Cordell Cummings (left) moved into 5th in WWU history in the 110m Hurdles Karlington Anunagba (right) recorded the 2nd-fastest 100m time in program and GNAC history. PHOTO: WWU Athletics
Viking Freshman Sprints Way To One of Nation's Best Times
April 14, 2019
ELLENSBURG & LACEY, Wash. – A blazing fast time in the 100m, a top-5 time in program history in the 110m Hurdles and a top-10 pole vault mark highlighted a great day of competition for the Western Washington University Track & Field program on Saturday.
The Vikings were split across the state, with a majority of the team at the Jay Hammer Invitational hosted by Saint Martin’s University in Lacey and a trio of throwers at the CWU Wildcat Invitational in Ellensburg.
Freshman sprinter Karlington Anunagba turned in the performance of the day winning the 100m at the Jay Hammer Invite in a time of 10.33. The speedy time is the second-fastest in both WWU and Great Northwest Athletic Conference history, trailing only the 10.22 set by former Viking All-American Alex Donigian in 2015. Anunagba, a freshman from Lagos, Nigeria, also recorded an NCAA II provisional mark and likely will be in the top spot in the nation with his time.
Junior Cordell Cummings set a PR in the 110m Hurdles finishing 2nd at the Jay Hammer Invite in 14.81. The time moves him up to 5th in WWU history, just behind his father Trey, who clocked a 14.76 in 1986.
Sophomore Bryant Welch finished 3rd in the 100m in 10.80, setting a personal best and entering the WWU top-10 in a tie for 7thplace.
At the CWU Invite, sophomore Ben Malquist set a PR while finishing 2nd in the shot put with a mark of 15.56m/51-0.75 for the 9th-best mark in WWU outdoor history.
Junior pole vaulter Lexi Perry recorded the top mark at the Jay Hammer Invite clearing 3.64m/11-11.25, moving up to 6th in the WWU outdoor record book. Her mark was also just short of the NCAA II provisional standard of 3.65m/11-11.75.
The following are links to complete results for both meets that were held on Saturday
IN THE RECORD BOOK
Through the first month of the outdoor season, WWU has had 16 new entries in the WWU Outdoor Track & Field record book and one school record. Senior Maddie Taylor broke a 35-year-old school record in the high jump, clearing 1.74m/5-8.5 at the Doris Heritage Track Festival on March 16. Freshman Karlington Anunagba has moved up to 2nd in the WWU record book with a 10.33 in the 100m. Here is a look at the top marks that have entered the WWU all-time outdoor record book so far in 2019:
» Maddie Taylor – High Jump (School Record) – 1.74m/5-8.5
» Karlington Anunagba – 100m (2nd) – 10.33
» Sophia Galvez – 10,000m (3rd) – 36:28.86
» Avery Lux – Hammer Throw (4th) – 54.90m/180-1
» Cordell Cummings – 110m Hurdles (5th) – 14.81
» Dylan Hayes – 3,000m Steeplechase (5th) – 9:10.99
» Talia Dreicer – 3,000m Steeplechase (5th) – 10:58.11
» Ian Rinefort – Decathlon (5th) – 6,303 Points
» Lexi Perry – Pole Vault (6th) – 3.64m/11-11.25
» Chanelle Eddy – Shot Put (6th) – 12.52m/41-1
» Bryant Welch – 100m (T7th) – 10.80
» Paige Shimkus – Javelin (9th) – 47.01m/154-3
» Ben Malquist – Shot Put (9th) – 15.56m/51-0.75
» Ethan Sterkel – Long Jump (T9th) – 7.01m/23-0
» Heather Faretta – High Jump (10th) – 1.65m/5-5
» Bryant Welch – 400m (11th) – 48.95
UP NEXT FOR THE VIKS
Several members of the team will travel to Southern California for the Bryan Clay Invitational (April 17-19) and the Beach Invitational(April 19-20). WWU hill host the Ralph Vernacchia Track & Field Meet April 27 at Civic Stadium in Bellingham.
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