notable performances over the weekend included success in the field events with junior, Shawn Swartz, who won the high jump with a height of 6-11, and senior Joe Bartlett, who won the shot put with a throw of 57-7 3/4 , just inches shy of his lifetime best.
Overall, success was seen across the board for the Cougar’s during the weekend. Sloan said he is encouraged by what he has seen, but he isn’t satisfied just yet.
“This is only the third meet of the season and I like where we are,” Sloan said. “We’ll go back to the drawing board now and re-ignite and get back out and compete.”
The WSU track and field team will take their talents to Moscow for their next meet, which will be held at the Vandal Indoor Facility on Feb. 3 and 4.