Track & Field Hosts Ninth Annual Cougar Outdoor Invitational

April 23, 2008

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COUGARS HOME-SWEET-HOME FOR PAIR OF MEETS: The Washington State University track and field teams will be home for the next two weekends, hosting a pair of meets...the Ninth Annual Cougar Outdoor Invitational is set for April 26...teams and individuals from the Inland Northwest will compete at Mooberry Track with field events beginning at 10 a.m. and running events beginning at 1:15 p.m....the following weekend will be the Washington State vs. Washington Dual Meet: the 97th edition for the men's teams and the 33rd meeting for the women's teams...results from both meets will be posted at following the last scheduled event.

WAZZU TRACK & FIELD TEAMS NATIONALLY RANKED: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) top 25 team polls are posted every Wednesday at the April 23 USTFCCCA poll, the Cougar men's team moved down to No. 22 in the rankings but the WSU women's team dropped out of the top 25 to 34th...LSU men and LSU women are the top-ranked teams nationally...Track & Field News produces a formchart for NCAA Div. I Men's and Women's teams and a top 10 for each of April 22, the Washington State men's team is ranked tied for 22nd while the WSU women's team is listed as tied for 25th...individuals receiving top 10 recognition: Ebba Jungmark (1st, women's high jump), McKenzie Garberg (10th, women's discus), Jeshua Anderson (2nd, men's 400m hurdles), Matt Lamb (5th, men's discus), and Rickey Moody (9th, men's decathlon).

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.

TSCHIDA NAMED PAC-10 WOMEN'S FIELD ATHLETE OF WEEK: Marissa Tschida (freshman, Missoula, Mont.) was named the Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week for April 14-20...she threw the javelin an improved NCAA Regional Qualifying, freshman school record and lifetime-best of 161-8 (49.28m) to win her section at the Mt. SAC Relays, Friday, April 18...Tschida (pronounced chee-dah), the 2007 prep girls' national leader in the javelin, has PRd in three meets this season and broken the WSU freshman school record twice.

Jeshua Anderson LIGHTING IT UP ON THE TRACK: Freshman Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) has had a big impact on the men's track team and the WSU record book this season with performances to date:• Ran 400m hurdles time of 49.68 to win Texas collegiate time nationally, second-best in the US, and 10th-best in the world...broke freshman school record (Mark Macdonald, 1989, 51.20)...fourth-best time in WSU records...named Pac-10 Men's Track Athlete of the Week for March 31-April 6• Lowered 400m hurdles time to 49.66 at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee Meet at UCLA• Ran anchor on 4x400m relay team (Barry Leavitt, Justin Woods, Reny Follett, Anderson) NCAA RQ time of 3:09.85 at Texas Relays...ran anchor leg time of 46.3 seconds• Won 400m dash at Mt. SAC Relays in NCAA RQ and PR time of 46.54...sixth-best time in WSU history...last time a Cougar man ran into the WSU top 10 list for the 400m dash was Michael Joubert, fourth-best time of 45.89 in 1990• Ran 110m hurdles PR time of 14.16 at Mt. SAC Relays

LEONARD GRABS STEEPLECHASE RECORD: Senior Meghan Leonard (Newberg, Ore.) claimed the WSU steeplechase school record at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/18) with an improved NCAA RQ time of 10:16.36...Leonard replaced 2007 record-holder Sara Trané (junior, Sweden)...Trané, defending Pac-10 champion who is coming off several months of limited competition because of injury, ran an NCAA RQ and PR time of 10:16.75...Collier Lawrence (senior, Reno, Nev.) and Amanda Andrews (freshman, Gig Harbor, Wash.) also have NCAA RA marks this year...Leonard, Trané and Lawrence now rank first-to-third, respectively, on the WSU top 10 all-time list and Andrews' time is sixth.

