April 16, 2008
COUGARS HEAD SOUTH FOR HEATED COMPETITION: The Washington State University track and field teams will be represented by a small but select group of student-athletes this weekend at the 50th Annual Mt. SAC Relays, April 17-20, at Walnut, Calif...the prestigious meet, hosted by Mt. San Antonio College, features youth, high school, junior colleges, university and elite level competition...WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan is a member of the Mt. SAC Relays Hall of Fame...there will be live webcasting from the meet this year as well as live results...go to www.mtsacrelays.com for more information.
WAZZU TRACK & FIELD TEAMS NATIONALLY RANKED: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) top 25 team polls are posted every Wednesday at ustfccca.com...in the April 16 USTFCCCA poll, the Cougar men's team moved up to No. 18 in the rankings but the WSU women's team dropped out of the top 25 after starting the year ranked No. 23...Texas A&M men and LSU women are the top-ranked teams nationally...Track & Field News produces a formchart for NCAA Div. I Men's and Women's teams and a top 10 for each event...as of April 14, the Washington State men's team is ranked tied for 22nd while the WSU women's team is listed as tied for 25th...individuals receiving top 10 recognition: Ebba Jungmark (1st, women's high jump), McKenzie Garberg (10th, women's discus), Jeshua Anderson (2nd, men's 400m hurdles), Matt Lamb (5th, men's discus), and Rickey Moody (9th, men's decathlon).
ANDERSON DROPS INTERMEDIATE HURDLES TIME: Cougar freshman Jeshua Anderson ran a time of 49.66 seconds at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee Meet in LA one week after being named the Pac-10 Men's Track Athlete of the Week April 7 for his 400m hurdles time of 49.68 seconds (won Texas Relays, was top collegiate time nationally, second-best in the US, and 10th-best in the world)...Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) ran a time of 49.68 to break the 1989 freshman school record set by Cougar All-American and current hurdles coach, Mark Macdonald (51.20) as well as being the fourth-best intermediate hurdles time in WSU records...also reach NCAA RQ running anchor on 4x400m relay team (Barry Leavitt, Justin Woods, Reny Follett, Anderson) with a time of 3:09.85 at Texas Relays...ran anchor leg time of 46.3 seconds...2007 national prep 300m hurdles leader, now has the second-best time in the U.S., behind LaRon Bennett's 49.39...finished 14th in the 2008 NCAA Indoor 400m dash (47.69), played in 12 WSU 2007 football games (12 receptions, 372 yards, 2 TDs).
GARBERG GRABS HAMMER RECORD: McKenzie Garberg (senior, Benton City, Wash.) broke the WSU women's hammer record with an improved NCAA RQ toss of 196-3 (59.83m) at the Texas Relays...Garberg broke All-American Andrea Thornton's school hammer record of 195-0 (59.44), set in 2001...opened the outdoor season at Trojan Invite meet by throwing a trio of NCAA RQs - hammer (58.68m/192-6), discus (52.24m/171-5), and shot put (14.55m/47-9)...at Sac State Nike Invite, improved NCAA RQ mark in the discus with a winning throw and PR of 174-3 (53.11m)...this mark is fourth-best in school all-time records...Garberg was a 2007 All-American in the discus.
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.
MOODY MOVES TO AUTOMATIC QUALIFIER: Rickey Moody (senior, Puyallup, Wash.) finished the Texas Relays decathlon with a PR and NCAA Automatic Qualifying total of 7,787 points, fourth place overall, third place among collegians...reached outdoor PRs in 7 of 10 events in addition to PRs in first day (4,156 points) and final point totals...during the competition, leaped an NCAA RQ long jump distance of 24-9 (7.54m)...his 7,787 points is the second-best decathlon mark in WSU history, behind Simon Shirley's 1988 total of 8,036 points for 15th place at the Seoul Olympics...this is the first NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark for Moody who participated in the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump (22nd).
