Linton Runs WSU Record 10k

CharLee Linton

STANFORD, Calif. -- Washington State junior CharLee Linton ran a school record time in the women’s 10,000m at the Stanford Invitational held at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford campus.

Late Friday night, Linton ran a time of 34 minutes, 3.69 seconds in route to her 11th-place finish in the women’s second section. Linton, from Shorewood, Wash., chopped 22 seconds off the previous school record time of 34:25.63 set by Anna Blue in 2003 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Last spring Linton ran the third-best 10k time in school history, her then-lifetime best of 35:17.29, at the Mt. SAC Relays.

“Coach Phipps gave me a pace that was a bit slower than I wanted but I was consistently hitting two seconds faster through the first 5k and I knew it would be hard to hang on in the second half of the race,” Linton said. “I ended up running a faster second 5k which was exciting considering I felt like I was slowing down quite a bit based on the way my body felt the last two miles. My goal was 34:20 so I was shocked when I saw the clock the last 100 meters. As for the slower pace Coach Phipps gave me, that just shows he knows I get a little too excited in races. I’ve had my eye on this school record since I ran (a 10k) last year for the first time so I am very happy to have reached it. I’m pretty confident I can lower it more this year because I felt pretty good the last lap and felt like I had a bit of energy left in the tank when finishing.”

In Saturday’s events at the Stanford Invite, Candice McFarland (redshirt junior, Las Vegas) finished seventh in the women’s 400m hurdles in a time of 13.94 seconds after running a Friday prelim time of 13.91. Danielle Darden (sophomore, Aliso Viejo, Calif.), after two great 100m races Friday, ran the 200m in a time of 24.66 for 14th.

Matt Wardell (senior, Post Falls, Idaho) threw the shot put a PR distance of 53-feet 8 1/2 inches (16.37m) for sixth in the men’s invitational section.

On the track oval, Terrance Chambers ran the men’s 200m dash in a time of 21.49 for fourth with Zach Smith’s 22.37 time 28th. The women’s 4x100m relay finished fifth with a time of 46.26 and the men’s 400m relay took seventh with a time of 41.07. Matthew Swanson ran a season-best 800m time of 1:50.72.

Other highlights from the field events included Kiana Davis (sophomore, Longview, Wash.) who won her section of the women’s triple jump with a leap of 40-0w (12.19m) while in the invitational section Kayla Warren reached 39-5 3/4 (12.02m) for fourth and Greer Alsop triple jumped 38-9 1/2 (11.82m) for sixth. Javin Nash-Harris triple jumped a season-best distance of 47-3 1/2 (14.41m) for third in the men’s collegiate. Anden Lewis pole vaulted 14-11 (4.55m) for sixth place, Brock Eager threw the hammer 179-5 (54.70m) for 10th, and Kelsie Taylor threw the javelin 139-7 (42.56m) for sixth in the women’s collegiate section.

“We didn’t accomplish everything I hoped from this meet,” WSU Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Wayne Phipps said. “We ran into a bit of bad luck with illness and negative winds but still had some outstanding performances led by CharLee’s record-breaking performance in the 10k. I knew she had a very good chance at breaking the record but I wasn’t expecting her to break it by that much. She ran an aggressively-smart race and her strong finish suggests she has the ability to go even faster this year.”

“Forrest Shaffer was on the verge of a huge break-through race in the steeplechase but with one kilometer to go, as he was moving to the lead, he was pushed going over a barrier, fell and as he got back up he was stepped on and fell again. He got up once again and still ran a solid time. I am excited to see what he will run in his next steeple in two weeks. I was also impress by freshman Michael Williams’ great run in the 5k as well as Danielle and Candice who battled very tough fields to make it to the finals in the 100m and 100m hurdles, respectively. Brad Stevens continues to throw the javelin well and is close to getting the freshman school record.”

At the 10th Annual Sam Adams Classic at Whitworth’s Pine Bowl, Kyle Stevens won the men’s javelin with a throw of 212-2 (64.68m). Cougars reaching PRs were Daquon Brunson with his second-place finish in the 400m hurdles (55.93), and Jake Callaghan in the shot put with a throw of 46-7 1/2 (14.21m) for fifth place. Also notable was McKenna Hogan’s season-best long jump of 17-9 1/2 (5.42m) for second place.

Next weekend the WSU teams will compete at the Arizona State Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, and at the Spokane Community College WAR VIII meet.