Jan. 28, 2012
Marcus Nilsson was one of many highlights for the men's track and field team at the Cougar Indoor in Pullman, WA as the sophomore won the heptathlon competition. The meet was also scored as dual meets between all participating schools. The men defeated Idaho (60-53), Montana (63-55) and Utah State (57-50), but fell to host Washington State (90-32).
Nilsson posted a seven-event point total of 5362 to win as the Bruins went 1-2-3 in the heptathlon. Dominic Giovannoni was second (5252), David Thomas was third (5124) and Trent Perez was fifth (5032).
Nilsson was third in the 60m hurdles (8.76/800 pts.), 1000m (2:44.31/826 pts.) and pole vault (15-5/819 pts.). Giovannoni was second in the hurdles (8.51/858 pts.), sixth in the 1000m (2:54.43/720 pts.) and tied for fourth in the pole vault (15-1/790 pts.). Thomas won the pole vault with a mark of 16-00.75 (880 pts.), was eighth in the 1000m (3:03.31/632 pts.) and was sixth in the hurdles (8.89/770 pts.). Perez was seventh in the 60m hurdles (8.96/755 pts.), second in the 1000m (2:39.81/876 pts.) and tied for fourth in the vault (15-1/790 pts.).
In the field events, Dillon Stucky was second in the triple jump with a mark of 49-7.75. Taylor Hobson tied for third in the high jump (6-7), while Drew Huusfeldt was seventh (6-3.25). In the shot put, Mark Weber was the top Bruin finisher as he was second (53-9.75). Nigel Davies was fourth with a season-best toss of 50-6.
On the track, some young Bruins got valuable race experience. R.J. Frasier was third in the 60m with a lifetime-best of 7.00. Pete Lauderdale was sixth in the 400m (50.22), while Sean Burd was 12th (51.64) and Wally Rodriguez was 15th (52.75). The 4x400m relay team of Burd, Lauderdale, Frasier and Rodriguez finished second with a season-best time of 3:21.12.
In the distance events, Alec Govi finished third in the mile with a lifetime-best run of 4:16.98. He also finished eighth in the 3000m (8:42.68). Jonathan Simmons finished second in the 800m (1:56.32).
While most of the team was in Pullman, distance runners were competing in Seattle at the UW Invitational.
In the 3000m, Dustin Fay led the way with a solid run in the 3000m as he clocked 8:01.99 for seventh overall (No. 2 collegiate finisher). Kent Morikawa finished 17th with a time of 8:13.82 and Dylan Knight was 22nd (8:17.25).
Philip MacQuitty ran a lifetime-best of 4:06.80 in the mile to finish ninth overall.
The Bruins will head to Nampa, ID next weekend for the Bronco Open where they will get to compete on the host track for the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.