May 17, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. -- Washington State had three champions in intermediate hurdlers Jeshua Anderson and Lorraine King, and high jumper Trent Arrivey Sunday at the Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships at Oregon's Hayward Field. Both team titles were captured by Oregon with the men scoring 158 points and the women scoring 165.5 points. The WSU men finished fourth among the ten teams with 91 points, the highest team finish for the Cougs since 1998 (fourth). The Cougar women scored 44 points for ninth.
Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.), successfully defended his Pac-10 400m hurdles title and ran a season-best and national-leading time of 48.90 seconds. Anderson, who is also the defending NCAA Champion, led the race from the gun and won his second-consecutive conference title by nearly 2 seconds. Anderson received a standing ovation on his victory lap from the appreciative Eugene crowd. Barry Leavitt (senior, Benton City) finished fourth with a season-best and improved NCAA RQ time of 51.00. For the second straight day, Trevor Habberstad (sophomore, Santa Clarita, Calif.) ran a PR and improved NCAA RQ time of 51.67 to capture sixth place. Completing the Cougars foursome in the event was freshman J Hopkins (Everett) who finished seventh with a time of 51.86. The 20 points scored in this event moved the Cougar men from ninth to fifth in the team standings with five events left to be scored.
"I was looking to run in the 48's," Anderson said post race. "Once I got past the wind in the first part of the race, I finished strong in the last segment. I've been doing strength workouts for football and they have been showing in my track performance. I perform better in championship meets and am looking for my time to improve in the next meets. I am not taking any race lightly, I stay hungry."
WSU women's team captain Lorraine King (senior, Fontana, Calif.) won the women's 400m hurdles in a lifetime-best and improved NCAA RQ time of 57.51 seconds, the second-fastest women's intermediate hurdles race in WSU history. King became the first Cougar woman to win a conference intermediate hurdles title and did so comfortably over runner-up Delilah Muhammad's time of 58.21.
"Finally! I knew I could do this. I did this in last Sunday's practice and thought `why can't I do this now?' I PR'd by almost a whole second," King said post race. "Throughout the season I was holding back: I had some small, minor injuries that were holding me back. This is a huge blessing to get through this. Getting to this point, knowing who I am, it brings everything together."
Trent Arrivey (junior, Woodinville) won the men's high jump by clearing the bar at 7-feet, 2 1/4 inches (2.19m) and Ryan Deese (sophomore, Colorado Springs, Colo.) took fifth place after clearing 6-8 3/4 (2.05m). Arrivey is tied for the national-lead with his PR of 7-4 1/2 (2.25m). Sunday he passed until clearing the bar at heights of 6-8 3/4 and 6-10 3/4 on his first tries. It took him two attempts at the next three bars, including the winning height of 7-2 1/4. He miss all three attempts at 7-3 1/4.
"I'm glad I could do my part to help my Cougs place well at this meet," Arrivey said at the conclusion of the meet. "I dedicate this title to my good friend and training partner Shawn Swartz (freshman from Port Coquitlam, B.C.) who was just diagnosed with leukemia and couldn't be here this weekend. We're all thinking about him and hoping for the best. Next stop for me is West Regionals to try and qualify for the NCAA Championships."
Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) grabbed two second-place finishes Sunday. He was the runner-up in the men's 100m dash with a PR and improved NCAA RQ time of 10.28, after running 10.30 in the Saturday prelim. Woods' Sunday time of 10.28 is the eighth-best time in WSU men's history. Marlon Murray (sophomore, Des Moines, Wash.) finished seventh in the 100m final in a time of 10.60. USC's Ahmad Rashad won the 100m dash with a national-leading time of 10.13 and doubled up with a win in the men's 200m dash (20.82) as Woods finished second in a PR time of 20.91. Murray took sixth place in the 200m final with a time of 21.37 after running a PR and improved NCAA RQ time of 21.01w in the prelims.
In the men's 400m dash, Anderson finished fifth in a time of 46.73 and Reny Follett (junior, Lewiston, Idaho) took seventh in a time of 47.68.
The WSU men's 4x400m relay team of Barry Leavitt, Woods, Follett and Anderson took second place in an improved NCAA RQ time of 3:08.93, with Anderson out-leaning Oregon's Chad Barlow to edge the Ducks at the finish line by a mere 2/1000ths second. This same Cougar 1600m relay team finished eighth at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships with an indoor school record time of 3:06.74.
Also scoring points for the Cougar men on the track were Robert Williams (senior, Riverside, Calif.) and Luke Lemenager (junior, Maple Valley). Williams took fourth place in the men's 110m high hurdles with a time of 13.95. Williams had been out of action for much of the outdoor season with a sore hip and reached an NCAA RQ time of 13.81w at the Texas Relays last month. Lemenager took eighth place in the men's 800m final with a time of 1:53.27, slower than his PR and NCAA RQ time of 1:49.28 run two weeks ago in Seattle.
Matt Lamb (junior, Emmett, Idaho) threw the discus a season-best and improved NCAA RQ mark of 186-11 (56.97m) for fourth place. Freshman Joe Bartlett (Reno) finished 14th after a discus toss of 155-6 (47.39m).
Moreno Zapata (senior, Lakewood) took fifth place in the men's triple jump with a season-best and improved NCAA RQ leap of 51-0 1/4 (15.55m). Sean Wilson (freshman, Colorado Springs, Colo.) had a PR mark of 48-1 3/4 (14.67m) for 10th place and Devin Timpson (senior, Ocean Shores) also leaped a PR distance of 47-11 3/4 (14.62m) for 11th.
