Track & Field Set to Battle Huskies in Dual Meet

April 29, 2009

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CATS AND DAWGS THIS WEEK IN SEATTLE: The Washington State versus Washington Dual Meet: the 98th edition for the men's teams and the 34th meeting for the women's teams...scoring will be 5 points for first place, 3 points for second place and 1 point for third place...the winning relay team will get all 5 points with none awarded for second place...according to WSU records, the WSU men hold the advantage in the dual series with a 61-35-1 record...UW women have an 19-14 lead in the dual dueling, but the Cougar women have won 11 of the past 12 meetings but with the UW women coming off a national cross country title, that stat could change...last year in Pullman, the WSU women won 116 - 47, and WSU men won 93 - 70...using season-best lists and past performances, the 2009 meet will be much closer on both the men's and women's sides of the ledger...for more info, see the Track & Field blog Thursday, April 30, at from the meet will be posted at following the last scheduled event.

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 and update your information to ensure that you are not left out...also stay current with information through the Facebook group, WSU Track Reunion.

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.

NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The WSU men's track and field team is ranked 25th in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Div. I 2009 Outdoor team rankings released April 29...USTFCCCA national rankings are a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2009 NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships (June 10-13, Fayetteville, Ark.)...this week, Florida men are No. 1 with Pacific-10 Conference foes Oregon (2nd), Arizona State (4th), California (12th), Washington (14th), Stanford (17th), and USC (18th) also ranked in the men's top 25...Texas A&M women's team is No. 1...Pac-10 members Oregon (2nd), Arizona State (4th), USC (9th), Washington (16th), Stanford (23rd), and UCLA (25th)...WSU women's team is 50th...USTFCCCA website can be found at

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

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 of the week of April 27-May 2, the Cougars have 13 women regionally qualified in 7 events and the WSU men have 12 men qualified in 9 events plus both relays qualified...additionally, the Cougar men have one provisional qualifier in the men's 10k.

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

Women:800m	        Lisa Egami	        2:08.16 (46th / 12th)	        Anna Layman	        2:09.23 (69th / 18th)1500m	        Lisa Egami	        4:22.57 (31st / 12th)5000m	        Isley Gonzalez	        16:18.04 (22nd / 9th)	        Michelly Foley	        16:43.74 (83rd / 27th)400m Hurdles	Lorraine King	        1:00.30 (63rd / 10th)3k Steeplechase	Sara Trané	        10:21.20 (19th / 5th)	        Amanda Andrews	        10:35.28 (44th / 14th)	        Emily Farrar	        10:47.27 (83rd / 25th)Pole Vault	Alexa Huestis	        3.85m / 12-7 1/2 (t-62nd / t-21st)Javelin	        Marissa Tschida	        53.63m / 175-11 (5th / 2nd) SR	        Courtney Kirkwood	52.01m / 170-8 (10th / 5th) FSR	        Lynnea Braun	        46.25m / 151-9 (36th / 13th)	        Jennifer Hamilton	45.49m / 149-3 (45th / 17th)Men:100m	        Justin Woods	        10.52 (t-53rd / 6th)800m	        Luke Lemenager	        1:49.92 (43rd / 14th)10,000m	        Drew Polley	        Prov. Qual. 29:26.46 (39th nationally)110m Hurdles	Robert Williams	        13.81 (15th / 5th)	        Jeshua Anderson	        14.16 (t-47th / 10th)400m Hurdles	Jeshua Anderson	        49.44 (1st / 1st)	        Barry Leavitt	        51.30 (23rd / 9th)	        J Hopkins	        52.27 (t-29th / 10th)	        Trevor Habberstad	51.57 (t-74th / 21st)3k Steeplechase	Sam Ahlbeck	        8:53.46 (17th / 6th)400m Relay	Woods, Williams, Anderson, Murray	40.07 (18th / 2nd)1600m Relay	Leavitt, Anderson, Follett, Woods	3:09.28 (31st / 3rd)High Jump	Trent Arrivey	        2.25m / 7-4 1/2 (t-1st / 1st)Triple Jump	Moreno Zapata	        15.29m / 50-2w (t-41st / 6th)Discus	        Matt Lamb	        56.21m / 184-5 (21st / 8th)Hammer	        Phil MacArthur	        60.78m / 199-5 (36th / 10th)

