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
» Jay Hammer Invitational: Official Results | TFRRS Results
» CWU Wildcat Invitational: Official Results | TFRRS Results
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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