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
COUGARS' OUTDOOR NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: (National standings/West Region standings)
Women: 800m Anna Layman 2:08.27 (22nd / 6th) 1500m Lisa Egami 4:27.45 (46th / 12th) 5000m Isley Gonzalez 16:42.91 (31st / 14th) 400m Hurdles Lorraine King 58.39 (5th / 1st) Veronica Elseroad-Wall 1:00.73 (41st / 8th) Steeplechase Meghan Leonard 10:22.35 (6th / 1st) Collier Lawrence 10:25.27 (12th / 4th) Amanda Andrews 10:49.08 (59th / 19th) Shot Put Jessica Zita 14.56m / 47-9 1/4 (57th / 11th) McKenzie Garberg 14.55m / 47-9 (59th / 12th) Discus McKenzie Garberg 52.24m / 171-5 (11th / 4th) Hammer McKenzie Garberg 59.83m / 196-3 (14th / 6th) Javelin Marissa Tschida 48.55m / 159-3 (18th / 7th) Jasmine McCormack 43.58m / 143-0 (74th / 21st)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...Pac-10 Combined Events Championships are May 9-10, and the rest of the events follow May 16-17, at Arizona State's Sun Angel Stadium/Joe Selleh Track.
Men: 110m Hurdles Robert Williams 14.17 (t46th / 10th) Jeshua Anderson 14.24 (t59th / 13th) 400m Hurdles Jeshua Anderson 49.66 (2nd / 1st) Barry Leavitt 50.83 (8th / 2nd) Steeplechase Sam Ahlbeck 9:04.83 (28th / 10th) 4x100m Relay Jennings, Anderson, Woods, Murray 40.61 (27th / 5th) 4x400m Relay Leavitt, Woods, Follett, Anderson 3:09.85 (19th / 4th) High Jump Trent Arrivey 2.15m / 7-0 1/2 (t7th / 3rd) Long Jump Rickey Moody 7.54m / 24-9 (t26th / 6th) Triple Jump Moreno Zapata 15.39m / 50-6w (34th / 7th) Hammer Phil MacArthur 62.87m / 206-3 (39th / 10th) Javelin Jon Jeffreys 70.05m / 229-10 (9th / 3rd) Nathan Bache 62.87m / 206-3 (56th / 10th) Decathlon Rickey Moody 7,787 points Automatic Qualifier (4th / 2nd)
LEAPING LEAVITT: Junior Barry Leavitt (BentonCity, Wash.) won the men's 400m hurdles at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet 4/11 with an improved NCAA RQ and PR time of 50.83 seconds...this time is the eighth-fastest time in WSU men's intermediate hurdles records.
DON'T FORGET TO SAY HIGH: Robert Williams (junior, Riverside, Calif.) and Jeshua Anderson both ran NCAA RQ times in the 110m hurdles open race at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet...Williams ran a season-best 14.17 seconds for third place, and Anderson ran a PR time of 14.24 seconds.
HURDLING INTO COUGAR WOMEN'S RECORDS: Lorraine King (junior, Fontana, Calif.) took third place in the 400m hurdles final at the Texas Relays with an improved NCAA RQ and lifetime-best time of 58.39 seconds...third-fastest women's intermediate hurdles time in school history and an improvement of 2 seconds for King...she ran a prelim time of 1:00.09 and previous PR was 1:00.28.
RUN FAST OR ELSE: Veronica Elseroad-Wall, a freshman from Casper, Wyo., won the women's 400m hurdles at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet 4/11 with an NCAA RQ time of 1:00.73...this mark is the seventh-fastest time in Cougar women's history.
AIR ARRIVEY SOARS TO SEVEN-FEET (again): After clearing a PR height in the high jump of 7-1 1/2 (2.17m) during the 2008 indoor season, sophomore Trent Arrivey (Woodinville, Wash.) soared to an NCAA RQ height of 7-0 1/2 (2.15m) at the Stanford Invite (4/5)...Arrivey became the 28th Cougar man to clear seven-feet and has cleared 7-0 three times this year in competition...he participated at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships but did not clear a bar.
STEEPLECHASE NO BARRIER(S) FOR COUGARS: Three Cougs reached NCAA RQ marks in the 3000m steeplechase at the Stanford Invite...Sam Ahlbeck (redshirt sophomore, Renton, Wash.) ran a PR time of 9:04.83...Meghan Leonard (senior, Newberg, Ore.) clocked in with a time of 10:22.35, second-fastest time in WSU women's steeple history...in another section race the following day, Collier Lawrence (senior, Reno, Nev.) ran a PR time of 10:25.27, third-fastest women's steeple in school history...freshman Amanda Andrews (Gig Harbor, Wash.) joined the festivities with an NCAA RQ time of 10:49.08 at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet 4/11...Andrews time is sixth-best in school history.
