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Cougars enjoy Bronco Invite with 12 wins

Sun., Jan. 20, 2013

The Washington State men’s track and field team won seven events Saturday while the women claimed five at the Boise State Bronco Invitational at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.

Senior All-American Stephen Scott-Ellis won the long jump with a season-best leap of 24 feet, 3 inches. WSU’s P.J. Benedictus came in second with a lifetime-best mark of 22-10 ½.

The Cougars’ Ross VanZanten won the high jump (6-9 ¾) and Curtis Flolid the pole vault (14-5 ¼).

Washington State took the top three spots in the 60-meter dash, led by Greg Hornsby’s winning time of 6.85 seconds.

WSU’s all-freshman women’s 1,600-meter relay team of Kris Tollefson, Christiana Ekelem, Dominque Keel and Mercedes Smith finished second in 3:49.62. That time broke the school freshman record by more than 3 seconds.

• The Idaho men and women came away with nine individual wins at the University of Idaho Collegiate in Moscow, Idaho.

Leading the way for the women was junior Liga Velvere, who won the 800-meter run in 2:10.07. The time leads the Western Athletic Confrence and ranks 10th in the nation.

For the men, freshman Drew Thompson notched a career-best time of 8.55 to win the 60-meter hurdles.

Whitworth senior Carter Comito won the men’s shot put with a toss of 55-5.


North Idaho won seven of 10 matches and beat Clackamas 27-13 in Oregon City, Ore.

The closest match came at 184 pounds. The Cardinals’ Caleb Rivera edged Steve Conn 7-5. Michael Carreon recorded North Idaho’s only pin at 133 pounds.


Eastern Washington University’s Jarred Walker and Nick Barr won the FLW College Fishing Western Conference event on Lake Oroville. The pair caught five bass weighing 9 pounds, 9 ounces.

The victory earned the club $9,000 and a trip to the FLW College Fishing Western Conference Invitational tournament.

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