Cougars Reach School Records, 16 PRs at Husky Classic Track & Field Indoor Meet

Feb. 10, 2007

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington State University track and field teams achieved a pair of freshman records, an improved pair of improved NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks, and 16 lifetime-bests Saturday at the Husky Classic Indoor track and field meet held in the Dempsey Indoor on the University of Washington campus.

Senior Tyson Byers reached a season-best and NCAA Provisional Qualifying pole vault clearance of 17-feet, 5 inches (5.31m) to tie for fourth. Diana Pickler took second place with a personal record and NCAA PQ mark of 5-10 1/2 (1.79m) in the women's high jump. Former Cougar eight-time All-American, Whitney Evans, competing for Canada, won the women's high jump with a leap of 5-11 1/2 (1.82m).

The freshman men's 4x400m relay indoor record was set when Kyle Schauble, Reny Follett, Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, and Luke Lemenager ran a time of 3-minutes, 17.11 seconds for fifth place. The former WSU freshman indoor record time was 3:17.56, set in 2001 by Dan Brink, Ryan Wieseler, J.K. Haines and Qieed Ishmael.

On the track, freshman Princess Joy Griffey finished third in the women's 60m dash final with an improved freshman school record time of 7.51 seconds. This is the third time this season the talented frosh from Federal Way, Wash., has lowered the WSU freshman women's sprint time.

In addition to her high jump, Diana Pickler ran the second-fastest time in school history with her PR time of 8.26 seconds for second place in the women's 60m hurdles. The time is an improved NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark for the Cougar senior. Her sister, Julie Pickler, ran a time of 8.71 for seventh place overall.

Justin Woods ran a 60m dash PR time of 6.76 in the prelims and his final time of 6.84 was tied for fourth. Jaycee Robertson equaled his PR time of 6.80 for third place in the 60m dash. Sadiki James ran a season-best time of 7.05 in the 60m. In the 200m, Woods ran a PR time of 21.54 while Robertson's time was 21.67.

In addition to the 1600m relay, Follett ran a PR time of 48.84 in the men's 400m dash, and Hewitt-Gaffney and Lemenager ran PRs in the men's 800m with Hewitt-Gaffney running a time of 1:52.98 and Lemenager clocking in at 1:53.24.

Brandi Probasco-Canda lowered her season-best time in the women's 400m to 55.56 and Lorraine King ran a time of 58.08 in the same distance. In the women's 800m, Lisa Egami ran a time of 2:12.66 and Sara Trané ran a time of 2:15.24.

Meghan Leonard's mile time of 4:57.60 was a significant PR (previous of 5:12.27) with Marisa Sandoval (5:05.28) and Karen DeMartini (5:56.73) following.

In the women's 3000m, Haley Paul ran a time of 9:49.95 and Kelly Ramirez took five seconds off her PR time running 10:11.72 Saturday. Isley Gonzalez ran a time of 10:12.74 and freshman Chelsea VanDeBrake lowered her PR time to 10:14.27.

In the 3000m, Andrew Jones ran a time of 8:22.93, followed by Chris Concha (8:33.60), Chris Williams (8:35.00), Dominic Smargiassi (8:35.04), Dan Geib (8:38.93) and Derry Betts (8:59.64). Woody Favinger's time of 14:39.72 in the 5000m was a lifetime-best for the WSU junior.

In the men's field events, Trent Arrivey high jumped 6-8 3/4 (2.05m) for sixth place while Kyle Eaton cleared 6-6 3/4 (2.00m) to tie for seventh. Rickey Moody cleared 6-2 3/4 (1.90m) in his first high jump of the year and Schauble improved his PR to 5-10 3/4 (1.80m). Chase Mancuso reached a PR in the men's weight throw with his toss of 53-8 1/2 (16.37m). Moreno Zapata equaled his PR in the triple jump with a leap of 48-8 (14.83m).

Field events results for women included Julie Pickler's long jump of 18-10 1/2 (5.75m) while Sarah Burns long jumped 16-9 1/4 (5.11m) and triple jumped 39-6 1/2 (12.05m). Kaylee Gardner (38-11 3/4), Catie Schuetzle (38-9) and Amy Quinones (35-1) also triple jumped. Kendall Mays pole vaulted 11-0 1/4 (3.36m) and tied for 12th. McKenzie Garberg threw the shot put 48-6 3/4 (14.80) and Jessica Zita had a shot put mark of 43-9 1/4 (13.34m).

WSU's next indoor track and field competition will be next Friday, Feb. 16 at the Vandal Indoor and Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Moscow McDonald's Open. Both meets are at the Kibbie Dome on the University of Idaho campus.

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