Cougars Travel to Pac-10 Track & Field Championships in Eugene
May 13, 2009
WSU Track & Field 2009 Remaining Outdoor Schedule:
May 16-17, Saturday & Sunday Pac-10 Championships, Eugene
May 29-30, Friday & Saturday NCAA West Regional, Eugene
June 10-13, Wed. through Saturday NCAA Outdoor Championships, Fayetteville, Ark.
COUGARS HEAD TO PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS FIRST WEEK: Washington State University will be represented by 26 men and 27 women competitors at the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships Presented by 76 Gasoline, Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field...Saturday's first event is the women's 4x100m relay at 1:30 p.m...Sunday's events begin with the women's hammer throw at noon...Oregon's website will have LIVE RESULTS (www.goducks.com)...complete results from the meet will be posted at www.wsucougars.com following the last scheduled event each day...Washington State returns two defending champions in Jeshua Anderson (400m hurdles - 2008) and Sara Trané (steeplechase - 2007, 2008).
PAC-10 TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS ON FOX SPORTS TV NETWORK: The delayed two-hour highlight broadcast of the 2009 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships will be shown on the FOX Sports Net affiliates between May 22-31...in the Northwest, FSN will broadcast the meet May 21 at noon, May 23 at 1 p.m. and May 30 at 1 p.m...check TV listings for the exact date and time for your viewing area...announcers for the meet will be Barry Tompkins, Dwight Stones, Tom Feuer and Lindsay Soto.
PAC-10 CONFERENCE SCORING HISTORY: The Washington State men finished sixth in 2008 with 73.5 points...highest conference finish since 2003 (also 6th) with 77 points...1998 finish was fourth (103.5 points)...WSU men won title in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1991 (1985 and 1991 titles were later vacated)...in 2008, Cougar women tied for sixth place with 71.5 points...best WSU women's finish at conference meet was third in 1999 (123 points).
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 36th season with the Cougar track program; 15th year as a head coach, 14th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Jason Drake (Head Coach Cross Country), Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee...Rickey Moody, Megan Johnson and Kyle Chandler are volunteer coaches.
NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The WSU men's track and field team is ranked 21st in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Div. I 2009 Outdoor team rankings released May 12...USTFCCCA national rankings are a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2009 NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships (June 10-13, Fayetteville, Ark.)...this week, Oregon men are No. 1 with Pacific-10 Conference foes Arizona State (6th), Stanford (10th), Washington (14th), Southern California (16th) and California (17th) also ranked in the men's top 25...Texas A&M women's team is No. 1...Pac-10 members Oregon (2nd), USC (5th), Arizona State (7th), UCLA (13th), Stanford (15th), and Washington (17th)...WSU's women's team is ranked 51st...USTFCCCA website can be found at www.ustfccca.org.
EASY VIEWING OF PAC-10 PERFORMANCE LISTS: The Pacific-10 Conference performance descending order lists can be viewed online at www.directathletics.com...click on Performance Lists and under Current Seasons, click again on Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Performance Lists.
TRACK & FIELD NEWS NCAA FORMCHARTS: Track & Field News has published a formchart for both the men's and women's NCAA Championships...the formcharts are predictions of where individuals will place in events at the national meet and how many points the teams will accrue...as of May 12, the magazine online formcharts show the WSU men tied for 13th at the NCAA with 20 points - Jeshua Anderson is predicted to successfully defend his 400m hurdles title (10 points) with Trent Arrivey predicted to finish second in the high jump (8 points) and Matt Lamb predicted to take seventh in the discus (2 points)...on the women's side, the Cougars are predicted to score 6 points and tie for 39th...Marissa Tschida is predicted to finish third in the javelin (6 points).
NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: The goal for the WSU competitors in the outdoor season is to reach NCAA Regional Qualifying marks...the top-five individual finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark....the only events that still have national provisional and automatic national qualifying marks are the heptathlon and decathlon, and the 10,000m races...as of the week of May 11-16, the Cougars have 14 women regionally qualified in 10 events and the WSU men have 18 men qualified in 14 events plus both relays qualified...additionally, the Cougar men have one provisional qualifier in the men's 10k.
