WSU Men Prominent in Prelims at Pac-10 Track & Field Championships

May 16, 2009

EUGENE, Ore. -- Washington State had nine men advance in six preliminary events Saturday under sunny skies with temperatures in the 80s at the Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships at Oregon's Hayward Field.

Four Cougars will fill up half the eight lanes in the men's intermediate hurdles final. Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.), the defending Pac-10 and NCAA men's 400m hurdles champion, ran the top prelim time of 50.73 seconds, as four Cougs advanced to the Sunday final. Barry Leavitt (senior, Benton City) also won his heat in a time of 51.39, while Trevor Habberstad (sophomore, Santa Clarita, Calif.) ran a lifetime-best and improved NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 51.70. J Hopkins (freshman, Everett) ran a time of 51.88 to also qualify for the final. Habberstad and Hopkins' times were sixth and seventh-best in the prelims.

Anderson also won his heat of the 400m dash with a time of 47.47. WSU's Reny Follett (junior, Lewiston, Idaho) ran a PR time of 47.39 and will also compete in the quartermile final.

Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) ran into the Cougars' record book with his 100m dash prelim time of 10.30 Saturday, not only a lifetime-best time but an improved NCAA RQ mark and the ninth-best time in WSU men's history. Marlon Murray (sophomore, Des Moines, Wash.) ran a wind-aided PR of 10.45, fourth-fastest in the prelims and an NCAA RQ mark. Because there were three competitors with the eighth-best prelim time of 10.52, the times were separated out to the 1000th of a second and two were still tied so there will be two final 100m dash races Sunday afternoon with times dictating scoring places.

Woods and Murray will also run in the men's 200m dash final. Woods won his heat in a time of 21.09 while Murray finished in a PR and improved NCAA RQ time of 21.01w.

Also advancing is Robert Williams (senior, Riverside, Calif.) who ran a time of 14.10 in the men's high hurdles prelims. Williams had been out of action for several weeks with a sore hip and very recently returned to training and competing.

The outcome was not as good for the men's 4x100m relay team of Woods, Williams, Anderson and Murray as they were disqualified out of the prelims for a zone 2-3 violation and will not compete in the Sunday final. This relay team expected to improve on its NCAA RQ time of 40.07 and score points for the team.

Luke Lemenager (junior, Maple Valley) won the third heat of the men's 800m with a time of 1:51.13 to advance to the final while Joe Abbott will not advance after running a time of 1:51.72 for 13th.

Several Cougs added team points for Washington State during the Saturday finals. Sara Trané (Pixbo, Sweden) was not able to successfully defend her two-time steeplechase crown as the Cougar senior finished fifth in the event with a time of 10:24.05. Cougs Amanda Andrews (10:58.51) and Emily Farrar (11:17.88) ran well behind their PR times to finish 14th and 17th, respectively. In the men's 3000m steeplechase, Sam Ahlbeck (junior, Renton) finished fifth in a time of 8:56.43 and David Hickerson was ninth in a time of 9:23.10.

Marissa Tschida (sophomore, Missoula, Mont.) lead a trio of Cougars into scoring in the women's javelin with her fourth-place finish with a toss of 159-3 (48.54m). Jennifer Hamilton (freshman, Longview) took sixth place with a throw of 153-6 (46.78m) and Courtney Kirkwood (freshman, Othello) took seventh with her throw of 147-6 (44.97m). All three Cougar women have thrown PRs and NCAA RQs already this season.

Phil MacArthur (senior, Ione) took seventh place in the men's hammer with a throw of 199-5 (60.79m), tossed on his fifth attempt. MacArthur has a PR of 202-10 and has thrown an NCAA RQ mark of 201-6 this season. Joe Bartlett (freshman, Reno) finished eighth in the men's shot put with a toss of 53-5 1/2 (16.29m).

In women's preliminaries, Princess Joy Griffey (junior, Federal Way) ran a PR and improved NCAA RQ time in the 100m dash of 11.59 seconds, fifth-best overall, to advance to the final. Griffey just missed qualifying for the 200m dash final, running a prelim time of 24.04, a season-best, non-wind-aided time, for ninth. Morgan Clem ran a PR time of 25.04 for 14th.

The women's 4x100m relay team of Angela Jensen, Princess Joy Griffey, Lorraine King and Morgan Clem ran a season-best and NCAA RQ time of 45.67 seconds, sixth-fastest and will advance to the Sunday final.

Lorraine King (senior, Fontana, Calif.) advanced to the women's 400m hurdles final after running a season-best and improved NCAA RQ time of 58.97 for third in the prelims. Veronica Elseroad-Wall (1:02.58) and Brittnay Crabb (1:04.02) finished 11th and 14th, respectively.

Lisa Egami (junior, Coquitlam, B.C.) ran a PR and improved NCAA RQ 1500m time of 4:21.25, fourth-fastest of the prelims and advanced to the final.

Other Cougars competing in final events Saturday included Anna Albrecht (freshman, Pullman) who just missed scoring at her first conference meet with a shot put mark of 44-7 1/2 (13.60m) for ninth place. Candace Missouri (sophomore, Vancouver, Wash.) long jumped 18-2 1/4 (5.54m) for 15th place. Beau Carrillo (sophomore, Spokane) finished 18th in the men's pole vault after clearing 15-7 (4.75m). Mark Presby finished 10th in the javelin with at throw of 179-7 (54.73m). Maria Creech (redshirt freshman, Durango, Colo.) did not clear a height in the women's high jump. Christian Crain (freshman, Seattle) placed ninth in the men's long jump with a leap of 23-3 1/4w (7.09m).

In the women's 10,000m race, Isley Gonzalez (senior, Sunnyside) placed 11th with a time of 36:51.66, and Michelly Foley (freshman, Prineville, Ore.) finished 14th with a time of 37:23.14. Drew Polley (senior, Port Orchard) did not finish the men's 10k race.

Competing but not advancing to finals included All-American Anna Layman (sophomore, Spokane Valley) who finished 16th in the 800m prelims with a time of 2:17.56. Angela Jensen and Jalisa Williams both ran 14.14w in the 100m hurdles prelims, for Williams it was a season-best time. Marissa Sandoval ran a 1500m prelim time of 4:47.15 for 17th.

The Oregon men lead the team standings with 88 points, including 26 points from the 10k race, and the Duck women are also atop the team standings with 67 points. The WSU women are in eighth place with 14 points and the Cougar men are in ninth place with 7 points.

The Pac-10 Track and Field Championships continue Sunday afternoon beginning at noon in Eugene.

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