March 2, 2010
INDOOR LAST CHANCE MEETS THIS WEEKEND: A small number of Washington State track and field athletes will be competing at NCAA Last Chance meets Saturday, March 6, in order to better their NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks or to achieve a qualifying mark in an event...below are the Cougars competing this weekend...results will be posted at www.wsucougars.com, when available.
Iowa State NCAA Qualifier, Lied Recreation Center, Ames, Iowa Men's 4x400m Relay - Jeshua Anderson, Greg Hornsby, Reny Follett, Joe Abbott
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).
EGAMI NAMED TO USTFCCCA NATIONAL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Senior Lisa Egami (Coquitlam, B.C.) was named to the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association's 2009 national All-Academic team...she was one of 104 women student-athletes accorded All-Academic status for the previous cross country season for their efforts in the classroom and on nation's cross country courses...Egami has a 3.53 cumulative GPA and is a communication major...finished 11th in the 2009 NCAA West Regional Meet and received at at-large bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championships...owns the school record in the mile (4:44.92i) and on the DMR (11:17.92i)...for complete list go to www.ustfccca.org.
COUGARS' NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS: * = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing)
Men: 400m Jeshua Anderson # 46.38 (10th) 800m Joe Abbott # 1:50.24 (t-38th) 4x400m Relay Abbott, Anderson, # 3:09.35 (12th) Follett, Hornsby High Jump Trent Arrivey * 2.24m/ 7-4 1/4 (3rd) Ryan Deese # 2.14m/ 7-0 1/4 (t-24th) Triple Jump Stephan Scott-Ellis # 15.47m/ 50-9 1/4 (t-35th) Women: 800m Anna Layman # 2:06.86 (22nd) High Jump Holly Parent # 1.82m/ 5-11 1/2 (t-13th) Pole Vault Kendall Mays # 4.07m/ 13-4 1/4 (t-27th)
NCAA DESCENDING ORDER LISTS: The NCAA has qualifying provisional and automatic qualifying standards for Indoor competition that can be found on the 2010 Indoor Bests Lists posted on the WSU website (www.wsucougars.com)...national 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).
2009 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITORS: WSU produced five All-Americans from the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championship meet...Trent Arrivey (8th, high jump), 4x400m Relay (8th) - Barry Leavitt (graduated), Reny Follett, Justin Woods (graduated), and Jeshua Anderson...WSU men's team score was two points (t-53rd).
USTFCCCA NCAA DI NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) March 2 find the Washington State men's team at 33rd this week...Texas A&M men's team and Oregon's women's team are No. 1...WSU women are 77th...USTFCCCA national rankings are a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2010 NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships, March 12-13, Fayetteville, Ark...Pac-10 schools in the top 25 are Oregon (No. 3 men, No. 1 women), Arizona State (No. 5 men), Stanford (No. 15 men), California (No. 16 men), Arizona (No. 21 men, No. 14 women)...next ranking will be published March 9.
USTFCCCA NCAA REGIONAL RANKINGS: New this season, the USTFCCCA is "scoring" nine award regions using current national-team ranking formulas...top 7 regional team index is best used to find a team's all-around strength, as it takes many athletes in many events to yield a high score, 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 fifth regional rankings, the Cougar men are listed 7th in the West Region (after Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA, California and Arizona), and the WSU women dropped out of the top 7 (currently: Oregon, Arizona, Stanford, Arizona State, California, UCLA and San Diego State)...these rankings can be found at www.ustfccca.org.
ARRIVEY (air-ah-vee) IN NATIONAL TOP THREE IN HIGH JUMP: Senior Trent Arrivey (Woodinville, Wash.) won the men's high jump at the Cougar Indoor Invitational Jan. 23, with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying, meet record, and indoor PR height of 7-4 1/4 (2.24m)...Arrivey was in a three-way tie for the national lead until last weekend and now is third...Arrivey is a three-time All-American and the reigning Pac-10 Champion...Arrivey's outdoor PR is 7-4 1/2 (2.25m) cleared in 2009...Arrivey was also named the Athlete of the Week (Jan. 26) by the website USAJumper.com (find site through www.runnerspace.usajumper.com).
