Arrivey, Anderson and King Win Titles at Pac-10 Track & Field Championships

May 17, 2009


EUGENE, Ore. -- Washington State had three champions in intermediate hurdlers Jeshua Anderson and Lorraine King, and high jumper Trent Arrivey Sunday at the Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships at Oregon's Hayward Field. Both team titles were captured by Oregon with the men scoring 158 points and the women scoring 165.5 points. The WSU men finished fourth among the ten teams with 91 points, the highest team finish for the Cougs since 1998 (fourth). The Cougar women scored 44 points for ninth.

Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.), successfully defended his Pac-10 400m hurdles title and ran a season-best and national-leading time of 48.90 seconds. Anderson, who is also the defending NCAA Champion, led the race from the gun and won his second-consecutive conference title by nearly 2 seconds. Anderson received a standing ovation on his victory lap from the appreciative Eugene crowd. Barry Leavitt (senior, Benton City) finished fourth with a season-best and improved NCAA RQ time of 51.00. For the second straight day, Trevor Habberstad (sophomore, Santa Clarita, Calif.) ran a PR and improved NCAA RQ time of 51.67 to capture sixth place. Completing the Cougars foursome in the event was freshman J Hopkins (Everett) who finished seventh with a time of 51.86. The 20 points scored in this event moved the Cougar men from ninth to fifth in the team standings with five events left to be scored.

'I was looking to run in the 48's,' Anderson said post race. 'Once I got past the wind in the first part of the race, I finished strong in the last segment. I've been doing strength workouts for football and they have been showing in my track performance. I perform better in championship meets and am looking for my time to improve in the next meets. I am not taking any race lightly, I stay hungry.'

WSU women's team captain Lorraine King (senior, Fontana, Calif.) won the women's 400m hurdles in a lifetime-best and improved NCAA RQ time of 57.51 seconds, the second-fastest women's intermediate hurdles race in WSU history. King became the first Cougar woman to win a conference intermediate hurdles title and did so comfortably over runner-up Delilah Muhammad's time of 58.21.

'Finally! I knew I could do this. I did this in last Sunday's practice and thought `why can't I do this now?' I PR'd by almost a whole second,' King said post race. 'Throughout the season I was holding back: I had some small, minor injuries that were holding me back. This is a huge blessing to get through this. Getting to this point, knowing who I am, it brings everything together.'

Trent Arrivey (junior, Woodinville) won the men's high jump by clearing the bar at 7-feet, 2 1/4 inches (2.19m) and Ryan Deese (sophomore, Colorado Springs, Colo.) took fifth place after clearing 6-8 3/4 (2.05m). Arrivey is tied for the national-lead with his PR of 7-4 1/2 (2.25m). Sunday he passed until clearing the bar at heights of 6-8 3/4 and 6-10 3/4 on his first tries. It took him two attempts at the next three bars, including the winning height of 7-2 1/4. He miss all three attempts at 7-3 1/4.

'I'm glad I could do my part to help my Cougs place well at this meet,' Arrivey said at the conclusion of the meet. 'I dedicate this title to my good friend and training partner Shawn Swartz (freshman from Port Coquitlam, B.C.) who was just diagnosed with leukemia and couldn't be here this weekend. We're all thinking about him and hoping for the best. Next stop for me is West Regionals to try and qualify for the NCAA Championships.'

Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) grabbed two second-place finishes Sunday. He was the runner-up in the men's 100m dash with a PR and improved NCAA RQ time of 10.28, after running 10.30 in the Saturday prelim. Woods' Sunday time of 10.28 is the eighth-best time in WSU men's history. Marlon Murray (sophomore, Des Moines, Wash.) finished seventh in the 100m final in a time of 10.60. USC's Ahmad Rashad won the 100m dash with a national-leading time of 10.13 and doubled up with a win in the men's 200m dash (20.82) as Woods finished second in a PR time of 20.91. Murray took sixth place in the 200m final with a time of 21.37 after running a PR and improved NCAA RQ time of 21.01w in the prelims.