For the second straight day, Princess Joy Griffey (junior, Federal Way) ran a PR and improved NCAA RQ time in the 100m dash as her 11.58 seconds took fourth place after she ran a time of 11.59 in the prelims.
The women's 4x100m relay team of Angela Jensen, Griffey, King and Morgan Clem finished sixth in a time of 45.70, just over the season-best and NCAA RQ time of 45.67 seconds run in the Saturday prelims. The 4x400m relay of Griffey, Anna Layman, Veronica Elseroad-Wall and King ran a season-best time of 3:42.01 for seventh place and just 1/1000ths second off the NCAA RQ standard.
Lisa Egami (junior, Coquitlam, B.C.) finished seventh in the women's 1500m with a time of 4:29.87 after running a PR and improved NCAA RQ 1500m time of 4:21.25 in the prelims.
The Cougar women throwers had a solid day. Ashley Kenney (freshman, Spokane Valley) took sixth place in the women's discus throw with a PR and NCAA RQ mark of 161-8 (49.29m), a nearly 9-foot improvement on her lifetime-best and the ninth-best throw in WSU women's history. In the hammer throw, freshman Kjirsten Jensen (Arlington) took seventh place with a toss of 174-0 (53.03m), just 2 inches below her PR. Cassie Whitfield (freshman, Puyallup) threw the hammer 156-0 (47.55m) for 13th place.
Triple jumpers Jessica Yates (freshman, Snohomish) and Candace Missouri (sophomore, Vancouver, Wash.) both leaped PR distances of 40-1 1/2 (12.23m), with Missouri's leap wind-aided for seventh place and Yates' legal wind for eighth.
Alexa Huestis (sophomore, Chehalis) finished ninth in the pole vault with a PR and improved NCAA RQ height of 13-0 1/4 (3.97m), the fifth-best mark in WSU women's history. Hilary Moore (redshirt freshman, Prosser) cleared 1107 3/4 (3.55m) for 16th.
The 2009 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships will be shown on the FOX Sports Net affiliates as a delayed two-hour highlight broadcast between May 22-31 with Fox Sports Net Northwest airing the meet May 21 at noon, May 23 at 1 p.m. and May 30 at 1 p.m.
WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan quotes:
"The men's team was battling all day long and we had some good things happen and got some points up on the competition. We were shooting for second place and trying to get of everyone except the Ducks because they were pretty far out there, USC performed real well and we just came up a little short of Stanford in the end. We had a great competition here. I was proud of the effort and the way we competed here. We had some outstanding marks and a fourth place finish in the Pac-10 is still pretty good.
"Justin Woods was remarkable. He ran so well and he had some big lifetime bests this weekend and he just looked great. Marlon did a great job, especially in the prelims where he had a good time. He fell back a little bit in the final but still ran well and was very competitive. We made our mark in those 100m and 200m sprints. In the 400m, Jesh ran easy and I was hoping he would finish higher than fifth but I think he was a little leery of putting a lot of energy into the 400m knowing that he had to come back in the hurdles and the relay. And he did a great job in the hurdles and ran well in the relay as well.
"The biggest event of the day for us was the intermediate hurdles and we got 20 points there. All the guys performed well: Jesh with 48.90, Barry with his seasonal-best mark of 51.00, and Trevor with a lifetime best 51.67 so he had two great races here.
"Trent winning the high jump was a big highlight for us. He had to battle a little bit for it but he did a great job. I think the horizontal jumpers, the triple jumpers did well. Even though they didn't get to the final, Sean Wilson and Devin Timpson had big jumps at 48-feet and Moreno jumped 51 legal and that was great job by him.
"Matt Lamb's fourth place in the discus and he's been down a little this year but he's starting to come up out of it and hopefully by the regional and national meets he'll be cranking throws up and over 200-feet again.
"I am disappointed about our 4x100m relay team not competing in the final because I think we have one of the fastest relays teams and I hope we can prove it at the regional meet. With good passes I think we can run a time of 39.5.
"Even though the women finished ninth in the meet, I was proud of the way they competed and I think we got more points than we anticipated going in. And that was from people just chipping away and getting into the 5th-6th-7th range and scoring. The freshmen throwers did a real nice job; Ashley Kenney with almost a 10-foot PR in the discus. The women triple jumpers both jumped over 40-feet with lifetime bests for both of them and scoring 7th and 8th where we showed them with no points going into the meet. Alexa pole vaulted over 13-feet for the first time and while she didn't score it was a big jump by her.
"The highlight of the whole women's meet was Lorraine King winning the 400m hurdles and being the Pac-10 champion with a lifetime best mark. She really looked strong and ran a great race.
"Princess Joy Griffey ran an 11.59 in the prelim and then an 11.58 with a legal wind in the 100m - that is incredible and that is great sprinting. Coach Mac and Coach Richardson have just done a great job of having these kids be at their best. That sprint-hurdle corps were the backbone of our team. Big Rob (Williams) ran a 13.95 (in the high hurdles) and he couldn't hardly even train this week because his hip was still bothering him.
"Event after event we kept battling and we fell back a little bit and then we would take a couple steps forward after that. It was a great effort by the Cougs. The men's side just didn't have enough bullets in the gun but we fired all of them we just came up a little short of what our goal was. You look at the teams that were behind us and the adversity we went through this spring with a variety of different weather conditions, and this is a testament to the toughness and the skill of our coaches to have to prepare for this meet."