Cougar Men and Husky Women Win Dual Team Titles in Seattle

May 2, 2009

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Washington State University men's track and field team won the dual with Washington 92 -70, but the Husky women were victorious, eking out an 81.66 to 81.33 win Saturday at Husky Stadium. It was the second consecutive team win for the WSU men and only the second time in 13 meetings for the UW women to win a dual with the Cougars.

The cross-state and Pacific-10 Conference rivalry was held under partly sunny with brief sprinkles of rain and produced four meet records and a total of 44 NCAA Regional Qualifying marks - 25 for men and 19 for women.

'We had to be at our best to win this and we were very, very close to that,' WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'It was an exciting competition. We fought them tooth and nail all the way through the entire meet. We had a great reunion last night and a lot of those Cougars were at the meet today and I'm sure they're proud of the way we competed. Another 1/3 of a point and it would have been a perfect afternoon. I am really proud of the way our kids competed.'

Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) won the 100m in an improved NCAA RQ time of 10.42 seconds, and took second in the 200m with an NCAA RQ time of 21.01. Marlon Murray (sophomore, Des Moines, Wash.) coming off several weeks of no competition due to injury, ran a PR time in the 100m of 10.58 for second place, and an NCAA RQ time in the 200m of 21.23 for third place.

Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.), nursing a sore hamstring, won the 400m dash in a PR and NCAA RQ time of 46.08, fifth-fastest in WSU history.

'We were being very cautious with Jeshua Anderson all the way through the meet,' Sloan said of the Pac-10 and NCAA intermediate hurdles champion. 'All he did was run the open 400m, and he ran a great time and won the race for us. We wanted to minimize his usage but we swept both hurdles races and got it done without abusing him. We still won the 4x400m race and I was happy we could still compete and win that race without our 'A' team and ran a good time as well.'

Luke Lemenager (junior, Maple Valley) won the 800m and lowered his PR and NCAA RQ time to 1:49.28. Freshman Joe Abbott (Reno) took third in a PR and NCAA RQ time of 1:59.10. Lemenager also ran a very memorable 800m win in the 2008 dual meet in Pullman, as the Cougs defeated the Dawgs for the first time in four years.

'The major turning point in the meet for the men was the 800m race,' Sloan said. 'We should never doubt Luke Lemenager in this meet because he brings a different level of competition to the Huskies. He did it again this year, running a great 800m time and an improved regional qualifying mark and taking Joe Abbott with him down to 1:50.10, a regional mark for Joe. That gave us a boost in the meet.

Cougar senior Robert Williams (Riverside, Calif.) took to the track after resting a sore hip for several weeks to run 14.74 and lead a first-through-fifth finish for WSU in a slow 110m high hurdles race. The Cougar men also swept the intermediate hurdles with Barry Leavitt (senior, Benton City) winning with an improved NCAA RQ time of 51.18, freshman J Hopkins (Everett) second in 51.63, and sophomore Trevor Habberstad (Santa Clarita, Calif.) third with a PR and improved NCAA RQ time of 52.15. Sam Ahlbeck (junior, Renton) won the 3000m steeplechase in 9:12.64 while David Hickerson (redshirt freshman, Spokane) took third in a PR time of 9:19.83, and senior Evan Blanshan was fourth in a PR time of 9:47.32.

In the field events, Trent Arrivey and Ryan Deese finished one-two in the high jump with neither 7-footer reaching that height. Moreno Zapata (senior, Lakewood) won the triple jump with a season-best and improved NCAA RQ distance of 50-2 1/2 (15.30m) while Devin Timpson (senior, North Beach) took third with a PR leap of 46-4 3/4 (14.14.m). Christian Crain (freshman, Seattle) and Kyle Schauble (junior, Kennewick) finished second and third, respectively, in the long jump.

Matt Lamb (junior, Emmett, Idaho) won the discus with a season-best and improved NCAA RQ of 185-10 (56.64m) and Joe Bartlett (freshman, Reno) won the shot put with a heave of 54-8 (16.66m). Lamb also took second in the shot with a distance of 54-7 1/4 (16.64m) and Bartlett was third in the discus (159-9-48.69m). Phil MacArthur (senior, Ione) improved his NCAA RQ with a hammer throw of 201-6 (61.41m) for second place while Mark Presby (sophomore, Richland) reached an NCAA RQ mark in the javelin with his PR toss of 203-9 (62.190m) for second place.

