Feb. 25, 2009
COUGARS TRAVEL TO INDOOR CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Washington State University indoor track and field teams travel to Seattle for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28, at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the Washington campus...the women's weight throw begin Friday at 12:30 with the final event the 4x400m relays set for Saturday at 3 p.m...a complete MPSF Championship Meet schedule can be found at the end of this release...results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, when available each day.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and update your information to ensure that you are not left out...also stay current with information through the Facebook group, WSU Track Reunion.
COUGARS' NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS: * = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing)
Women: Mile Lisa Egami # 4:45.49 (45th) Pole Vault Kendall Mays # 4.05m / 13-3 1/2 (t-21st)
Men: 400m Dash Jeshua Anderson # 46.75 (t-11th) 60m Hurdles Robert Williams # 7.84 (t-13th) High Jump Trent Arrivey # 2.20m / 7-2 1/2 (t-3rd) Shawn Swartz # 2.15m / 7-0 1/2 (t-22nd) Ryan Deese # 2.14m / 7-0 1/4 (t-26th) 35# Weight Philip MacArthur # 20.09m / 65-11 (24th)
MAYS NAMED wsucougars.com FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Kendall Mays, a junior from Spokane, Wash., had the second-best women's pole vault in school history at the Vandal Collegiate Meet in Moscow, Idaho, Feb. 21...Mays cleared the bar at 13-3 1/2 (4.05m) for a PR and improved NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark...she won the competition and her attempts at 13-9 1/4 (4.20m) were promising...previous Track & Field student-athletes named wsucougars.com AoW include Lisa Egami and Phil MacArthur.
MacARTHUR HEAVES 35-POUND IMPROVEMENT: Phil MacArthur, a senior from Ione, Wash., improved his NCAA PQ mark when he won the 35-pound weight throw at the Vandal Collegiate meet Feb. 21, with a toss of 65-feet, 11 inches (20.09m), an improvement of nearly two feet from his throw two weeks ago...this mark is fifth-best in WSU all-time records and third-best in the MPSF this season.
HIGHER HURDLES, LOWER TIMES: Robert Williams, a senior from Riverside, Calif., won the 60m hurdles at the Vandal Collegiate Meet by edging out Idaho's Paul Dittmer at the finish line...both finished in a time of 7.84 seconds, a PR and improved NCAA PQ time for Williams...this is tied for seventh-best in WSU men's history...Williams' time is third-best in the MPSF this season with Jeshua Anderson's time of 8.00 sixth.
SWARTZ MAKES IT THREE COUGS OVER 7-FEET IN THE MEN'S HIGH JUMP THIS SEASON: Shawn Swartz, a freshman from Port Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, became the 30th Cougar man to clear 7-feet in the high jump with his PR leap of 7-0 1/2 (2.15m) at the Husky Classic in Seattle Feb. 14...Swartz joins Ryan Deese (soph., Colorado Springs, Colo.) who cleared 7-0 1/4 (2.14m) Feb. 7, at the Runners Soul Open in Moscow, Idaho, and All-American Trent Arrivey (junior, Woodinville, Wash.) who soared over a 7-2 1/2 (2.20m) bar, Jan. 31 at the Cougar Indoor...freshman Ross VanZanten (Longview, Wash.) cleared 6-8 (2.03m) in his collegiate debut last weekend and is aiming to make this a Cougar fearsome foursome.
HIGH JUMP HISTORY: Having three competitors clear 7-feet in the high jump is special, it is not take the prize for WSU competitors...FOUR Cougars high jumpers clear 7-feet in the SAME MEET...Brent Harken, James Cunningham, Brent Lowery and Anastasios Djonis all cleared 7-1 at the Vandal Invitational Meet, Feb. 3, 1984, in Moscow, Idaho...Harken won the competition after skying to 7-3 1/2...according to the 1985 WSU Track & Field media guide and confirmed by Track & Field News, this is the only time in collegiate history four men from the same school have cleared over 7-0 in the same meet.
BATTLE OF THE ALL-AMERICANS: The men's 400m dash at the MPSF Championships will see cross-state rivals and All-Americans Jordan Boase (UW) and Jeshua Anderson (WSU) competing...Boase has the school record of 46.15 for indoor 400m...Anderson, an intermediate hurdler in the outdoor season, has a season-best time of 46.75 with a PR time of 46.67 run in 2008...at the 08 MPSF Championships, Boase and Anderson finished one-two in the 400m.
SPRINTERS RACING TO THE LINE: Princess Joy Griffey (junior, Federal Way, Wash.) was a double winner at the Vandal Collegiate Meet, taking the 60m dash in a time of 7.59 seconds (7th in MPSF) and the 200m with a PR time of 24.33 (4th MPSF)...on the men's side, Justin Woods, a senior from Buena Vista, Calif., is one of two men with the best 60m time of 6.79 in the MPSF this season...his 200m time of 21.26 is third-best in the conference...MISSING - Marlon Murray (sophomore, Des Moines, Wash.) strained a hamstring running in the 4x400m relay at the Husky Classic meet and will not be competing at the MPSF Championships...Murray's 60m time of 6.82 and 200m time of 21.48 are both fourth-best in the league this season.
