Cougars Fare Well in First Day of MPSF Indoor Track & Field Championships

Feb. 23, 2007


SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington State's sprinters and long jumpers led the scoring for the Cougars during the first day of competition at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Dempsey Facility at the University of Washington Friday.

WSU sprinters Justin Woods and Jaycee Robertson finished second and fifth, respectively, in the men's 200m dash. Woods ran a time of 21.25 while Robertson's time was 21.47. Earlier in the evening, Woods ran an NCAA Provisional Qualifying, PR and the fastest time of the men's 60m dash prelims when he clocked in with a time of 6.73 seconds. Jaycee Robertson's time of 6.80 equaled his personal-best time and was third so he will compete in the final. Devin Timpson ran a time of 7.03 for 10th. Sadiki James' time of 7.06 was 11th in the 60m prelims and he finished 20th in the 200m (22.88).

'The 60m was a very nice race by Justin in the prelim. We just need to get him to ratchet it up in final,' WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'Hopefully Jaycee gets out of the blocks and drops down to a time in the 6.70s. We should do well in the 60m dash final after the consistency we've had in this race this season. Devin and Sadiki were just off their best times of the year.'

In the women's sprints, Princess Joy Griffey dropped her freshman school record time in the 60m dash prelims by running a time of 7.47 seconds, third fastest in the Friday heats. Griffey also placed sixth in the 200m dash with a time of 24.62. La Shawnda Porter-Red was 15th (25.15) in the 200m.

'Terrific effort for Princess Joy today,' Sloan said. 'She was within arm's length of people with faster seed times in the 60m race. She is only .02 off the WSU school record now and she gets better every time she races. In the 200m, she ran a strong race early but faded which can be explained by her lack of experience in 200m since this was her second time racing it. I thought La Shawnda ran a good race but was back a little bit. I thought her time would be faster.'

In the women's long jump, Cougars placed fifth through seventh with Diana Pickler fifth with a PR jump of 19-9 (6.02m). Catie Schuetzle took sixth place with a PR leap of 19-5 1/2 (5.93m) and Julie Pickler finished seventh with a jump of 19-4 (5.89m).

'This was a good event for the Cougars,' Sloan said. 'We competed up to those places as we were not seeded this high. For Diana, this was her second time over six meters. Catie had a good series of jumps. Julie was all around it and didn't get to 19-4 until final jump.'

Kelly Ramirez finished eighth in the women's 5000m with a time of 17:43.95, and Chelsea VanDeBrake was ninth in a time of 17:45.83. In the men's 5k, Cougars Chris Williams finished ninth (14:57.97) and Dan Geib was 10th (14:59.71). Chase Mancuso threw the 35-pound weight a PR distance of 54-6 (16.61m) for 10th place.

Robert Williams ran a 60m hurdles prelim time of 8.10 to be one of eight to advance to the final. There will only be a final race in the women's 60m hurdles so no prelims were raced Friday.

After the first four events in the men's heptathlon, Chris Richardson of Long Beach State leads with 3,201 points. WSU junior Rickey Moody is in fifth place with 3,104 points while Cougar freshman Kyle Schauble is in ninth place with 2,619 points.

Moody ran the 60m dash in a time of 7.15 seconds, PRd in the long jump with a leap of 23-0 (7.01m), threw the shot put 47-3 (14.40m), and high jumped 6-2 1/4 (1.89m). Schauble ran the 60m dash in a time of 7.26 seconds, long jumped 21-10 (6.65m), threw the shot put a PR distance of 31-10 1/4 (9.71m), and high jumped 5-10 3/4 (1.80m). The final three events - the 60m hurdles, the pole vault and the 1,000m run, will be contested Saturday.

'Rickey had a very solid day of performances,' Sloan said. 'His 60m and long jump were the best of the year. He was consistent all day and did a nice job of putting it together. Kyle struggled throughout the day. He did a good job of competing in shot put and the high jump but he just needs more work on these events. He's trying hard to put his best efforts out there and he needs to relax tomorrow and let it come to him. This is a good experience for him just take a little time to understand the events and develop all the skills necessary.'

After the first day of the two-day meet, Washington men (42 points) and Arizona State (53 points) women lead in the team standings. WSU's women are seventh with 13 points and the Cougar men are eighth with 12 points. The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships continue through Saturday in Seattle.

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