Jan. 30, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - Utah State men's and women's track and field teams faired well after day one of the Cougar Invitational hosted by Washington State Friday. Senior John Strang set a lifetime best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the high jump, clearing 7-00.25 (2.14m), to highlight USU's performance, while senior Krista Larson won her third-straight event title.
Strang's jump is the best in the Western Athletics Conference standings to date. He is competing in the heptathlon and tabbed first in the 60m clocking in at 6.98 and also taking the title in the long jump with a distance of 23-01.25 (7.04m). Strang came in sixth in the shot put, setting another PR at 35-07.25 (10.85m).
"John had a really good first day," said USU head coach Gregg Gensel. "He joins a pretty elite club of people who have jumped seven feet. He is leading the heptathlon right now and we are pretty excited about that."
The start of the Cougar Invitational was scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. but was delayed due Sacramento State's travel difficulties.
"It was a good start to the meet. We just wanted to get off to a good start and we accomplished that," Gensel said.
Larson won the women's weight throw title with a distance of 55-09.75 (17.01m). Larson has taken first in the weight throw in all three meets thus far this season. Sophomore Shannon Prince placed seventh in the same event at 48.09.00 (14.86m). Freshman Bryce Hall set a new personal record in the men's weight throw with a distance of 54-5.25 (16.59m), placing him sixth in the event.
In the women's pentathlon, sophomore Sonia Grabowska took second in both the 60m (9.14m) and the long jump with a distance of 17.07.50 (5.37m). Grabowska also placed sixth in the high jump clearing 4-10.50 (1.49m).
Freshman Jon Goble is also competing in the men's heptathlon and placed second in the 60m (7.17) and fifth in the high jump at 5-11.25 (1.81m). Goble also finished fourth in the shot put with a USU career best 37-07.25 (11.46m).
The Aggies will continue action Saturday at the WSU Indoor Track Facility at 10 a.m. and the final event of the day is scheduled to begin at 4:20 p.m.
2009 WASHINGTON STATE COUGAR INVITATIONAL January 30, 2009 Hosted by Washington State University Pullman, Wash. UTAH STATE RESULTS
Pentathlon 60m H: 2. Sonia Grabowska, 9.14
Pentathlon 800m: Sonia Grabowska, DNF
Pentathlon High Jump: 6. Sonia Grabowska, 4-10.50 (1.49m)
Pentathlon Long Jump: 2. Sonia Grabowska 17-07.50 (5,37m)
Pentathlon Shot Put: 9. Sonia Grabowska 29-07.25 (9.02m)
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