March 12, 2008
NCAA INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Three members of the Washington State University track and field teams will be competing at the 44th Annual Men's NCAA Indoor Championship and the 26th Annual Women's NCAA Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday, March 14-15, at the Randal Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville...all three Cougars are making their NCAA Championships debuts: Ebba Jungmark, women's high jump, Jeshua Anderson, men's 400m dash, and Trent Arrivey, men's high jump...results will be posted at www.flashresults.com.
QUALIFIED BUT NOT COMPETING AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The WSU track and field competitors who had provisional qualifying marks but did not make the field for the NCAA Indoor Championships include the men's 4x400m relay team of Barry Leavitt, Reny Follett, Jeshua Anderson and Justin Woods, men's 5000m runner Alex Grant, and long jumper Rickey Moody...see national standings below.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 35th season with the Cougar track program; 14th year as a head coach, 13th 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 WSU All-American heptathlete Diana Pickler is a volunteer assistant coach this season along with Bob Frey and Luan Weekes. *
COUGARS' NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS:
* = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing) Women: High Jump Ebba Jungmark * 1.88m / 6-2 (t3rd)
Men: 400m Jeshua Anderson # 46.67 (t11th) 5000m Alex Grant # 14:05.28 (31st) 4x400m Relay Barry Leavitt, Reny Follett Jeshua Anderson, Justin Woods # 3:08.86 (16th) High Jump Trent Arrivey # 2.17m/ 7-1 1/2 (t15th) Long Jump Rickey Moody # 7.55m/ 24-9 1/4 (41st)
2008 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITIVE SCHEDULE FOR COUGARS: (Converted to Pacific Daylight Times)
Friday, March 14 12:30 p.m. Women's High Jump - Ebba Jungmark 3:40 p.m. Men's 400m Dash Prelim - Jeshua Anderson
Saturday, March 15 2:45 p.m. Men's High Jump - Trent Arrivey 4:55 p.m. Men's 400m Dash Final
NATIONAL POLLS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has top 25 team polls posted every Wednesday on the website, http://ustfccca.com...WSU has not be ranked all season.
ABOUT THE NCAA-BOUND COUGARS:
Jeshua Anderson - Men's 400m Dash *Freshman from Woodland Hills, Calif. *Set national prep record for 300m hurdles (35.28 seconds) in 2007 *Played on Washington State football team as wide receiver in fall 2007: 12 games played, 12 receptions for 372 yards, 2 touchdowns *Set WSU freshman school record 400m with PR time of 46.67 (previous record set in 1984) *400m time of 46.67 is ninth-best in school history, set at MPSF Indoor Championships (3/1, Seattle) *Set WSU freshman school record 60m hurdles time of 8.01
Trent Arrivey - Men's High Jump *Pronounced air-ah-vee *Sophomore from Woodinville, Wash. *PR of 2.17m / 7-1 1/2 at 2008 WSU Open II Meet (2/23, Pullman) *Cleared 2.14m/7-0 1/4 at WSU Open (1/26/08) becoming 28th Cougar to high jump better than 7-feet *Third place in high jump at 2008 MPSF Indoor Championships *Third place at 2007 Pac-10 outdoor championships *NH at 2007 NCAA West Regional
Ebba Jungmark - Women's High Jump *Pronounced eh-bah yoon-mark *Freshman from Onsala, Sweden *Arrived in Pullman January 2008 *Opened with facility record, indoor PR, and NCAA AQ of 1.87m/6-1 1/2 at Husky Classic (2/16, Seattle) *Cleared indoor PR of 1.88m/6-2 at WSU Open II (2/23), second-best women's high jump in WSU history *Won the MPSF Championships with a meet record 1.85m/6- 3/4 (3/1, Seattle) *At 2007 World Championships at Osaka, Japan, finished 11th in high jump after clearing 1.88m/6-2 *Lifetime-best outdoor mark is 1.93m/6-3 1/2 achieved June 10, 2007, at Kil, Sweden
WSU SCHOOL INDOOR RECORDS SET IN 2008: Women: 3000m Amanda Andrews 9:50.07 Freshman School Indoor Record High Jump Ebba Jungmark 1.88m/6-2 Freshman School Indoor Record Pentathlon Jalisa Williams 3,373 points Freshman School Indoor Record Men: 400m Jeshua Anderson 46.67 Freshman School Indoor Record 1600m Relay Leavitt, Follett, Anderson, Woods 3:08.86 School Indoor Record
