SEATTLE – One of the oldest and most storied head to head battles in all of college track is set for another chapter, as the Huskies and Cougars collide this Saturday in Pullman. It will be the first of two trips to Pullman for the Huskies this month, as Washington State will also be hosting the Pac-12 Championships in just over two weeks’ time.
The Mooberry Track Facility will host the meet on Saturday beginning with the first field events at 11 a.m. with the first track event scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Scoring for the meet gives 5 points to first-place in each individual event, 3 points to second and 1 to third. The relays are always pivotal, as 5 points goes to the winning team and none to second.
The Huskies and Cougars have been battling in track and field since 1900, with the first scored dual meet taking place in 1901. Over the years, many of the scored meetings between the two have included additional teams, but more often, and in every meeting since 2001, it has just been UW vs. WSU head to head.
The teams have split the dual meet for three years running now, with the Husky men winning in 2013 and 2011, but the Cougar women coming out on top in those years. In 2012, the last meeting in Pullman, the Washington women got the victory, but the WSU men earned the win. The overall record stands in WSU’s favor on the men’s side, 61-35-1, with the UW women holding a 21-17 lead.
Form charts indicate that the Husky men have an edge heading in, while the Cougar women are the favorites on paper, despite the UW women ranking 21st nationally. The Husky men have not won in Pullman since 2006.