March 24, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Getting up at 4 a.m. and traveling in their uniforms paid off for a trio of Washington State track and field throwers Friday afternoon at the Trojan Invitational. The hammer competition was held Friday afternoon on the Cal State Northridge campus due to lack of facilities at USC, where the rest of the meet will be held Saturday.
WSU sophomore McKenzie Burgess Garberg (Benton City, Wash.) threw the women's hammer an NCAA Regional Qualifying and personal-best distance of 178-feet, 9 inches (54.48m) on her sixth and final throw of the day. Garberg's throw is the fourth-farthest in WSU women's hammer history.
Phil MacArthur (redshirt freshman, Selkirk, Wash.) also threw the hammer an NCAA RQ and PR distance of 186-3 (56.78m). Freshman Chase Mancuso (Mukilteo, Wash.) tossed the hammer a PR distance of 162-2 (49.43m).
"I'm so proud of these kids, getting off a plane and just stepping up and getting great performances," WSU Associate Coach Debra Farwell said.
The rest of the Cougar track and field team left Pullman at 10:30 a.m. Friday and will compete in the Trojan Invitational Saturday at USC's Loker Stadium/Cromwell Field.