WSU Hurdlers Rule the Day at Johnson/Joyner-Kersee Invite

April 11, 2008


LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Washington State University had five hurdles runners reach NCAA Regional Qualifying times during the second day of the three-day Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invite Friday at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

Freshman Veronica Elseroad-Wall (Casper, Wyo.) won the women's 400m hurdles with an NCAA RQ and personal-record time of 1 minute, .73 seconds, seventh-fastest in Cougar women's history. Also ascending to the winner's podium was junior Barry Leavitt (Benton City, Wash.) who won the men's intermediate hurdles race with an improved NCAA RQ and PR time of 50.83, the eighth-best time in school history.

Robert Williams and Jeshua Anderson both ran an NCAA Regional Qualifying times in the 110m hurdles open race. Williams (junior, Riverside, Calif.) ran a season-best 14.17 seconds for third place, and Anderson (freshman, Woodland Hills, Calif.) ran a PR time of 14.24 seconds. Williams also ran a season-best time of 53.72 for 10th in the 400m hurdles race.

Freshman Amanda Andrews (Gig Harbor, Wash.) finished second in the women's 3000m steeplechase with an NCAA RQ and PR time of 10:49.08, the sixth-best time in school history.

Isley Gonzalez (senior, Sunnyside, Wash.) won the women's open 1500m race in a PR time of 4:34.02 with Haley Paul (senior, Phoenix, Ariz.) finishing third in a time of 4:34.98.

Nathan Bache (sophomore, Thompson Falls, Mont.) threw the javelin a PR and improved NCAA RQ distance of 206-3 (62.87m) for third place.

Other contributing notable marks included Karen DeMartini (senior, Reno, Nev.) who ran an 800m PR time of 2:14.10 for fifth place, and Rickey Moody who had a PR in the shot put with a toss of 48-1 3/4 (14.67m)

WSU's Kyle Schauble (sophomore, Kennewick, Wash.) won the decathlon after posting a personal-best total of 6,785 points. Freshman Trevor Habberstad (Santa Clarita, Calif.) did not reach a pole vault height but accumulated 5,345 points.

Schauble's second day of the decathlon started with a 15.15 seconds time in the 110m hurdles, threw the discus 102-5 (31.22m), reached a PR height in the pole vault of 13-9 1/4 (4.20m), tossed a PR in the javelin of 168-10 (51.46m), and ran the 1500m in a PR time of 4:34.73. Habberstad ran the high hurdles in a time of 17.35, threw the discus 94-3 (28.72m), did not clear a bar in the pole vault, had a javelin throw of 126-1 (38.44m), ran a 1500m time of 4:45.39.

In the heptathlon, WSU freshman Jalissa Williams (Pasadena, Calif.) finished in fourth place with a PR of 4,538 points while freshman Angela Jensen (Tacoma, Wash.) finished in sixth place with a PR 4,498 points. Heather Biglow, unattached, won the heptathlon with a total of 5,379 points.

The second day of the heptathlon started with the long jump where Williams leaped 17-1 1/2 (5.22m) and Jensen reached a distance of 15-5 1/2 (4.71m). Both Cougar women reached PR marks in the javelin with Williams throwing 111-0 (33.83m) and Jensen threw 108-0 (32.92m). Williams ran an 800m time of 2:31.38 while Jensen crossed the finish line in a time of 2:36.91.

The action continues Saturday at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at UCLA's Drake Stadium.


WSU Competitors Win Seven Events at Pelluer Invite

CHENEY, Wash. -- Six Washington State University competitors won seven events Friday at the 37th Annual Pelluer Invitation at Eastern Washington's Woodward Field.

Catie Schuetzle (junior, Spokane, Wash.) won both the long jump and triple jump Friday. Schuetzle's long jump mark was 19-feet, 2 inches (5.84m) and she triple jumped 40-feet (12.19m).

Freshman Candace Missouri (Vancouver, Wash.) won the 100m dash in a time of 12.62 seconds.

Luke Lemenager (sophomore, Maple Valley, Wash.) won the men's 800m with a season-best time of 1:54.79.

Sean Coyle (freshman redshirt, Spokane Valley, Wash.), running unattached, won the men's 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:32.92.

Trent Arrivey (sophomore, Woodinville, Wash.) won the men's high jump with a height of 6-feet, 9 inches (2.06m). McKinnon Hanson (senior, LaPush, Wash.) won the women's high jump by equaling her season-best height of 5-7 (1.70m).

Moreno Zapata (junior, Lakewood, Wash.) improved his NCAA Regional Qualifying mark with a wind-aided triple jump of 50-feet, 6 inches (15.39m) for second place.

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