Feb. 12, 2008
COUGAR INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CROSSES MOUNTAINS: The Washington State University indoor track and field teams will travel across the state to compete at the Washington Husky Classic Indoor meet this Saturday, Feb. 16...competition takes place in the Dempsey Indoor facility with a 307 meter Mondo track with six-lane straightaway and five lanes ont he curve...both the long jump and pole vault runways are elevated and wooden with rubber overlay...this is the location for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships Feb. 29-Mar. 1...track and field events start at 8:30 a.m...results from the meet 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.
NEXT WEEK, THE RETURN OF THE WSU OPEN MEET: Washington State will host the WSU Open II indoor track and field meet next weekend at the Indoor Facility on the Pullman campus...weight throws will be held Friday beginning at 4 p.m...Saturday field events begin at 8:30 a.m. with running events set to start at 10 a.m...the meet concludes with the coed 4x400m relay at 3 p.m...entries are online only through DirectAthletics.com.
AIR ARRIVEY ARRIVES: Sophomore high jumper Trent Arrivey (pronounced air-ah-vee) cleared a PR height of 7-0 1/4 (2.14m) to win the Cougar Indoor Meet Jan. 26...Arrivey, from Woodinville, Wash., became the 28th Cougar to high jump better than 7-feet...this height is an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark which is tied for 15th-best nationally as of 2/12/08.
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).
GARBERG AND MacARTHUR THROW-UP PRS: Senior thrower McKenzie Garberg took second place in the women's 20-pound weight throw at the Cougar Indoor with a lifetime-best throw of 53-9 1/4 (16.39m), which is also the fifth-best throw in school history...she reproduced the same distance the following week at the Husker Invite (2/1)...Garberg, from Benton City, Wash., 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)...also at the Vandal Indoor, junior Phil MacArthur (Selkirk, Wash.) took second place by only an inch in the men's weight throw with a PR toss of 58-2 (17.73m).
JUNGMARK BACK ON TRACK IN FIELD: Swedish freshman high jumper Ebba Jungmark (pronounced eh-bah yoon-mark) is entered in the Husky Classic meet this weekend for her WSU debut...she was scheduled to make her debut at the Husker Invite but she stepped on the middle railing in the high jump warm-up and rolled her take-off ankle...after taking a few warm-up jumps she cleared 5-9 but was in pain with the ankle and elected not to jump...Jungmark competed in the 2007 World Championships at Osaka, Japan, where she finished 11th in high jump after clearing 6-2 (1.88m)...her lifetime-best mark is 6-3 1/2 (1.92m) achieved June 10, 2007, at Kil, Sweden.
GOING, GOING, GONZALEZ: 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.
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.
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.
ANDERSON GETTING IN THE GROOVE: Freshman Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) set the freshman school record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.09 seconds at the WSU Open (1/19) and then dropped the time again with a win at the Vandal Indoor in a PR time of 8.01 without pressing at the tape...at the same meet he won the 400m dash with a PR time of 48.15...he is also a member of the Cougars 4x400m relay team.
QUARTER MILERS NOT FAR BEHIND: Open 400m runners Barry Leavitt (junior, Benton City, Wash.) reached a PR time of 48.75 at the Vandal Indoor...Reny Follett (redshirt sophomore, Lewiston, Idaho) followed with a season-best time of 49.44.
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...Moody, a senior from Puyallup, Wash., had a PR in the long jump by leaping 23-8 3/4 (7.23m)...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.
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.
HOP, SKIP AND JUMPING PR: Junior Moreno Zapata (Tacoma, Wash.) won the men's triple jump at the Cougar Indoor with a PR leap of 49-3 1/2 (15.02m)...he is the lone Cougar men's team triple jumper.
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...this was the lone event win for the Cougs at the Nebraska meet.
M-I-A COUGARS: Junior middle distance runner and 2007 Pac-10 steeplechase champion Sara Trané is out of action indefinitely with a sore knee...Haley Paul, 2005 cross country All-American, is also out indefinitely with a sore hip...freshman distance runner David Hickerson is resting his foot for six weeks due to a stress reaction...distance runners Marisa Sandoval and Sam Ahlbeck both suffered knee injuries last week after falling on the icy streets while on training runs in Pullman.
NATIONAL POLLS: The Trackwire Top 25 Poll and the Trackwire Dandy Dozen rankings have ceased to exist as of Jan. 2, 2008, according to an announcement on the internet site...the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) began indoor team rankings January 30 with neither Cougar team ranked in the top 20 after two weeks of polls.
THE COUGARS' HOME INDOOR FACILITY: The WSU Indoor Facility has a Mondo track with an eight-lane 60m straightaway, throwers' cage, long/triple jump pit, pole vault and high jump inside a six-lane 200m oval.
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, Mountain West, Western Athletic, West Coast and Big West Conferences...at the 2007 MPSF Indoor Championships, the women's team finish order was: 1. Arizona State (135), 2. Stanford (96), 3. California (80), 4. Washington (73.5), 4. Arizona (73.5), 6. Washington State (72), 7. Oregon (65.5), 8. UCLA (40.5), 9. Long Beach State (15), and 10. UC Irvine (8)...placing for the men's teams were: 1. Washington (109), 2. Arizona (88), 3. Oregon (86), 4. Stanford (79.5), 5. Arizona State (79), 6. California (64), 7. Washington State (63.5), 8. Long Beach State (50), and 9. UCLA (35)...the 2008 MPSF Championships are slated for February 29 and March 1, at the University of Washington Dempsey Indoor Facility.
WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT HUSKY CLASSIC, FEB. 16 AT SEATTLE:
WSU Women 60m - Princess Joy Griffey, La Shawnda Porter-Red 200m - Princess Joy Griffey, La Shawnda Porter-Red 400m - Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Selena Galaviz, Caroline Hedel, Lorraine King 800m - Lisa Egami Mile - Karen DeMartini, Lisa Egami 3000m - Amanda Andrews, Isley Gonzalez, Collier Lawrence 5000m - Meghan Leonard, Chelsea VanDeBrake, Ashlee Wall 60m Hurdles - Angela Jensen, Lorraine King, Jalisa Williams 4x400m Relay - Galaviz, King, Porter-Red, Elseroad-Wall High Jump - McKinnon Hanson, Ebba Jungmark, Amanda Stewart Pole Vault - Jessica Fuller, Alexa Huestis, Kendall Mays, Hilary Moore Long Jump - Angela Jensen, Candace Missouri, Catie Schuetzle Triple Jump - Sarah Burns, Candace Missouri, Catie Schuetzle Shot Put - McKenzie Garberg, Jessica Zita Weight Throw - McKenzie Garberg
WSU Men 60m - Sadiki James, André Jennings, Marlon Murray, Justin Woods 200m - Sadiki James, André Jennings, Marlon Murray, Justin Woods 400m - Jeshua Anderson, Reny Follett, Barry Leavitt, Devin Timpson 800m - Bob Hewitt-Gaffney Mile - Evan Blanshan, Chris Concha, Luke Lemenager 3000m - Sean Coyle, Dominic Smargiassi, Chris Williams 5000m - Dan Geib, Alex Grant, Drew Polley 60m Hurdles - Jeshua Anderson, Trevor Habberstad, Barry Leavitt, Rickey Moody, Kyle Schauble, Robert Williams 4x400m Relay - Anderson, Follett, Williams, Woods High Jump - Trent Arrivey, Ryan Deese, Kyle Eaton Pole Vault - DJ Brown Long Jump - Rickey Moody, Kyle Schauble Triple Jump - Moreno Zapata Shot Put - no entry Weight Throw - Phil MacArthur, Chase Mancuso