Five Cougars Reach NCAA Marks at Husky Classic
Feb. 13, 2010
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Five Washington State competitors, including All-Americans Jeshua Anderson and Anna Layman, reached NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks Saturday at the Husky Classic Indoor Track & Field meet at the Dempsey Indoor Facility Saturday.
Anderson, a junior from Woodland Hills, Calif., was the top collegiate runner in the men's 400m dash invitational race, running an NCAA PQ and season-best time of 47.24 seconds. Matt Scherer, of the Oregon Track Club, won the race in a time of 46.76, and Cougar senior Reny Follett (Lewiston) ran a season-best time of 48.55 for seventh place.
Cougars ran well in both 800m invitational races. Layman (junior, Spokane Valley) ran an NCAA PQ and indoor PR time of 2:06.86 for sixth place in the women's invitational race. Joe Abbott (sophomore, Reno) ran an NCAA PQ time of 1:50.24 in the men's invite race for 21st. Oregon's Andrew Wheating won the men's race with a meet record and NCAA Automatic Qualifying time of 1:46.36.
Stephan Scott-Ellis (freshman, Tacoma) won the men's triple jump with an NCAA PQ and PR leap of 50-feet, 9 1/4 inches (15.47m) and Sean Wilson (sophomore, Colorado Springs) also soared to a PR with a distance of 46-9 (14.25m) for seventh places. Scott-Ellis also tied for first in the men's long jump with Ronald Brookins (Sacramento State) after both leaped 23-10 (7.26m).
Freshman Holly Parent (Victoria, B.C.) bettered her NCAA PQ mark in the high jump with her leap of 5-11 1/2 (1.82m) for second place. In the men's high jump, Trent Arrivey finished tied for fifth after clearing 6-10 3/4 (2.10m), Ryan Deese (junior, Colorado Springs) cleared 6-8 3/4 (2.05m) which tied for 11th, and Ross VanZanten (Rs-freshman, Longview) leaped 6-6 3/4 (2.00m) to tie at 14th.
Senior Lisa Egami (Coquitlam, B.C.) broke her own school record in the mile with a time of 4:47.48 (12th) in the women's invitational race. Egami set the previous record time of 4:47.92 last year on this same track.
'Across the board, the performances today were really solid,' Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'This was a good meet for us to really build some momentum. Competitively, we'll do what we need to next week (at Idaho meet) and come back here (Seattle) in two weeks and be ready for a strong showing at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.'
Princess Joy Griffey (senior, Federal Way) ran a season-best 60m dash time of 7.51 for fourth place while freshman Cindy Robinson ran a PR time of 7.6 in the prelims. Shawna Fermin (freshman, Victorville, Calif.) ran a PR time in the 200m of 24.37 (16th). In the 200m dash, Robinson finished second (24.89) while heptathletes Jasmine Johnson-McKeown (freshman, San Bernardino, Calif.) took seventh place (25.15) and Angela Jensen (junior, Tacoma) ran a PR time of 25.68. Four Cougs had PRs in the 400m dash: Fermin (56.38), Brianne Brown (57.13), Caroline Hedel (57.44), and Brittnay Crabb (58.16).
Kendall Mays (Rs-junior, Spokane) pole vaulted 12-10 (3.91m) for seventh place while Hilary Moore (sophomore, Prosser) cleared a PR height of 11-10 (3.61m). In the men's pole vault, Jake Baertlein (sophomore, Portland) equaled his PR height of 15-11 3/4 (4.87m).
A pair of WSU freshman women performed well in the middle distances. Courtney Zalud (Colbert) ran an 800m PR time of 2:11.48 for fourth place and Caroline Austin (Chehalis) ran a PR mile time of 4:59.52 for 14th.
Freshman men sprinters also had a productive day. Greg Hornsby (Moreno Valley, Calif.) finished fifth in the 60m dash final with a time of 6.85. Brett Blanshan (Selah) took second place in the 200m dash with a time of 22.09, with Wesley McCann (Puyallup) placing fourth (22.24).
David Hickerson (Rs-sophomore, Spokane) ran a PR time of 4:09.44 for 13th in the men's mile while Jono Lafler (Rs-freshman, Maple Valley) was 18th in a PR time of 4:10.77. Friday night in the men's 5000m, Justin Englund (Rs-freshman, Federal Way) ran a PR time of 14:34.71.
In the field events, Candace Missouri (junior, Vancouver) long jumped a season-best 18-8 1/2 (5.70m) for 11th in the women's event. Weight throwers Cassie Whitfield (sophomore, Spanaway) took seventh with her throw of 55-5 (16.89m) and Kjirsten Jensen (sophomore, Arlington) was eighth with a season-best toss of 54-10 (16.71m). Shot putters Jacob Weintraub (junior, Redondo Beach, Calif.) took ninth with a toss of 53-2 1/4 (16.21m) and Joe Bartlett (sophomore, Reno) took 10th with his throw of 52-3 1/4 (15.93m).
Coach Sloan also singled out several Cougars for their performances at the Husky Classic meet. 'Good job by Stephan Scott-Ellis. He is really performing well,' Sloan said. 'The sprints were pretty solid today across the board. Cindy Robinson had a pretty good day. Princess Joy ran well including running a 54.9 leg on the 4x400m relay. A good time by our men's relay team for this time of year. Courtney Zalud caught my eye today with her 800m time. She ran very effortlessly and ran a good competitive race and a smart race. Good racing by the 800m guys and the distance runners. David Hickerson had his first PR in four years with him time in the mile.'
The next competition for the Cougars will be Friday, Feb. 19, at the Vandal Collegiate meet at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow.