WSU Distance Runners, Steeplechasers Shine at Stanford Invite

April 4, 2008


WSU Distance Runners, Steeplechasers Shine at Stanford Invite

STANFORD, Calif. -- Three Washington State runners reached NCAA Regional Qualifying times Friday at the 34th Annual Stanford Invitational Track & Field Meet at Cobb Track and Angel Field.

Steeplechasers Meghan Leonard (senior, Newberg, Ore.) and Sam Ahlbeck (redshirt-sophomore, Renton, Wash.) ran NCAA RQ times in their respective races. Leonard finished fifth in her section race after running a lifetime-best time of 10 minutes, 22.35 seconds, over four seconds faster than her previous PR and the second-fastest time in WSU women's history. Ahlbeck clocked in with a PR time of 9:04.83 for third place in his section race.

Isley Gonzalez (senior, Sunnyside, Wash.) ran an NCAA RQ and PR time in the 5,000m of 16:42.91, taking nearly a minute off her previous lifetime-best time in her eighth-place section finish. Gonzalez' time is the sixth-best in school history. Drew Polley ran a PR time in the 10,000m of 30:12.72 for fifth in the section.

Freshman Candace Missouri (Vancouver, Wash.) won the women's long jump with a wind-aided PR mark of 19-feet, 3 1/4 inches (5.87m).

In other races, La Shawnda Porter-Red just missed qualifying for the women's 100m final after running a prelim time of 12.37 seconds and the final qualifying time was 12.35. Also, Porter-Red finished third in the 200m overall standings after running a time of 24.77. In the 400m hurdles, Veronica Elseroad-Wall finished third overall with a time of 1:01.64. Bob Hewitt-Gaffney ran a season-best 800m time of 1:54.73.

McKinnon Hanson took third place in the women's high jump after clearing a season-best height of 5-7 (1.70m). In the women's pole vault, Alexa Huestis cleared 12-1 1/2 (3.70m) for fifth while Kendall Mays cleared the bar at 11-7 3/4 (3.55m) for seventh.

The Stanford Invite continues Saturday.

Cougars Have Another Day of Solid Performances at Texas Relays

AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington State senior McKenzie Garberg reached another NCAA Regional Qualifying mark Friday at the 81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas Austin campus.

Garberg threw the discus an NCAA RQ mark of 172-feet, 7 inches (52.61m) for third place. Garberg, who set the school hammer record Thursday at the Texas Relays, has thrown the discus a better NCAA RQ mark already this season.

The men's 4x100m relay of Jeshua Anderson, Reny Follett, Barry Leavitt, and Justin Woods ran a prelim time of 3 minutes, 12.36 seconds to qualify for the Saturday final.

In the men's 110m hurdles, Robert Williams ran a season-best 14.33w seconds and Anderson ran a time of 14.37w, but neither qualified for the final.

Princess Joy Griffey ran a 100m dash prelim time of 11.93 but did not qualify for the final.

Competition continues at the Texas Relays Saturday.

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