HOP, SKIP AND JUMP: Sarah Burns (senior, Tacoma, Wash.) only has eligibility for the indoor season and she leads a trio of Cougar women in the triple jump...Burns' season-best of 39-10 1/2 (12.15m) is third on the MPSF list with Candace Missouri (sophomore, Vancouver, Wash.) fifth (39-5) and Jessica Yates (freshman, Snohomish, Wash.) sixth (38-5 1/2)...on the men's side, Moreno Zapata (Lakewood, Wash.) has a season-best of 50-0 1/2 (15.25m) which is fourth-best in league.
SO LO: Women's captain Lorraine King (Fontana, Calif.) will run in the 60m hurdles, 400m dash and on the 1600m relay team...King's 400m PR time of 55.08 is fifth-best in MPSF while her 60m hurdles PR time of 8.53 is fourth-best.
OUT LIKE A LAMB: Discus All-American Matt Lamb, redshirt junior from Emmett, Idaho, will throw the shot put at the MPSF...his season-best of 54-2 1/2 (16.52m) is eighth among league throwers.
LAYMAN MAKING STRIDES: Outdoor All-American Anna Layman (redshirt sophomore, Spokane Valley) takes her PR indoor 800m time of 2:11.51, fourth-best in MPSF this season, to the championships...Layman's outdoor 800m best time is 2:04.03...freshman Mietra Smollack's (Oak Harbor, Wash.) 800m time of 2:13.86 is 10th on the MPSF list.
EGAMI ANTICIPATING HAPPY RETURNS: Lisa Egami (junior, Coquitlam, B.C.) ran the school record time in the mile at the Husky Classic meet so is happy to return to the Dempsey Indoor track for the MPSF race...Egami's time of 4:45.49 is the 9th-best among the MPSF women.
WHY STOP AT ONE EVENT?? Angela Jensen (sophomore, Tacoma, Wash.) returns to the MSPF women's Pentathlon after taking eighth last year...joining in the five-event fun is freshman Courtney Kirkwood (Othello, Wash.) for her first collegiate multi...Kyle Schauble (junior, Kennewick) returns to the men's Heptathlon competition looking for a complete event after pulling a hamstring in 2008 and dropping out...Sean Harris (freshman, Kent, Wash.) is also looking to score points in the MPSF final standings.
COUGARS AND THE MPSF INDOOR HISTORY: Because the Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, Washington State University competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for an indoor track conference title, joining teams from the Pac-10, Mountain West, Western Athletic, West Coast and Big West Conferences...at the 2008 MPSF Indoor Championships, the women's team finish order was: 1. Arizona State (154.5), 2. Stanford (141), 3. Oregon (72), 4. California (65.5), 5. Washington (61.5), 6. Arizona (57.5), 7. Washington State (49), 8. Cal St. Northridge (38.5), 9. UCLA (14.5), and 10. Long Beach State (6)...placing for the men's teams were: 1. Oregon (90), 2. California (84.5), 3. Stanford (83), 4. Arizona State (77), 5. Washington (66.5), 6. UCLA (64.5), 7. Arizona (58) and Washington State (58), 9. Cal St. Northridge (49), and 10. Long Beach State (28.5)...2009 MPSF Championships are slated for February 27-28, at Washington's Dempsey Indoor Facility.
CURRENT COUGARS WHO SCORED AT THE 2008 MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS: Princess Joy Griffey - W60m (3rd), W 200m (5th) Lorraine King - W400m (8th) Lisa Egami - W800m (7th) Sarah Burns - WTriple Jump (2nd) Candace Missouri - WTriple Jump (7th) Jalisa Williams - Pentathlon (5th) Angela Jensen - Pentathlon (8th) Justin Woods - M60m (2nd), M200m (3rd) Jeshua Anderson - M400m (2nd) Luke Lemenager - M800 (7th) Trent Arrivey - MHigh Jump (3rd) Ryan Deese - MHigh Jump (8th) Moreno Zapata - MTriple Jump (7th) Phil MacArthur - MWt Throw (2nd)
NATIONAL POLLS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2009 Week #5 poll lists Oregon as the top men's team and Texas A&M as the top women's team in a prediction of team finishes at the NCAA Indoor Championships...Cougar men are 37th...individual events where WSU men are nationally listed are: Trent Arrivey, high jump (3rd), Shawn Swartz, high jump (22nd), Robert Williams, 60m hurdles (13th), Ryan Deese, high jump (26th), Philip MacArthur (24th), Jeshua Anderson, 400m dash (11th)...Kendall Mays, pole vault, is the sole WSU woman nationally ranked (21st).
ANDERSON MAKES TRACKSHARK TOP 12 SPRINTERS/HURDLERS TO WATCH IN 2009 LIST: WSU sophomore Jeshua Anderson was named to the TrackShark.com 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.