Track & Field Opens Outdoor Season in Los Angeles
March 18, 2008
COUGARS START 2008 OUTDOOR T&F SEASON: The Washington State University track and field teams will compete at the Trojan Invitational, Saturday, March 22, at Locker Stadium/Cromwell Field on the University of Southern California campus...other teams in addition to WSU and USC were not available for this release...hammer competition actually takes place Friday, March 21, at West LA City College...Saturday field events begin at 9 a.m. and running events commence at 10:40 a.m....results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, when available after competition concludes.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 35th season with the Cougar track program; 14th year as a head coach, 13th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Jason Drake (Head Coach Cross Country), Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee...former WSU All-American heptathlete Diana Pickler is a volunteer assistant coach this season along with Bob Frey and Luan Weekes.
NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: The goal for the WSU competitors in the outdoor season is to reach NCAA Regional Qualifying marks...the top-five individual finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, June 11-14 in Des Moines...the only events that still have national provisional and automatic national qualifying marks are the heptathlon and decathlon, and the 10,000m races.
NO QUALIFYING MARKS NEEDED FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: This is the third year the Pacific-10 Conference will forego its own set of qualifying marks for its championship meet...instead, a maximum of 24 women and 24 men may be entered from each school at the head coach's discretion...outdoor and indoor seasons will be used for descending order lists and seeding into the championship heats/flights.
EASY VIEWING OF PAC-10 PERFORMANCE LISTS: The Pacific-10 Conference performance descending order lists can be viewed online at www.directathletics.com...click on Performance Lists and under Current Seasons, click again on Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Performance Lists.
NATIONAL POLLS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has top 25 team polls posted every Wednesday on the website, http://ustfccca.com.
JUNGMARK WINS NCAA HIGH JUMP TITLE: WSU freshman Ebba Jungmark won the women's high jump gold at the NCAA Indoor Championships March 14 at Fayetteville, Ark...from Onsala, Sweden, native won by clearing the bar at 6-2 1/4 (1.89m), which improved her NCAA qualifying and personal-best mark of 6-2 (1.88m), set last month in Pullman...she received All-America honors with the win...her mark is the second-best women's high jump in WSU history...second indoor high jump champion for WSU, following in Mary Moore's footsteps...Moore owns school high jump record of 6-3, and won NCAA titles in 1984 and 1985.
WSU SCHOOL INDOOR RECORDS SET IN 2008:
Women:3000m Amanda Andrews 9:50.07 Freshman School Indoor RecordHigh Jump Ebba Jungmark 1.89m/6-2 1/4 Freshman School Indoor RecordPentathlon Jalisa Williams 3,373 points Freshman School Indoor RecordMen:400m Jeshua Anderson 46.67 Freshman School Indoor Record1600m Relay Leavitt, Follett, Anderson, Woods 3:08.86 School Indoor Record
LOOKING FORWARD TO LOS ANGELES: This first outdoor meet for the Cougars' 2008 season will find the 400m hurdlers (prep All-American Jeshua Anderson, Barry Leavitt, Robert Williams, Lorraine King, Veronica Elseroad-Wall and Caroline Hedel), javelin throwers (Jon Jeffreys, Nathan Bache, Mark Presby, Cameron Schwisow, Jasmine McCormack and prep All-American Marisa Tschida), discus throwers (All-American McKenzie Garberg, Chase Mancuso), and hammer throwers (Garberg, Mancuso, Phil MacArthur) the most excited to finally compete in their events...the steeplechasers will have to wait another week as there is only a 3k race at the Trojan Invite and no steeplechase event...also missing from this weekend are the majority of jumpers - high, pole vault, long and triple on the men's side and high and pole vault on the women's side...the jumpers will continue training and will compete the following weekend.
WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT TROJAN INVITE, MARCH 21-22, AT LOS ANGELES:
WSU Women100m - no entry200m - Angela Jensen, La Shawnda Porter-Red, Jalissa Williams400m - Selena Galaviz, Princess Joy Griffey800m - Karen DeMartini, Lisa Egami, Anna Layman1500m - Amanda Andrews, Isley Gonzalez, Collier Lawrence, Meghan Leonard3000m - Sara Trané100m Hurdles - Angela Jensen, Jalissa Williams400m Hurdles - Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Caroline Hedel, Lorraine King4x100m Relay - Griffey, Jensen, Missouri, Porter-Red4x400m Relay A - Elseroad-Wall, Griffey, King, Porter-Red4x400m Relay B - Egami, Galaviz, Hedel, LaymanHigh Jump - no entryPole Vault - no entryLong Jump - Angela Jensen, Candace Missouri, Jalissa WilliamsTriple Jump - Sarah Burns, Candace MissouriShot Put - McKenzie Garberg, Jessica ZitaDiscus - McKenzie GarbergHammer - McKenzie GarbergJavelin - Jasmine McCormack, Marissa Tschida
WSU Men100m - no entry200m - Marlon Murray400m - Reny Follett, André Jennings800m - Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, Luke Lemenager1500m - Sam Ahlbeck, Evan Blanshan, Chris Concha, Dan Geib, Alex Grant, Dominic Smargiassi, Chris Williams3000m - no entry110m Hurdles - Trevor Habberstad, Barry Leavitt, Rickey Moody, Kyle Schauble, Robert Williams400m Hurdles - Jeshua Anderson, Barry Leavitt, Robert Williams4x100m Relay - Anderson, Jennings, Murray, Woods4x400m Relay A - Anderson, Follett, Leavitt, Woods4x400m Relay B &C - Habberstad, Hewitt-Gaffney, Jennings, Lemenager, Moody, Murray, Schauble, WilliamsHigh Jump - no entryPole Vault - no entryLong Jump - no entryTriple Jump - no entryShot Put - no entryDiscus - Trevor Habberstad, Chase Mancuso, Rickey Moody, Kyle SchaubleHammer - Philip MacArthur, Chase MancusoJavelin - Nathan Bache, Trevor Habberstad, Jon Jeffreys, Rickey Moody, Mark Presby, Kyle Schauble,