April 18, 2008
WALNUT, Calif. -- Washington State University senior Meghan Leonard broke the WSU women's steeplechase record and Marissa Tschida broke her own freshman school javelin record Friday during the second day of the 50th Annual Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) Relays.
Leonard (Newberg, Ore.) claimed the WSU women's steeplechase school record as she ran-down her teammate and the reigning Cougar record-holder, Sara Trané (Sweden), in the final 20 meters of the Olympic Development race. Leonard ran an improved NCAA Regional Qualifying and lifetime-best time of 10 minutes, 16.36 seconds for third place while Trané, the defending Pac-10 champion who is coming off several months of limited competition because of injury, ran a time of 10:16.75 for fourth place. Another Coug, Collier Lawrence (senior, Reno, Nev.), finished eighth in a time of 10:32.23, an NCAA RQ mark but not as fast as her finish at Stanford two weeks ago. Leonard, Trané and Lawrence now rank first-to-third, respectively, on the WSU top 10 all-time list.
In the men's 3000m steeplechase Olympic Development race, WSU's Alex Grant (senior, Bellingham, Wash.) shattered his PR time with an NCAA RQ time of 8:59.28 for sixth place. Grant came into the meet with a lifetime-best time of 9:03.73, run last year.
Tschida (Missoula, Mont.) broke her own freshman school javelin record Friday by winning her section with a toss of 161-8 (49.28m). Tschida has thrown an improved NCAA RQ javelin mark in three different meets this season. In addition to being the WSU freshman record, her Friday toss is the third-best women's javelin throw in school history.
Jeshua Anderson won the men's 400m dash in an NCAA RQ and PR time of 46.54, the sixth-best time in WSU men's history. The last time a Cougar man ran into the WSU top 10 list for the 400m dash was in 1990 (Michael Joubert, fourth-best time of 45.89).
Decathlete Rickey Moody (senior, Puyallup, Wash.) ran a PR time of 14.41 for second place in the men's 110m hurdles university/open section.
Princess Joy Griffey (sophomore, Federal Way, Wash.) ran a season-best and NCAA RQ 100m dash time of 11.72w for third-place in her section. She also finished eighth in the 200m dash with another season-best but wind-aided time of 24.18w.
Sophomore Nathan Bache (Thompson Falls, Mont.) threw the javelin an NCAA RQ mark of 205-2 (62.55m) for second place in his section. Bache threw a PR and better NCAA RA mark of 206-3 (62.87m) last weekend in Los Angeles.
In races held late Thursday night, Dan Geib (sophomore, Reno, Nev.) ran a 10,000m PR time of 30:18.10 for 15th place. The men's 5000m race found Chris Williams 11th in a time of 14:28.76 and Dominic Smargiassi 21st with a time of 14:40.76.
The Mt. SAC Relays competition for the Cougars will continue Sunday, April 20.