COUGARS' OUTDOOR NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING:
Event Name (National standing/West Region standing)Women:100m Princess Joy Griffey 11.73 (t-94th / t-13th)200m Lorraine King 23.82 (t-70th / t-12th)400m Lorraine King 54.27 (t-51st / t-12th)800m Lisa Egami 2:06.72 (28th / 9th) Anna Layman 2:09.23 (82nd / 20th)1500m Lisa Egami 4:22.57 (45th / 15th) Sara Trané 4:27.20 (109th / 32nd)5000m Isley Gonzalez 16:18.04 (31st / 9th) Michelly Foley 16:43.74 (105th / 29th)400m Hurdles Lorraine King 1:00.30 (81st / 16th)3k Steeplechase Sara Trané 10:21.20 (24th / 8th) Amanda Andrews 10:35.28 (56th / 18th) Emily Farrar 10:47.27 (101st / 32nd)Pole Vault Alexa Huestis 3.86m / 12-8 (67th / 21st)Javelin Marissa Tschida 55.38m / 181-8 (3rd / 2nd) SR Courtney Kirkwood 52.01m / 170-8 (11th / 5th) FSR Jennifer Hamilton 47.85m / 157-0 (30th / 13th) Lynnea Braun 46.25m / 151-9 (41st / 16th)Men:100m Justin Woods 10.42 (t-39th / t-2nd)200m Justin Woods 21.01 (t-50th / 4th) Marlon Murray 21.23 (t-94th / 10th)400m Jeshua Anderson 46.08 (t-13th / 2nd)800m Luke Lemenager 1:49.28 (36th / 9th) Joe Abbott 1:50.10 (77th / 22nd)10,000m Drew Polley Prov. Qual. 29:26.46 (49th nationally)110m Hurdles Robert Williams 13.81 (15th / 5th) Jeshua Anderson 14.16 (t-57th / 10th)400m Hurdles Jeshua Anderson 49.44 (1st / 1st) Barry Leavitt 51.18 (29th / 10th) J Hopkins 51.57 (t-41st / 12th) Trevor Habberstad 52.15 (t-65th / 17th)3k Steeplechase Sam Ahlbeck 8:53.46 (28th / 10th)400m Relay Woods, Williams, Anderson, Murray 40.07 (27th / 4th)1600m Relay Leavitt, Anderson, Follett, Woods 3:09.28 (34th / 3rd)High Jump Trent Arrivey 2.25m / 7-4 1/2 (t-1st / 1st) Shawn Swartz 2.10m / 6-10 3/4 (t-44th / t-9th)Long Jump Christian Crain 5.34m / 24-1 (t-85th / 16th)Triple Jump Moreno Zapata 15.30m / 50-2 1/2 (t-53rd / 8th)Discus Matt Lamb 56.64m / 185-10 (21st / 8th)Hammer Phil MacArthur 61.41m / 201-6 (34th / 10th)Javelin Mark Presby 62.10m / 203-9 (t-88th / 20th)
COMBINED EVENTS COUGS: Two of the three WSU combined events competitors had lifetime-best performances but all finished out of the scoring positions at the Pac-10 heptathlon and decathlon May 9-10...Angela Jensen (sophomore, Tacoma) had PR marks in the final three heptathlon events and finished 10th overall with a PR of 4,842 points...in the decathlon, Kyle Schauble (junior, Kennewick) tallied 6,556 points for ninth place while Sean Harris (freshman, Kent) earned a PR of 6,231 points for 11th place.
PAC-10 RECOGNIZES GREAT PERFORMANCES WITH ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONORS:Trent Arrivey (Jr., Woodinville, Wash.) Male Field Athlete of Week April 13-19...(pronounced air-eh-vee) cleared a PR and improved NCAA RQ height of 7-4 1/2 (2.25m) as the top collegiate high jumper at Mt. SAC Relays...mark ties the fourth-best men's high jump mark in school history with Doug Nordquist (Pullman, 1981), and ties the national leader this season.Marissa Tschida (So., Missoula, Mont.) Female Field Athlete of the Week April 13-19...(pronounced cheetah) threw the javelin a school-record distance of 175-11 (53.63m) to place as the top collegian at Mt. SAC Relays, and second overall in the women's university/open event, an elite ﬁeld that included several recent Olympians...bettered PR and NCAA RQ mark by over 10 1/2 feet...shattered WSU women's record of 169-7 (51.70m) - Jenna Dean in 2005...since then has thrown javelin 181-8 (55.38m) at WSU vs. UW Dual Meet in Seattle.Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.) Male Track Athlete of the Week for March 30-April 5 and again for April 6-12...successfully defended Texas Relays title with a winning time and improved NCAA RQ of 49.44 seconds...at same meet, ran improved NCAA RQ time of 14.20 in 110m hurdles, and on 4x400m relay...at the Mt. SCA Relays he improved his 110m hurdles NCAA RQ time to 14.16 but fell in the elite intermediate hurdles race...he was not injured...has three Pac-10 AoW honor in his career...named to the TrackShark.com Top 12 Sprinters/Hurdlers to watch in 2009...won the men's 400m hurdles at the Pac-10 Conference, NCAA, USA Junior and World Junior Championship meets in 2008.
