March 24, 2009
COUGARS TO COMPETE AT STANFORD INVITE: Selected members of the Washington State University track and field teams will compete at the Stanford Invitational, Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford campus...Friday's events begin at 100:30 a.m. and run until after 11 p.m...Saturday's events begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 5 p.m....results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, when available after competition concludes.
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 as volunteer coaches.
NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: The goal for the WSU competitors in the outdoor season is to reach NCAA Regional Qualifying marks...the top-five individual finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark....the only events that still have national provisional and automatic national qualifying marks are the heptathlon and decathlon, and the 10,000m races.
COUGS DO WELL IN LA: Ten WSU competitors reached NCAA Regional Qualifying marks at the Trojan Invite March 20-21...they are listed below:
COUGARS' OUTDOOR NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: (National standings/West Region standings) Women:
800m Anna Layman 2:09.23 (3rd / 1st) Lisa Egami 2:09.58 (4th / 2nd) Javelin Marissa Tschida 50.40m / 165-4 (1st / 1st) Lynnea Braun 46.25m / 151-9 (8th / 6th) Courtney Kirkwood 44.27m / 145-2 (11th / 7th)
Men: 110m Hurdles Robert Williams 14.02 (5th / 2nd) 400m Hurdles Jeshua Anderson 49.52 (1st / 1st) Barry Leavitt 51.56 (2nd / 2nd) Discus Matt Lamb 55.41m / 181-9 (7th / 4th) Hammer Phil MacArthur 60.78m / 199-5 (5th / 2nd)
NO QUALIFYING MARKS NEEDED FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: This is the third year the Pacific-10 Conference will forego its own set of qualifying marks for its championship meet...instead, a maximum of 24 women and 24 men may be entered from each school at the head coach's discretion...outdoor and indoor seasons will be used for descending order lists and seeding into the championship heats/flights.
EASY VIEWING OF PAC-10 PERFORMANCE LISTS: The Pacific-10 Conference performance descending order lists can be viewed online at www.directathletics.com...click on Performance Lists and under Current Seasons, click again on Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Performance Lists.
NATIONAL POLLS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Div. I 2009 Outdoor team rankings will begin March 25...this is a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2009 NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark...the USTFCCCA website can be found at www.ustfccca.org.
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.
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.
NO COUGAR HOME OUTDOOR MEETS IN 2009: Because of slated construction on the North side of Martin Stadium and the subsequent encroachment of equipment and supplies onto Mooberry Track, WSU will not host any outdoor track and field meets during the 2009 season.
WSU COMPETITORS SCHEDULED TO COMPETE AT STANFORD INVITE, MAR. 27-28:
WSU Women 200m- Angela Jensen 400m - Anna Layman 800m - Lisa Egami, Anna Layman, Mietra Smollack, Sara Trané 1500m - Lisa Egami, Marisa Sandoval, Mietra Smollack, Sara Trané 5000m - Emily Farrar, Michelly Foley, Isley Gonzalez 100m Hurdles - Angela Jensen 400m Hurdles - Brittnay Crabb, Lorraine King 3000m Steeplechase - Amanda Andrews 4x400m Relay- Crabb, Egami, King, Layman High Jump - Maria Creech Pole Vault - Alexa Huestis, Hilary Moore Long Jump - Candace Missouri Triple Jump - Candace Missouri, Jessica Yates
WSU Men 800m - Joe Abbott, Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, David Hickerson, Luke Lemenager 1500m - David Hickerson, Luke Lemenager 5000m - Mark Moeller, Drew Polley, Dominic Smargiassi 110m Hurdles - Trevor Habberstad, Sean Harris, J Hopkins, Kyle Schauble 400m Hurdles - Trevor Habberstad, J Hopkins 3000m Steeplechase - Sam Ahlbeck, Evan Blanshan 4x400m Relay - Habberstad, Harris, Hopkins, Lemenager, Schauble High Jump - Trent Arrivey, Ryan Deese Pole Vault - Jake Baertlein, Beau Carrillo Long Jump - Christian Crain, Kyle Schauble Triple Jump - Sean Wilson, Moreno Zapata