Cougars Have Strong Showing at MPSF Indoor Track Championships First Day

Feb. 29, 2008

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington State men's team is in third place and the Cougar women's team is in seventh place after the first day of competition at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships, being held at the University of Washington Dempsey Indoor Facility in Seattle.

After five events scored, Washington leads in the men's team standings with 31 points, followed by Arizona State with 29 and WSU with 25. With seven events scored, Arizona State is the women's team leader with 78 points as WSU has 12 points so far.

'We came here to get lifetime bests or at least seasonal best times and marks and our athletes have done that today,' Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said.

Alex Grant (senior, Bellingham, Wash.) took second place in the men's 5000m with a 20-seconds PR time of 14 minutes, 5.28 seconds, and Dan Geib (sophomore, Reno, Nev.) finished seventh with a 15-seconds PR time of 14:16.96. Also reaching 5k PR times were Cougars Chris Williams, 14:22.82 for ninth, and Drew Polley, 14:29.76 for 14th.

Phil MacArthur was the runner-up in the men's 35-pound weight throw after tossing a lifetime-best distance of 62-feet, 6 inches (19.05m), the sixth-longest weight throw in WSU history. It was the third PR for the junior from Selkirk, Wash., this season. Chase Mancuso finished 10th with a throw of 55-1 1/2 (16.80).

In the women's 200m dash, Princess Joy Griffey (sophomore, Federal Way) was fifth with a time of 24.58 seconds and La Shawnda Porter-Red (senior, Renton, Wash.) took sixth place with a time of 24.63. Griffey also qualified for the 60m dash final after running the fastest time of the prelims, a season-best time of 7.49 seconds.

Justin Woods (junior, Buena Vista, Calif.) took third place in the 200m with a season-best time of 21.30. He also ran the fastest time in the 60m dash prelims of 6.79. Jeshua Anderson overcame a poor start to run a 60m hurdles prelim time of 7.06 and move to the finals.

WSU's men's distance medley relay team placed eighth with a time of 9:58.54 with Chris Concha, André Jennings, Luke Lemenager and Evan Blanshan running the race.

Freshman Jalisa Williams (Pasadena, Calif.) scored 3,373 points for fifth place in the pentathlon, fourth-best in school history and a freshman school record. Williams had lifetime-best marks in the 60m hurdles (8.92), high jump (4-6, 1.37m), shot put (36-8 1/2, 11.19m), and 800m (2:29.95), in addition to long jumping 17-7 1/2 (5.37m). Angela Jensen (Tacoma) scored 3,311 points for eighth place and reached PRs in two events Friday: the 60m hurdles (8.67) and the 800m (2:36.49). Jensen's other marks were 5-2 1/4 (1.58m) in the high jump, 16-2 1/4 (4.93m) in the long jump, and 29-7 1/4 (9.02m) in the shot put.

After four events in the men's heptathlon, senior Rickey Moody (Puyallup) leads with 3,197 points. Moody reached PRs in the high jump of 6-3 1/2 (1.92m) and shot put of 46-7 1/2 (14.21m). He also ran the 60m in 7.04 and long jumped 23-6 3/4 (7.18m).

'Rickey did a good job of managing a poor situation in the long jump after two fouls and with only one attempt to make a mark. It was a lot of pressure,' Sloan said. 'He left a lot of points on the board today. He will have to be good tomorrow to score 5500 points and get into the NCAA meet.'

Freshman Trevor Habberstad (Santa Clarita, Calif.) is in 12th place with 2,503 points but only eight points away from ninth place, with three events left to be contested. Habberstad reached PRs in the 60m (7.16), in the long jump (20-2 1/2, 6.16m), and in the shot put (31-1, 9.47m), in addition to high jumping 5-9 3/4 (1.77m). Sophomore Kyle Schauble (Kennewick) dropped out of the heptathlon after injuring himself Schauble ran a 60m dash time that equaled his PR at 7.12, and long jumped 21-0 3/4 (6.42m) on his first attempt but pulled his hamstring and withdrew from the competition.

In other women's finals, Kendall Mays reached a PR in the pole vault of 12-7 1/4 (3.84m) to tie for 11th while Alexa Huestis finished tied for 16th after clearing 12-1 1/4 (3.69m). Meghan Leonard was ninth in the 5000m with a time of 17:21.51. Candace Missouri finished tied for 14th in the long jump after jumping a distance of 18-3 3/4 (5.58m) while Catie Schuetzle fouled all three attempts. McKenzie Garberg, struggling with a foot injury, managed to throw the 20-pound weight 52-0 1/2 (15.86m) for 13th place.

Running in the prelims but not advancing to the finals were 60m dash competitors Marlon Murray (7.00), Jennings (7.00) and Sadiki James (7.02). Jennings ran the 200m in a PR time of 21.85 for ninth and Murray was 13th in a time of 22.02. In the 60m hurdles, Robert Williams ran a time of 8.13 and Barry Leavitt clocked in at 8.33. Lorraine King ran a 60m hurdles prelim time of 9.00, which tied for ninth.

Sloan also said, 'Great job by our kids in the sprints. Princess Joy hasn't run a 200m since early in the season and it was a nice competitive performance by her and La Shawnda. Justin competed well today in both sprint events. Big PRs for Kendall Mays in the pole vault who missed twice at the opening height. Good work by her and Alexa. I was happy with Jalissa and Angela's performance in the pentathlon. A good base of work for them to build on.'

The MPSF Championships continue Saturday, March 1, in Seattle.

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