Track & Field Travels to Sacramento State Nike Elite Invitational

March 25, 2008

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COUGARS TRAVEL TO SACRAMENTO FOR NIKE ELITE MEET: The Washington State University track and field teams will compete at the Sacramento State Nike Elite Invitational, Saturday, March 29, at Hornet Stadium...field events competition begins at 10 a.m. and running events commence at 12:30 p.m. with the final event set for 4:35 p.m...results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website,, 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.

GARBERG GRABS GREAT START: McKenzie Garberg (senior, Benton City, Wash.) opened the outdoor season at the Trojan Invite meet by throwing NCAA Regional Qualifying in the hammer (58.68m/192-6), winning the discus (52.24m/171-5), and in the shot put (14.55m / 47-9)...Garberg was a 2007 All-American in the discus.


Women:400m Hurdles Lorraine King	1:00.29Shot Put Jessica Zita	14.56m / 47-9 1/4	McKenzie Garberg	14.55m / 47-9Discus	McKenzie Garberg	52.24m / 171-5Hammer	McKenzie Garberg	58.68m / 192-6Javelin	Marissa Tschida	48.20m / 158-2	Jasmine McCormack	43.58m / 143-0

Men:400m Hurdles Jeshua Anderson 51.804x100m Relay Jennings, Anderson, Woods, Murray 40.61Hammer Phil MacArthur 59.97m / 196-9Javelin Jon Jeffreys 67.00m / 219-10 Nathan Bache 62.21m / 204-1

WSU HIGHLIGHTS FROM LA: Cougars won five events at the USC Trojan Invitational March 21-22, in Los Angeles...Phil MacArthur (hammer), Anna Layman (800m), Lorraine King (400m hurdles), McKenzie Garberg (discus) and the men's 4x100m relay team all were victorious...WSU women reached seven NCAA Regional Qualifying marks while the WSU men reached five RQs...freshman Marissa Tschida set a WSU freshman school record with her javelin throw of 48.20m / 158-2.

WSU SCHOOL OUTDOOR RECORDS SET IN 2008:Women: Javelin Marissa Tschida 48.20m / 158-2 (3/22) Freshman School Record

NO QUALIFYING MARKS NEEDED FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Pacific-10 Conference foregoes its own set of qualifying marks for its championship meet...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...the Pac-10's performance descending order lists can be viewed online at 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,

JUNGMARK WINS NCAA INDOOR HIGH JUMP TITLE: WSU freshman Ebba Jungmark won the women's high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships March 14 at Fayetteville, Ark...the Onsala, Sweden, native won by clearing the bar at 6-2 1/4 (1.89m)...she received All-America honors with the win...her mark is the second-best women's high jump in WSU history.

WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT SACRAMENTO STATE NIKE INVITE, MARCH 29:WSU Women100m - Candace Missouri, La Shawnda Porter-Red200m - La Shawnda Porter-Red400m - Selena Galaviz800m - Anna Layman1500m - Haley Paul100m Hurdles - Angela Jensen, Jalissa Williams400m Hurdles - Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Caroline Hedel3000m Steeplechase - Amanda Andrews4x100m Relay - no entry4x400m Relay - Elseroad-Wall, Galaviz, Hedel, Layman, Porter-RedHigh Jump - McKinnon Hanson, Amanda Stewart, Jalissa WIlliamsPole Vault - Jessica Fuller, Alexa Huestis, Kendall MaysLong Jump - Angela Jensen, Candace Missouri, Catie SchuetzleTriple Jump - Sarah Burns, Catie SchuetzleShot Put - McKenzie Garberg, Jessica ZitaDiscus - McKenzie GarbergHammer - McKenzie GarbergJavelin - Angela Jensen, Jasmine McCormack, Marissa Tschida, Jalissa Williams

WSU Men100m - Sadiki James, Marlon Murray200m - Sadiki James, Marlon Murray400m - Reny Follett, Devin Timpson800m - no entry - 1500m - no entry110m Hurdles - no entry400m Hurdles - no entry3000m Steeplechase - Evan Blanshan4x100m Relay - no entry4x400m Relay - Follett, Murray, TimpsonHigh Jump - Ryan Deese, Kyle EatonPole Vault - D.J. BrownLong Jump - no entryTriple Jump - Moreno ZapataShot Put - no entry - Discus - no entryHammer - Philip MacArthur, Chase MancusoJavelin - Nathan Bache, Jon Jeffreys, Mark Presby

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