MPSF Indoor Track Championships First Day Complete

Feb. 27, 2009


SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington State's Kendall Mays and Phil MacArthur had NCAA Provisional Qualifying performances Friday at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the University of Washington campus.

Mays, a junior from Spokane, soared to a lifetime-best and improved NCAA PQ pole vault mark of 13-feet, 5 1/4 inches (4.10m) which tied for fifth place. Mays's mark is the second-best in WSU women's pole vault history and she achieved it on her third and final try at that height. Alexa Huestis tied for 12th in the vault after clearing a height of 12-1 1/2 (3.70m) and Hiliary Moore equaled her PR by clearing 11-7 3/4 (3.55m) for 15th.

MacArthur, a senior, Ione, Wash., captured third place with his opening attempt in the men's 35-pound weight with a throw of 65-7 3/4 (20.01m). After a second toss of 63-5 (19.33m), MacArthur fouled the next four attempts. He has already thrown a better NCAA PQ mark of 65-11 (20.09m) this season.

Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) finished fourth in the men's 200m dash with a time of 21.58. Princess Joy Griffey (junior, Federal Way) finished eighth in the women's 200m dash with a time of 24.67. Morgan Clem (freshman, East Wenatchee) did not score but ran a PR time of 25.57 for 17th.

A pair of freshmen provided more scoring for the Cougars. Christian Crain (Seattle) leaped a PR long jump of 23-10 (7.26m) for seventh place in the men's event. Cassie Whitfield (Puyallup, Wash.) scored in the women's 20-pound weight throw with her toss of 52-6 (16.00m) for eighth, while Kjirsten Jensen took 10th with a throw of 50-8 1/4 (15.45m).

The Cougar men's distance medley relay squad of Luke Lemenager, Barry Leavitt, Bob Hewitt-Gaffney and Evan Blanshan scored with a seventh place finish with a time of 9:56.89.

In the women's pentathlon, Courtney Kirkwood (freshman, Othello) scored 3,278 points for ninth place while Angela Jensen (sophomore, Tacoma) tallied 2,683 points which was 11th. Kirkwood ran the 60m hurdles in 9.33, cleared the high jump bar at 4-11 3/4 (1.52m), threw the shot put a PR distance of 35-5 (10.79m), long jumped 16-8 3/4 (5.10m), and ran the 800m in a time of 2:35.65. Jensen ran the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.75, did not clear a bar in the high jump, heaved the shot put 27-4 3/4 (8.35m), long jumped a PR of 17-1 1/2 (5.22m) and ran the 800m in a PR time of 2:31.19.

In the men's heptathlon first day, Sean Harris (freshman, Kent) reached 2,740 points for seventh place and Kyle Schauble (junior, Kennewick) had 2,563 points for 10th place. Harris ran the 60m dash in a PR time of 7.46, long jumped a PR of 20-9 3/4 (6.34m), had the top shot put of the day with a PR mark of 44-4 3/4 (13.53m), and high jump 6-0 (1.83m). Schauble ran the 60m dash in a time of 7.17, had only one legal jump in the long jump but it was a PR of 22-0 3/4 (6.72m), tossed the shot put 32-11 1/4 (10.04m), and high jumped 5-5 (1.65m).

Cougars advancing from the women's preliminary races included Princess Joy Griffey in the 60m dash final after running a time of 7.58 and Lorraine King in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.54.

WSU men advancing from the prelim races included both Robert Williams (8.06) and Jeshua Anderson (8.21) in the 60m hurdles. Justin Woods was one of two runners to have the top prelim time in the 60m dash of 6.81.

Several Cougars competed in Friday finals but not score. In the men's 5000m, Drew Polley finished 13th in a PR time of 14:22.20 and Dominic Smargiassi took 20th in a time of 14:47.82. Candace Missouri long jumped 18-7 (5.66m) for 10th place.

In team standings after the first day, Stanford leads the women with 56 points and Washington State is 10th with 5.5 points. The Sun Devils also leads the men's standings with 28 points while the Cougars are in eighth place with 15 points.

The MPSF Indoor Track & Field Championships conclude Saturday.

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