SPEARING BIG NUMBERS: Jon Jeffreys (senior, Spokane Valley, Wash.) and Marissa Tschida (freshman, Missoula, Mont.) threw javelin PRs at the Texas Relays...Jeffreys hauled out a 229-10 (70.05m) and Tschida improved her collegiate PR and school freshman record to 159-3 (48.55m)...Nathan Bach (sophomore, Missoula, Mont.) tossed an NCAA RQ and PR distance of 206-3 (62.87m) at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet.
LONG & MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNERS MAKING NOISE: Anna Layman (redshirt freshman, Spokane Valley, Wash.) improved her NCAA RQ 800m mark with a time of 2:08.27 at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet - that time is the seventh-best school history...Lisa Egami (sophomore, Coquitlam, B.C.) and Isley Gonzalez (senior, Sunnyside, Wash.) reached NCAA RQs with their PR times at the Stanford Invite...Egami finished second in the 1500m with a time of 4:27.45, 10th-fastest in school history...Gonzalez ran a 5k time of 16:42.91, a PR by over a minute and the sixth-fastest time in school history...at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet 4/11, Gonzalez won the women's 1500m with a PR time of 4:34.02 with Haley Paul finished third in a time of 4:34.98...MEN SLICE TIMES: A trio of Cougar dropped significant seconds off their PR times in the 5k...Dominic Smargiassi (14:19.39), Chris Williams (14:23.97) and Dan Geib (14:24.27) all ran bests at the Stanford Invite.
MORE, MORE, MORE MORENO: Junior Moreno Zapata (Lakewood, Wash.) improved his NCAA RQ with a wind-aided triple jump of 50-6 (15.39m) at the Pelluer Invite...at the same meet he leaped a non-wind aided 50-5 1/4 (15.37m)...Zapata won the men's triple jump at the Stanford Invite with a NCAA RQ leap of 49-5 3/4 (15.08m).
FLIRTING WITH THE 200 MARK: Junior Phil MacArthur (Selkirk, Wash.) threw the hammer a PR distance of 199-feet (60.65m) at the Texas Relays...MacArthur improved his NCAA RQ with the toss and can move into the distinguished Cougar top ten list with another eight feet added to the throw.
M-I-A: Two-time All-American discus thrower Matt Lamb (junior, Emmett, Idaho) is coming back from a bout of back spasms suffered last summer at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento...Lamb has resumed practicing throwing the discus last week but will be evaluated for competition on a weekly basis.
JUNGMARK WINS NCAA INDOOR HIGH JUMP TITLE: WSU freshman Ebba Jungmark won the women's high jump at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships...the Onsala, Sweden, native's winning height was 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...Jungmark is not expected to compete until later in the outdoor season.
WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT THE MT SAC RELAYS, APRIL 17-20, AT WALNUT, CALIF.:
WSU Women 100m - Princess Joy Griffey 200m - Princess Joy Griffey, La Shawnda Porter-Red 400m Hurdles - Veronica Elseroad-Wall,Lorraine King 800m - Anna Layman 3000m Steeplechase - Collier Lawrence, Meghan Leonard, Sara Trané 4x400m Relay - Elseroad-Wall, Griffey, King, Layman, Porter-Red Discus - McKenzie Garberg Hammer - McKenzie Garberg Javelin - Jasmine McCormack, Marissa Tschida
WSU Men 100m - Justin Woods 200m - Justin Woods 400m - Jeshua Anderson, Reny Follett 5000m - Dominic Smargiassi, Chris Williams 10,000m - Dan Geib 110m Hurdles - Jeshua Anderson, Rickey Moody, Robert Williams 400m Hurdles - Jeshua Anderson, Barry Leavitt, Robert Williams 3000m Steeplechase - Alex Grant 4x400m Relay - Anderson, Follett, Leavitt, Woods High Jump - Trent Arrivey Long Jump - Rickey Moody Triple Jump - Moreno Zapata Hammer - Phil MacArthur Javelin - Nathan, Bache, Jon Jeffreys