Watley and Jorgensen Win at Sun Angel Classic

Bria'una Watley

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Washington State track and field competitors Bria’una Watley and Jesse Jorgensen came away with wins Saturday afternoon and night at the 36th Annual Sun Angel Classic meet at Sun Angel Stadium on the Arizona State campus in Tempe. The temperature was in the upper 80s during the day and only dropped to the low 80s for the many evening events.

Watley, a senior from Granada Hills, Calif., won the women’s 200m dash in a lifetime-best time of 24.16 seconds. Bree Winfrey ran a time of 24.61 for fifth place.

Two-time 800m All-American Jorgensen, a redshirt senior from Puyallup, Wash., won the men’s 1500m race with a PR time of 3 minutes, 49.31 seconds.

In the men’s Premiere javelin section, Brad Stevens (Snoqualmie, Wash.) took third place with a toss of 219-11 (67.03m) while his older brother Kyle took fourth place with a season-best toss of 219-7 (66.93m).

Senior Erin Allen (Kenmore, Wash.) finished third in the women’s Premiere 400m hurdles section with a PR time of 59.07, moving her into fifth-place on WSU’s all-time records. In the same race, Liz Harper’s time of 59.92 was fifth place.

CJ Allen (sophomore, Allyn, Wash.) ran a PR time of 51.04 in the 400m hurdles for third place.

Other men’s racing finishes included Terrance Chambers’ 200m time of 21.38 for fifth place and Zach Smith’s 100m dash time of 11.10 for 16th. Jacob Sealby finished seventh in the Premiere 400m dash in a time of 48.65. Abu Kamara ran a collegiate PR in the 110m hurdles of 14.82 for 18th.

On the track for the Cougar women, Dominique Keel took 10th place in the Premiere 100m dash with a season-best time of 11.91. Candice McFarland ran a season-best in the 100m hurdles of 13.85 for ninth.

In women’s field events, Audrey Ketcham finished third in the women’s high jump after clearing a height equal to her PR of 5-10 (1.78m) and Kiana Davis fifth after clearing 5-8 3/4 (1.75m). Kristine Felix pole vaulted 13-1 1/2 (4.00m) for third place and Samantha Andrada vaulted 12-7 1/2 (3.85m) for fifth place. Alissa Brooks-Johnson long jumped a season-best distance of 17-8 3/4 (5.40m) for fifth place with Essence White sixth after reaching 17-6 3/4 (5.35m). Kayla Warren triple jumped a PR distance of 40-3 1/2 (12.28m) for third place.

Austin Sodorff took fourth in the men’s pole vault with a clearance of the bar at 16-0 3/4 (4.90m) and Anden Lewis cleared 15-1 (4.60m) for eighth.

“I felt it was a meet of missed opportunity,” WSU Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Wayne Phipps said. “Great weather, great competition, great atmosphere and included world record-holders and world champions. As a whole we just didn’t take full advantage of it. That being said, we did have some very good performances. CJ Allen, with a lifetime-best racing out of land nine, and Erin Allen both had great races in the 400m hurdles. Kayla Warren and Audrey Ketcham both continue to jump well and are models of consistency. Bria’una had a great run with a lifetime-best into a negative wind in the 200. And Candice continues to improve each week in the 100m hurdles and I feel is really ready to have a huge breakthrough race. Brad Stevens continues to be so close to that freshman record in the javelin. Jesse Jorgensen looked good to win a very tactical 1500m. Next week going into and including Mt. SAC is very important for us and I’m expecting some significant improvements over this week.”

 At the Spokane Community Colleges WAR VIII meet Saturday, freshman Brock Eager (Renton, Wash.) took advantage of the windy conditions and threw a PR to win the hammer with a toss of 187-8 (57.21m). John Whelan ran a PR time in the 1500m of 3:55.621 for third place.

A select number of Cougars will compete next week at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.