June 5, 2012 in Sports

Eight Cougars to NCAA track meet

 

Washington State’s women’s team will field seven athletes in three events and the WSU men’s team will send long jumper Stephan Scott-Ellis to the NCAA Track & Field Championships which begin Wednesday at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Cougars’ highest-ranking athletes are both in the javelin, including Anna Adamko, who ranks 12th nationally with a throw of 159 feet, 7 inches, and Courtney Simmons, who is 15th at 159 feet, 2 inches.

Shawna Fermin comes into the NCAAs ranked 19th in the 400 meters with a time of 52.97 seconds. The Cougars’ 400-meter relay team of Shaquana Logan, Cindy Robinson, Candii McFarland and Chanel James ranks 20th with a time of 44.92 seconds.

Scott-Ellis is the 15th-ranked long jumper in the nation at 25-23/4.

Eastern Washington University pole vaulter Keisa Monterola is ranked 13th heading into Wednesday’s preliminary round.

In March, Monterola competed in the NCAA Indoor Championships and placed fifth with a height of 14-1 1/4. With a career-best of 14-4 (indoors), Monterola has been striving to clear a height of 14-5 1/4 and meet the Olympic Provisional qualifying standard. Her home country of Venezuela has promised her a spot on their Olympic team if she hits the mark.

Idaho’s Mike Marshall, of Yakima, will compete in the men’s javelin. Marshall has had a breakout season that includes a WAC individual title and a season-best mark of 230-6 that is 28 feet better than his 2011 best and ranks third all-time at Idaho.

Marshall ranks 25th in the nation entering the NCAAs.

Jim Allen


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