AIR ARRIVEY LEADS SKYJUMPERS: Trent Arrivey (air-eh-vee), a junior from Woodinville, Wash., has become a consistent 7-foot high jumper for WSU...a 2008 All-American, Arrivey is currently leading the national qualifying list with his Mt. SAC Relays mark of 7-4 1/2 (2.25m) which became his lifetime best...cleared 7-3 1/4 (2.22m) to win the 2008 NCAA West Regional meet...Arrivey had a top 2009 indoor mark of 7-3 (2.21m)...he has cleared 7-feet in five of the eight meets this year...Ryan Deese (sophomore, Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Shawn Swartz (freshman, Port Coquitlam, B.C.) have also cleared 7-feet this year.
TSCHIDA THROWS JAVELIN SCHOOL RECORD (AGAIN): Marissa Tschida (sophomore, Missoula, Mont.) threw the WSU women's school record and improved NCAA RQ distance of 181-8 (55.38m) to win the event at the WSU -UW Dual Meet 5/2 in Seattle...this is the second time she has bettered the WSU record this season.
FAB FRESHMEN THROWERS: Stepping up into the spotlight, a bevy of WSU freshmen women throwers...Courtney Kirkwood (Othello, Wash.) toss the javelin a PR, improved NCAA RQ mark and WSU freshman record at the D. Hartman Invite in Spokane (April 25) of 170-8 inches (52.01m)..Kirkwood's throw was a 10-foot improvement on her PR and the second-best toss in Cougar women's history, behind sophomore teammate Marissa Tschida's 181-8...Kirkwood's throw also broke Tschida's freshman school record of 161-8 thrown last year...Jennifer Hamilton (Longview, Wash.) also tossed a javelin PR and NCAA RQ in Seattle of 157-0 (47.85m), the sixth-best throw in WSU history...at Seattle Kjirsten Jensen (Arlington, Wash.) won the women's hammer with a PR throw of 167-7 (51.07m)...Cassie Whitfield (Puyallup, Wash.) threw her PR of 156-0 (47.56m) at the Hartman Invite in Spokane...in the shot put, Anna Albrecht (Pullman) leads all Cougars with her toss of 44-9 1/2 (13.65m) thrown at Vandal Jamboree...Ashley Kenney (Spokane Valley) is the women's discus leader with a season-best throw of 148-6 (45.27m)...on the DL is Lynnea Braun (junior, Yakima) a javelin thrower who transferred from Spokane CC...she is out for the season after injuring her shoulder at the Texas Relays.
FOUR TIMES THE FUN FOR WSU QUALIFIERS IN INTERMEDIATE HURDLES: Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.) leads the nation in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 49.44, run at the UCLA Johnson/Joyner-Kersee Invite April 11...Anderson is the WSU record-holder at 48.68, the reigning Pac-10, NCAA, US Junior and World Junior Champion...ran a time of 49.48 at Texas Relays...ran the school record time of 48.68 at World Juniors in Poland...Barry Leavitt (senior, Benton City) dropped his NCAA RQ at the WSU-UW Dual 5/2 in Seattle by running 51.18...J Hopkins (freshman, Everett) joined qualifiers with his Stanford Invite time of 52.27 and improved that at Mt. SAC Relays to 51.57...not wanting to miss out on the fun, sophomore Trevor Habberstad (Santa Clarita, Calif.) ran an NCAA RQ time of 52.47 at UCLA April 11 and dropped it May 2, to 52.15 in Seattle.
BIG ROB IS BACK: After resting a sore hip for several weeks, Robert Williams (senior, Riverside, Calif.) led a first-through fifth finish in the 100m hurdles at the WSU-UW Dual Meet...only ran a time of 14.74 but Williams has a PR and NCAA RQ time of 13.81w from 2009 Texas Relays.
