Track & Field Competitors Reach PRs at Husker Invite and at McDonald's Collegiate Indoor Meets

Feb. 2, 2008


LINCOLN, Neb. -- Washington State track and field competitors turned in a fair number of solid performances Saturday at the 33rd Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational Indoor Track & Field Meet at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on the University of Nebraska campus.

La Shawnda Porter-Red took fifth place in the 200m dash final with a time of 24.63 while Princess Joy Griffey, who ran well in the Friday prelims, scratched out of the 60m dash and 200m dash finals after suffering tightness in her upper quadriceps and the coaches felt it was better to hold her out of the racing Saturday.

In the consolation finals, Lorraine King ran the 400m dash in a time of 56.74 for fourth place and Selena Galaviz was sixth in a time of 57.51. Angela Jensen won the 60m hurdles with a PR time of 8.79 as King finished fourth (8.95), and Jalisa Williams was sixth (9.08).

The 600m race saw Caroline Hedel finish 10th in a time of 1:26.82, and Veronica Elseroad-Wall finish 11th with a time of 1:27.01.

In the special women's races, Lisa Egami finished sixth in the 800m with a time of 2:13.99, and Meghan Leonard finished fifth in the 3000m with a lifetime-best time of 9:53.28. WSU's women's 4x400m relay team of Galaviz, Porter-Red, King and Hedel ran a season-best time of 3:52.88 for sixth place.

Field events found McKinnon Hanson eighth in the high jump after she cleared 5-3 (1.60m) while freshman Ebba Jungmark did not compete after injuring her ankle in warm-ups.

Sarah Burns finished sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 40-2 1/4 (12.25m) and Candace Missouri took ninth with a PR leap of 39-0 1/4 (11.89m). In the women's shot put, McKenzie Garberg threw 46-9 1/2 (14.26) for 10th while Jessica Zita tossed the shot 46-2 (14.07m) for 11th.

Winning an event on the men's side was the distance medley relay squad of Luke Lemenager, Kyle Schauble, Bob Hewitt-Gaffney and Chris Concha, with a time of 10:06.89. Robert Williams finished seventh in the men's 60m hurdles final with a time of 8.24 after running a PR time of 8.04 in the prelims.

In special races for men, Alex Grant took 11th place in the men's 3000m race with a time of 8:33.88 and the 4x400m relay team of Justin Woods, Reny Follett, Jeshua Anderson and André Jennings took fourth place with a time of 3:16.40.

In the men's consolation races, Woods took second in the 60m dash with a time of 6.86, and finished third in the 200m dash with a time of 21.79. Anderson took fourth place in the 400m in a time of 49.56 and Barry Leavitt took fifth in a time of 50.02. Anderson finished third in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.24 and Rickey Moody was sixth in a time of 8.28.

The WSU B 4x400m relay team of Timpson, Habberstad, Leavitt, and Lemenager placed sixth with a time of 3:20.96.

Trent Arrivey finshed third in the high jump after clearing a height of 6-10 1/4 (2.09m) but teammates Ryan Deese and Kyle Eaton did not clear a bar Saturday. Moreno Zapata took fourth place in the men's triple jump after leaping a distance of 48-11 3/4 (14.93m).

'This was not a particularly successful meet for the Cougars but there were some bright points,' Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'We didn't seem particularly sharp out there. The competition was good and the facility is good but it seemed like we weren't as sharp as we really wanted to be. We will get back to work and get ready for the next competition and hopefully perform a little bit better.

'The 200m races for both La Shawnda Porter and Justin Woods were better today and it looks like we're moving in the right direction. Both Rickey Moody and Big Rob (Williams) looked good Friday but both struggled a little bit Saturday in their hurdles races. Part of the problem was that Rickey had a good start but was bumping Jeshua all the way down the straightaway and Rickey started hitting hurdles, which he often does. Rob got out of the blocks well but kept connecting with the guy next to him and that threw him off all the way down. Everyone was pressing to run faster than they did the day before.

'The 4x400m relay for men was encouraging. Jeshua Anderson has blisters on his feet and is still getting in shape but I was very happy with the other three legs of the relay as André Jennings ran a 48.8 leg and both Reny Follett and Justin Woods ran good legs. I'm looking forward to seeing what that relay team can do.

'Ebba Jungmark stepped on the middle railing in the high jump warm-up and rolled her take-off ankle. She took a few warm-up jumps and cleared 5-9 warming up but was in pain with the ankle and had no confidence in it to really come in and put it down so we elected not to jump just to make sure we didn't get into any trouble with that.'


MOSCOW, Idaho -- A limited number of WSU track and field competitors were in action over the weekend at the McDonald's Collegiate Indoor Meet held in the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome.

Cougar sprinters Sadiki James and Marlon Murray had good day. Both reached PRs in their one-two 60m dash finish as James won in a time of 7.02 and Murray was runner-up in a time of 7.03. Murray also was second place in the 200m dash with a PR time of 21.94 while James finished ninth with a time of 22.90.

DJ Brown finished fifth in the pole vault after crossing over the bar at 15-1 (4.60m). Matt Lamb had the top discus throw with a toss of 181-3 (55.24m) and Chase Mancuso was third with a PR distance of 145-7 (44.37m). Mancuso also took fifth place in the weight throw with a heave of 53-5 3/4 (16.30m).

In women's field events, Amanda Stewart cleared 5-3 (1.60m) for third in the high jump and Maria Creech cleared 4-11 (1.50m) to tie at fifth. Pole vaulters Hilary Moore and Jessica Fuller reached PRs and Kendall Mays joined the pair in a tie for third after clearing the bar at 11-1 3/4 (3.40m). Alexa Huestis was seventh vaulting over at 10-8 (3.25m) and Chelsea Nicholas was 10th after clearing 10-2 (3.10m). Catie Schuetzle won the triple jump with a leap of 38-11 (1.86m) and finished second in the long jump with a distance of 18-2 1/2 (5.55m).

Stephanie Sipes finished fifth in the mile with a time of 5:47.97.

The Cougars track and field teams will compete at the Vandal Indoor meet Friday, Feb. 8, at Idaho's Kibbie Dome and at the McDonald's Open at the same venue Saturday, Feb. 9.

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