SEATTLE, Wash. – The Wildcats concluded their final regular season indoor meet of the year at the Ken Shannon Invitational on Saturday. This was the last opportunity for competitors to get marks and times in to qualify them for the NCAA Indoor Championships in two weeks. Yesterday, Katie Daily took advantage of this final chance in the women’s pole vault, and today Kristjan Sigfinnsson did the same in the men’s high jump. Sigfinnsson and Zach Landa (shot put) were the two Wildcats to win an event on the day.
“I’m super proud of everyone,” said Head Coach Fred Harvey. “If we continue to do that, and with the talent we have, we’re going to get there. This meet has more of a last chance, championship-type feel, and I thought we were able to do some really great things yesterday and today.”
The Wildcats swept the top two spots in the men’s shot put with Zach Landa winning the event and Youssef Koudssi finishing runner-up. Landa’s best throw was 19.28m (63-3.25) and Koudssi’s best was 18.20m (59-8.5).
Freshman Kristjan Sigfinnsson had a huge day in the men’s high jump. He cleared a massive personal record of 2.20m (7-2.5), spurred on by the encouragement of his teammates and coaches. As of now, that mark qualifies Sigfinnsson for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the high jump.
The Wildcats started the day with three competitors finishing in the top-four of the women’s high jump. Talie Bonds finished second after clearing 1.80m (5-10.75), Alexa Porpaczy placed third after clearing 1.80m (5-10.75) as well, and Emma Gates ended in fourth with a jump of 1.75m (5-8.75).
In the women’s long jump, Jenica Bosko finished fourth overall after a leap of 6.02m (19-9). Additionally, Sir Jonathan Sims’ jump of 7.33m (24-0.75) helped him finish fifth and raised his personal best in a big way.
Tapenisa Havea finished seventh in a loaded competition of the women’s shot put with a near-PR toss of 15.76m (51-8.5). Mackenna Orie also placed eighth with a throw of 15.61m (51-2.75).
Trayvion White-Austin ran a time of 6.72, just 0.02 seconds off his personal best, in the preliminary round of the men’s 60m to qualify for the final. Then in the final, White-Austin got even closer to his PR, clocking a time of 6.71 and placing fourth. In the prelims, James Onanubosi was…
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