March 1, 2008
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Washington State track and field teams claimed one event gold medal in addition to several Cougars setting school records and personal-best marks Saturday at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships, at the University of Washington Dempsey Indoor Facility in Seattle.
Freshman Ebba Jungmark (Sweden) won the women's high jump with a clearance of 6-feet, 3/4 inch (1.85m), which is an NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark but below her best leap of the season of 6-2. Amanda Stewart and McKinnon Hanson tied for 10th after clearing the bar at 5-4 1/4 (1.63m), which tied Stewart's lifetime-best mark.
"Ebba didn't have her best legs today but still managed to clear 1.85m and her second attempt was very close at 1.88m, her lifetime-best of 6-2. We were happy to get the win and now will prepare for the NCAA championships," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said.
In the men's 400m dash, Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) broke his own freshman school record and improved his NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark with his second-place time of 46.67 seconds. Just minutes earlier, Anderson was disqualified from the 60m hurdles final when he placed his hands on a hurdle.
Justin Woods (junior, Buena Vista, Calif.) broke the tape in the men's 60m dash final in a photo-finish with Oregon's Derrick Jones, both timed at 6.78 seconds, but upon closer review, Woods was slotted to second place by a thousandth of a second. The Cougar men's 4x400m relay team took third place with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying and school indoor record time of 3:08.86, breaking a record that has stood since 1981. The 2008 WSU relay team of Barry Leavitt, Reny Follett, Anderson and Woods ran split times of 47.6, 47.6, 46.8 and 46.3, respectively.
"We really ran competitively, as the splits show, and Justin Woods ran a great anchor leg to put us under 3:09 and get us an NCAA provisional qualifying time," Sloan said.
Princess Joy Griffey (sophomore, Federal Way) captured third place in the women's 60m dash with a time of 7.48. Griffey also ran the lead-off leg of the fifth-place women's 4x400m relay team of La Shawnda Porter-Red, Veronica Elseroad-Wall and Lorraine King (3:44.56). In the 400m dash, King (junior, Fontana, Calif.) finished eighth in a time of 56.01 and was one of three Cougars to reach PR times. Caroline Hedel ran a PR time of 57.55 and Selena Galaviz also clocked in at 57.55 as they tied for 16th while Elseroad-Wall ran a PR time of 57.74 for 20th place.
Sarah Burns (senior, Tacoma) captured second in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 40-11 (12.47m) and Candace Missouri (freshman, Vancouver, Wash.) took seventh with her PR hop, skip and jump of 39-8 1/2 (12.10m). Catie Schuetzle finished 12th with a triple jump of 38-8 1/4 (11.79m). Moreno Zapata (junior, Tacoma) finished seventh in the men's triple jump when his final a leap of the day measured 48-11 1/2 (14.92m).
Trent Arrivey (sophomore, Woodinville) finished third in the high jump by clearing 6-10 1/4 (2.09m) after passing on the first two heights, clearing 6-8 1/4 (2.04m) on his first attempt, but needing all three to clear his final bar. Kyle Eaton and Ryan Deese tied for eighth after clearing 6-6 1/4 (1.99m).
Lisa Egami (sophomore, Coquitlam, British Columbia) finished seventh in the women's 800m with a season-best time of 2:12.34. Luke Lemenager (sophomore, Maple Valley) ran a PR time in the 800m of 1:52.31 for seventh place as Bob Hewitt-Gaffney ran a time of 1:52.90 for 10th place.
Senior Isley Gonzalez (Sunnyside, Wash.) finished ninth in the 3000m with a PR and the fifth-best time in school history of 9:39.56, just missing the school record of 9:39.31 held by Haley Paul (2006). In the same race, Collier Lawrence just missed her PR with a 16th place time of 9:50.80 and Amanda Andrews finished 20th but ran a freshman school record time of 9:59.07, besting Kristin Liebich's 1994 time of 10:00.67. In the men's 3k, Dominic Smargiassi finished 19th with a time of 8:22.99.
Rickey Moody (senior, Puyallup) had a tough start to the second day of the men's heptathlon as he was disqualified from the opening event, the 60m hurdles. Habberstad ran the race in 8.66. Both cleared PR pole vault heights to 13-9 1/4 (4.20m). Habberstad (freshman, Santa Clarita, Calif.) ran the 1000m in a PR time of 2:49.72 and finished ninth (PR 4767 points) out of the ten competitors who finished the heptathlon.
Karen DeMartini finished 10th in the mile but with a PR time of 4:54.02, the fastest time by a Cougar woman this year. Evan Blanshan ran a time of 4:16.21 for 16th place in the men's mile while Chris Concha ran a time of 4:20.90 for 20th place.
D.J. Brown's pole vault clearance at 15-6 1/2 (4.74m) was a PR but tied for 17th in the competition.
Oregon won the men's team title with 90 points as WSU's men accumulated 58 points and finished tied seventh with Arizona. Arizona State won the women's team title with 154.5 points and the WSU took seventh with 49 points.
"Overall, having people in every event doing well, I'm happy with the performances and I think it is a good way for us to conclude our indoor season with a lot lifetime-bests. People are excited about getting outdoors and training and getting that season started," Sloan said.
The NCAA Indoor Championships are March 14-15, in Fayetteville, Ark. Jungmark is the only Cougar guaranteed to compete while Anderson, Arrivey and the men's 1600m relay are provisional qualifiers and will wait to see if they make the final competitor list.
Additional Sloan quotes on the women's team highlights from the MPSF Championships: "Princess Joy Griffey ran within 1/100s of a second of her lifetime best and ran a good 60m race. She is looking very strong right now coming off her 200m run from last night.
Karen DeMartini ran an outstanding race and though she didn't score, she ran a lifetime-best and looked real good doing it. In the 3000m, a great run by Isley Gonzalez who just missed the school record and a school freshman record for Amanda Andrews. Both worked very hard during the race and did a great job of competing finishing with times they can be proud of.
The women's 4x400m relay split times were 55.5, 56.2, 56.8 and 55.3, so that was a good run.
The women's triple jump was a pretty good event for the Cougs with Sarah Burns and Candace Missouri both scoring. Burns with a season-best and Missouri with a lifetime-best. Both women did a good job of competing.
Though the women didn't score very high in this meet, I'm happy with the performances. The objective was to come in and have people get at least seasonal-best marks if not lifetime-best marks and we had quite a few of those in the competition."
Additional Sloan quotes on the men's team highlights from the MPSF Championships: "The men's side was very close competition.
Justin Woods in the 60m was a photo-finish with the Oregon guy who had a little better lean at the tape but a good race.
Jeshua broke his own school record and improved his NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Good runs by Jeshua both in the 400m and on the relay.
Luke Lemenager won the first section of the 800m and finished seventh overall with a lifetime-best.
Trent Arrivey didn't have his best day but was solid clearing the high jump at 2.14m for third place.
Last night's performance by Alex Grant in the 5000m was one of my personal highlights with his 14:05 run. That was a great effort on his part and a very competitive effort and a great for him to make the big of an improvement. The entire 5000m race, Chris Williams had a huge PR."