May 30, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Washington State sophomore Trent Arrivey won the men's high jump with a personal-record height of 7-feet, 3 inches during the first day of the NCAA West Regional Track & Field Championships held at Matador Stadium on the California State University at Northridge campus. A total of three Cougars qualified for the NCAA Championships in four events Friday.
Arrivey (pronounced air-eh-vee), from Woodinville, Wash., cleared 7-3 1/4 (2.22m) on his third and final attempt and then watched as USC's Manjula Wijesekara missed on his final attempt at that height. Arrivey made three attempts at 7-5 (2.26m), and was close on the third attempt but was happy to end the day with the West Region title, a PR, the sixth-best high jump in WSU history and a trip to the NCAA Championships.
Arrivey, who celebrated his 21st birthday Thursday, commenting on his day said, "I no-heighted at this meet last year so today was a good day to redeem myself. Ever since the dual meet against Washington (May 3), when I barely missed at 7-4 1/2 I just knew I something more in there. I felt good at the end of the event but I felt bad in warm-ups and don't think I even made a bar in warm-ups."
McKenzie Garberg, a senior from Benton City, Wash., started the day with a fourth-place finish in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 200-9 (61.18m) and then went on to take fourth place in the discus with a toss of 173-8 (52.93m). She is the WSU record-holder in the hammer with a toss of 204-9 (62.42m) thrown earlier this season, and a 2007 All-American in the discus.
"The hammer started kind of iffy. Usually, if I throw one out-of-bounds, it is going to be one heck of a day and I started with one right out of bounds," Garberg said. "From there we re-gauged and I'm happy to be back over 200-feet, even if it is inches. I didn't sit in the dreaded hot spot of fifth, I placed fourth and I'm in. It's hard to come back after a three-hour wait between events. I got some food in my stomach and a brief nap. A lot of it is mental preparation; I've been throwing two or three events in meets all year. For me, it is more important to stay mentally fresh than it is to stay physically fresh. I'm looking forward to competing in both events at the NCAAs next month."
Jon Jeffreys will make a return trip to the NCAA Championships after he finished fourth in the men's javelin. The senior from Spokane Valley, Wash., threw a distance of 220-9 (67.28m). Sophomore Nathan Bache (Missoula, Mont.) finished 12th with a day's best toss of 211-4 (64.41m).
"I'm happy to go back to the NCAAs but not happy with my performance today, my legs were just dead out there today and I don't know what the deal was with that," Jeffreys said. "That is probably the worst I've felt throwing javelin all year and I had the best practice of my life on Monday so that was the biggest surprise about today. I was expecting a PR but I had no connection on the runway, was out-of-sync, but I got the job done. I was my own competitor out there."
In other Friday finals, Rickey Moody, a senior decathlete from Puyallup, Wash., finished 10th in the men's long jump with a leap of 23-11 (7.29m). Isley Gonzalez, a senior from Toppenish, Wash., finished 23rd in the women's 5000m in a time of 17:30.06.
In preliminary action, Jeshua Anderson and Barry Leavitt advanced to the men's 400m hurdles final. Anderson, a freshman from nearby Woodland Hills, Calif., ran the top time of the three heats of 50.61 seconds. Leavitt, a junior from Benton City, Wash., ran the fourth-best time of the day of 51.20. Robert Williams (junior, Riverside, Calif.) ran the eighth-best men's 110m hurdles time to qualify for the Saturday final. Williams, who stumbled out of the blocks and knocked down the first three hurdles, recovered to finish in a time of 14.04 seconds.
Anna Layman, redshirt freshman from Spokane Valley, Wash., ran an 800m time of 2:08.41, second in the second heat, to automatically qualify for the final.
Lorraine King (sophomore, Fontana, Calif.) won her heat of the women's 400m hurdles with a time of 59.21, which was the second-fastest time of the prelims. Veronica Elseroad-Wall (freshman, Casper, Wyo.) ran a prelim time of 1:00.48, 13th-best of the prelims with the top eight advancing to the final.
The men's 4x100m relay of André Jennings, Justin Woods, Jeshua Anderson and Marlon Murray did not advance from the prelims after the handoff from Woods to Anderson occurred outside the passing zone and the team did not finish the final two legs of the relay.
Woods, a junior from Buena Vista, Calif. who has been bothered by an ankle injury all season, ran a time of 21.75 in the 200m prelims, 13th overall, and did not advance to the final.
The second and final day of the NCAA West Regional Championships is Saturday, May 31, at Northridge, Calif.
Quotes from Washington State Head Coach Rick Sloan: "It was a great day for the Cougars in general. We had a lot of great performances today. Trent Arrivey has been on the edge of breaking through, especially toward the end of the season. Struggled a little throughout the competition but had some big jumps late in the competition with misses but came up with the big jump when he needed and now he's regional champion and headed to the national meet. Great job by him and I'm really proud of the competitive effort that he made. Jumps coach Matt McGee did a great job of making adjustments, managing jumps and getting Trent on track they worked well together today.
"McKenzie Garberg did a great job today. Fouled her first throw in the hammer but came back and threw the next attempt well enough to get her to the top five and then she settled in and threw a 200-footer. Her discus was a very solid performance, not a lifetime best but a great series for her. The winds were playing tricks in that area. She worked her way up to third place but got knocked back down to fourth by the Arizona State gals.
"Jon Jeffreys didn't have his best day but it was good enough for him to finish fourth place and move on to the NCAA Championships. He is throwing very well right now and just had a little trouble finding the edge today. I'm confident that when we get to the nationals that he'll be ready for a big throw."