March 7, 2009
AMES, Iowa -- The Washington State men's 4x400m relay team consisting of Barry Leavitt, Reny Follett, Justin Woods and Jeshua Anderson, ran a school indoor record and NCAA Provisional Qualifying time Saturday at the Iowa State Qualifier meet in Ames, Iowa.
The Cougar men's 1600m relay team finished second to national leader Florida State with WSU's time of 3-minutes, 6.74 seconds the fifth-best collegiate time nationally this season, and the fourth-best in WSU all-time records. FSU's men ran an NCAA Automatic Qualifying time of 3:05.48.
WSU sprints coach Ellannee Richardson reported that Leavitt (senior, Benton City, Wash.) opened the race with a split time of 47.6 seconds and handed off to Reny Follett (junior, Lewiston, Idaho) who ran a split time of 46.4. Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) ran the third leg in a time of 47.2 and Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.) ran the anchor leg in a time of 45.5. Last weekend at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships in Seattle, the Cougs ran the previous school indoor record time of 3:08.80.
"Every leg was solid today and they all competed very well," Richardson said. "Now we hope to get in the fast heat at the NCAA Indoor Championships next weekend."
In other races in Iowa Saturday, Cougars ran well but did not improve on already established NCAA marks. Anderson ran the 400m dash in an NCAA PQ time of 46.95 for sixth place and Robert Williams (senior, Riverside, Calif.) ran a time of 7.88 for fourth place in the 60m hurdles.
In South Bend, Ind., Lorraine King ran a PR time in the 400m dash of 54.89 Saturday for ninth place in the Notre Dame University Alex Wilson Indoor Invite, but did not reach an NCAA qualifying time. Friday night she ran on the women's DMR team that ran a school record and NCAA PQ time of 11:17.92.
At the NCAA Last Chance Meet Saturday in Seattle, several Cougs reached lifetime-best marks but no improved NCAA marks. For the women, Ashlee Wall was 11th in the 3k with a PR time of 10:26.33. Maria Creech finished sixth in the high jump after clearing 5-2 1/2 (1.59m). Kendall Mays tied for second place in the pole vault after clearing 13-2 1/4 (4.02m) and Alexa Huestis cleared 12-8 1/4 (3.87m) to tie for seventh. On the men's side, Ian Smith's 800m time of 1:56.18 was eighth. Peter Miller (4:14.33) and David Hickerson (4:16.16) ran PRs in the mile. Justin Englund's 3k time of 8:32.45 was a PR and seventh place. Mark Moeller finished sixth in the 5k with a time of 14:32.94. In the high jump, Shawn Swartz cleared 6-10 3/4 (2.10m) for third and Ryan Deese cleared 6-6 3/4 (2.00m) to tie for fourth. Christian Crain long jumper 21-9 1/2 (6.64m) for sixth place. Moreno Zapata was runner-up in the triple jump with a leap of 49-10 1/2 (15.20m). Phil MacArthur won the weight throw with a heave of 63-1 1/4 (19.23m).
At the Sasquatch Outdoor Mini- Meet hosted by Spokane Community College, several Cougar freshmen fared well in the women's hammer throw Friday, March 6. Kjirsten Jensen (Arlington, Wash.) won the event with a throw of 158-4 (48.26m), ninth-best hammer mark in WSU women's history. Anna Albrecht took third place with a throw of 150-1 (45.76m), Cassie Whitfield finished fifth with a toss of 140-9 (42.91m), and Jennifer Hamilton took eighth after throwing a distance of 123-4 (37.60m).
The NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships will take place March 13-14, in College Station, Texas. Selected Cougars will open the outdoor season March 21 at the USC Trojan Invite in Los Angeles.