Meet Records Fall, NCAA Marks Reached at Cougar Indoor Track Meet

Jan. 31, 2009

Complete Results

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Five meet records fell and 11 NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks were achieved at the Cougar Indoor Track & Field Invitational team scoring meet held at WSU's Indoor Practice Facility Friday and Saturday.

WSU's Robert Williams (senior, Riverside, Calif.) won the men's 60m hurdles in an NCAA PQ and personal-best time of 7.88 seconds after breaking the meet record and blowing his one-week old PR out of the books with a 7.85 time in the prelims. Cougar sophomore Jeshua Anderson finished second in the high hurdles final with a time of 8.00, which equals his PR. The previous 60m hurdles meet record was 7.89, set by Justin Wickard, Utah State, in 2005.

Trent Arrivey, a WSU junior, (Woodinville, Wash.) finished second the men's high jump with an indoor PR and improved NCAA PQ mark of 7-2 1/2 (2.20m) as Utah State's Clint Silcock won the event at the same height on fewer misses. Both men tied the meet record set by Cal's Teak Wilburn in 2004.

The Utah State men's 4x400m relay of Zack Hevner, Brandon Waller, James Allred and Nick Karren, won in a meet record and NCAA PQ time of 3:16.34, erasing the 2004 time of 3:17.09, run by California. Karren also broke his 2008 meet record with his 400m dash winning time of 48.56.

Utah State's John Strang won the men's heptathlon with an NCAA PQ mark of 5,443 points and added an NCAA PQ in the heptathlon high jump, clearing 7-0 1/4 (2.14m). In the heptathlon, WSU freshman Sean Harris (Kent, Wash.) was in third place after the first day of the heptathlon. Saturday, Harris ran the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.89, pole vaulted 12-1 1/2 (3.70m), but did not run the 1000m so did not complete event.

The women's pole vault was an action-packed event with Utah State's Sonia Grabowska winning during a three-woman jump off after clearing the NCAA PQ height of 13-3 1/2 (4.05m). WSU's Kendall Mays (junior, Spokane) finished second with an NCAA PQ and PR height of 12-11 1/2 (3.95m). Idaho's K.C. Dahlgren took third place after also clearing 12-11 1/2. Cougar sophomore Alexa Huestis (Chehalis) finished fourth with a PR of 12-5 1/2 (3.80m).

Idaho's Mykael Bothum won the women's shot put with an NCAA PQ throw of 49-11 3/4 (15.23m). Vandal Allix Lee-Painter won the women's 3000m in a meet record time of 9:51.25, and former Cougar standout, Collier Lawrence, running unattached, also broke the meet record with her second-place time of 9:58.73. The previous women's 3k record of 10:01.60 was set in 2007 by Utah State's Stacie Lifferth.

Matthew Wauters, Idaho, won the men's weight throw Friday night with an NCAA PQ throw of 65-11 3/4 (20.11m).

Cougar women tallying wins Saturday included Princess Joy Griffey (junior, Federal Way) in the 60m dash (7.64), and senior Lorraine King (Fontana, Calif.) in the 400m dash in a time of 56.79.

Washington State men who grabbed victories include Marlon Murray (sophomore, Des Moines, Wash.) in the 60m dash (6.84), Luke Lemenager (junior, Maple Valley, Wash.) in the 800m (1:53.80), Joe Abbott (freshman, Reno, Nev.) in the mile (4:18.42), Moreno Zapata (senior, Lakewood, Wash.) in the triple jump (48-7 1/2 /14.82m), and Matt Lamb (redshirt junior, Emmett, Idaho) in the shot put (54-2 1/2 /16.52m).

'I feel quite good about our performances today,' Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan. 'I thought Trent Arrivey's high jump was very exciting. He looks good and is jumping well right now. That mark of 7-2 1/2 I am pretty sure will get him into the NCAA Indoor Championships. I was happy to see Kendall Mays reach an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the pole vault and a lifetime best as did Alexa Huestis. Freshman Mietra Smollack looked good in the 800m, running 2:13.86, while still getting conditioned. Robert Williams and Jeshua Anderson looked good in the high hurdles. Jeshua has not been working on the hurdles but running 600s which is training for an 800m runner, and he hurdled well. Rob had two great races (prelims and final) and looked very, very good doing it; he was very aggressive and strong through the races.

'Marlon Murray has a good meet running 48.9 leg on the 4x400m relay, and ran a 6.84 in the 60m dash even though he was left sitting the blocks. Princess Joy Griffey had good times in the 60m and the relay. She's been held up a little with back and hamstring issues but should move forward now.

'Our women milers did a good job with Amanda Andrews getting a lifetime best and Marisa Sandoval. It was good to see Isley Gonzalez out running and running well. She does not have eligibility left in the indoor season but that bodes well for the outdoor season.

'A good job by Matt Lamb winning the shot put which is not his primary event. Phil MacArthur and Kjirsten Jensen threw well in the weight throws Friday.

'We are still moving some people around in different events so some of our top people did not compete in this meet. As we compete in Idaho next week and in Seattle the week after, we will get a little more competition, especially in Seattle, and will look for good performances.'

Next weekend the Cougars will compete in Moscow, Idaho, at the Vandal Indoor and the Running Soul Open in the Kibbie Dome.

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