June 4, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University will be represented by 14 student-athletes at the 87th Annual Men's and 27th Annual Women's NCAA Track & Field Championships June 11-14, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Drake University serves as the host school.
Cougars who advanced by placing in the top five in their events (top three for relays) at the NCAA West Regional include (places):
Jeshua Anderson, men's 400m hurdles (1st) Trent Arrivey, men's high jump (1st) McKenzie Garberg, women's discus (4th) and hammer (4th) Jon Jeffreys, men's javelin (4th) Lorraine King, women's 400m hurdles (2nd) Barry Leavitt, men's 400m hurdles (3rd) Sara Trané, women's 3000m steeplechase (5th) Marissa Tschida, women's javelin (4th)
Cougars that finished in the top 12 in their events at the regional meet and had high marks on the national descending order lists who received at-large bids include:
Ebba Jungmark, women's high jump Anna Layman, women's 800m Meghan Leonard, women's 3000m steeplechase
Rickey Moody is an automatic qualifier in the men's decathlon.
The WSU men's 4x400m relay finished third at the NCAA West Regional with a squad consisting of Leavitt, Anderson, Justin Woods and Reny Follett. Because of Leavitt and Anderson competing in 400m hurdles prelims, semifinals and finals, two additional Cougs, Marlon Murray and Robert Williams, will go to the NCAA Championships to run in the relay if needed. A total of 544 student-athletes per gender will compete in the championships.
In the June 4 United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) weekly rankings, the WSU men's team is ranked 21st after being out of the polls for the past two weeks. The Cougar women's team is ranked 34th. LSU's men's and women's teams are predicted to win both team titles at the national meet.