Feb. 5, 2008
COUGAR INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CROSSES BORDER FOR PAIR: The Washington State University indoor track and field teams will travel only eight miles for a pair of meets at the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome this weekend...Friday, Feb. 8, is the 33rd Annual Vandal Indoor Meet which begins at 11 a.m. with the discus competition but the remaining field events start at 5 p.m...racing begins at 6 p.m...Saturday, Feb. 9, is the McDonald's Open Meet with both track and field events starting at 9 a.m...results from both meets will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, when available after competition concludes each evening.
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.
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.
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 14th-best nationally as of 2/5/08.
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).
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...at the same meet, junior Phil MacArthur (Selkirk, Wash.) took second place in the men's weight throw with a PR toss of 57-8 1/2 (17.59m).
JUNGMARK DERAILED IN DEBUT: Swedish freshman high jumper Ebba Jungmark (pronounced eh-bah yoon-mark) was scheduled to make her WSU debut at the Husker Invite last weekend...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 had no confidence in it so 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.
SPEED DEMONS: Husker Invite provided good marks for sprinters...La Shawnda Porter-Red ran a women's 200m in 24.63...Justin Woods ran the men's 200m in a time of 21.79.
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.
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)...at the Husker Invite in Nebraska 2/2, he ran a 400m dash time of 49.08, with Cougar teammates Barry Leavitt (PR 49.23) and Reny Follett (49.94) close behind.
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.
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.
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.
WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT VANDAL INDOOR, MOSCOW, FEB 8: WSU Women 60m - Candace Missouri 400m - Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Selena Galaviz, Princess Joy Griffey, Caroline Hedel, Lorraine King, La Shawnda Porter-Red 800m - Karen DeMartini Mile - Amanda Andrews, Isley Gonzalez, Chelsea VanDeBrake, Ashlee Wall 60m Hurdles - Lorraine King 4x400m Relay - Galaviz, Griffey, Hedel, King, Porter-Red, Elseroad-Wall Pole Vault - Jessica Fuller, Alexa Huestis, Kendall Mays, Hilary Moore, Chelsea Nicholas Triple Jump - Amy Quinones, Catie Schuetzle Shot Put - McKenzie Garberg, Jessica Zita Discus - McKenzie Garberg Weight Throw - McKenzie Garberg
WSU Men 60m - Sadiki James, André Jennings, Marlon Murray, Justin Woods 200m - Marlon Murray, Justin Woods 400m - Jeshua Anderson, Reny Follett, Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, Luke Lemenager Mile - Sean Coyle, Dan Geib, Drew Polley, Jeremy Swenson, Chris Williams 60m Hurdles - Jeshua Anderson, Barry Leavitt, Robert Williams 4x400m Relay - Anderson, Follett, Williams, Woods Pole Vault - DJ Brown, Trevor Sodorff Discus - Matt Lamb, Chase Mancuso, Matt Gill (unat) Weight Throw - Phil MacArthur, Chase Mancuso
WSU Women 60m - Princess Joy Griffey 200m - Selena Galaviz, Princess Joy Griffey, Lorraine King, La Shawnda Porter-Red 400m - Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Caroline Hedel Mile - Elizabeth Mathison, Stephanie Sipes, Becky Williams 5000m - Lisa Egami, Collier Lawrence, Meghan Lawrence 60m Hurdles - Angela Jensen, Lorraine King, Jalisa Williams 4x400m Relay - Elseroad-Wall, Galaviz, Hedel, King High Jump - Maria Creech, McKinnon Hanson, Amanda Stewart Long Jump - Angela Jensen, Catie Schuetzle, Jalisa Williams Shot Put - Angela Jensen, Jalisa Williams
WSU Men 60m - Sadiki James, Justin Woods 200m - Jeshua Anderson, Sadiki James, André Jennings, Marlon Murray, Justin Woods 400m - Barry Leavitt, Devin Timpson 800m - Reny Follett Mile - Eric Zeuthen (unat) 5000m - Sam Alhbeck, Evan Blanshan, Chris Concha, Dan Geib, Alex Grant, Drew Polley, Dominic Smargiassi, Chris Williams 60m Hurdles - Jeshua Anderson, Trevor Habberstad, Barry Leavitt, Rickey Moody, Kyle Schauble, Robert Williams 4x400m Relay - Anderson, Habberstad, Jennings, Murray High Jump - Kyle Eaton, Trevor Habberstad, Rickey Moody, Kyle Schauble Shot Put - Trevor Habberstad, Rickey Moody, Kyle Schauble, Andy Roof (unat) Weight Throw - Chase Mancuso, Matt Gill (unat)