UI to stage meet in honor of McCluskey

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MOSCOW — Idaho indoor track and field will open the 2019 season with the Lauren McCluskey Memorial Open in the Kibbie Dome, beginning today at 10:40 a.m. and running through Saturday.

UI’s staff reached out to the late McCluskey’s family and was given the OK to rename the season-opening event after the former University of Utah runner and Pullman High graduate, who was murdered in October at Salt Lake City.

“When we got here in 2014, Lauren was a senior in high school and we recruited her,” UI track and field/cross country coach Tim Cawley said, quoted in a written news release. “I think she was one of the first athletes I met. She and her mom were out on the track training, because she was over here training all the time. She competed at all of the indoor meets. She was just a fixture around the Dome and we wanted to honor her this year, just do something to honor her memory.”

Midway through Saturday’s running events, the meet will break for a video presentation and moment of silence in McCluskey’s memory.

UI returns seven with NCAA experience this season.

“We already have a bit of a glimpse of where our distance team is at this point, from the cross country season,” Cawley said. “Every time we do (offseason testing) we’re rewriting the record books. Everything is moving in the right direction.”

WOMEN’S SOCCERCougs get a Cardinal

PULLMAN — In 2015, and again the next year, Stanford’s Averie Collins buried the Cougar soccer team with match-clinching overtime strikes.

Now a national champion (’17) and graduated Cardinal, Collins has one season of eligibility remaining — and she decided to transfer to WSU, according to a Thursday announcement by coach Todd Shulenberger.

“Averie is a very talented player who I expect to jump right in and contribute immediately,” said Shulenberger, no doubt remembering Collins’ walk-off boots. “She is a leader, a proven winner, and a great young lady.”

Collins played for Stanford from 2015-17. As a junior, she scored twice, had five assists, and aided the Cardinal to the title. As a sophomore in ’16, she logged five goals, three assists and attained Pac-12 All-Academic honors.

Collins graduated from Bozeman (Mont.) High, where she earned the 2015 Montana Gatorade Player of the Year award and NSCAA High School Scholar All-America status. She scored 57 goals and dished 29 assists in four years of prep play.

Collins played for Salt Lake City’s La Roca FC and helped the club to five State Cup championships and the 2015 U18 Region IV title.

VOLLEYBALLWSU’s Mims signs in Spain

TENERIFE, Spain — Taylor Mims, an All-American outside hitter for Washington State’s volleyball team, has signed a professional contract with CV Haris, a Spanish club in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The team, which leads Spain’s Women’s Volleyball Super League, announced the development on Thursday.

Mims, a senior from Billings, Mont., was named a third-team coaches’ all-American in her final year and contributed appreciably over four years as a Coug — in program history, she’s No. 7 all-time in kills (1,310), third in total points (1,639), fourth in blocks (437) and 10th in total attack percentage (.214).

In 2018, she helped WSU to a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Championships, and vaulted herself into several Pac-12 top-10 statistical categories as well, including sixth in points per set and seventh in kills per set.

WSU lost to Stanford in the Sweet 16. In three tournament matches, Mims accrued 48 kills.

Mims said Tenerife “seems like a great place to start my first experience as a professional player” in a written statement.

EVENTSWSU homecoming, dad’s weekend dates announced

PULLMAN — Washington State’s 2019 homecoming game will be played on Oct. 19 against Colorado and the school’s annual Dad’s Weekend game will be Nov. 16 vs. Stanford.

WSU announced the events’ scheduling on Thursday.

The Cougars topped Utah last homecoming on a late-game, 89-yard touchdown pass from Gardner Minshew to Easop Winston Jr.

During Dad’s Weekend, WSU came from behind and bested Cal 19-13 on a Minshew TD pass to Winston with 32 ticks left.

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