Cougar Invitational Track Meet Produces Records and Improved Marks

April 26, 2008


PULLMAN, Wash. -- Track and field competitors from Washington State University won 17 of the 37 events contested at the Ninth Annual Cougar Invitational Track & Field Meet held at Mooberry Track Saturday in Pullman.

The men's throws were the spectacular opening and closing acts of the meet. In the first event of the day, WSU senior Jon Jeffreys (Spokane Valley, Wash.) won the javelin with a lifetime-best and improved NCAA Regional Qualifying throw of 237-feet, 2 inches (72.30m). Ryan Weidman of the BigFoot Track Club was second with a toss of 231-10 (70.66m), Cougar Nathan Bache finished third with an improved NCAA RQ and PR toss of 212-6 (64.77m), and Idaho's Kyle Hook tossed an NCAA RQ mark of 205-5 (62.61m).

The men's hammer throw closed the meet with Idaho's Marcus Mattox leading five Vandals and a Cougar to NCAA RQ marks. Mattox won with a toss of 208-2 (63.45m), James Rogan was second (203-2/61.93m), Matthew Wauters third (203-1/61.89m), Russ Winger fourth (202-3/61.65m), WSU's Phil MacArthur fifth (197-5/60.17m), and Idaho redshirt Evan Ruud sixth (18902/57.65m).

Double winners for the Cougars included McKenzie Garberg with NCAA RQ marks in the women's discus (171-9/52.35m) and hammer (195-8/59.63m), and Sadiki James running a season-best in the men's 100m (10.86) and a lifetime-best time of 22.20 seconds in the 200m.

Five meet records fell Saturday in the 60-degree temperature with events contested under sunny skies. The WSU women's 4x400m relay team of Lorraine King, Anna Layman, La Shawnda Porter-Red, and Veronica Elseroad-Wall ran a time of 3:47.50 besting the Idaho relay squad of 2000. Mykael Bothum, Idaho, won the women's shot put with a toss of 51-5 3/4 (15.69m) and WSU's Jessica Zita placed second with an improved NCAA RQ mark of 49-1 (14.96m), the fifth-best mark in school records. Both women broke Georgette Reed's 2003 mark of 48-11 1/2 (14.92m). Spokane CC's Lynnea Braun won the javelin with a toss of 161-7 (49.26m), breaking Brooke Pighin's 2007 record of 151-3 (46.11m). Diana Pickler, former Cougar All-American now competing for Asics, won the high jump by clearing 5-10 3/4 (1.80m), breaking Idaho's Tassie Souhrada's 2005 record of 5-10 (1.78m).

Idaho's Russ Winger tossed another Vandal out of the meet records as Winger won the shot put with an NCAA RQ mark of 65-11 (20.09m) and removed Joachim Olsen's 2001 mark of 63-11 3/4 (19.50m). Winger also won the men's discus with an NCAA RQ mark of 190-0 (57.92m), followed by former Cougar Drew Ulrick's throw of 187-11 (57.29m)

Improved NCAA Regional Qualifying marks for the Cougars included Zita in the shot put, Jasmine McCormack in the javelin (143-3/43-68m), Jeffreys and Bache in the men's javelin.

Other Cougar winners Saturday included: Princess Joy Griffey (200m, 24.18), Lorraine King (400m, 55.48), Karen DeMartini (800m, 2:13.36), Amanda Andrews (1500m, 4:42.87), Veronica Elseroad-Wall (400m hurdles, 1:01.33), Kendall Mays (pole vault, 11-7 3/4), Candace Missouri (long jump, 18-9 1/4), Catie Schuetzle (triple jump, 39-3 3/4), Jeshua Anderson (110m hurdles, 14.19), and Barry Leavitt (400m hurdles, 52.12). Sean Coyle, Cougar redshirt, won the men's 3000m steeplechase in a PR time of 9:15.54.

'I'm very happy with the efforts of the Cougars to come home and compete right before finals week but still improve or maintain their marks in many events,' Washington State Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'Next weekend begins our championship season and we are looking forward to a first class meet against the Huskies here in Pullman.'

Saturday, May 3, will be the Washington State versus Washington Dual Meet at Mooberry Track. Events begin at 11 a.m. and admission is free of charge.