PAC-10 RECOGNIZES GREAT PERFORMANCES WITH ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONORS:Trent Arrivey (Jr., Woodinville, Wash.) and Marissa Tschida (So., Missoula, Mont.) were named the Pac-10 Field Athletes of the Week for April 13-19, for their performances at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif....Arrivey (pronounced air-eh-vee) cleared a lifetime-best and improved NCAA Regional Qualifying height of 7-feet, 4 1/2 inches (2.25m) as the top collegiate high jumper...his mark ties the fourth-best men's high jump mark in school history with Doug Nordquist (Pullman, 1981), and ties the national leader this season...Tschida (pronounced cheetah) threw the javelin a school-record distance of 175-feet, 11-inches (53.63m) to place as the top collegian, and second overall in the women's university/open event, an elite field that included several recent Olympians...she improved her NCAA RQ mark by over 10 1/2 feet...Tschida shattered the WSU women's record of 169-7 (51.70m) thrown by Jenna Dean in 2005...Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.) was honored as the Pac-10 Male Track Athlete of the Week for March 30-April 5 and again for April 6-12...Anderson successfully defended his Texas Relays title with a winning time and improved NCAA RQ of 49.44 same meet, ran improved NCAA RQ time of 14.20 in 110m hurdles, and on 4x400m the Mt. SCA Relays he improved his 110m hurdles NCAA RQ time to 14.16 but fell in the elite intermediate hurdles race...he was not injured...has three Pac-10 AoW honor in his career...Anderson was also selected Athlete of the Week for the second time this season...was named to the 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.

AIR ARRIVEY LEADS SKYJUMPERS: Trent Arrivey (air-eh-vee), a junior from Woodinville, Wash., has become a consistent 7-foot high jumper for WSU...a 2008 All-American, Arrivey is currently leading the national qualifying list with his Mt. SAC Relays mark of 7-4 1/2 (2.25m) which became his lifetime best...cleared 7-3 1/4 (2.22m) to win the 2008 NCAA West Regional meet...Arrivey had a top 2009 indoor mark of 7-3 (2.21m)...he has cleared 7-feet in five of the eight meets this year...Ryan Deese (sophomore, Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Shawn Swartz (freshman, Port Coquitlam, B.C.) have also cleared 7-feet this year.

TSCHIDA THROWS JAVELIN SCHOOL RECORD: Marissa Tschida (sophomore, Missoula, Mont.) threw the WSU women's school record and improved NCAA RQ distance of 175-11 (53.63m)...improved her previous mark by 10-feet, 7 inches...shattered the school record set by Jenna Dean in 2005 of 169-7 (51.70m).

FRESHMEN THROWERS: Stepping up into the spotlight, a bevy of WSU freshmen women throwers...Courtney Kirkwood (Othello, Wash.) toss the javelin a PR, improved NCAA RQ mark and WSU freshman record at the D. Hartman Invite in Spokane (April 25) of 170-8 inches (52.01m)..Kirkwood's throw was a 10-foot improvement on her PR and the second-best toss in Cougar women's history, behind sophomore teammate Marissa Tschida's 175-11 thrown April 18...Kirkwood's throw also broke Tschida's freshman school record of 161-8 thrown last year...Jennifer Hamilton (Longview, Wash.) also tossed a javelin PR and NCAA RQ in Spokane with her distance of 149-3 (45.49m), the ninth-best throw in WSU history...Hamilton became the fourth Cougar woman to reach NCAA RQ in the javelin this season...also in Spokane, Kjirsten Jensen (Arlington, Wash.) won the women's hammer with a PR throw of 167-7 (51.07m) and Cassie Whitfield (Puyallup, Wash.) placed third with a PR throw of 156-0 (47.56m) the shot put, Hamilton was the runner-up by 1/4 inch to Anna Albrecht (Pullman) who won with a toss of 41-7 1/4 (12.68m)...Ashley Kenney (Spokane Valley) was the runner-up in the women's discus with a season-best throw of 146-2 (44.55m) and fourth in the shot put (38-8 3/4)...on the DL is Lynnea Braun (junior, Yakima) a javelin thrower who transferred from Spokane CC...she is out for the season after injuring her shoulder at the Texas Relays.

FOUR TIMES THE FUN FOR WSU QUALIFIERS IN INTERMEDIATE HURDLES: Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.) leads the nation in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 49.44, run at the UCLA Johnson/Joyner-Kersee Invite April 11...Anderson is the WSU record-holder at 48.68, the reigning Pac-10, NCAA, US Junior and World Junior Champion...ran a time of 49.48 at Texas Relays...ran the school record time of 48.68 at World Juniors in Poland...Barry Leavitt (senior, Benton City) reached NCAA RQ at the Trojan Invite with a time of 51.56 and dropped it to 51.39 at the Texas Relays and ran it again at Mt. SAC Relays before lowering his time in Spokane April 25 to 51.30...J Hopkins (freshman, Everett) joined qualifiers with his Stanford Invite time of 52.27 and improved that at Mt. SAC Relays to 51.57...not wanting to miss out on the fun, sophomore Trevor Habberstad (Santa Clarita, Calif.) ran an NCAA RQ time of 52.47 at UCLA April 11.

SPEED DEAMONS: Sprinter Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) ran an NCAA RQ time of 10.52 in the 100m dash and a season-best 200m time of 21.53 at the UCLA JJK meet April 11...Woods also runs on both WSU relays..has participated in three consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championships to date and is looking to make an appearance at his fourth this spring, with plans to capture an All-American certificate...Marlon Murray (sophomore, Des Moines, Wash.) is back on the track after a brief bout with leg soreness...Murray has a PR mark of 10.66w in the 100m and a 200m PR time of 21.40.