In the men's 400m dash, Anderson finished fifth in a time of 46.73 and Reny Follett (junior, Lewiston, Idaho) took seventh in a time of 47.68.

The WSU men's 4x400m relay team of Barry Leavitt, Woods, Follett and Anderson took second place in an improved NCAA RQ time of 3:08.93, with Anderson out-leaning Oregon's Chad Barlow to edge the Ducks at the finish line by a mere 2/1000ths second. This same Cougar 1600m relay team finished eighth at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships with an indoor school record time of 3:06.74.

Also scoring points for the Cougar men on the track were Robert Williams (senior, Riverside, Calif.) and Luke Lemenager (junior, Maple Valley). Williams took fourth place in the men's 110m high hurdles with a time of 13.95. Williams had been out of action for much of the outdoor season with a sore hip and reached an NCAA RQ time of 13.81w at the Texas Relays last month. Lemenager took eighth place in the men's 800m final with a time of 1:53.27, slower than his PR and NCAA RQ time of 1:49.28 run two weeks ago in Seattle.

Matt Lamb (junior, Emmett, Idaho) threw the discus a season-best and improved NCAA RQ mark of 186-11 (56.97m) for fourth place. Freshman Joe Bartlett (Reno) finished 14th after a discus toss of 155-6 (47.39m).

Moreno Zapata (senior, Lakewood) took fifth place in the men's triple jump with a season-best and improved NCAA RQ leap of 51-0 1/4 (15.55m). Sean Wilson (freshman, Colorado Springs, Colo.) had a PR mark of 48-1 3/4 (14.67m) for 10th place and Devin Timpson (senior, Ocean Shores) also leaped a PR distance of 47-11 3/4 (14.62m) for 11th.

For the second straight day, Princess Joy Griffey (junior, Federal Way) ran a PR and improved NCAA RQ time in the 100m dash as her 11.58 seconds took fourth place after she ran a time of 11.59 in the prelims.

The women's 4x100m relay team of Angela Jensen, Griffey, King and Morgan Clem finished sixth in a time of 45.70, just over the season-best and NCAA RQ time of 45.67 seconds run in the Saturday prelims. The 4x400m relay of Griffey, Anna Layman, Veronica Elseroad-Wall and King ran a season-best time of 3:42.01 for seventh place and just 1/1000ths second off the NCAA RQ standard.

Lisa Egami (junior, Coquitlam, B.C.) finished seventh in the women's 1500m with a time of 4:29.87 after running a PR and improved NCAA RQ 1500m time of 4:21.25 in the prelims.

The Cougar women throwers had a solid day. Ashley Kenney (freshman, Spokane Valley) took sixth place in the women's discus throw with a PR and NCAA RQ mark of 161-8 (49.29m), a nearly 9-foot improvement on her lifetime-best and the ninth-best throw in WSU women's history. In the hammer throw, freshman Kjirsten Jensen (Arlington) took seventh place with a toss of 174-0 (53.03m), just 2 inches below her PR. Cassie Whitfield (freshman, Puyallup) threw the hammer 156-0 (47.55m) for 13th place.

Triple jumpers Jessica Yates (freshman, Snohomish) and Candace Missouri (sophomore, Vancouver, Wash.) both leaped PR distances of 40-1 1/2 (12.23m), with Missouri's leap wind-aided for seventh place and Yates' legal wind for eighth.

Alexa Huestis (sophomore, Chehalis) finished ninth in the pole vault with a PR and improved NCAA RQ height of 13-0 1/4 (3.97m), the fifth-best mark in WSU women's history. Hilary Moore (redshirt freshman, Prosser) cleared 1107 3/4 (3.55m) for 16th.

The 2009 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships will be shown on the FOX Sports Net affiliates as a delayed two-hour highlight broadcast between May 22-31 with Fox Sports Net Northwest airing the meet May 21 at noon, May 23 at 1 p.m. and May 30 at 1 p.m.

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