Track & Field Competes Well at Stanford Invitational Second Day

March 28, 2009


STANFORD, Calif. -- A trio of Washington State track and field competitors reached personal-best marks among near perfect weather conditions Saturday at the Stanford Invitational, at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford campus.

Hilary Moore (redshirt freshman, Prosser) pole vaulted a PR height of 12-1 1/2 (3.70m) to tie for 10th and Alexa Huestis (sophomore, Chehalis) cleared a season-best 11-7 3/4 (3.55m) for 14th place. This was Moore's first leap over 12-feet.

Luke Lemenager (junior, Maple Valley) lowered his PR in the 800m with a time of 1:51.01 for 10th, with Joe Abbott (freshman, Reno) 18th in a time of 1:52.14, Bob Hewitt-Gaffney (junior, Gillette, Wyo.) 25th in a time of 1:53.31, and David Hickerson (redshirt freshman, Spokane) 30th in a time of 1:54.54. In the women's 800m, Mietra Smollack (freshman, Oak Harbor) ran a PR time of 2:12.90 for 25th while Anna Layman (sophomore, Spokane Valley) ran a time of 2:13.08 for 28th.

Angela Jensen (sophomore, Tacoma) clocked in a 200m time of 25.70 and a 100m hurdles final time of 14.62 (8th place) after running a time of 14.37 in the Friday prelims. Trevor Habberstad (sophomore, Santa Clarita, Calif.) ran a 110m hurdles time of 15.14 for eighth in the final after running a PR time of 14.84 in the prelims.

The Cougar women's 4x400m relay team of Lorraine King (split time of 54.9), Brittnay Crabb (55.9), Jensen (59.1) and Anna Layman (55.4) finished third with a season-best time of 3:46.19. The WSU men's 1600m relay squad of J Hopkins (59.4), Kyle Schauble (49.7), Trevor Habberstad (48.7) and Sean Harris (55.3) placed ninth in a time of 3:23.59.

WSU had three triple jumpers competing Saturday. Sean Wilson (freshman, Colorado Springs, Colo.) took third placed in the men's event after leaping a wind-aided 46-0 3/4 (14.04m). Candace Missouri (sophomore, Vancouver, Wash.) leaped 38-4 3/4 (11.70m) for eighth and Jessica Yates (freshman, Snohomish) was ninth after leaping 38-2 3/4 (11.65m).

'We got what we wanted out of this meet: a lot of people making good advancement in their performance and competing at a high level. We were very representative in the meet,' WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'A lot of people who did not compete at Stanford will be going to Texas next week and the remainder will compete in Spokane (at the Whitworth Sam Adams Classic).'

'There were many good performances for the Cougars at this meet but for me the two that really caught my attention with a terrific performance by their marks and by the way they competed were Lisa Egami in the 1500m and J Hopkins in the intermediate hurdles,' Sloan said. 'Both competed well and came up with great marks at this point in the season. We had a number of regional qualifiers who did an outstanding job competing. Almost across the board, the distance group we brought to Stanford did a terrific job of running lifetime bests or qualifying times. I felt bad for Dominic Smargiassi coming up 9/10s second short in the 5000m (of NCAA RQ), but he ran a good race and won his race. Sam Ahlbeck's steeplechase mark was a good mark for him and along with Amanda Andrews, I see both of them as capable of more but their races were good PRs and good qualifying marks. Trent Arrivey did a good job in the high jump. Maria Creech did a good job in the high jump as did Hilary Moore in the pole vault.'

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