Throwers, Hurdlers and Relay Reach NCAA RQ Marks at Texas Relays

April 3, 2009


AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington State track and field competitors reached or improved NCAA Regional Qualifying marks Friday at the 82nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas Austin campus.

Robert Williams (senior, Riverside, Calif.) ran the second-fastest time in the men's 110m hurdles prelims, a wind-aided personal-best of 13.81 seconds, which improved his NCAA Regional Qualifying time. Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.) reached NCAA RQ with his time of 14.26, the 10th-best prelim time. The top high hurdles time was 13.80, run by Omo Osaghae from Texas Tech. The nine-man final will be run Saturday afternoon.

Williams and Anderson were joined by lead-off runner Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) and anchor leg, Marlon Murray (sophomore, Des Moines, Wash.), in the men's 4x100m relay and the Cougs flew to an NCAA RQ time of 40.07, sixth-best time of the prelims. The top nine teams advanced to the Saturday final.

Woods and Murray also competed in the men's 100m dash prelims with Woods' time of 10.62 the 11th-best time and Murray's 10.70 finished 15th.

Courtney Kirkwood (freshman, Othello, Wash.) improved her NCAA RQ mark in the javelin with a toss of 151-1 (46.06m), the sixth-best mark in WSU women's history. Kirkwood was the runner-up in the women's College/University Section B.

Matt Lamb (redshirt junior, Emmett, Idaho) improved his NCAA RQ discus mark to 184-5 (56.21m) for third place in the University/College Section A, in spite of swirling winds on the infield.

In the women's 100m dash, Princess Joy Griffey (junior, Federal Way, Wash.) ran a time of 11.97 (39th) and Morgan Clem (freshman, East Wenatchee, Wash.) had a time of 12.68 (79th).

Griffey ran the lead leg of the WSU women's 4x400m relay, handing off to Lorraine King (senior, Fontana, Calif.), Anna Layman (sophomore, Spokane Valley, Wash.) and Veronica Elseroad-Wall (sophomore, Casper, Wyo.) who cross the line with a season-best team time of 3:44.53 for 17th place.

The day wrapped up with a spectacular run by the Cougar women's 1600m sprint relay team of Griffey, Clem, King and Layman. The Cougars won the first of two sections and finished second overall with a time of 3:56.68, behind LSU's winning time of 3:50.89. Griffey and Clem ran 200m legs in split times of 23.8 and 25.5 respectively, while King ran the 400m in a split time of 54.9, and Layman finishing with an 800m leg in a time of 2:12.

The Texas Relays conclude Saturday in Austin. A large contingent of Cougs will be competing at the Whitworth University Sam Adams Classic meet in Spokane Saturday.

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