March 11, 2009
WASHINGTON STATE SENDS HIGH JUMPER, RELAY TEAM TO NCAA CHAMPS: Five members of the Washington State University track and field team will be competing at the 45th Annual Men's NCAA Indoor Championship and the 27th Annual Women's NCAA Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, at the Gilliam Indoor Track and Field at the McFerrin Athletic Center at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas...high jumper Trent Arrivey (junior, Woodinville, Wash.) returns for his second NCAA Indoor Championship competition...Arrivey (pronounced air-eh-vee) did not clear a height at the 2008 indoor meet but cleared 7-0 1/4 (2.14m) for ninth place and All-America status at the 2008 outdoor championships...men's 4x400m 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.) are at the NCAA Indoor meet for the first time but did qualify for the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships...Anderson is the reigning NCAA 400m hurdles champion...the WSU men's team is currently ranked 26th in the USTFCCCA NCAA DI poll.
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.
2009 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITIVE SCHEDULE FOR COUGARS:
(Start times have been converted from Central Time to Pacific Times) Saturday, March 14 2:15 p.m. Men's High Jump - Trent Arrivey 5:25 p.m. Men's 4x400m Relay - Leavitt, Follett, Woods, Anderson
WATCH THE NCAA INDOOR TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS LIVE: ESPN360.com will stream the championships LIVE, both days, at www.ESPN360.com...click on the FAQs link for software and system requirements, etc...anyone with a .edu e-mail address is able to obtain access to ESPN360 at no cost...additionally, ESPN2 will air a 90-minute show at 2:30 p.m. ET, Monday, March 23.
COUGARS' NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS: * = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing)
Women: Mile Lisa Egami # 4:44.92 (50th) 3000m Sara Trané # 9:28.54 (48th) Distance Medley Relay Egami, King,Layman, Trané # 11:17.92 (15th) Pole Vault Kendall Mays # 4.10m / 13-5 1/4 (t-18th) Men: 400m Dash Jeshua Anderson # 46.75 (t-18th) 60m Hurdles Robert Williams # 7.84 (t-20th) 4x400m Relay Leavitt, Follett,Woods, Anderson #3:06.74 (5th) High Jump Trent Arrivey # 2.21m / 7-3 (t-2nd) Shawn Swartz # 2.15m / 7-0 1/2 (t-24th) Ryan Deese # 2.14m / 7-0 1/4 (t-28th) 35# Weight Phil MacArthur # 20.09m / 65-11 (28th)
MEN'S 1600M RELAY BREAKS RECORD TO GO TO NCAA CHAMPS: The Cougar men's 4x400m relay team of Barry Leavitt, Reny Follett, Justin Woods and Jeshua Anderson, ran a school indoor record and NCAA Provisional Qualifying time March 7 at the Iowa State Qualifier meet in Ames, Iowa...WSU finished second to national leader Florida State with WSU's time of 3:06.74 the fourth-best in WSU all-time records...FSU's men ran an NCAA Automatic Qualifying time of 3:05.48...Leavitt (senior, Benton City, Wash.) opened the race with a split time of 47.6 seconds and handed off to Reny Follett (junior, Lewiston, Idaho) who ran a split time of 46.4...Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) ran the third leg in a time of 47.2 and Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.) ran the anchor leg in a time of 45.5....Feb. 28 at the MPSF Indoor Championships in Seattle, the Cougs ran the previous school indoor record time of 3:08.80.
HOW HIGH CAN THEY GO??? Trent Arrivey, junior from Woodinville, Wash., soared to a personal-best and improved NCAA Provisional Qualifying high jump height of 7-3 (2.21m) for second place at the MPSF Indoor Championships Feb. 28 in Seattle...Arrivey, a 2008 All-American, has the second-best height nationally this season.
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 but improved his PR to 7-3 (2.21m) Feb. 28...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.
WOMEN'S DMR NAMED wsucougars.com FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: Lisa Egami, Lorraine King, Anna Layman and Sara Trané were named the wsucougars.com Female AoW after their school indoor-record-setting Distance Medley Relay performance Friday night at the University of Notre Dame Alex Wilson Indoor Track and Field Invitational held in the Loftus Sports Center where they ran an NCAA PQ time of 11:17.92, which was third place behind teams from West Virginia (11:05.10) and Kansas State (11:07.41) that ran NCAA Automatic Qualifying times...Egami (junior, Coquitlam, B.C.) ran the 1200m opening segment in a split time of 3:24 and handed off to King (senior, Fontana, Calif.) who ran the 400m in a split time of 53.8...Layman (sophomore, Spokane Valley) ran the 800m leg in a split time of 2:10.7...the Cougars were in the lead when Trané (senior, Pixbo, Sweden) grabbed the baton for the 1600m segment, went out to a speedy first 800m, running a pace of 2:14, but was up against two top milers from WVU and K-State and could not hold the lead...earlier this indoor season, Egami claimed the WSU mile record time (4:44.92) and Trané ran the WSU indoor 3k record this season (9:28.54).
WSU SCHOOL RECORDS SET IN 2009 INDOOR SEASON:
Women: Mile - Lisa Egami 4:44.92 School Record 3000m - Sara Trané 9:28.54 School Indoor Record 3000m - Michelly Foley 9:56.80 Freshman School Indoor Record 5000m - Emily Farrar 17:36.77 Freshman School Indoor Record DM Relay - Lisa Egami, Lorraine King, Anna Layman, Sara Trané 11:17.92 School Indoor Record Men: 4x400m Relay - Barry Leavitt, Reny Follett, Justin Woods, Jeshua Anderson 3:06.74 School Indoor Record
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.