GARBERG GRABS HAMMER RECORD: McKenzie Garberg (senior, Benton City, Wash.) broke the WSU women's hammer record with an improved NCAA RQ toss of 196-3 (59.83m) at the Texas Relays...Garberg broke All-American Andrea Thornton's school hammer record of 195-0 (59.44), set in 2001...opened the outdoor season at Trojan Invite meet by throwing a trio of NCAA RQs - hammer (58.68m/192-6), discus (52.24m/171-5), and shot put (14.55m/47-9) Sac State Nike Invite, improved NCAA RQ mark in the discus with a winning throw and PR of 174-3 (53.11m)...this mark is fourth-best in school all-time records...Garberg was a 2007 All-American in the discus.

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

COUGARS' OUTDOOR NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: (National standings/West Region standings)

Women:	800m	Anna Layman	2:08.27 (39th / 7th)	1500m	Lisa Egami	4:27.45 (67th / 15th)	5000m	Isley Gonzalez	16:42.91 (41st / 14th)	400m Hurdles	Lorraine King	58.39 (8th / 1st)		Veronica Elseroad-Wall	1:00.73 (51st / 10th)	Steeplechase	Meghan Leonard	10:16.36 (9th / 4th)		Sara Trané	10:16.75 (10th / 5th)		Collier Lawrence	10:25.27 (18th / 7th)		Amanda Andrews	10:49.08 (74th / 24th)	Shot Put	Jessica Zita	14.56m / 47-9 1/4 (t65th / 14th)		McKenzie Garberg	14.55m / 47-9 (t68th / 15th)	Discus	McKenzie Garberg	53.11m / 174-3 (13th / 4th)	Hammer	McKenzie Garberg	59.83m / 196-3 (18th / 6th)	Javelin	Marissa Tschida	49.28m / 161-8 (20th / 7th)		Jasmine McCormack	43.58m / 143-0 (82nd / 22nd)

Men: 400m Dash Jeshua Anderson 46.54 (27th / 6th) 110m Hurdles Robert Williams 14.02w (t35th / t8th) Jeshua Anderson 14.16 (52nd / 13th) 400m Hurdles Jeshua Anderson 49.66 (2nd / 1st) Barry Leavitt 50.83 (13th / 3rd) Steeplechase Alex Grant 8:59.28 (28th / 8th) Sam Ahlbeck 9:04.83 (49th / 16th) 4x100m Relay Jennings, Anderson, Woods, Murray 40.61 (32nd / 5th) 4x400m Relay Leavitt, Woods, Follett, Anderson 3:09.85 (33rd / 4th) High Jump Trent Arrivey 2.15m / 7-0 1/2 (t8th / 4th) Long Jump Rickey Moody 7.54m / 24-9 (35th / 7th) Triple Jump Moreno Zapata 15.39m / 50-6w (37th / 7th) Hammer Phil MacArthur 60.65m / 199-0 (44th / 14th) Javelin Jon Jeffreys 70.75m / 232-1 (9th / 3rd) Nathan Bache 62.87m / 206-3 (50th / 12th) Decathlon Rickey Moody 7,787 points Automatic Qualifier (6th / 2nd)

COUGAR CAPTAINS CORNER: Seniors Jon Jeffreys (javelin, Spokane Valley) and Sarah Burns (triple jump, Tacoma) present weekly blogs on the official WSU track and field website, on the Captains' Corner box to read their blogs.

AIR ARRIVEY SOARS TO SEVEN-FEET (again): After clearing a PR height in the high jump of 7-1 1/2 (2.17m) during the 2008 indoor season, sophomore Trent Arrivey (Woodinville, Wash.) soared to an NCAA RQ height of 7-0 1/2 (2.15m) at the Stanford Invite (4/5)...Arrivey became the 28th Cougar man to clear seven-feet and has cleared 7-0 three times this year in competition...won the Mt. SAC Relays event with a 2.15m clearance...participated at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships but did not clear a bar.

SPEARING BIG NUMBERS: Jon Jeffreys (senior, Spokane Valley, Wash.) threw a javelin PR of 232-1 (70.75m) at the Mt. SAC Relays...he had already PRd this season at the Texas Relays with a 229-10 (70.05m) toss...Nathan Bach (sophomore, Missoula, Mont.) tossed an NCAA RQ and PR distance of 206-3 (62.87m) at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet.

