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Freshman Moldau first Cougar to win conference pole vault title since 1964

Washington State freshman Sander Moldau won the men’s pole vault Sunday at the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships in Stanford, California

The WSU men’s team was seventh with 56.5 points and the women’s team 10th with 26 points. Oregon won the men’s title with Washington eighth and USC won the women’s crown with Washington ninth.

Moldau, from Rakvere, Estonia, cleared 17 feet, 2 1/4 inches, the first Cougar to win the conference pole vault title since 1964.

Nick Johnson (Gonzaga Prep) was second in the 110-meter hurdles in a wind-aided 13.84 seconds with WSU teammates Christapherson Grant fifth and Abu Kamara seventh.

Brock Eager was not able to repeat as the men’s hammer champion, finishing second by 21 inches with a throw of 218-1. WSU’s Amani Brown was eighth.

Other WSU men placing Sunday: Peyton Fredrickson (fifth) and Max English (sixth) in the high jump, Grant (eighth) in the 400 hurdles, Zach Smith (seventh) in the 200, Robby Flores (seventh) in the triple jump, the 400 relay team (fourth) and the 1,600 relacy team seventh.

Conference heptathlon champion Alissa Brooks-Johnson was eighth in the women’s 100 hurdles in 13.65. In the 400 hurdles, WSU’s Stephanie Cho took fifth in 58.98 with Brooks-Johnson eighth. The women’s 400 relay placed seventh.


Washington won both the men’s and women’s titles at the Pac-12 championships in Gold River, California.

Washington State’s women placed fifth out of seven teams.

Washington swept all four of Sunday’s scoring races while WSU recorded two fifth-places finishes and two fourths.


USC 9, Washington State 3: The Trojans (23-12, 11-16 Pac-12) topped the Cougars (15-27-1, 7-16-1) in the series rubber game in Pullman.

Blake Clanton and Dillon Plew homered for the Cougars while Andres Alvarez had three hits in the loss.

Washington 6, UCLA 4 (11): The Huskies (25-21, 15-9) scored a run in the ninth to tie and Joe Wainhouse finished off the 11th-ranked Bruins (31-16, 15-9) with a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th in Seattle.