WSU Track & Field Has Exceptional Day of Qualifying at Texas Relays

April 5, 2008


Cougars Have Exceptional Day of Qualifying at Texas Relays

AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington State University had track and field competitors in five events and all reached NCAA Regional Qualifying marks Saturday at the 81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas Austin campus.

'Overall today was an outstanding day for the Cougs,' WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'The Cougars were very evident in the Texas Relays, from Rickey Moody's performance in the decathlon and McKenzie Garberg's hammer and discus throws through all the great performances today.'

Lorraine King led off the day with her improved NCAA Regional Qualifying and lifetime-best 400m hurdles time of 58.39 seconds for third place in the women's final. The junior from Fontana, Calif., ran the third-fastest women's intermediate hurdles time in school history.

Jeshua Anderson won the men's 400m hurdles University section with a PR and improved NCAA RQ time of 49.68 seconds. His intermediate hurdles time is fourth-fastest in school history and broke the WSU freshman school record set by Anderson's WSU coach Mark Macdonald, with a time of 51.20 set in 1989.

'Jeshua really did a great job and ran a very intelligent race under the conditions and really looked terrific,' Sloan said.

Jon Jeffreys tossed a lifetime-best and improved NCAA Regional Qualifying mark in the javelin of 229-feet, 10 inches (70.05m) for third place. Jeffreys, a senior and men's team captain from Spokane Valley, Wash., opened the competition with his PR mark, the eighth-best javelin throw in school history.

'Jon had an excellent series with four throws between 218 and 220-feet,' Sloan said.

Marissa Tschida (Missoula, Mont.) broke her own freshman school record in the javelin with an improved NCAA RQ mark of 159-feet, 3 inches (48.55m) for fifth place. Tschida opened the outdoor season with a toss of 158-2 (48.34m) in Los Angeles to break the WSU freshman women's javelin record.

The men's 4x400m relay team of Barry Leavitt, Justin Woods, Reny Follett and Anderson reached an NCAA RQ time of 3:09.85 Saturday with their fifth-place finish. Anderson ran an anchor leg time of 46.3 seconds.

WSU Gains Four More NCAA Qualifying Marks at Stanford Invite

STANFORD, Calif. -- Four more Washington State track and field competitors reached NCAA Regional Qualifying times Saturday at the 34th Annual Stanford Invitational Track & Field Meet at Cobb Track and Angel Field.

Moreno Zapata won the men's triple jump with a NCAA Regional Qualifying leap of 49-feet, 5 3/4 inches (15.08m). Zapata, a junior from Lakewood, Wash., reached the winning triple jump on his sixth and final attempt, after fouling the previous three attempts. He edged out runner-up Neelon Greenwood (Sacramento City College) by 3/4 inch.

Collier Lawrence (senior, Reno, Nev.) won the women's 3000m steeplechase second section with an NCAA RQ and PR time of 10:25.27. Teammate Meghan Leonard reached an NCAA RQ time in the steeplechase Friday night.

Lisa Egami (sophomore, Coquitlam, British Columbia) reached an NCAA RQ and lifetime-best 1500m time of 4-minutes, 27.45 seconds, for second place. Egami's time is the 10th-best in WSU women's history. Also in the 1500m, Karen DeMartini ran a PR time of 4:30.71 for 11th place.

Trent Arrivey finished second in the men's high jump after clearing an NCAA RQ with the bar at 7-0 1/2 (2.15m). The sophomore from Woodinville, Wash., passed on the first two heights and then cleared bars at 6-8 3/4 and 6-10 3/4 on his third attempts. He cleared the 7-0 3/4 bar on the first attempt but then missed on all three tries with the bar at 7-2 1/2 (2.20m). WSU teammates Ryan Deese finished fifth with a season-best 6-8 3/4 while Kyle Eaton was 11th after clearing 6-6 3/4.

In the men's 5000m races, Dominic Smargiassi finished third in his section with a PR time of 14:19.39, chopping more than a minute off his previous lifetime-best time. In the last section of the 5k, Chris Williams ran a time of 14:23.97 and Dan Geib ran a time of 14:24.27, both taking more than 20-seconds off their previous PR times.

Next weekend the Cougars track and field teams will compete at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

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