SENIOR AND FRESHMAN LEAD COUGS IN 5K: 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, ran a PR and NCAA RQ time in the 5000m of 16:18.04 at the Mt. SAC Relays, second-best time in WSU history, after running an NCAA RQ time of 16:39.38 at the Stanford Invite...Michelly Foley, a freshman from Prineville, Ore., also excelled at the Mt. SAC Relays with a 5k time of 16:43.74, an NCAA RQ mark and the seventh-best time in school history.

POLLEY JOINS THE PARTY: Senior Drew Polley (Bellingham) ran a 10,000m PR and NCAA RQ time of 29:26.46 at the Mt. SAC Relays...he also ran a PR time in the 5k at the Stanford Invite of 14:18.15.

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.

WOMEN INT. HURDLES ADDING IN: Sophomore Veronica Elseroad-Wall (Casper, Wyo.) and freshman Brittnay Crabb (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) are on the verge of running the 400m hurdles in NCAA RQ times...Elseroad-Wall has a season-best of 1:00.92 and Crabb has run 1:01.91...the NCAA time is 1:00.82.

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...Sara Trané (senior, Pixbo, Sweden) ran an NCAA RQ time of 10:21.20 at the Mt. SAC Relays...Amanda Andrews (sophomore, Gig Harbor) ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 10:42.72 but then improved that at Mt. SAC Relays to 10:35.28, which is fifth-best in WSU women's history...freshman Emily Farrar (Bainbridge Island) ran an NCAA RQ time of 10:47.27 for second place at the UCLA JJK Invite April 10...this was Farrar's second steeplechase race and her time is the seventh-fastest in school history.

EGADS! EGAMI: Lisa Egami, a junior from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, has NCAA RQ marks in both the 800m and the 1500m...ran the 800m time of 2:09.58 at Trojan Invite and bettered that with a 2:08.16 clocking at the UCLA JJK Invite April 11...her 1500m time of 4:22.57 came at the Stanford Invite, third-fastest time in WSU history...Egami set the school record in the mile during the 2009 indoor season with a time of 4:44.92i at the MPSF Championships in Seattle...that was the second time in two weeks that Egami had broken the school record, both at the UW Dempsey Indoor Facility.

LOOKOUT FOR LUKE: Luke Lemenager (junior, Maple Valley, Wash.) ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 1:49.92 in the 800m at the UCLA JJK meet...this was Lemenager's first run under 1:50...freshman Joe Abbott (Reno) ran a PR time of 1:51.98 in the 800m at the same meet.

PRINCESS JOY SPEEDS ALONG: Griffey (junior, Federal Way) ran 100m PRs twice in two days and a 200m the Mt. SAC Relays ran a time of 11.90 and the next day ran a wind-aided 11.84 in Cerritos...her 200m time of 24.01w was also at Mt. SAC.

FOLLETT LIKE A SPEEDING BULLET: Junior Reny Follett (Lewiston, Idaho) ran a season-best 400m dash time of 47.48 to win the Mt. SAC Relays university/open integral part of the men's 4x400m relay team that has ran a season-best NCAA RQ time of 3:09.2.

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.

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.


Friday May 1, 20096 p.m. - Hammer Throw (Women then Men) @ West Seattle Stadium

Saturday May 2, 200911:00 a.m. - Javelin (W)11:00 a.m. - Long Jump (W)11:45 a.m. - Javelin (M)11:45 a.m. - Long Jump (M)12:00 p.m. - 3000m Steeplechase (W)12:15 p.m. - 3000m Steeplechase (M)12:30 p.m. - High Jump (W)12:30 p.m. - 4x100m Relay (W)12:30 p.m. - Shot Put (W)12:45 p.m. - Pole Vault (W)12:35 p.m. - 4x100m Relay (M)12:45 p.m. - Triple Jump (W)12:45 p.m. - 1500m Run (W)12:55 p.m. - 1500m Run (M)1:05 p.m. - 100m Hurdles (W)1:15 p.m. - 110m Hurdles (M)1:15 p.m. - Shot Put (M)1:25 p.m. - 400m Dash (W)1:30 p.m. - 400m Dash (M)1:30 p.m. - Triple Jump (M)1:40 p.m. - 100m Dash (W)1:45 p.m. - 100m Dash (M)1:45 p.m. - High Jump (M)1:45 p.m. - Discus (W)1:50 p.m. - 800m Run (W)1:55 p.m. - 800m Run (M)2:00 p.m. - Pole Vault (M)2:00 p.m. - 400m Hurdles (W)2:05 p.m. - 400m Hurdles (M)2:15 p.m. - 200m Dash (W)2:25 p.m. - 200m Dash (M)2:35 p.m. - 3000m Run (W)2:30 p.m. - Discus (M)2:50 p.m. - 3000m Run (M)3:10 p.m. - 4x400m Relay (W)3:15 p.m. - 4x400m Relay (M)

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