SPEED DEAMONS: Sprinter Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) ran a PR and improved his NCAA RQ time in the 100m to 10.42, and ran a season-best 200m time of 21.01 at the WSU-UW Dual Meet 5/2 in Seattle...Wood has participated in three consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championships to date and is looking to make an appearance at his fourth this spring, with plans to capture an outdoor All-American certificate...Marlon Murray (sophomore, Des Moines, Wash.) is back on the track after a brief bout with leg soreness...Murray reached NCAA RQ in the 200m with a time of 21.23 at Seattle...at same meet ran PR 100m time of 10.58.
SENIOR AND FRESHMAN LEAD COUGS IN 5K: Spending the fall semester away from campus and organized training in order to student teach did not stall senior Isley Gonzalez (Sunnyside)...Gonzalez only has the outdoor season for eligibility and is making the most of it, ran a PR and NCAA RQ time in the 5000m of 16:18.04 at the Mt. SAC Relays, second-best time in WSU history, after running an NCAA RQ time of 16:39.38 at the Stanford Invite...Michelly Foley, a freshman from Prineville, Ore., also excelled at the Mt. SAC Relays with a 5k time of 16:43.74, an NCAA RQ mark and the seventh-best time in school history.
POLLEY JOINS THE PARTY: Senior Drew Polley (Bellingham) ran a 10,000m PR and NCAA RQ time of 29:26.46 at the Mt. SAC Relays...he also ran a PR time in the 5k at the Stanford Invite of 14:18.15.
ZAPATA JUMPS IN: Senior Moreno Zapata (Lakewood), men's team captain, triple jumped 50-2 1/2 (15.30m) at the WSU-UW Dual Meet in Seattle 5/2...Zapata's PR at WSU is a hyper wind-aided (6.5 meters per second) 51-9 1/4 (15.78m) leaped in 2007 at the NCAA West Regional in Eugene...his top non-wind-aided jump came the next year at the same meet in Northridge of 50-8 1/4 (15.45m).
HOW LO CAN SHE GO? Lorraine King, senior from Fontana, Calif., and the women's team captain, ran a pair of NCAA RQ marks at the WSU-UW Dual 5/2 in Seattle...won the 200m in PR time of 23.82 and the 400m dash in a PR time of 23.82...reached an NCAA RQ mark in the 400m hurdles with her Stanford Invite time of 1:00.30...her lifetime-best time is 58.39, set last season at the Texas Relays...mark is third-best in WSU history...heel bruise has bothered her this season...she is aiming for the school record of 57.07 set by Randi Smith in 2000.
WOMEN INT. HURDLES ADDING IN: Sophomore Veronica Elseroad-Wall (Casper, Wyo.) and freshman Brittnay Crabb (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) are on the verge of running the 400m hurdles in NCAA RQ times...Elseroad-Wall has a season-best of 1:00.92 and Crabb has run 1:01.50...the NCAA RQ time is 1:00.82.
STEEPLECHASE ANOTHER STRONG EVENT FOR COUGARS: Both sides of the roster have strong 3000m steeplechase competitors for WSU again this year...Sam Ahlbeck (junior, Renton) ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 8:53.46 at Stanford...Sara Trané (senior, Pixbo, Sweden) ran an NCAA RQ time of 10:21.20 at the Mt. SAC Relays...Amanda Andrews (sophomore, Gig Harbor) ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 10:42.72 but then improved that at Mt. SAC Relays to 10:35.28, which is fifth-best in WSU women's history...freshman Emily Farrar (Bainbridge Island) ran an NCAA RQ time of 10:47.27 for second place at the UCLA JJK Invite April 10...this was Farrar's second steeplechase race and her time is the seventh-fastest in school history.
EGADS! EGAMI: Lisa Egami, a junior from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, has NCAA RQ marks in both the 800m and the 1500m...ran the 800m time of 2:09.58 at Trojan Invite and bettered that with a 2:08.16 clocking at the UCLA JJK Invite April 11...her 1500m time of 4:22.57 came at the Stanford Invite, third-fastest time in WSU history...Egami set the school record in the mile during the 2009 indoor season with a time of 4:44.92i at the MPSF Championships in Seattle...that was the second time in two weeks that Egami had broken the school record, both at the UW Dempsey Indoor Facility.
LOOKOUT FOR LUKE: Luke Lemenager (junior, Maple Valley, Wash.) ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 1:49.92 in the 800m at the UCLA JJK meet...this was Lemenager's first run under 1:50...he bettered that mark by winning the 800m at the WSU-UW Dual Meet 5/2 in Seattle with a time of 1:49.28...freshman Joe Abbott (Reno) ran a PR time of 1:51.98 in LA and then followed Luke's lead in Seattle with an NCAA RQ time of 1:50.10.
