Cougars Well-Represented at USA Track & Field Olympic Trials

June 25, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State will have 14 current or former athletes competing at the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials beginning Friday, June 27, in Eugene, Ore., with another four athletes provisionally qualified. All will be vying for one of the three top spots in each event that will advance to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Aug. 8-24.

Leading the way for Cougars who were members of the 2008 track and field teams is freshman Jeshua Anderson, the NCAA and Pacific-10 Conference 400m hurdles champion as well as the USA Junior champion. Also reaching qualifying marks and set to compete are three-time All-American McKenzie Garberg in the women's hammer, and two-time All-American discus thrower Matt Lamb. Jon Jeffreys will throw in men's javelin while decathlete Rickey Moody and high jumper Trent Arrivey have declared for their events but are pending the final acceptance to compete. Barry Leavitt, men's 400m hurdler, and Anna Layman, All-America in the women's 800m, have declared but their 'B' standard marks are low-ranking and they most likely will not make the field of 24 competitors.

There are five Washington State alumni who are currently ranked in the top 10 among USA competitors in their events. Ian Waltz, a 2004 Olympian and the 2005 and 2006 US champion, is ranked first in the men's discus while Bernard Lagat, the 2007 World Champion in the 1500m and 5000m as well as two-time Olympian (1500m - 2000 won Bronze, 2004 won Silver) is ranked second in the 1500m and fourth in the 5000m. Heptathletes Diana Pickler and her twin sister Julie Pickler are ranked second and sixth, respectively. Dominique Arnold, the 1996 NCAA men's 110m hurdles champion and an American record-holder at 12.90 seconds (2006), is ranked seventh.

Below is the list of qualified and declared male athletes from WSU who will compete at the 2008 USA Olympic Trials (listed alphabetically):

Jeshua Anderson, Woodland Hills, Calif. (WSU) 400m Hurdles (10th) 48.69Dominique Arnold, Diamond Bar, Calif. (Nike) 110m Hurdles (7th) 13.17Trent Arrivey, Woodinville, Wash. (WSU) High Jump (20th) 2.22m/7-3 1/4Eric Dudley, Winston-Salem, NC (unattached) 400m Hurdles (18th) 49.48Jon Jeffreys, Spokane Valley, Wash. (WSU) Javelin (21st) 72.35m/237-4Matt Lamb, Emmett, Idaho (WSU) Discus (16th) 62.18m/204-0Bernard Lagat, Tucson, Ariz. (Nike) 1500m (2nd) 3:34.77Bernard Lagat, Tucson, Ariz. (Nike) 5000m (4th) 13:16.29Rickey Moody, Puyallup, Wash. (WSU) Decathlon (16th) 7,787 pointsIan Waltz, Chula Vista, Calif. (Nike) Discus (1st) 63.90m/209-8Arend Watkins, San Jose, Calif. (unattached) 110m Hurdles (19th) 13.40

Below is the list of qualified and declared female athletes from WSU who will compete at the 2008 USA Olympic Trials (listed alphabetically):

McKenzie Garberg, Benton City, Wash. (WSU) Hammer (18th) 64.09m/210-3Diana Pickler, Sachse, Texas (Asics) Heptathlon (2nd) 6,205 pointsJulie Pickler, Sachse, Texas (Asics) Heptathlon (6th) 5,990 pointsBlessing Ufodiama, Hawthorne, Calif. (VS Athletics Track Club) Triple Jump (23rd) 13.24m/43-5 1/4

Below is the list of provisionally qualified athletes who have not yet been accepted to compete at the 2008 USA Olympic Trials (listed alphabetically):

Anna Layman, Spokane Valley, Wash. (WSU) 800m (44th) 2:04.03tBarry Leavitt, Benton City, Wash. (WSU) 400m Hurdles (42nd) 50.44Sam Lightbody, Newport Beach, Calif. (VS Athletics Track Club) Discus (28th) 59.66m/195-9Drew Ulrick, Spokane, Wash. (Unattached) Discus (27th) 60.62m/198-11

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The Olympic Trials for track and field will be televised on several days on both NBC and the USA networks. The schedule is listed below with Pacific Time zone times:

Saturday, June 28 - 6-7 p.m. NBC, and 9-10 p.m. USASunday, June 29 - 4-5 p.m. NBCMonday, June 30 - 8-10 p.m. USAThursday, July 3 - 8-10 p.m. USAFriday, July 4 - 8-10 p.m. USASaturday, July 5 - 2-3 p.m. NBCSunday, July 6 - 4-6 p.m. NBC
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