Feb. 16, 2010
ANOTHER BORDER CROSSING FOR COUGARS FRIDAY: Selected members of the Washington State track and field teams will travel across the Idaho border to compete Friday, Feb. 19, at the Vandal Collegiate Indoor Meet...field events begin at 3 p.m. in the Kibbie Dome and running events are set to start at 4 p.m...men's and women's discus will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, beginning at 11 a.m...meet is expected to conclude Friday around 9:30 p.m...complete results will be posted at www.wsucougars.com, when available.
COUGAR HIGHLIGHTS FROM HUSKY CLASSIC: Five Cougar reached NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks Feb. 13 at the Dempsey Indoor Facility...Jeshua Anderson (400m, 47.24), Joe Abbott (800m, 1:50.24), Stephan Scott-Ellis (triple jump, 50-9 1/4), and Anna Layman (800m, 2:06.86) all reached NCAA PQs...Holly Parent bettered her NCAA PQ in the high jump to 5-11 1/2 (1.82m)...Scott-Ellis also won the long jump (23-10)...WSU men's 4x400m relay just missed NCAA PQ with a winning time of 3:11.60...WSU women's relay team won (3:43.25)...Cougs improved 23 lifetime-bests marks at the meet.
KIMPEL FOURTH AT USA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Freshman Andrew Kimpel (Spokane) placed fourth (24:19) in the men's junior 8,000m race at the USA Cross Country Championships and World Cross Country Team Trials Feb. 13, at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane Valley...Kimpel qualified for the USA Junior Team and will compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships March 28 in Bydgoszcz, Poland...Mark Moeller (senior, Spokane) finished 30th out of 91 competitors in the Men's Open 12k (38:04).
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 37th season with the Cougar track program; 16th year as a head coach, 15th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...Sloan (decathlon/heptathlon) is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell (throws), and assistant coaches Pete Julian (cross country/distance), Mark Macdonald (hurdles/relays), Ellannee Richardson (sprints/relays) and Matt McGee (jumps)...volunteer coaches include Megan Johnson (throws), Elliott Hubler (jumps), and Tim Riley (distance).
COUGARS' NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS: * = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing)
Men: 400m Jeshua Anderson # 47.24 (26th) 800m Joe Abbott # 1:50.24 (37th) High Jump Trent Arrivey * 2.24m/ 7-4 1/4 (t-1st) Ryan Deese # 2.14m/ 7-0 1/4 (t-28th) Triple Jump Stephan Scott-Ellis # 15.47m/ 50-9 1/4 (27th) Women: 800m Anna Layman # 2:06.86 (19th) High Jump Holly Parent # 1.82m/ 5-11 1/2 (t-9th) Pole Vault Kendall Mays # 4.07m/ 13-4 1/4 (t-23rd)
NCAA DESCENDING ORDER LISTS: The NCAA has qualifying provisional and automatic qualifying standards for Indoor competition that can be found on the 2010 Indoor Bests Lists posted on the WSU website (www.wsucougars.com)...national descending order lists can be viewed at the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Track & Field Results Reporting System website (www.tfrrs.org).
USTFCCCA NCAA DI NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Feb. 16 find the Washington State men's team dropped from the top 25 after being No. 21 last week and are 38th this week...Texas A&M men's team and Oregon's women's team are No. 1...WSU women moved up from 104th to 58th...USTFCCCA national rankings are a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2010 NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships, March 12-13, Fayetteville, Ark...Pac-10 schools in the top 25 are Oregon (No. 2 men, No. 1 women), Arizona State (No. 5 men), Stanford (No. 13 men), California (No. 22 men), and Arizona (No. 18 men, No. 16 women)...next ranking will be published February 23.
USTFCCCA NCAA REGIONAL RANKINGS: New this season, the USTFCCCA is "scoring" nine award regions using current national-team ranking formulas...top 7 regional team index is best used to find a team's all-around strength, as it takes many athletes in many events to yield a high score, whereas the national-team rankings are taken in context with national championship where it takes a few very elite athletes to score well...in the third regional rankings, the Cougar men are listed 7th in the West Region (after Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford, Arizona, UCLA and California), and the WSU women remained 5th (after Oregon, Arizona, Stanford and UCLA)...these rankings can be found at www.ustfccca.org.
ARRIVEY (air-ah-vee) LEADS NATION IN HIGH JUMP: Senior Trent Arrivey (Woodinville, Wash.) won the men's high jump at the Cougar Indoor Invitational Jan. 23, with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying, meet record, and indoor PR height of 7-4 1/4 (2.24m)...Arrivey is in a three-way tie for the national lead...Arrivey is a three-time All-American and the reigning Pac-10 Champion...Arrivey's outdoor PR is 7-4 1/2 (2.25m) cleared in 2009...Arrivey was also named the Athlete of the Week (Jan. 26) by the website USAJumper.com (find site through www.runnerspace.usajumper.com).