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.
KIMPEL FOURTH AT USA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Freshman Andrew Kimpel (Spokane) placed fourth (24:19) in the men's junior 8,000m race at the USA Cross Country Championships and World Cross Country Team Trials Feb. 13, at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane Valley...Kimpel qualified for the USA Junior Team and will compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships March 28 in Bydgoszcz, Poland...Mark Moeller (senior, Spokane) finished 30th out of 91 competitors in the Men's Open 12k (38:04).
LAGAT MAKES HISTORY AT MILLROSE GAMES: Bernard Lagat, Washington State Athletic Hall of Fame member and two-time Olympic medalist, won his eighth Wanamaker Mile at the 103rd Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, Friday, Jan. 29, in New York City...Lagat ran a time of 3:56.34 and surpassed the seven Wanamaker Mile wins of Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan for the most wins ever in the prestigious event...at the conclusion of the race, Lagat was an 11-time All-American while competing for Washington State...SETS AMERICAN 5K RECORD: Lagat shattered the American record for the 5000m Feb. 6, when he ran a time of 13:11.50 at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, taking seven seconds of the American record.
AND THEN THERE WERE TEN: Oregon State has notified the Pac-10 and the NCAA that it will have a men's outdoor track and field team competing this spring...comprised of mostly football players, it will be the first time OSU men have competed in outdoor track and field since 1988.
PALOUSE MALL WSU ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: A male and female Washington State student-athlete is selected each week to be honored for their accomplishments...Jan. 11-16, Jeshua Anderson was honored for his double win at WSU Open (60m hurdles, 800m)...Jan. 18-22, Trent Arrivey won for soaring to NCAA AQ at Cougar Indoor high jump...Feb. 8-13, Holly Parent for her improved NCAA PQ in the high jump at the Husky Classic to 5-11 1/2 (1.82m).
COUGAR HIGHLIGHTS FROM MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS MEET: Cougs had 28 PRs and the throwers and jumpers had the best performances in Moscow Feb. 19...weight throwers Kjirsten Jensen (18.65m/61-2 1/4i) and Cassie Whitfield (17.88m/58-8i) tossed PRs, with Jensen's a five-foot improvement...Jensen's mark is fourth-best in WSU history and Whitfield's mark is sixth-best all-time...Jasmine Johnson-McKeown tossed the shot put 13.64m/44-9...pole vaulters John Brenteson and Jake Baertlein both cleared PR heights of 4.93m/16-2i while women's vaulter Hiliary Moore reached a OR of 3.72m/12-2 1/2i...Chelsea VanDeBrake won the mile (PR 5:07.47i)...Ashlee Wall won the 3000m (PR 10:27.09i)...Angela Jensen lead a first-through-third WSU finish in the 60m hurdles (PR 8.58i)...Brianne Brown (57.23i) led a one-two-three Cougar finish in the women's 400m...Greg Hornsby lead a first-through-fourth finish for the WSU men in the 200m (PR 21.71i)...Reny Follett won the 400m (48.40i)..Ryan Barrett and Dana Wells took the next two places...men's 4x400m relay of Barrett, Wesley McCann, Wells and Luke Lemenager won in a time of 3:19.94...Peter Miller (PR 4:13.37i) and Dan Geib (PR 4:17.72i) raced to a one-two finish in the men's mile...Joe Bartlett put the shot (PR 16.61m/54-6i).
BLOGING IS BACK: WSU Track & Field blog is online at wsucougars.com...new blogs will be posted at the beginning of each week by coaches, student-athletes and friends of the Cougar Track program.
ABOUT THE WSU INDOOR FACILITY: Washington State track and field teams practice and compete in the Indoor Practice Facility on the WSU campus...IPF's track layout features an eight-lane Mondo straight-away track for 60m dash and hurdles racing, and a six-lane Mondo oval track for 200m, 400m, mile, 800m and 3000m as well as a 4x400m relay...jumping and throwing field events are contested on the artificial turf