April 20, 2010
COUG INVITATIONAL MEET THIS SATURDAY AT MOOBERRY: The 10th Annual (except for 2009 hiatus) Cougar Outdoor Track & Field Invitational Meet is set for April 24...teams and individuals from the Inland Northwest will compete at Mooberry Track with field events beginning at 10 a.m. and running events beginning at 1:15 p.m...meet records and schedule are included at the bottom of this release...May 1 will be the Washington State vs. Washington Dual Meet: the 99th edition for the men's teams and the 35th meeting for the women's teams...results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, after competition concludes.
ANDERSON NAMED PAC-10 MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF WEEK: Jeshua Anderson, a junior from Woodland Hills, Calif., was named the Pacific-10 Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week for April 12-18, after winning the Mt. SAC Relays men's Invitational 400m hurdles race in a season-best time of 49.11...Anderson's time leads the nation in the 400m hurdles...this was Anderson's fourth AoW award in his three years at WSU...Anderson won twice in 2009 and once as a freshman in 2008.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 37th season with the Cougar track program; 16th year as a head coach, 15th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...Sloan (decathlon/heptathlon) is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell (throws), and assistant coaches Pete Julian (cross country/distance), Mark Macdonald (hurdles/relays), Ellannee Richardson (sprints/relays) and Matt McGee (jumps)...volunteer coaches include Megan Johnson (throws), Elliott Hubler (jumps), and Tim Riley (distance).
USTFCCCA NCAA DI NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) published the first outdoor rankings April 20 and the WSU men are ranked 28th and the WSU women are 37th...Florida has the No. 1 men's team and Texas A&M the No. 1 women's team...Pac-10 teams ranked in preseason top 25 include Oregon (men No. 3, women No. 3), USC (men No. 6, women No. 10), Arizona State (men No. 7), Washington (women No. 14), and California (men No. 19)...USTFCCCA national rankings are a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2010 NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships, June 9-12, in Eugene.
REGIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: New this year, the USTFCCCA is "scoring" nine award regions using current national-team ranking formulas...regional team index is best used to find a team's all-around team strength, whereas the national-team rankings are taken in context with national championship where it takes a few very elite athletes to score well...in the April 20 regional rankings, the Cougar men are listed seventh in the West Region (after Oregon, , Arizona State, USC, UCLA, Stanford, and Washington) and the WSU women dropped out of the rankings (Oregon, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, California, and UC Santa Barbara)...these rankings can be found at www.ustfccca.org.
TSCHIDA (pronounced cheetah) NATIONAL WOMEN'S JAVELIN LEADER, BREAKS WSU RECORD: All-American Marissa Tschida (junior, Missoula, Mont.) improved her javelin mark as the national women's javelin leader by throwing a school record distance of 186-1 (56.71m) at the Texas Relays...Tschida's previous school record mark was 181-8 (55.38m)...Tschida open the 2010 season with a throw of 172-8 (52.63m) at the USC Trojan Invite.
KIRKWOOD JOINS THE PARTY: Courtney Kirkwood (sophomore, Othello, Wash.) threw a season-best javelin mark of 168-8 (51.42m) at the Mt. SAC Relays...mark is sixth-best in West region and eighth-best nationally.
AHLBECK'S PR STEEPLE No. 6 REGIONALLY AND 11th NATIONALLY: Sam Ahlbeck (senior, Renton) ran a lifetime-best time of 8:49.88 in the 3000m steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational...that mark is sixth-fastest to-date in the West Region and 11th nationally.
ANDERSON REGAINS NATIONAL LEAD ON MEN'S INTERMEDIATE HURDLES LIST: Jeshua Anderson (junior, Woodland Hills, Calif.) dropped his time at the Mt. SAC Relays to 49.11 and once again leads the nation in the 400m hurdles...Johnny Dutch of South Carolina, and Lee Moore of Mississippi are tied for second with times of 49.52...Anderson, the two-time NCAA, Pac-10 and Texas Relays intermediate hurdles champion, is the WSU record-holder at 48.47.
ANDERSON ON BOWERMAN WATCH LIST: Junior Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) is one of 10 male collegiate track and field athletes named to the official preseason watch list for the 2010 awarding of The Bowerman as selected by The Bowerman Men's Watch Committee, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Jan. 14...the Bowerman is an award bestowed to the nation's top collegiate men's and women's track and field athlete each year at the USTFCCCA annual convention in December...the Bowerman is named in honor of track and field pioneer Bill Bowerman, who served the sport of track and field in numerous ways, including his leadership in the USTFCCCA's predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole...initial awards given in 2009...complete 2010 Watch List for men and women is at www.thebowerman.org.