ANDERSON ON BOWERMAN WATCH LIST: Junior Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) is one of 10 male collegiate track and field athletes named to the official preseason watch list for the 2010 awarding of The Bowerman as selected by The Bowerman Men's Watch Committee, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Jan. 14...the Bowerman is an award bestowed to the nation's top collegiate men's and women's track and field athlete each year at the USTFCCCA annual convention in December...the Bowerman is named in honor of track and field pioneer Bill Bowerman, who served the sport of track and field in numerous ways, including his leadership in the USTFCCCA's predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole...initial awards given in 2009...complete 2010 Watch List for men and women is at www.thebowerman.org.
ANDERSON IS HON. MEN. ON TRACK & FIELD NEWS TOP 10 COLLEGIATE MEN OF DECADE: Jeshua Anderson, junior intermediate hurdler and two-time NCAA Champion, was an honorable mention selection for the Track & Field News Top 10 Collegiate Men of the Decade list (March 2010 issue)...six men were included on the honorable mention list...a total of four Pac-10 competitors were among the 16 men honored.
LAGAT MAKES HISTORY AT MILLROSE GAMES: Bernard Lagat, Washington State Athletic Hall of Fame member and two-time Olympic medalist, won his eighth Wanamaker Mile at the 103rd Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, Friday, Jan. 29, in New York City...Lagat ran a time of 3:56.34 and surpassed the seven Wanamaker Mile wins of Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan for the most wins ever in the prestigious event...at the conclusion of the race, Lagat was an 11-time All-American while competing for Washington State...SETS AMERICAN 5K RECORD: Lagat shattered the American record for the 5000m Feb. 6, when he ran a time of 13:11.50 at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, taking seven seconds of the American record.
PALOUSE MALL WSU ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: A male and female Washington State student-athlete is selected each week to be honored for their accomplishments...Jan. 11-16, Jeshua Anderson was honored for his double win at WSU Open (60m hurdles, 800m)...Jan. 18-22,Trent Arrivey won for soaring to NCAA AQ at Cougar Indoor high jump.
COUGAR HIGHLIGHTS FROM VANDAL INDOOR AND RUNNERS SOUL OPEN MEETS: Kendall Mays (Rs-junior, Spokane) reached NCAA Provisional Qualifying in the women's pole vault Friday night at the Vandal Indoor...Mays vaulted 13-4 1/4 (4.07m) which is just one inch under her PR height...Mays won the event on fewer misses...freshman heptathlete Jasmine Johnson-McKeown (San Bernardino, Calif.) was a double winner, taking the discus competition with a toss of 158-8 (48.37m) and winning the 60m dash in a PR time of 7.69...
BLOGING IS BACK: WSU Track & Field blog is online at wsucougars.com...new blogs will be posted at the beginning of each week by coaches, student-athletes and friends of the Cougar Track program.
COUGARS AND THE MPSF INDOOR HISTORY: Because the Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, Washington State University competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for an indoor track conference title, joining teams from the Pac-10 and Big West Conferences...at the 2009 MPSF Indoor Championships, the women's team finish order was: 1. Stanford (115), 2. Oregon (91.5), 3. Arizona State (78), 4. UCLA (75.5), 5. Washington (72.5), 6. California (68.5), 7. Arizona (62), 8. Washington State (51.5), 9. Cal State Northridge (32.5), and 10. Long Beach State (14)...placing for the men's teams were: 1. UCLA (83.5), 2. Washington State (78.5) and California (78.5), 4. Oregon (78), 5. Arizona State (76.5), 6. Washington (75), 7. Stanford (68), 8. Cal St. Northridge (56), 9. Arizona (54), and 10. Long Beach State (14)...2010 MPSF Championships are slated for February 26-27, at Washington's Dempsey Indoor Facility.
2009 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITORS: WSU produced five All-Americans from the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championship meet...Trent Arrivey (8th, high jump), 4x400m Relay (8th) - Barry Leavitt (graduated), Reny Follett, Justin Woods (graduated), and Jeshua Anderson...WSU men's team score was two points (t-53rd).
ABOUT THE WSU INDOOR FACILITY: Washington State track and field teams practice and compete in the Indoor Practice Facility on the WSU campus...IPF's track layout features an eight-lane Mondo straight-away track for 60m dash and hurdles racing, and a six-lane Mondo oval track for 200m, 400m, mile, 800m and 3000m as well as a 4x400m relay...jumping and throwing field events are contested on the artificial turf inside the oval...bleacher seating can accommodate up to 1,000 spectators.
For list of competitors at Vandal Collegiate Meet, click on the PDF above.