Cougars wrap up first outdoor weekend with double-digit wins and pair of top-10 times

Cougars wrap up first outdoor weekend with double-digit wins and pair of top-10 times

TEMPE, Ariz/ Spokane, Wash — The men’s and women’s track and field teams shone brightly in their outdoor season debut Friday and Saturday at both the GCU Invitational and Sam Adams Classic. The women’s 4×100 relay team produced the third fastest time in program history. Jasneet Nijjar also reshuffled the record books as she finished in first while running the fourth-fastest 400m time in program history. 

The Cougars won 15  events set 16 PRs and saw 35 podium finishes as the cougar wrapped up competition at the GCU Invitational and Sam Adams Classic on Saturday. 


GCU Invitational Recap 

Throws Recap 

The women’s hammer group opened the meet with three top five finishes on Friday. Every cougar who competed advanced to finals and were led by Tara Koonce (54.07m), Amy Kraemer (50.98m), and Alex Payne (50.90m) who each finished in the top-five. 


Nana Gyedu (14.99) and Ronald Grueso Mosqquera (18.18m) each took first-place in the women’s and men’s shot put events. Grueso Mosqquera won with a meet record (59ft, 7.75in) on his very throw of the day in the shot after finishing runner-up in the discus (50.65m), just ahead of teammate Max Moore who also hit the discus podium with a mark of 50.65m on his sixth and final throw of the afternoon. 


In her Cougar debut, Luceris Suarez Pacheco shattered the previous GCU Invitational meet record to take second in the javelin after a toss of 48.56m (159″, 04′) on first finals attempt, her fourth throw of the day overall. Maelyn George (39.86m) rounded out the top five of the women’s javelin while Josh Farr (63.08m) placed fourth on the men’s side. 


Jumps Recap 

In the jumping pits, Anna Rodgers cleared 5.74m to pick up her first win of the season and eighth of her career in the long jump while Kolby Weiss (3.77m) claimed third place in the women’s pole vault. For the men, Daylon Hicks cleared 2.02m on his second attempt and finished runner-up in the high jump. 


Track Recap 

On the track, the women’s 4×100 team brought home the gold, finishing first with a meet record at 44.70, a time that also ranks as the third-fastest time in WSU history. Jasneet Nijjar won the 400m in 53.87, a personal-best and the fourth-fastest time in WSU history. The women’s 4×400 team (3:50.95) also sprinted to a first-place finish and the meet record. 


The Cougar’s owned the podium…

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