'It was another huge day for Marissa Tschida, and Lorraine King and Princess Joy Griffey also stepped up their performances today,' Sloan said.

WSU sophomore Marissa Tschida (Missoula, Mont., pronounced cheetah) eclipsed her own school record by more than five feet and improved her NCAA RQ with her winning toss of 181-8 (55.38m) and obliterated the meet record of 163-11 set by Cougar Rachel Bertholf in 2005. Courtney Kirkwood (Othello, Wash.) took third with an NCAA RQ mark of 162-3 (49.46m), well below her freshman school record of 170-8 tossed last week. Freshman Jennifer Hamilton (Longview) improved her NCAA RQ mark by eight-feet with a fourth-place toss of 157-0 (47.85m).

Princess Joy Griffey (Federal Way) won the 100m dash with an NCAA RQ time of 11.73 and then was runner up in the 200m with a seasonal-best time of 24.09.

WSU senior and women's team captain Lorraine King (Fontana, Calif.), who has only run the 200m indoors, won the 200m race Saturday in an NCAA RQ time of 23.82, and also claimed the 400m dash title with an NCAA RQ time of 54.27. King etched her name into the Cougar women's school records twice at this meet with the fifth-best 200m time and the sixth-best 400m time.

The women hurdlers, Angela Jensen, Jalisa Williams and Caroline Hedel, took second through fourth in the 100m, with all three running PR times. Veronica Elseroad-Wall (junior, Casper, Wyo.) won the 400m hurdles in a time that equaled her season best of 1:00.92 and Brittnay Crabb scored third place with a season-best of 1:01.50.

The Washington State women went up against the reigning NCAA Cross Country champions in several middle and distance races throughout the day. Lisa Egami (junior, Coquitlam, B.C.) dropped her PR time in another event in Seattle - the third time this year. Egami finished third in the 800m that was a close contest as UW's Katie Follett ran 2:06.07 and Kailey Campbell ran 2:06.51 while Egami clocked in an improved NCAA RQ time of 2:06.72, the seventh-fastest 800m time in school history. Sara Trané (senior, Pixbo, Sweden) finished third in the 1500m but with a PR and NCAA RQ time of 4:27.20. UW freshman Mel Lawrence won the steeplechase and knocked off her sister WSU's Collier Lawrence's meet record time at 10:07.52 as did Cougar sophomore Amanda Andrews (10:35.72).

Alexa Huestis (sophomore, Chehalis) won the pole vault with a PR and improved NCAA RQ height of 12-8 (3.86m), sixth-best in school rankings, and Hilary Moore (sophomore, Prosser) cleared a PR height of 12-2 (3.71m) to finish in a three-way tie for second place with two Huskies.

Candace Missouri (sophomore, Vancouver) won the long jump with a leap of 18-9 1/4 (5.72m.) and took second in the triple jump at 38-8 1/4 (11.77m), both season-best marks.

WSU freshmen Anna Albrecht and Ashley Kenney won the shot put and discus events, respectively. Albrecht (Pullman) threw a season-best shot put of 44-8 1/4 (13.62m) with Hamilton second with a PR toss of 41-3 (12.57m). Kenney (Spokane Valley) threw the discus a season-best distance of 148-6 (45.27m). Kjirsten Jensen (freshman, Arlington) was the runner-up in the hammer with a PR heave of 174-2 (53.08m), the sixth-best throw in Cougar women's records, and Cassie Whitfield (freshmen, Puyallup) took third with a PR toss of 161-1 (49.11m).

'Every event people were performing either season-best or lifetime bests throughout the entire meet,' Sloan said.

Next weekend WSU's combined events athletes - heptathlete Angela Jensen, decathletes Kyle Schauble and Sean Harris - will compete in Eugene at the Pac-10 Championships. Several other Cougars will compete at the Vandal Jamboree in Moscow with several more going through graduation ceremonies at Washington State.

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