COUGS REACH TOP MARKS AT MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS: Ebba Jungmark was the lone champion for the Cougars at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, wining the women's high jump with a meet record 1.85m/6- 0 3/4...grabbing second-place finishes were Justin Woods (100m), Jeshua Anderson (400m), Alex Grant (5k), Phil MacArthur (weight throw), and Sarah Burns (triple jump)...third place finishes included Woods (200m), the men's 4x400m relay of Leavitt, Follett, Anderson and Woods, Trent Arrivey (high jump), and Princess Joy Griffey (60m)...the WSU men tallied 18 PRs at the meet and went on to tie with Arizona for seventh place in team standings...Cougar women had 17 PRs and also finished seventh (58 points) in team standings...the men's 4x400m relay set the school indoor record of 3:08.86, breaking the 1981 record of 3:11.1 (John Avognan, Chris Whitlock, Jeff Ramsay, Georges Kablan, at Moscow)...Anderson's 400m dash time of 46.67 is a freshman school record, breaking Kris Durr's 1984 time of 47.64...Amanda Andrews ran a freshman school record time in the 3000m of 9:59.07, removing Krisin Liebich's 1994 time of 10:00.67...Jalissa Williams set a freshman school record in the women's pentathlon with her fifth-place finish total of 3373 points, erasing Brittany Bekins' 2004 mark of 3,043 points.
EXCELLENCE IN A LONGER RACE: Alex Grant, senior from Bellingham, Wash., ran the fifth-fastest 5k time by an American at WSU when he clocked in with a PR and NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 14:05.28 for second place at the MPSF Championships.
MOODY MAKES MOVE: Rickey Moody, senior multi events athlete from Puyallup, Wash., competed in the long jump at the Husky Last Chance meet (3/8, Seattle) and leaped to an NCAA Provisional Qualifying and PR mark of 7.55m/24-9 1/4...it was the second long jump PR for Moody this season as he reached 24-1 1/2 (7.35m) at the Husky Classic...last spring he advanced to the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump,
MULTIS-TASKING: Rickey Moody won the men's heptathlon at the Cougar Indoor Meet with a PR 5,216 points, just below the 5300 points needed for NCAA provisional qualifying...Kyle Schauble, sophomore from Kennewick, Wash., reached a hept PR to 5,032 points...freshman Trevor Habberstad (Santa Clarita, Calif.) made his collegiate multi debut with 4,611 points...Moody was on track to reach NCAA qualifying in the heptathlon at the MPSF Championships when he was DQ'd from the second day opening event, the 60m hurdles.
SPRINT SPEED DEMONS: Justin Woods, a junior from Buena Vista, Calif., won the Vandal Indoor men's 60m dash in a time of 6.77 seconds and took the 200m dash with a time of 21.32, both are season-bests...the meet provided notable times from freshman Marlon Murray (60m, PR 6.95; 200m, PR 21.80), and sophomore Sadiki James (60m, PR 6.99)...freshman André Jennings ran a 60m time of 6.94 at the WSU Open II (2/23).
THROWING-UP PRS: Senior thrower McKenzie Garberg threw the 20-pound weight a PR distance of 55-feet, 2 1/4 inches (16.82m) at the WSU Open II meet (2/22), which is the fifth-best throw in school history...this is the third PR in this event for Garberg (Benton City, Wash.)...she is a 2007 All-American discus thrower...Garberg won the Vandal Indoor discus with an indoor lifetime-best toss of 166-8 (50.80m), won the weight throw, and took second in the shot put with a PR heave of 48-0 1/2 (14.64m)...Phil MacArthur (junior, Selkirk, Wash.) placed third in the 35-pound weight throw at the WSU Open II with a PR toss of 62-1 3/4 (18.94m), a four-foot improvement over his previous personal-best and the eighth-best toss in school history...Chase Mancuso (junior, Mukilteo, Wash.) reached a weight throw PR at the Husky Classic meet with a toss of 56-8 (17.27m).
LAMB NOT GENTLE WITH DISC: Junior Matt Lamb (Emmett, Idaho) threw an indoor PR discus mark of 192-6 (58.67m) to win the event at the Vandal Indoor...Lamb is a two-time outdoor discus All-American.