ANDERSON IS HON. MEN. ON TRACK & FIELD NEWS TOP 10 COLLEGIATE MEN OF DECADE: Jeshua Anderson, junior intermediate hurdler and two-time NCAA Champion, was an honorable mention selection for the Track & Field News Top 10 Collegiate Men of the Decade list (March 2010 issue)...six men were included on the honorable mention list...a total of four Pac-10 competitors were among the 16 men honored.
ARRIVEY JUMPING HIGH AND LONG: Trent Arrivey (senior, Woodinville, Wash.) has high jumped 7-1 92.16m) this season which is seventh in the region and 16th nationally...Arrivey has a PR height of 7-4 1/2 (2.25m)...he is also long jumping this season...best to date is 21-11 (6.68m).
LAYMAN BACK IN THE 800M LISTS: Anna Layman, redshirt junior from Spokane Valley, Wash., won the 800m invitational race at the UCLA Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet in a time of 2:05.70 which is third-best in the region and sixth-fastest nationally...the next weekend she won the Mt. SAC Relays 800m Olympic Development race (2:06.70)...Layman is an All-American in the 800m, finishing eighth in the 2008 NCAA meet.
EGAMI RUNS ONTO WSU RECORDS/NATIONAL LISTS: Lisa Egami, a senior from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, ran a 1500m PR time of 4:19.31 at the Stanford Invitational...that mark is sixth in the region and 10th nationally this week...she ran a 5000m time of 16:30.89, at Mt. SAC, fifth-best time in school history.
KIMPEL 54th AT WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Freshman Andrew Kimpel (Spokane) finished 54th at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships March 28, in Bydgoszcz, Poland...Kimpel was the fourth American to cross the finish line...his time 24:37 over the 8000m course.
SANDOVAL RECEIVES UNIVERSITY EXCELLENCE AWARDS: Marisa Sandoval, a senior from Los Alamos, New Mexico, received two awards at the Washington State University College Awards Ceremony April 13...Sandoval, a middle distance and cross country runner, was awarded the Stanley P. Williams Award for Writing Center Tutor Excellence Award - Silver, and was also accorded the Tutor Legacy Fellowship award...she is an English major...awards were presented to 55 individuals from colleges and majors across campus.
Pete Julian IN RUNNING TIMES MAGAZINE: Cougar cross country coach Pete Julian is featured in the Coaches' Corner of the April 2010 edition of Running Times magazine (p. 37)...Julian talks about his decision to leave the Metro State program that he successfully rebuilt to coach in the Pacific-10 Conference.
WSU ALUM POLLEY QUALIFIES FOR OLYMPIC TRIALS IN MARATHON: Former WSU distance standout Drew Polley finished 16th in the 114th Boston Marathon April 19...originally from Port Orchard, Wash., finished the 26.2 miles in a time of 2:16.36, 16th place overall, 5th fifth American to cross the finish line...time qualified Polley to race in the U.S. Olympic Trials, to be held in Houston, for the 2012 London Games...currently living and training in Rochester Hills, Mich., as a member of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, an Olympic Development program for post-collegiate runners...graduated with a degree in civil engineering in May 2009.
COUGARS YOUTH PREVAILS: A glance at the WSU outdoor marks bests lists (posted weekly at www.wsucougars.com) shows several freshmen or sophomores at the top of the events lists...freshmen women include Shawna Fermin (400m), Holly Parent (high jump), Shaquana Logan (long jump), and Jasmine Johnson-McKeown (shot put and heptathlon)...sophomore women leading the team include Brittnay Crabb (400m hurdles), Ashley Kenney (discus) and Kjirsten Jensen (hammer)...on the WSU men's side, freshman in the lead includes Greg Hornsby (200m), Ramsey Hopkins (110m hurdles), Stephan Scott-Ellis (long jump and triple jump), and Kyle Stevens (javelin)...sophomore men taking the lead includes Jake Baertlein (pole vault), and Joe Bartlett (shot put).
NEW QUALIFYING FOR NCAA OUTDOOR PRELIMINARY ROUND: Qualification to the Preliminary Round competition of the Championship is based on the descending order list for the season, segregated by East and West sites, and prepared solely from the mandatory submission of meet results during the season and adhering to the Qualifying Regulations published in the Championship Handbook...for each individual event contested at each of the Championship Preliminary Round competitions, the top 48 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition...for each relay event contested at each of the Championship Preliminary Round competitions, the top 24 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition...stated maximums are absolute and will not be extended as a result of ties...Heptathlon and Decathlon events are not contested during the Preliminary Round of Championship competition at the Preliminary Round sites...qualification to the Championship in these two events is accomplished through a competitor's position on the national descending order list...top 24 declared student-athletes in each of the hept and dec will be accepted into the competition...declaration for these two events is completed during the one and only declaration period, which is prior to the Preliminary Round of Championship competition.
NCAA DESCENDING ORDER LISTS: The NCAA descending order lists can be viewed at the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Track & Field Results Reporting System website (www.tfrrs.org).
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