Four Meet Records Fall at Cougar Invitational Track Meet

April 21, 2007

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PULLMAN, Wash. -- Four meet records were broken at the Eighth Annual Cougar Invitational Track & Field Meet held Saturday at Mooberry Track on the Washington State University Pullman campus.

WSU junior Sarah Burns won the women's triple jump with a leap of 41-feet, 1 3/4 inches (12.54m), which is the sixth-best mark in Cougar women's history and an NCAA Regional Qualifying mark. Burns surpassed WSU's Blessing Ufodiama's 2003 meet mark of 40-6 3/4 (12.36m).

Idaho's Russ Winger, competing unattached, won the men's discus with a toss of 193-6 (58.98m), breaking former Cougar All-American Ian Waltz' 2000 mark of 192-11 (58.80m).

A pair of Canadian javelin throwers added their names to the Coug Invite records. Brook Pighin won the women's event with a toss of 151-3 (46.11m) which replaced Idaho's Sarah Fischer's 2002 mark of 149-7 (45.59m). The men's javelin was won by Shae Murray who tossed the spear 237-7 (72.42m), overtaking EWU's Ryan Cole's 2000 mark of 225-2 (68.64m) out of the records.

Several Washington State competitors came through with outstanding performances in their only home meet of the 2007 outdoor season.

McKenzie Garberg, a junior from Benton City, Wash., won the shot put, discus and hammer, all with NCAA RQ marks. Garberg threw the shot put a PR distance of 48-3 1/2 (14.72m) and threw the discus 159-8 (48.68m). Her hammer toss of 194-9 (59.37m), was a PR mark by more than four feet, and improved NCAA RQ and the second-farthest throw in school history.

Robert Williams, a sophomore from Riverside, Calif., was a double-winner with victories in the men's 110m high hurdles (14.30) and in the 400m hurdles (53.54).

Jon Jeffreys, a junior from Spokane Valley, Wash., threw the javelin an improved NCAA RQ of 218-8 (66.64m) for third.

The Cougar women's 4x100m relay team of Princess Joy Griffey, La Shawnda Porter-Red, Diana Pickler and Julie Pickler, with a winning and NCAA RQ time of 45.47 seconds.

Brandi Probasco-Canda, a senior from Portland, Ore., picked up a pair of wins in the 200m (25.05) and 400m (56.01). Also winning on the oval were Sara Trané in the 800m (2:13.03), Julie Pickler in the 100m hurdles (14.03w) and Lorraine King in the 400m hurdles (1:03.96). Pickler also won the high jump clearing 5-7 (1.70m).

Also winning for the Cougar men were John Cassleman in the 400m (48.04 seconds), Trent Arrivey in the high jump (6-8 3/4), Tyson Byers in the pole vault (17-0 3/4), Rickey Moody in the long jump (23-6w), and Moreno Zapata in the triple jump (49-1). The Cougar relays teams also both tallied wins, with the 4x100m relay of Brian Woods, Robert Williams, Brian Williams and Jaycee Robertson running a season-best time of 40.98, and the 4x400m relay of Brian Woods, Luke Lemenager, Justin Chambers and Sadiki James winning in a time of 3:23.27.

The WSU team takes on the University of Washington in a dual meet next Friday, April 27, at Husky Stadium.

Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan had these comments after the meet:'McKenzie Garberg throwing the second-farthest hammer in school history, which is great, and she had a great series in the hammer competition with the first three throws all 194-feet or higher. Her longest ever shot put outdoors and she had a warm-up throw in the discus of 170-feet so I think she is really starting to come around in all three throwing events.

'Multi-events competitor Julie Pickler is getting close to really exploding with some big marks and today went 14.03 in the hurdles, 5-7 high jump and shot put over 40-feet for the second time ever. She looks real solid.

'In the women's triple jump, Sarah Burns had a lifetime-best and good consistency in her jumping. Kaylee Gardner got it together and got some good jumps out there.

'Not a bad run by the 400m runners with a solid performance by La Shawnda Porter-Red.

'The women's 4x100m relay had some conservative passes and I think we are ready to run under 45-seconds and be a 44-seconds team.

'Jon Jeffreys is close to really putting something big together. He did on the first throw, it was a foul in the 224-foot range. But he still came back on his final throw with a 218-8.

'Moreno Zapata is also a guy right on the verge of something big. He's shown good consistency and will work on his posture a little bit.

'It was good to see John Cassleman back on the track and running hard. That 48.04 is a good indication of where he is and is not too that off his lifetime best. So that tells us that he is strong and ready to go again. Hopefully the meet at the Huskies will get him rolling on the right track and we'll go into the conference meet with some momentum.

'The men's 4x100m relay was a make-shift, last-minute thing and it wasn't a bad time especially with the way we just put it together at the end.

'Kyle Eaton with the 2.05m in the high jump equals his lifetime best so we are seeing some consistency there.

'Tyson Byers made his opening bar at 5.20m easily and over 17-6 he had the hip-height but he needs to get some meets to get himself going and he'll jump real high.

'Rickey Moody had a good solid day all the way through. He had a PR in the pole vault, a decent 100m and really nothing out of the ordinary or great but a good solid day.

'Overall, I look at our team, men and women, and I see so many people on the verge of really accomplishing some special things. So I am looking at the Husky dual meet as that opportunity to really build: it starts our championship season and we are looking to have our people raise it another notch or two against the Huskies and then take that momentum right on into the conference and regional meets and get a lot of people to nationals. I really like where we are right now and I'm hoping that we can keep building on what we got started here today and keep healthy and we are ready to roll.'

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