Cougar Indoor Track & Field Meet Highlighted With Strong Performance

Jan. 27, 2007


PULLMAN, Wash. -- Three meet records fell and six competitors reached NCAA qualifying marks Saturday as teams from Washington State, Idaho, Montana, Utah State and Southern California ran, jumped and threw at the Cougar Indoor Track & Field Meet, held at the WSU Indoor Track Facility.

Idaho's Russ Winger improved his NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark in the shot put with his winning toss of 64-feet, 7 inches (19.68m). Cougars Matt Lamb (55-5 1/2) and Drew Ulrick (PR 54-2) finished second and third, respectively.

USC's Candice Davis won the women's 60m hurdles with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 8.37. Idaho's Melinda Owen reached NCAA PQ with her pole vault clearance of 13-1 1/2 (4.00m). WSU volunteer assistant coach Tamara Diles won the pole vault with the same height.

Solid performances from the Cougar women included senior Kaylee Gardner winning the women's triple jump with a leap of 38-9 3/4 (11.83m). McKenzie Garberg won the shot put with a PR toss of 47-10 (14.58m). Princess Joy Griffey lowered her freshman school record in the 60m dash with her third-place time of 7.56.

The USC women sprinters won the 60m, 200m and 400m races with Jessica Onyepunuka (7.43) and Carol Rodriguez (7.44) running NCAA PQ times in the 60m dash prelims. Women of Troy teammate Elizabeth Olear ran a meet record 400m time of 56.10.

Utah State's Jennie Twitchell won both the 800m (2:16.07) and mile (4:54.01). In the 3000m, Utah State's Stacie Lifferth ran a meet record time of 10:01.60 and Cougar Collier Lawrence also bettered the meet record time with her second place finish in 10:03.17.

WSU's Robert Williams won the men's 60m hurdles and lowered his PR time to 8.09. Cougar sprinter Justin Woods finished second in the men's 60m dash to Utah State's DJ Smith (6.79) but ran a PR time of 6.82. Jaycee Robertson finished third in the final but also ran a PR time of 6.80 in the prelim. Redshirt freshman Reny Follett (49.66) and freshman Bob Hewitt-Gaffney (50.07) finished one-two in the 400m dash. Another Cougar freshman, Luke Lemenager, won the 800m race with a time of 1:54.26 with Chris Concha third (1:57.36) and Sam Stone fifth (1:57.85).

The WSU men's 4x400m relay of Justin Woods, Hewitt-Gaffney, Brian Woods and Brian Williams won in a time of 3:21.29.

Freshman Kyle Schauble (Kennewick, Wash.) won the men's heptathlon with a score of 4,974 points. In the last three events contested Saturday, Schauble ran a 60m hurdles time of 8.36 seconds, pole vaulted 12-feet, 5 1/2 inches (3.80m), and ran the 1000m in a time of 2:45.36. Utah State volunteer assistant coach Joel Johnson finished second with 4880 points.

In field events, a trio of Cougar men won their events. Tyson Byers won the pole vault and improved his season NCAA PQ mark and the WSU indoor facility record with his vault of 17-2 3/4 (5.25m). Kyle Eaton won the high jump with the bar at 6-6 3/4 (2.00m). Moreno Zapata won the triple jump with a leap of 47-3 (14.40m).

A select group of Cougars will travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the Husker Invitational Indoor Track & Field Meet, Feb. 2 and 3. Other Cougars will compete at the Moscow McDonald's Meet at the University of Idaho Kibbie Dome.

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