MOODY MOVES TO AUTOMATIC QUALIFIER: Rickey Moody (senior, Puyallup, Wash.) finished the Texas Relays decathlon with a PR and NCAA Automatic Qualifying total of 7,787 points, fourth place overall, third place among collegians...reached outdoor PRs in 7 of 10 events in addition to PRs in first day (4,156 points) and final point totals...during the competition, leaped an NCAA RQ long jump distance of 24-9 (7.54m)...his 7,787 points is the second-best decathlon mark in WSU history, behind Simon Shirley's 1988 total of 8,036 points for 15th place at the Seoul Olympics...this is the first NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark for Moody who participated in the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump (22nd).

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...Pac-10 Combined Events Championships are May 9-10, and the rest of the events follow May 16-17, at Arizona State's Sun Angel Stadium/Joe Selleh Track.

LEVITATING LEAVITT: Junior Barry Leavitt (Benton City, Wash.) won the men's 400m hurdles at the UCLA Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet 4/11 with an improved NCAA RQ and PR time of 50.83 seconds...this time is the eighth-fastest time in WSU men's intermediate hurdles records...he also scored a win in the Olympic Dev. Race at the Mt. SAC Relays (51.90)...Leavitt's freshman year was 2003-04 and at the Pac-10 Championships he finished 6th in the 400m hurdles and 7th in 110m hurdles...after a two-year church mission in French Polynesia, he returned to campus in 2007 and resumed training, finishing 7th in the conference 400m hurdles.

LUCKY MEETS GOOD: Robert Williams (junior, Riverside, Calif.) was knocked out of the men's 110m hurdles Olympic Development race at the Mt. SAC Relays 4/20. when officials told him to come back and run in the Invitational race...he complied and ran a season-best and improved NCAA RQ time of 14.02w for fifth place.

HURDLING INTO COUGAR WOMEN'S RECORDS: Lorraine King (junior, Fontana, Calif.) took third place in the 400m hurdles final at the Texas Relays with an improved NCAA RQ and lifetime-best time of 58.39...third-fastest women's intermediate hurdles time in school history and an improvement of 2 seconds for King...she ran a prelim time of 1:00.09 and her previous PR was 1:00.28.

RUN FAST OR ELSE: Veronica Elseroad-Wall, a freshman from Casper, Wyo., won the women's 400m hurdles at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet 4/11 with an NCAA RQ time of 1:00.73...this mark is the seventh-fastest time in Cougar women's history.

STEEPLECHASE NO BARRIER(S) FOR COUGARS: Three Cougs reached NCAA RQ marks in the 3000m steeplechase at the Stanford Invite...Sam Ahlbeck (redshirt sophomore, Renton, Wash.) ran a PR time of 9:04.83.

FLIRTING WITH THE 200 MARK: Junior Phil MacArthur (Selkirk, Wash.) threw the hammer a PR distance of 199-feet (60.65m) at the Texas Relays...MacArthur improved his NCAA RQ with the toss and can move into the distinguished Cougar top ten list with another eight feet added to the throw.

LONG & MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNERS MAKING NOISE: Anna Layman (redshirt freshman, Spokane Valley, Wash.) improved her NCAA RQ 800m mark with a time of 2:08.27 at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet - that time is the seventh-best school history...Lisa Egami (sophomore, Coquitlam, B.C.) and Isley Gonzalez (senior, Sunnyside, Wash.) reached NCAA RQs with their PR times at the Stanford Invite...Egami finished second in the 1500m with a time of 4:27.45, 10th-fastest in school history...Gonzalez ran a 5k time of 16:42.91, a PR by over a minute and the sixth-fastest time in school the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet 4/11, Gonzalez won the women's 1500m with a PR time of 4:34.02 with Haley Paul finished third in a time of 4:34.98...MEN SLICE TIMES: A trio of Cougar dropped significant seconds off their PR times in the 5k...Dominic Smargiassi (14:19.39), Chris Williams (14:23.97) and Dan Geib (14:24.27) all ran bests at the Stanford Invite.

