Cougs Nab Seven NCAA RQs at Stanford Track & Field Invite

March 27, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. -- Washington State track and field competitors took advantage of the mild and warm weather in Northern California to reach seven NCAA Regional Qualifying marks and numerous personal-best marks at the Stanford Invitational, Friday, March 27, at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford campus.

Lisa Egami (junior, Coquitlam, B.C.) continues to cut down her mile time and Friday afternoon ran a PR and NCAA RQ time in the 1500m of 4:22.57, the third-fastest time in WSU women's history.

A pair of Cougars picked up where they left off last season by reaching NCAA RQs in the 3000m steeplechase. Amanda Andrews (sophomore, Gig Harbor) ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 10:42.72, the fifth-best steeplechase time in WSU women's history. Sam Ahlbeck (junior, Renton) ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 8:53.46 in the men's top section.

Isley Gonzalez (senior, Sunnyside) ran a 5000m PR and NCAA RQ time of 16:39.38 for 11th place in the women's second section where 15 women ran regional qualifying times. Gonzalez' time is the sixth-best in Cougar history.

Trent Arrivey (junior, Woodinville, Wash.) won the men's high jump with an NCAA RQ mark of 7-feet, 2 1/4 inches (2.19m). Ryan Deese (sophomore, Colorado Springs, Colo.) cleared 6-8 3/4 (2.05m) for fourth in that section.

Lorraine King (senior, Fontana, Calif.) won the women's 400m hurdles in an NCAA RQ time of 60.30 seconds and Brittnay Crabb (freshman, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) finished sixth in a time of 1:02.71. In the men's 400m hurdles, freshman J Hopkins (Everett) ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 52.27 for fourth place. Trevor Habberstad (Santa Clarita, Calif.) finished 13th in the intermediate hurdles a time of 54.56 but ran a 110m hurdles prelim time of 14.84 to qualify for the Saturday final. Decathlete Kyle Schauble ran a PR high hurdles time of 14.85. WSU heptathlete Angela Jensen (Arlington, Wash.) qualified for the women's 100m hurdles final after clocking in a prelim time of 14.37.

Dominic Smargiassi (junior, Auburn) won the third section of the men's 5000m with a PR time of 14:12.90, missing an NCAA RQ mark by 90/100s second. Drew Polley (senior, Bellingham) finished sixth in the same 5k section with a PR time of 14:18.15.

Luke Lemenager (junior, Maple Valley) won the fifth section of the 1500m with a PR time of 3:52.52 and David Hickerson (redshirt-freshman, Spokane) ran a PR time of 3:56.54 in the same section.

In the women's 5000m, freshman Michelly Foley (Prineville, Ore.) was the runner-up in her section with a time of 16:54.67, the seventh-best time in WSU women's history. Fellow Coug frosh, Emily Farrar (Bainbridge) ran a time of 17.40.13 in the same section.

In other races, Mark Moeller (junior, Spokane) ran a 5k time of 15:05.28, and Evan Blanshan (senior, Selah) ran the steeplechase in a time of 10:15.46. In the women's 1500m races, Sara Trané ran a season-best time of 4:31.64, Marissa Sandoval (junior, Los Alamos, NM) ran a time of 4:32.77 and Mietra Smollack (freshman, Oak Harbor) ran a time of 4:39.72.

On the field, Christian Crain (freshman, Seattle) long jumped 22-1 3/4 (6.75m) in one section and Kyle Schauble (junior, Kennewick) long jumped 22-1 3/4 (6.75m) in another section. Candace Missouri long jumped 18-8 (5.69m). Maria Creech (redshirt freshman, Durango, Colo.) high jumped a season-best 5-7 (1.70m).

The action continues Saturday at Stanford.

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