MILERS MAKING MARKS: Sophomore Lisa Egami (Coquitlam, British Columbia) clocked in a PR mile time of 4:55.83 at the Husky Classic Meet (2/16), seventh-fastest time in school history...senior Isley Gonzalez (Sunnyside, Wash.) won the women's mile at the Vandal Indoor with a PR time of 4:57.78, ninth-fastest women's mile time in school history...Gonzalez was the Cougars' top placer at the 2007 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships in eighth place...on the men's side of the ledger, senior Chris Concha (Reno, Nev.) ran a season-best mile time of 4:13.67 and Evan Blanshan clocked in with a PR time of 4:15.97, both at the Husky Classic.
HOP, SKIP AND JUMPING PR: Junior Moreno Zapata (Tacoma, Wash.) missed an NCAA provisional qualifying mark by one inch when he soared to a triple jump PR of 50-5 1/4 (15.37m) at the Husky Classic (2/16)...previously, he won the triple jump at the Cougar Indoor with a leap of 49-3 1/2 (15.02m)...he is the lone Cougar men's team triple jumper.
WOMEN VAULTERS MOVE UP: Freshman Alexa Huestis (Chehalis, Wash.) tied for third in the women's pole vault at the Husky Classic (2/16) after clearing a PR of 12-2 1/2 (3.72m), the sixth-best mark in WSU women's history...Kendall Mays (sophomore, Spokane) cleared 12-0 (3.66m) at the WSU Open II, becoming the eighth Cougar woman to clear 12-feet in the pole vault...Mays went on to clear a PR 3.84m/12-7 1/4 at the MPSF Championships (11th), the fifth-best mark in school history.
MISSOU AT WAZZU: Freshman Candace Missouri reached PRs in three events at the Cougar Indoor meet Jan. 26...Missouri, from Evergreen High in Vancouver, Wash., long jumped 18-10 (5.74m) and triple jumped 38-9 3/4 (11.83m), taking second in both events...she also ran a time of 7.89 seconds in the 60m dash...at the Husker Invite, she improved her triple jump PR to 39-0 1/4 (11.89m)...dropped her 60m time to 7.77 at the Vandal Indoor.
QUARTER MILERS NOT FAR BEHIND: Open 400m runners Barry Leavitt (junior, Benton City, Wash.) reached a PR time of 48.19 at the Husky Classic (2/16) after running a time of 48.75 at the Vandal Indoor...Reny Follett (redshirt sophomore, Lewiston, Idaho) followed with a season-best time of 48.73 in Seattle.
PENTATHLON PEOPLE: Freshmen Angela Jensen (Tacoma, Wash.) and Jalisa Williams (Pasadena, Calif.) will compete at the MPSF pentathlon this Friday...in their collegiate debuts at the Cougar Indoor (2/25), both fouled all three attempts in the shot put...Jensen's score was 2814 points and William's score was 2461 points.
BIG ROB REACHES PR, AGAIN: Robert Williams, junior from Riverside, Calif., finished seventh in the men's 60m hurdles final at the Husker Invite 2/2, with a time of 8.24 seconds but had run a lifetime-best time of 8.04 in the prelims...this came a week after the Cougar Indoor where he ran a PR time of 8.07...Williams opened the season with a time of 8.09 at the WSU Open.
DMR RELAY RALLIES AT HUSKER INVITE: The WSU men's distance medley relay squad of Luke Lemenager (sophomore, Maple Valley, Wash.), Kyle Schauble (sophomore, Kennewick, Wash.), Bob Hewitt-Gaffney (sophomore, Gillette, Wyo.) and Chris Concha (senior, Reno, Nev.), won their race with a time of 10:06.89.
OUTDOOR SEASON BECONS COUGARS: The WSU track and field teams will begin the 2008 outdoor season with competition at the Trojan Invite, hosted by the University of Southern California, March 21-22, at the Katherine B. Loker Stadium in Los Angeles.
PICKLERS TRIUMPH AT USA INDOOR COMBINED EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS: WSU track and field alumni Diana Pickler and Julie Pickler finished first and second, respectively, at the 2008 USA Track & Field Indoor Combined Events Championships at UNC Chapel Hill March 9...Diana Pickler won the women's pentathlon with a lifetime-best score of 4,378 points...twin sister, Julie Pickler, finished second with a PR of 4,296 points...bth Diana Pickler and Julie Pickler are sponsored by Asics...Diana trains in Pullman with WSU head coach Rick Sloan while Julie lives and trains in her native Texas...both are preparing for the US Olympic Trials which will be held in Eugene, Ore., June 27-July 6.