Mays, Williams and MacArthur Improve NCAA PQs at Vandal Collegiate Meet

Feb. 21, 2009

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MOSCOW, Idaho -- A trio of Washington State track and field competitors improved their NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks and several Cougars reached lifetime-best marks Saturday at the Vandal Collegiate Indoor Track Meet at the Kibbie Dome on the University of Idaho campus.

Reaching improved NCAA marks and winning their events were Kendall Mays in the women's pole vault, Phil MacArthur in the men's weight throw, and Robert Williams in the men's 60m hurdles.

Mays, a junior from Spokane, won the pole vault after clearing a lifetime-best height of 13-feet, 3 1/2 inches (4.05m), which is the second-best vault in WSU women's history. Mays also had a credible attempt at the next height of 13-9 1/4 (4.20m). Sophomore Alexa Huestis (Chehalis, Wash.) equaled her PR by clearing 12-9 1/2 (3.90m) for third place.

'This was a great meet for Kendall,' WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'She cleared 13-3 1/2 on her first attempt and then went on the 13-9 1/4 and was very, very close to clearing. She was up and over but just didn't have enough height and barely knocked the bar off. It was a very good attempt and her second attempt was good as well. She has moved to that level now and could get an automatic qualifying mark in Seattle next weekend.'

MacArthur, a senior from Ione, Wash., won the 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 65-feet, 11 inches (20.09m), an improvement of nearly two feet from his throw two weeks ago. MacArthur's mark is fifth-best in WSU all-time records.

'Phil has been consistent in throwing very well the past few weeks and we're excited to see him throw at the Mountain Pacific meet with some good competition and throw a mark that will get him to the NCAA Indoor meet,' Sloan said. 'I think 67-feet can get him in and he's nearly there now.'

Williams, a senior from Riverside, Calif., won the 60m hurdles by edging out Idaho's Paul Dittmer at the finish line, both in a time of 7.84 seconds. Williams' PR time of 7.84 is tied for seventh-best in WSU men's history.

'Robert ran under eight seconds in both races and in the final race he looked really strong,' Sloan said.

Princess Joy Griffey (junior, Federal Way, Wash.) was a double-winner Saturday capturing the women's 60m (7.59) and 200m (PR 24.33) dashes.

Cougar women who won events at the meet include Lorraine King (400m, 55.30), Ashlee Wall (3k, 10:40.91), and Kjirsten Jensen (weight throw, 54-0 1/2). WSU men taking titles include André Jennings (60m, PR 6.98), Luke Lemenager (800m, PR 1:51.34), Devin Timpson (triple jump, PR 44-6 3/4), and Matt Lamb (discus, 173-4).

WSU women reaching PRs include Caroline Hedel (60m hurdles, 9.01), Morgan Clem (200m, 25.66), Brianne Brown (400m, 57.81), Stephanie Sipes (mile, 5:20.02), Maria Creech (high jump, 5-6), Loreah Winlow (pole vault, 11-3 3/4), Jade Langston (long jump, 17-4), Jennifer Hamilton (shot put, 41-8), Ashley Kenney (shot put, 38-7 3/4 and discus, 137-1), and Angela Jensen (shot put, 32-4 1/4).

Washington State men tallying PR marks include Reny Follett (400m, 48.10), Trevor Habberstad (400m, 49.25), J Hopkins (400m, 49.33), Ian Smith (800m, 1:54.61), Beau Carrillo (pole vault, 15-7), Jake Baertlein (pole vault, 15-7), Joe Bartlett (shot put, 50-2 1/2 and discus, 151-2), and Steven Ayers (shot put, 47-8 1/2).

In comments about other performances Sloan said:'The men's pole vaulters are showing potential. They are not jumping real high yet, I think Beau Carrillo cleared over 16-feet in warm ups, and he and Jake Baertlein cleared 15-7 so we are moving in the right direction.

'Reny Follett ran an indoor lifetime best in the 400m. I think he probably didn't get out well enough or he would have run under 48-seconds. A great run by Luke Lemenager in the 800m.

'Princess Joy Griffey looked very good in both the prelim and final of the 60m dash and then came back with a lifetime-best in the 200m. She looks ready to get out and race well next week.

'Lorraine King looked exceptionally good, running 55.30 and running basically by herself. I hope she gets in a fast race next week where people go out and she races them from the start, and I think she will run really well.

'We have Candace Missouri back triple jumping and she was just under her lifetime-best so she should be competing well next weekend.'

The Cougars will compete at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track & Field Championships Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28, at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the University of Washington campus.

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