PRINCESS JOY SPEEDS ALONG: Princess Joy Griffey (junior, Federal Way) reach an NCAA RQ time of 11.73 in the 100m at the WSU-UW Dual Meet...ran her top non-winded time in 200m of 24.09...season-best 200m time is 24.01w...also runs on both relays.
FOLLETT LIKE A SPEEDING BULLET: Junior Reny Follett (Lewiston, Idaho) ran a season-best 400m dash time of 47.48 to win the Mt. SAC Relays university/open event...an integral part of the men's 4x400m relay team that has ran a season-best NCAA RQ time of 3:09.2.
UP AND OVER: Alexa Huestis (sophomore, Chehalis) won the pole vault with a PR and improved NCAA RQ height of 12-8 (3.86m) at the WSU-UW Dual Meet 5/2 in Seattle...her mark is sixth-best in WSU women's history...Huestis leads the Cougs after Kendall Mays (junior, Spokane) could not compete this season because of leg pain.
FIVE COUGARS GAIN ALL-AMERICA STATUS AT NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Washington State had five competitors earn All-America certificates at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend in College Station, Texas...Trent Arrivey (junior, Woodinville, Wash.) finished eighth in the high jump after clearing 6-10 1/4 (2.09m), well below his PR of 7-3 (2.21m)...the men's 4x400m relay of Barry Leavitt (senior, Benton City, Wash.), Reny Follett (junior, Lewiston, Idaho), Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) and Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.), finished third in the second heat and eighth overall with a time of 3:08.97...the previous weekend the Cougar men ran a time of 3:06.74 (Ames, Iowa), the fourth-best in WSU all-time records.
NO COUGAR HOME OUTDOOR MEETS IN 2009: Because of slated construction on the North side of Martin Stadium and the subsequent encroachment of equipment and supplies onto Mooberry Track, WSU will not host any outdoor track and field meets during the 2009 season.
NO QUALIFYING MARKS NEEDED FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Pacific-10 Conference will forego its own set of qualifying marks for its championship meet...instead, a maximum of 24 women and 24 men may be entered from each school at the head coach's discretion...outdoor and indoor seasons will be used for descending order lists and seeding into the championship heats/flights.
WSU COMPETITORS SCHEDULED FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS, MAY 16-17, EUGENE:
WSU Women100m - Morgan Clem, Princess Joy Griffey200m - Princess Joy Griffey400m - Anna Layman800m - Anna Layman1500m - Lisa Egami, Marisa Sandoval5000m - Amanda Andrews, Lisa Egami, Emily Farrar, Michelly Foley, Isley Gonzalez, Marisa Sandoval, Sara Trane10,000m - Michelly Foley, Isley Gonzalez100m Hurdles - Angela Jensen, Jalisa Williams400m Hurdles - Brittnay Crabb, Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Lorraine King3000m Steeplechase - Amanda Andrews, Emily Farrar, Sara Trané4x100m Relay - TBA4x400m Relay - TBAHigh Jump - Maria CreechPole Vault - Alexa Huestis, Hilary MooreLong Jump - Candace MissouriTriple Jump - Candace Missouri, Jessica YatesShot Put - Anna AlbrechtDiscus - Ashley KenneyHammer - Kjirsten Jensen, Cassie WhitfieldJavelin - Jennifer Hamilton, Courtney Kirkwood, Marissa Tschida
WSU Men100m - Marlon Murray, Justin Woods200m - Marlon Murray, Justin Woods400m - Jeshua Anderson, Reny Follett800m - Joe Abbott, Luke Lemenager1500m - no entry5000m - David Hickerson, Drew Polley, Dominic Smargiassi10,000m - Drew Polley110m Hurdles - Robert Williams400m Hurdles - Jeshua Anderson, Trevor Habberstad, J Hopkins, Barry Leavitt3000m Steeplechase - Sam Ahlbeck, David Hickerson4x100m Relay - TBA4x400m Relay - TBAHigh Jump - Trent Arrivey, Ryan Deese, Shawn SwartzPole Vault - Beau CarrilloLong Jump - Christian CrainTriple Jump - Devin Timpson, Sean Wilson, Moreno ZapataShot Put - Joe BartlettDiscus - Joe Bartlett, Matt LambHammer - Philip MacArthurJavelin - Mark Presby