Texas Relays Next Stop for WSU Track & Field

March 31, 2009

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WSU ROAD WARRIORS TO COMPETE AT TEXAS AND SPOKANE: Selected members of the Washington State University track and field teams will compete at the 82nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, April 1-4, at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas Austin campus...another group of Cougs will compete at the Sam Adams Classic, April 4, at Whitworth University in Spokane...Live results will be available for the Texas Relays on the web at www.texassports.com...WSU results from both meets will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, when available after competition concludes.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 36th season with the Cougar track program; 15th year as a head coach, 14th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Jason Drake (Head Coach Cross Country), Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee...former decathlete Rickey Moody joins Megan Johnson and Kyle Chandler as volunteer coaches.

NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: The goal for the WSU competitors in the outdoor season is to reach NCAA Regional Qualifying marks...the top-five individual finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark....the only events that still have national provisional and automatic national qualifying marks are the heptathlon and decathlon, and the 10,000m races.

COUGARS' OUTDOOR NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: (National standings/West Region standings)

Women:800m	        Anna Layman	2:09.23 (14th / 9th)	        Lisa Egami	2:09.58 (18th / 10th)1500m	        Lisa Egami	4:22.57 (8th / 7th)5000m	        Isley Gonzalez	16:39.39 (23rd / 14th)400m Hurdles	Lorraine King	1:00.30 (17th / 6th)3k Steeplechase	Amanda Andrews	10:42.72 (23rd / 7th)Javelin	        Marissa Tschida	50.40m / 165-4 (5th / 3rd)		Lynnea Braun	46.25m / 151-9 (21st / 11th)		Courtney Kirkwood	44.27m / 145-2 (27th / 12th)

Men:110m Hurdles Robert Williams 14.02 (9th / 4th)400m Hurdles Jeshua Anderson 49.52 (1st / 1st) Barry Leavitt 51.56 (10th / 8th) J Hopkins 52.27 (26th / 12th)High Jump Trent Arrivey 2.19m / 7-2 1/4 (1st / 1st)Triple Jump Moreno Zapata 15.29m / 50-22 (7th / 2nd)Discus Matt Lamb 55.41m / 181-9 (9th / 5th)Hammer Phil MacArthur 60.78m / 199-5 (18th / 4th)

EGAMI NAMED wsucougars.com FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Lisa Egami, a junior from Coquitlam, B.C. Canada, reached an NCAA RQ mark in the 1500m of 4:22.57 for second place at the Stanford Invite...third-best time in school history...also has an 800m NCAA RQ mark...set WSU mile indoor record this year.

COUG WOMEN TO RUN SPRINT RELAY: The WSU women will run a 1600m sprint relay at the Texas Relays...this event consists of the first two competitors running 200m each, followed by a 400m lap and finally an 800m leg...this will be the first time the Cougar women have run a sprint relay...Morgan Clem and Princess Joy Griffey are slated to run the 200m sprints with Veronica Elseroad-Wall taking the 400m lap and All-American Anna Layman taking on the 800m leg.

AIR ARRIVEY LEAPS OVER 7-FEET AGAIN: Trent Arrivey (air-eh-vee), a junior from Woodinville, Wash., has cleared the high jump bar at over 7-feet several times this year...a 2008 All-American, Arrivey is currently leading the national qualifying list with his winning mark from the Stanford Invite of 7-2 1/4 (2.19m)...his lifetime best is 7-3 1/4 (2.22m), his winning jump at the 2008 NCAA West Regional meet...Arrivey had a top 2009 indoor mark of 7-3 (2.21m)...he had cleared 7-feet in four of the six meets he has competed in this year.

WSU HAS TRIO OF QUALIFIERS IN INTERMEDIATE HURDLES: Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.) leads the nation in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 49.52, run at the Trojan Invite, but is aiming to make his mark on the Texas Relays...Anderson, the WSU record-holder at 48.68, is the reigning Pac-10, NCAA, US Junior and World Junior Champion...he ran a time of 49.68 at last year's Texas Relays...the Texas Relays record is 48.70, run by Michael Tinsley of Jackson State in 2006...Barry Leavitt (senior, Benton City) reached NCAA RQ at the Trojan Invite with a time of 51.56...J Hopkins (freshman, Everett) joined qualifiers with his Stanford Invite time of 52.27.

GONZALEZ BACK IN STRIDE: Spending the fall semester away from campus and organized training in order to student teach did not stall senior Isley Gonzalez (Sunnyside)...Gonzalez only has the outdoor season for eligibility and is making the most of it, running a 5k time of 16:39.38 at the Stanford Invite, an NCAA RQ mark and the sixth-best time in WSU history.

ZAPATA JUMPS IN: Senior Moreno Zapata (Lakewood), men's team captain, triple jumped 50-2w (15.29m) for third place at the Stanford Invite in the men's invitational event...Zapata's PR at WSU is a hyper wind-aided (6.5 meters per second) 51-9 1/4 (15.78m) leaped in 2007 at the NCAA West Regional in Eugene...his top non-wind-aided jump came the next year at the same meet in Northridge of 50-8 1/4 (15.45m).

HOW LO CAN SHE GO? Lorraine King, senior from Fontana, Calif., and the women's team captain, reached an NCAA RQ mark in the 400m hurdles with her Stanford Invite time of 1:00.30...her lifetime-best time is 58.39, set last season at the Texas Relays...mark is third-best in WSU history...heel bruise has bothered her this season...she is aiming for the school record of 57.07 set by Randi Smith in 2000.

STEEPLECHASE ANOTHER STRONG EVENT FOR COUGARS: Both sides of the roster have strong 3000m steeplechase competitors for WSU again this year...Sam Ahlbeck (junior, Renton) ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 8:53.46 at Stanford...Amanda Andrews (sophomore, Gig Harbor) ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 10:42.72 withis is fifth-best in WSU women's history.

NO QUALIFYING MARKS NEEDED FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Pacific-10 Conference will forego its own set of qualifying marks for its championship meet...instead, a maximum of 24 women and 24 men may be entered from each school at the head coach's discretion...outdoor and indoor seasons will be used for descending order lists and seeding into the championship heats/flights.

EASY VIEWING OF PAC-10 PERFORMANCE LISTS: The Pacific-10 Conference performance descending order lists can be viewed online at www.directathletics.com...click on Performance Lists and under Current Seasons, click again on Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Performance Lists.

NATIONAL POLLS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Div. I 2009 Outdoor team rankings have moved the pre-season poll to April 1...this is a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2009 NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark...the USTFCCCA website can be found at www.ustfccca.org.

ANDERSON MAKES TRACKSHARK TOP 12 SPRINTERS/HURDLERS TO WATCH IN 2009 LIST: WSU sophomore Jeshua Anderson was named to the TrackShark.com Top 12 Sprinters/Hurdlers to watch in 2009...Anderson won the men's 400m hurdles at the Pac-10 Conference, NCAA, USA Junior and World Junior Championship meets in 2008.

TRACK AND FIELD REUNION: The Gray 'W' Varsity Club and Track and Field Team will host the a Track and Field Reunion Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Big Picture in Redmond, Wash...the Cougar-Husky Dual Meet will take place the next day, Saturday, May 2, at Husky Stadium...for more information, please contact Gray W coordinator Willie Jude via the email grayw@wsu.edu and update your information to ensure that you are not left out...also stay current with information through the Facebook group, WSU Track Reunion.

NO COUGAR HOME OUTDOOR MEETS IN 2009: Because of slated construction on the North side of Martin Stadium and the subsequent encroachment of equipment and supplies onto Mooberry Track, WSU will not host any outdoor track and field meets during the 2009 season.

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