MORE, MORE, MORE MORENO: Junior Moreno Zapata (Lakewood, Wash.) improved his NCAA RQ with a wind-aided triple jump of 50-6 (15.39m) at the Pelluer the same meet he leaped a non-wind aided 50-5 1/4 (15.37m)...Zapata won the men's triple jump at the Stanford Invite with a NCAA RQ leap of 49-5 3/4 (15.08m).

WSU SCHOOL OUTDOOR RECORDS SET IN 2008:Women:3000m Steeplechase Meghan Leonard 10:16.36 (4/18) School RecordJavelin Marissa Tschida 49.28m / 161-8 (4/18) Freshman School RecordHammer McKenzie Garberg 59.83m / 196-3 (4/4) School Record

M-I-A: Two-time All-American discus thrower Matt Lamb (junior, Emmett, Idaho) is coming back from a bout of back spasms suffered last summer at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento...Lamb recently resumed practicing throwing the discus but will be evaluated for competition on a weekly basis.

JUNGMARK WINS NCAA INDOOR HIGH JUMP TITLE: WSU freshman Ebba Jungmark won the women's high jump at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships...the Onsala, Sweden, native's winning height was 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...Jungmark is not expected to compete until later in the outdoor season.

MPSF ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS ANNOUNCED: The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation announced the 2008 Indoor Track & Field All-Academic selections April 21:

Evan Blanshan, junior, 3.77 gpaSarah Burns, senior, 3.06 gpaKaren DeMartini, senior, 3.68 gpaLisa Egami, sophomore, 3.44 gpaSelena Galaviz, senior, 3.70 gpaDan Geib, sophomore, 3.34 gpaIsley Gonzalez, junior, 3.18 gpaAlex Grant, senior, 3.50 gpaMcKinnon Hanson, senior, 3.99 gpaBob Hewitt-Gaffney, sophomore, 3.18 gpaLorraine King, junior, 3.14 gpaBarry Leavitt, junior, 3.34 gpaMeghan Leonard, senior, 3.30 gpaKendall Mays, sophomore, 3.59 gpaHaley Paul, senior, 3.96 gpaDrew Polley, junior, 3.76 gpaChelsea VanDeBrake, sophomore, 3.96 gpaChris Williams, senior, 3.17 gpaJustin Woods, junior, 3.06 gpaJessica Zita, senior, 3.77 gpa


WSU Women100m - Candace Missouri200m - Princess Joy Griffey, La Shawnda Porter-Red400m - Selena Galaviz, Lorraine King, Anna Layman800m - Isley Gonzalez, Haley Paul1500m - Amanda Andrews, Stephanie Sipes, Chelsea VanDeBrake100m Hurdles - Caroline Hedel400m Hurdles - Veronica Elseroad-Wall4x100m Relay - Griffey, Jensen, Missouri, Porter-Red4x400m Relay - Elseroad-Wall, Griffey, Hedel, King, Layman, Porter-RedHigh Jump - McKinnon HansonPole Vault - Jessica Fuller, Alexa Huestis, Kendall Mays, Chelsea Nicholas, Hilary Moore (unat)Long Jump - Candace Missouri, Catie SchuetzleTriple Jump - Amy Quinones, Catie SchuetzleShot Put - Jesssica ZitaDiscus - McKenzie GarbergHammer - McKenzie GarbergJavelin - Jasmine McCormack, Marissa Tschida

WSU Men100m - Sadiki James200m - Sadiki James400m - Reny Follett800m - Jeshua Anderson, Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, Luke Lemenager1500m - Sam Ahlbeck, Evan Blanshan, Drew Polley3000m - David Hickerson (unat)400m Hurdles - Trevor Habberstad, Barry Leavitt3000m Steeplechase - Chris Concha, Sean Coyle (unat)4x400m Relay - Follett, Leavitt, Schauble, TimpsonHigh Jump - Trent Arrivey, Ryan DeesePole Vault - D.J. Brown, Trevor Sodorff (unat)Long Jump - Devin TimpsonTriple Jump - Devin TimpsonHammer - Phil MacArthurJavelin - Nathan, Bache, Jon Jeffreys, Mark Presby

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