April 14, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Four Washington State University track and field competitors improved their NCAA Regional Qualifying marks and one more earned a trip to the regional meet at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational Meet at UCLA's Drake Stadium Saturday.
Freshman high jumper Trent Arrivey (Woodinville, Wash.) reached NCAA Regional Qualifying standards with his third-place finish after clearing a season-best height of 6-feet, 10 3/4 inches (2.10m).
Robert Williams (sophomore, Riverside, Calif.) won the men's 110m high hurdles with a PR and improved NCAA RQ time of 14.11 seconds, out-leaning UCLA's Darius Reed at the finish line. Rickey Moody finished fourth with a season-best time of 14.90. It was a good weekend for Williams as he also reached NCAA RQ in the intermediate hurdles Friday with his winning time of 51.87.
Jessica Zita (junior, Echo, Ore.) improved her NCAA RQ mark in the shot put with a PR toss of 48-4 (14.73m) which was fourth place but Zita's best series in shot put competition. McKenzie Garberg (junior, Benton City, Wash.) improved her NCAA RQ discus mark with a toss of 164-11 (50.28m) for fourth place.
Catie Schuetzle (sophomore, Spokane) leaped a PR and improved NCAA RQ in the women's triple jump of 40-11 3/4 (12.49m), which was fifth in the Saturday competition but eighth-best in WSU history. Kaylee Gardner (senior, Bellingham, Wash.) soared to the PR triple jump of 40-4 1/4 (12.30m), tied for ninth-best in school history, eighth-place in the competition, and just 3/4-inch away from NCAA qualifying. Sarah Burns (junior, Tacoma, Wash.) had a season-best triple jump of 39-9 3/4 (12.13m) for ninth. Schuetzle also had a season-best long jump of 19-0 (5.79m) for fifth place. Moreno Zapata (sophomore, Tacoma) won the men's triple jump with a leap of 48-8 1/4 (14.84m).
Both Matt Lamb (sophomore, Emmett, Idaho) and Drew Ulrick (senior, Spokane, Wash.) threw NCAA RQ discus marks but have better marks form earlier in the season. Lamb threw the discus 185-7 (56.57m) for third place and Ulrick tossed the disc 184-7 (56.26m) for sixth. It was the same story for Ulrick in the shot put as he tossed an NCAA RQ distance of 55-10 1/2 (17.03m) for sixth but has a better mark already.
La Shawnda Porter-Red (junior, Renton, Wash.) and Princess Joy Griffey (freshman, Federal Way, Wash.) finished one-two in the women's 200m dash, both running lifetime-bests. Porter-Red finished in a time of 24.00 and Griffey ran a time of 24.13. In the 100m dash, Griffey finished second with a time of 11.85 and Porter-Red ran a season-best time of 12.04 for fourth.
Also on the track, Luke Lemenager (freshman, Maple Valley, Wash.) won the men's 800m race with a season-best time of 1:52.71, and Brian Woods, Jr. (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) ran a season-best 200m dash time of 21.87 for fourth.
"I thought it was a good solid performance for us," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "People are showing good consistency. We will get ready for the Cougar Invite (April 21 in Pullman) now and prepared for the Huskies (April 27 in Seattle)."