WSU freshman Kristine Felix raised the bar last Sunday at USC by becoming the first WSU woman athlete to win the pole vault at the conference championships.
Felix competed in the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships on Cromwell Field in Los Angeles last weekend and cleared the bar at 13-feet, 4 1/4 inches (4.07 meters) for the win.
"It was a little shaky because the wait was really long because there were 21 vaulters," Felix said in a press release. "I definitely stayed confident and relaxed and took a deep breath every time I jumped."
Felix now holds the new freshman record for WSU. In addition, her pole vaulting measurement places her for third-best in the WSU all-time records. Cougar pole vaulter Tamara Diles set the previous freshman record in 2001 with a height of 13-feet, 2 1/4 inches (4.02 meters).
WSU senior Caroline Austin, also representing WSU at the championships, competed in the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase. Austin set a record-breaking, personal best time of 10 minutes, 9.48 seconds, finishing third overall in the event.
"I’m excited for NCAA Regionals in two weeks," Austin said in a press release. "The race today was alright, but not where I want it to be. It keeps me hungry and unsatisfied for two weeks to come."
In the women’s high jump, junior Holly Parent finished in second place after scoring a season high of 5-feet, 11 1/4 inches (1.81 meters). Sophomore Charlotee Muschamp also set her season best with a score of 5-feet, 8 3/4 inches (1.75 meters) and finished ninth in the competition.
Junior Todd Wakefield finished second place in the men’s 1500 meter final after recording a career-best time of 3 minutes, 41.83 seconds.
"The plan today was just to compete; to get my nose in there, hopefully have something in the last 100 meters and that’s how it turned out," Wakefield said in a press release.
On May 12, the women’s team finished in eighth place with 42 points and the men’s team scored 45 points to place ninth in the competition.
Forty-seven athletes from WSU competed in the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships.
Overall, the Oregon women’s team secured 139 points, winning them the Pac-12 title. The University of Arizona followed with a score of 123 points. The Oregon men’s team also finished first in the conference championships with a total of 149.5 points.
This year, the WSU men’s team finished 11th and the WSU women’s team finished 16th in the Final 2013 Track & Field News magazine’s outdoor dual meet rankings.
On May 3, track and field seniors Justin Englund, Carly Fitzpatrick and Ashley Kenney received the Senior Excellence in Academic Award at the WSU Athletics Senior Recognition luncheon, along with 13 other senior student-athletes.