Great Day for WSU Hammer Throwers and Moody Reaches NCAA Decathlon AQ at Texas Relays

April 3, 2008


AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington State's hammer throwers McKenzie Garberg and Phil MacArthur, and decathlete Rickey Moody had outstanding performances Thursday at the 81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas Austin campus.

McKenzie Garberg broke the Washington State University women's hammer record with her improved NCAA Regional Qualifying toss of 196-feet, 3 inches (59.89m). Garberg, a senior from Benton City, Wash. who earned All-America honors in the discus last season, took over All-American Andrea Thornton's school hammer record of 195-0 (59.44), set in 2001. Garberg broke the record on her fifth attempt of the day and finished third in the 16-woman field of competitors.

When asked if she was satisfied with the record Garberg replied, 'No. I'm still growing. I could have done better and I will do better during the rest of this season.'

Junior Phil MacArthur (Selkirk, Wash.) took fifth place in the men's hammer with an improved NCAA RQ and PR toss of 199-0 (60.65m). MacArthur uncorked his lifetime-best throw with the first of his six-competition throws.

'We set Phil's training for him to peak at this meet,' WSU Associate Coach and throws coach Debra Farwell said. 'You cross your fingers and hope that everything we did in practice and in training will get him ready for this meet and actually it did. We need to make his transition from the second and third turns a little bit better and I think the guy's going to be unstoppable.'

Rickey Moody, a senior from Puyallup, Wash., finished the decathlon with a personal-best total of 7,787 points, which placed him fourth in the overall competition and third place among collegians. Former Texas All-American and collegiate decathlon record-holder Trey Hardy won the event with 8,381 points. The top collegian was Gonzalo Barrolihet, a freshman from Florida State, with 7,828 points, while Brandon Hoskins, a senior from Liberty University, finished third overall with 7,800 points.

Moody opened the day with a wind-aided PR time of 14.55 seconds in the 110m hurdles. He threw the discus a distance of 151-10 (46.27m), which is his lifetime-best mark. Moody cleared a PR height in the pole vault of 13-11 1/4 (4.25m) and then threw the javelin a PR distance of 197-6 (60.20m). Moody ran a 1500m PR time of 5:09.87, an improvement of 2 minutes. His 7,787 points is the second-best decathlon mark in WSU history, behind only Simon Shirley's 1988 total of 8,036 points for 15th place at the Seoul Olympics. Moody had outdoor PR marks in seven of the 10 events at the Texas Relays.

After the competition Moody said, 'It all could have been better but I'm happy and content with that total. I'll take it. This is one of the first competitions that it has come together so consistently. There was a lot of great competition out there too. Knowing that everyone had already scored 7,000 points to get into the meet, I knew I had to step my game up going into this to come out in the top three. Now I know what events I need to work on to improve when I get back to training.'

'Rickey had a pretty solid day,' WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'He did a great job and he competed very, very well and managed the competition well. I'm very proud of the job he did competitively. We are looking at all the things that he can improve upon and he can go over 8,000 points. He needs to stay healthy and keep moving forward in some events, like the vault could be a lot more points for him.'

Former Cougar All-American Julie Pickler, now competing for Asics, won the women's heptathon with a personal-best total of 5,990 points.

Selected members of Cougar track and field team members will compete at the Texas Relays Friday and Saturday, while another squad will compete at the Stanford Invitational Meet Friday and Saturday.

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