June 11, 2008
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Washington State had 10 competitors participate in 11 qualifying events Wednesday during the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Drake Stadium, and seven Cougars will move on to a final or semifinal in eight events. Additionally, Rickey Moody had a solid first day in the decathlon.
But everything did not look as promising Tuesday. The Cougars were among several teams evacuated from their hotels due to the flooding of the Des Moines River and relocated to other hotels. Then rain and lightning delayed the meet for several hours Wednesday as participants and spectators were forced to leave the stadium. After the delay, sunshine and gusty winds greeted the afternoon and evening action.
Moody, a senior from Puyallup, Wash., scored 4,048 points in the decathlon after the first five events. Oregon's Ashton Eaton leads with 4,289 points and Jangy Addy of Tennessee is second with 4,238 points. Donovan Kilmartin of Texas, a three-time NCAA Indoor Heptathlon champion and two-time All-American in the decathlon, did not start the fifth event, the 400m race, removing one of the favorites from the competition.
Moody opened the day with a 100m dash time of 10.94 seconds, third-fastest among the field of 26 men. His long jump mark of 23-feet, 1 3/4 inches (7.05m) was fifth-best on the day. Moody threw the shot put a distance of 47-11 1/4 (14.61m), fourth-farthest. He reached cleared 6-7 1/2 (2.02m) in the high jump which equaled his lifetime-best height and was the second-best height of the decathletes. Moody ended the day with a 400m dash time of 51.21, 15th-fastest. The decathlon continues Thursday with the 110m hurdles scheduled for 10:45 a.m.
Jeshua Anderson (freshman, Woodland Hills, Calif.) ran the top time in the men's 400m hurdles prelims of 49.90 seconds. Teammate Barry Leavitt's prelim time of 51.63 was 21st out of 26 racers and the top 16 advanced to the semifinals. Leavitt (junior, Benton City, Wash.) is not done with competition at the national championships as he will race as a member of the WSU 4x400m relay team in the Thursday prelims.
McKenzie Garberg (senior, Benton City, Wash.) had the top throw in the women's discus prelims with a personal-record of 177-3 (54.04m), the third-best throw in WSU history. It was her second throw of three in the qualifying round. The 2007 discus All-American (8th place), Garberg will throw in the discus final Friday evening. Earlier in the day, Garberg advanced to the women's hammer final (Friday afternoon) after throwing the fourth-best distance in the prelims of 204-1 (62.21m), on her opening throw.
Trent Arrivey, sophomore high jumper from Woodinville, Wash., cleared 7-0 1/4 (2.14m) and will jump in the Friday night final. Arrivey, the 2008 NCAA West Regional champion, cleared all three bars - 6-8 3/4 (2.05m), 6-10 3/4 (2.10m) and 7-0 1/4 (2.14m) - on his first attempts.
High jumper Ebba Jungmark (freshman, Onsala, Sweden) cleared 5-9 3/4 (1.77m), the top bar in the women's qualifying round. The 2008 NCAA Indoor high jump champion joins 15 other competitors jumping in the Friday final.
In the women's intermediate hurdles prelims, WSU junior Lorraine King (Fontana, Calif.) posted a prelim time of 58.96 and will run in the semifinals. King's time was 14th-best of the 28 competitors and 16 advanced to the Thursday round.
Anna Layman (redshirt freshman, Spokane Valley, Wash.) advanced to Thursday's women's 800m semifinals after running a prelim time of 2:06.85, seventh-fastest of the 27 women racing.
Jon Jeffreys (senior, Spokane Valley, Wash.) qualified for the men's javelin final after toss a distance of 213-1 (64.95m), ninth-best in the prelims, on his second of three throws of the day.
Both Cougar women's steeplechasers did not advance to the final. Sara Trané, a junior from Pixbo, Sweden and the two-time Pac-10 champion ran a time of 10:36.06 for 19th place. Senior Meghan Leonard, from Newberg, Ore., ran a time of 10:45.90 for 20th place. The top 14 runners moved to the Friday final.
"It was a good day for the Cougars," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "I was hoping that Sara (Trané) and Meghan (Leonard) could get through to the steeplechase finals. They would have had to run a great race to do it but they just didn't have their best stuff today. Barry's (Leavitt) race looked like a pretty good race it just wasn't as fast as he's run before and his time didn't move him along. Other than those three people, it was a very successful day for Washington State Cougars."
The second day of the four-day meet begins with decathlon events Thursday morning and other field event qualifying rounds and running events semifinals in the afternoon.