March 25, 2008
COUGARS TRAVEL TO SACRAMENTO FOR NIKE ELITE MEET: The Washington State University track and field teams will compete at the Sacramento State Nike Elite Invitational, Saturday, March 29, at Hornet Stadium...field events competition begins at 10 a.m. and running events commence at 12:30 p.m. with the final event set for 4:35 p.m...results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, when available after competition concludes.
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.
NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: The goal for the WSU competitors in the outdoor season is to reach NCAA Regional Qualifying marks...the top-five individual finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, June 11-14 in Des Moines...the only events that still have national provisional and automatic national qualifying marks are the heptathlon and decathlon, and the 10,000m races.
GARBERG GRABS GREAT START: McKenzie Garberg (senior, Benton City, Wash.) opened the outdoor season at the Trojan Invite meet by throwing NCAA Regional Qualifying in the hammer (58.68m/192-6), winning the discus (52.24m/171-5), and in the shot put (14.55m / 47-9)...Garberg was a 2007 All-American in the discus.
COUGARS' OUTDOOR NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS: (National standings start 3/31)
Women: 400m Hurdles Lorraine King 1:00.29 Shot Put Jessica Zita 14.56m / 47-9 1/4 McKenzie Garberg 14.55m / 47-9 Discus McKenzie Garberg 52.24m / 171-5 Hammer McKenzie Garberg 58.68m / 192-6 Javelin Marissa Tschida 48.20m / 158-2 Jasmine McCormack 43.58m / 143-0
WSU HIGHLIGHTS FROM LA: Cougars won five events at the USC Trojan Invitational March 21-22, in Los Angeles...Phil MacArthur (hammer), Anna Layman (800m), Lorraine King (400m hurdles), McKenzie Garberg (discus) and the men's 4x100m relay team all were victorious...WSU women reached seven NCAA Regional Qualifying marks while the WSU men reached five RQs...freshman Marissa Tschida set a WSU freshman school record with her javelin throw of 48.20m / 158-2.
WSU SCHOOL OUTDOOR RECORDS SET IN 2008: Women: Javelin Marissa Tschida 48.20m / 158-2 (3/22) Freshman School Record
NO QUALIFYING MARKS NEEDED FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Pacific-10 Conference foregoes its own set of qualifying marks for its championship meet...a maximum of 24 women and 24 men may be entered from each school at the head coach's discretion...outdoor and indoor seasons will be used for descending order lists and seeding into the championship heats/flights...the Pac-10's performance descending order lists can be viewed online at www.directathletics.com...click on Performance Lists and under Current Seasons, click again on Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Performance Lists.
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.
JUNGMARK WINS NCAA INDOOR HIGH JUMP TITLE: WSU freshman Ebba Jungmark won the women's high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships March 14 at Fayetteville, Ark...the Onsala, Sweden, native won by clearing the bar at 6-2 1/4 (1.89m)...she received All-America honors with the win...her mark is the second-best women's high jump in WSU history.
WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT SACRAMENTO STATE NIKE INVITE, MARCH 29: WSU Women 100m - Candace Missouri, La Shawnda Porter-Red 200m - La Shawnda Porter-Red 400m - Selena Galaviz 800m - Anna Layman 1500m - Haley Paul 100m Hurdles - Angela Jensen, Jalissa Williams 400m Hurdles - Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Caroline Hedel 3000m Steeplechase - Amanda Andrews 4x100m Relay - no entry 4x400m Relay - Elseroad-Wall, Galaviz, Hedel, Layman, Porter-Red High Jump - McKinnon Hanson, Amanda Stewart, Jalissa WIlliams Pole Vault - Jessica Fuller, Alexa Huestis, Kendall Mays Long Jump - Angela Jensen, Candace Missouri, Catie Schuetzle Triple Jump - Sarah Burns, Catie Schuetzle Shot Put - McKenzie Garberg, Jessica Zita Discus - McKenzie Garberg Hammer - McKenzie Garberg Javelin - Angela Jensen, Jasmine McCormack, Marissa Tschida, Jalissa Williams
WSU Men 100m - Sadiki James, Marlon Murray 200m - Sadiki James, Marlon Murray 400m - Reny Follett, Devin Timpson 800m - no entry - 1500m - no entry 110m Hurdles - no entry 400m Hurdles - no entry 3000m Steeplechase - Evan Blanshan 4x100m Relay - no entry 4x400m Relay - Follett, Murray, Timpson High Jump - Ryan Deese, Kyle Eaton Pole Vault - D.J. Brown Long Jump - no entry Triple Jump - Moreno Zapata Shot Put - no entry - Discus - no entry Hammer - Philip MacArthur, Chase Mancuso Javelin - Nathan Bache, Jon Jeffreys, Mark Presby