May 17, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State women's track and field team moved up to No. 16 and the men's team moved up to No. 26 in the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) May 17 NCAA Division I computer rankings.
The WSU women's team moved up seven spots from No. 23 last week due to the strong performances at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships. Marissa Tschida won the javelin and Anna Layman won the 800m, both with season-best marks. Tschida leads the nation in the javelin with a distance of 183-feet, 9 inches (56.02m). Layman's conference-winning time was a lifetime-best of 2 minutes, 3.48 seconds which is third-best nationally. Other WSU women on the top national rankings include Courtney Kirkwood, fourth in the javelin, Holly Parent, sixth in the high jump, Christine Rice, 17th in the high jump, and Shawna Fermin, 29th in the 400m dash.
The Cougar men's team moved up 15 spots from No. 41 after the wins at the Pac-10 Championships by Jeshua Anderson, Stephan Scott-Ellis the 4x100m relay team, and the second-place finish by the 4x400m relay. Anderson leads the nation with his PR 400m hurdles time of 48.13 seconds. The 4x100m relay squad of Greg Hornsby, Nate Washington, Brett Blanshan and Marlon Murray ran a time of 39.48 which is 11th-best nationally and the 4x400m relay team of Brandon Dawson, Nate Washington, Jacob Sealby and Anderson ran a time of 3:06.40, the 10th-fastest relay. Other WSU men ranked high nationally include Joe Abbott, 16th in the 800m, Scott-Ellis, 20th in the triple jump, J Hopkins, 26th in the 400m hurdles, Anderson, 27th in the 110m hurdles, Joe Bartlett, 32nd in the shot put, and Dana Wells, 41st in the 400m hurdles.
The Florida men's team and Texas A&M women's team are the top-ranked teams this week. The delayed, packaged broadcast of the Pac-10 Championships will be aired in the Northwest on ROOT Sports Net Thursday, May 19 at 5 p.m. The next competition for the Cougars will be at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds, May 26-28, at Hayward Field in Eugene.