Feb. 23, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State high jumpers Trent Arrivey and Ebba Jungmark soared to improved NCAA qualifying marks as both won their high jump events Saturday at the WSU Open II Indoor, a two-day track and field meet held at WSU's Indoor Practice Facility.
Arrivey (pronounced air-ah-vee), a sophomore from Woodinville, Wash., cleared the bar at 7-feet, 1 1/2 inches (2.17m), to improve his NCAA Provisional Qualifying and lifetime-best mark by 1 1/2 inches. Arrivey's height is the seventh-best men's high jump mark in WSU history and the best mark by a Cougar man since 2003.
Jungmark (pronounced yoon-mark), a freshman from Onsala, Sweden, won the women's high jump with an improved NCAA Automatic Qualifying height of 6-2 (1.88m), the second best mark in WSU women's history behind Mary Moore's 1985 school record mark of 6-3i.
"They both did a great job today," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "Trent was all the way over 7-2 1/2 and just ticked the bar. It looked like it was going to stay but then it rolled off. Later, Ebba cleared the bar at 6-3 1/4 and it looked like it might stay on. It was a very close attempt with hip height and everything. They are both showing the potential that there are bigger jumps in them. I am very happy with our high jump situation right now. We look very strong."
Cougar women grabbing wins Saturday included Princess Joy Griffey in the 60m and Selena Galaviz in the 400m dash. The WSU women's 4x400m relay team of Galaviz, Caroline Hedel, Veronica Elseroad-Wall and Jalisa Williams also won their race.
Several Cougs reach PRs at the meet. Kendall Mays placed second in the women's pole vault after clearing 12-0 (3.66m), the eighth WSU woman to clear this height. Chelsea Nicolas also improved her pole vault mark to 11-0 (3.36m). Angela Jensen long jumped 16-3 1/4 (4.96m) and Williams threw the shot put 35-10 1/2 (10.93m) as the multi-events competitors prepared for the conference meet next weekend. Candace Missouri triple jumped 39-3 3/4 (11.98m) and ran the 60m in a time of 7.76.
André Jennings lowered his 60m PR to 6.94 seconds. Multis Rickey Moody and Kyle Schauble both lowered their 60m hurdles PR times to 8.08 for Moody and 8.35 for Schauble who also had a shot put PR toss of 33-8 1/2 (10.27m). Trevor Sodorff pole vaulted a PR height of 14-1 1/4 (4.30m).
Angela Whyte, former Idaho multi standout and Canadian Olympian, won both the 60m hurdles (8.14) and the long jump (19-5 1/2, 5.93m). Idaho's Mykael Bothum reached NCAA Provisional Qualifying winning the shot put with a school record toss of 50-5 (15.34m).
Next weekend the Cougars will compete at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships Indoor Track and Field Championships in Seattle.