Arrivey Clears 7-4 1/2 in High Jump at Mt. SAC Relays

April 18, 2009

WALNUT, Calif. -- Washington State junior Trent Arrivey cleared a lifetime-best and improved NCAA Regional Qualifying height of 7-feet, 4 1/2 inches (2.25m) Saturday at the 51st Annual Mt. SAC Relays at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.

Arrivey, an All-American high jumper from Woodinville, Wash., soared to tie the fourth-best men's high jump mark in school history with Doug Nordquist (Pullman, 1981). His mark ties the national leader going into the weekend, Matt Fisher from Minnesota.

The news was not all good for another Cougar All-American, Jeshua Anderson. The sophomore from Woodland Hills, Calif., ran a season-best and improved NCAA RQ time in the 110m hurdles of 14.16 seconds for eighth place but later in the day fell in the 400m hurdles. WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said it looked like Anderson cleared the eighth hurdle but brought it down with his trail foot. He walked away from the track on his own.

Phil MacArthur (senior, Ione, Wash.) threw the hammer an NCAA RQ of 198-6 (60.50m), but he has already thrown 199-5 earlier this year.

The WSU women's 4x400m relay of Princess Joy Griffey, Lorraine King, Brittnay Crabb and Veronica Elseroad-Wall ran a season-best time of 3:43.46. The men's 4x400m relay was scratched.

At the VS Athletics/Long Beach Invitational meet in Cerritos, Calif. Saturday, J Hopkins (freshman, Everett) ran a PR and improved his NCAA RQ time in the 400m hurdles with his second-place time of 51.57. Princess Joy Griffey (junior, Federal Way) ran a season-best 100m dash time of 11.84, wind-aided, which tied for fourth place.

Other WSU results from Cerritos included: women's 100m hurdles - Caroline Hedel (14.99, 15th); 400m hurdles - Veronica Elseroad-Wall (1:01.17, 3rd), Brittnay Crabb (1:02.17, 5th), Hedel (1:03.09, 9th); pole vault - Hilary Moore (3.70m-12-1 1/2, t-2nd), Alexa Huestis (NH); men's 400m - Reny Follett (47.72, 4th); high jump - Ryan Deese (2.00m-6-6 3/4, t-5th); pole vault - Jake Baertlein (4.60m-15-1, 18th). Joe Abbott ran the men's 800m but the meet did not provide a time for his heat.

At the Pacific Lutheran Invitational meet in Tacoma Saturday, WSU freshman throwers Jennifer Hamilton and Conner Larned each won an event.

Hamilton, from Longview, Wash., won the women's shot put with a PR toss of 41-10 3/4 (12.77m), took third in the javelin with a season-best throw of 139-1 (42.40m), and seventh in the hammer by throwing a distance 130-8 (39.84m).

Kjirsten Jensen took third place in the hammer with a PR throw of 164-11 (50.26m) and Cassie Whitfield placed fourth with a throw of 149-10 (45.66m).

Larned, from Enumclaw, Wash., won the men's discus with a PR throw of 164-0 (50.00m).

[NOTE: The official results from the Mt. SAC Relays were not available at the time of publication Saturday evening.]

Washington State track and field teams will compete at the Duane Hartman Invite in Spokane April 25.

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