May 3, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Cougar men's team victory in the 97th meeting of the Washington State University and University of Washington track and field teams was notable for more than the great weather and the large video scoreboard set up at Mooberry Track Saturday in Pullman. For the WSU seniors it meant ending their home meet careers with a long-sought victory over the Dawgs.
The WSU men defeated Washington 93-70, for their first victory in four years, while the Cougar women continued their dominance in the dual competition against the Huskies with a 116-47 win, making it 11 wins in the last 12 dual meets contested. The temperature was in the low 60-degrees with high clouds and a slight breeze and waves of new WSU graduates streamed past the track throughout the day.
"I thought today was exceptional," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "The Cougs came out today and really competed hard. It takes too long to mention all the people who came through with quality performances today but in just about every event, somebody did something to get us to the winning score and it was a great all-around team effort. Last year against the Huskies over in Seattle, we thought we had a good chance but we had to compete well and we got out-competed by them. I can't take that. We have to compete hard and we did today. Team captain Jon Jeffreys issued a challenge to the men's team in our Thursday night meeting and they accepted the challenge and came out ready to win."
This meeting of the cross-state and Pacific-10 Conference rival teams produced two meet records, a total of 34 NCAA Regional Qualifying marks, and one WSU school record.
Anderson led a one-two-three sweep in the 110m hurdles with a PR time of 14.08 seconds, followed by Robert Williams (14.18) and Moody (14.48). Anderson won his specialty event, the 400m hurdles in a time of 50.70, ran the third leg on the 4x100m relay with a winning and NCAA RQ time of 40.12, and slammed the door on the Huskies by anchoring the 4x400m relay win (3:11.84).
Moody, a senior decathlete, not only scored points in the high hurdles but made the rounds in the field, finishing second in the long jump, second in the discus, and third in the triple jump, an event he hasn't ever compete in at WSU. MacArthur, a junior hammer thrower who finished second in that event with an NCAA RQ mark of 188-10 (57.57m), ventured into other throwing events as well, winning the shot put with a PR toss of 52-1 (15.87m) and then grabbing third place in the discus with a throw of 135-1 (41.17m). Making a special appearance for the Cougs was offensive lineman Joe Eppele, an accomplished prep thrower in British Columbia who contributed a third-place finish in the hammer with a toss of 166-11 (50.87m).
"The same three guys battled it out in the throws, with Philip MacArthur and Rickey Moody getting the job done," Sloan said. "I pulled Rickey out of the discus ring during warm-ups and handed him some shoes and said, `I have something else for you to do before you warm-up for the disc.' He put on the shoes, we got an eight-step run and got a point out of it. At that place and time, that third place turned the meet in our favor. That put us over the top."
Jeffreys, the captain who issued the challenge to the team, started the WSU men with a great performance, winning the javelin with an improved NCAA RQ and PR mark of 237-4 (72.35m). Nathan Bache added a second-place finish with an improved NCAA RQ and PR toss of 213-5 (65.05m).
The men's high jump provided plenty of drama with UW's All-American Norris Frederick battling WSU's Trent Arrivey in the seven-foot range. Tied after both missed on all three attempts at 7-4 1/2 (2.25m), Frederick won the jump-off, with an NCAA RQ height of 7-3 1/4 (2.22m). Arrivey had to settle for second place but equaled his indoor PR and improved his NCAA RQ by clearing 7-2 1/2 (2.20m). Norris also won the long jump with an NCAA RQ distance of 24-10 (7.57m).
Also providing key points on the track was junior Justin Woods who won both the 100m and 200m dashes, running an NCAA RQ time of 21.21 in the 200m. Luke Lemenager won the 800m with a collegiate PR time of 1:51.88. Dominic Smargiassi had a valiant sprint to the finish to win the 3000m with a time of 8:26.65.
Adding to the Cougar win, Moreno Zapata claimed the triple jump with a wind-aided NCAA RQ leap of 50-feet, 2 1/2 inches (15.87m). UW's Zach Midles won both the men's hammer NCAA RQ 205-8/62.69m) and the discus (163-9/49.92m). Husky Jordan Boase won the 200m with a meet record time of 20.37, breaking former UW All-American Ja'Warren Hooker's 2001 record time of 20.57.
The Cougar women had several great performances Saturday starting with senior throwers McKenzie Garberg and Jessica Zita. Garberg opened the competition by breaking her own meet record and WSU record in the hammer with an improved NCAA RQ toss of 204-9 (62.42m). Garberg is the first woman at WSU to break the 200-foot mark in the hammer with this 9 1/2-foot improvement on her pervious PR. A 2007 All-American in the discus, Garberg won that event with an NCAA RQ mark of 171-8 (52.32m), and took second in the shot put. Zita won the shot put with an NCAA RQ mark of 46-11 (14.30m), finished third in the discus with a PR mark of 141-1 (43.01m), and took third in the hammer (147-0/44.81m).
Princess Joy Griffey won both the 100m and 200m dashes and ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x100m relay. She reached an NCAA RQ time of 23.90w in the 200m. La Shawnda Porter-Red won the 400m dash with a PR time of 56.00, ran the second leg of the 4x100m relay, and finished second in the 200m with a season-best 24.40w.
Three other Cougar women collected wins on the track. Isley Gonzalez won the 3000m (9:58.18), Lorraine King won the 400m hurdles (NCAA RA 59.98), and Collier Lawrence won the 3000m steeplechase (10:52.36). The women's 4x400m relay team of Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Layman, King and Selena Galaviz, won with a time of 3:49.99.
WSU women winning in field events included NCAA Indoor champion Ebba Jungmark winning the high jump with an NCAA RQ height of 5-10 3/4 (1.80m). Candace Missouri won the long jump with a leap of 18-8 1/2w (5.70m) and finished third in the triple jump while Catie Schuetzle won the triple jump with a season-best 40-1 1/2w (12.23m) and finished third in the long jump. Marissa Tschida won the javelin with an NCAA RQ toss of 159-8 (48.67m). Kendall Mays finished second in the pole vault with a PR height of 12-1 1/2 (3.70m).
Missing from the meet today for the Cougars were senior and women's team captain Sarah Burns, who aggravated a hamstring pull warming up in the triple jump, and Kyle Schauble, sophomore decathlete, out with a foot injury.
Next weekend, the Pac-10 Championships begin with the heptathlon and decathlon events being contested May 9-10 at Tempe, Ariz. Some of the Cougars team will also compete at the Vandal Jamboree in Moscow, Idaho.