March 14, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Washington State high jumper Trent Arrivey and the men's 4x400m relay team both finished eighth in their respective events Saturday at the NCAA Div. I Track & Field Indoor Championships at Gilliam Indoor Stadium on the Texas A&M campus.
Arrivey garnered his second All-America certificate with his eighth-place finish in the men's high jump. Arrivey, a junior from Woodinville, Wash., cleared the first bar of 6-feet, 10 1/4 inches (2.09m) on his first attempt but did not clear the next height of 7-0 1/4 (2.14m) on any of his three attempts. His lifetime-best leap of 7-3 (2.21m) was accomplished at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships last month in Seattle. Scott Sellers, a senior at Kansas State, won the event after clearing the bar at 7-4 1/2 (2.25m). Arrivey earned his first All-America status at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships when he finished ninth.
"Trent warmed up great and looked good clearing his opening bar. He just missed his take-off at 2.14m and on his third attempt the bar almost stayed up. He is disappointed with this missed opportunity," said Matt McGee, Cougar jumps coach.
"I think Trent came in to win this meet and he just didn't have his best day of performance," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "I'm sure he's disappointed but you look across the board only one guy cleared 2.19m and the next six places after that cleared 2.14m. So it wasn't a really great competition and nearly everyone jumped poorly."
The Cougar men's 1600m relay team of Barry Leavitt (senior, Benton City, Wash.), Reny Follett (junior, Lewiston, Idaho), Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) and Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.), finished third in the second heat and eighth overall with a time of 3:08.97. Last weekend in Iowa the Cougar men ran a time of 3:06.74, the fourth-best in WSU all-time records. The Baylor relay team won the NCAA title with a time of 3:05.81.
Cougar coach Mark Macdonald reported the split times as 47.8 seconds for Leavitt, 47.05 for Follett, 47.6 for Woods, and a time for 45.9 Anderson on the anchor leg.
"I think the WSU guys did a great job," Sloan said. "When you look at the teams we were racing - Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, Baylor - all the perennially great 4x400m relay teams and the Cougars are in there heads-up with them. I think the team competed very well. Our best time of 3:06.74 came on an oversized track and for the first time this year they raced on a banked 200-meters track today and had to make an adjustment. Jeshua ran a strong anchor leg and put us in third place in our heat."
Tennessee won the women's team title with 42 points and Oregon won the men's team title with 54 points while the Cougar men's 2 points in the team standings was tied for 53rd.
Washington State begins the outdoor season next weekend in Los Angeles at the USC Trojan Invitational.