Washington’s Anthony Smith Runs PR 21.28 To Win 200
By Keenan Gray of DyeStat
SPOKANE – Year two of indoor track and field at The Podium in Spokane, Washington kicked off this past weekend as the Spokane Invitational was highlighted by a few early-season NCAA top-five marks.
Washington’s Anthony Smith repeated as champion in the men’s 200-meter, clocking a personal best time of 21.28 seconds. His new lifetime best effort ranks first in the NCAA Division 1 after the second weekend of college competition.
The Huskies also ran the second-best time in the men’s 4×400 relay this season in 3:11.67 behind the leading efforts of Smith, Cass Elliott, Daniel Gaik and Matthew Wilkinson.
Elliott, a former All-American in the 400 hurdles, won the men’s 800 for the second consecutive year in 1:50.82.
Freshman Sarah Ferguson made her collegiate debut for the Huskies, vaulting the fifth best height in the country at 4.20 meters (13-9.25), with freshman teammate Avril Wilson placing second at 4.10 meters (13-5.25).
Prestin Artis rounded out the winners for Washington, taking the men’s long jump in a mark of 7.40 meters (24-3.50).
The Stanford Cardinal had a pair of top five marks as men’s pole vaulter Garrett Brown cleared 5.40 meters (17-8.50) for the win to rank fourth in the country and freshman Alyssa Jones landed at 6.25 meters (20-6.25) in the women’s long jump, placing third.
Max McKhann and Sam Liokumovich also put together winning efforts on the throwing side for the Cardinal. McKhann threw a mark of 20.90 meters (68-7) to win the men’s weight throw while Liokumovich won the men’s shot put at 17.92 meters (58-9.50).
The Cardinal women won the 4×400 relay in a time of 3:46.63.
Former Stanford sprinting standout Cheetah Burrell made her return to the track and field scene after stepping away from competition the last eight years as she went on to win the women’s 60 in a time of 7.45 seconds.
Emily Costello of Nevada won the women’s 400 in 54.06 seconds, placing her second in the NCAA behind Iowa State’s Rachel Joseph’s time of 53.74. Costello’s time is also a new Nevada school-record as she passed Karoline Sauer’s previous all-time best effort of 54.48. Costello is also the school-record holder in the indoor 200.
Halyn Senegal picked up a win for the Wolfpack as she won the women’s 600 in 1:32.14 and Emily Clarke won the women’s 5,000 in 17:16.44.
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