May 28, 2008
NCAA WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT NORTHRIDGE: Washington State University will be represented by 16 men and 13 women competitors at the 2008 NCAA West Regional Track & Field Championships, Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 31, at the Matador Track Complex on the Cal State Northridge campus...student-athletes from the Pac-10, WAC, Big West, Big Sky, and WCC conferences will be competing for the right to advance to the 2008 NCAA® Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 11-14...live meet results will be posted at www.GoMatadors.com.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 35th season with the Cougar track program; 14th year as a head coach, 13th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...he is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell, and assistant coaches Jason Drake (Head Coach Cross Country), Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee...former WSU All-American heptathlete Diana Pickler is a volunteer assistant coach this season along with Bob Frey and Luan Weekes.
TRANÉ AND ANDERSON CROWNED PAC-10 CHAMPIONS: Sara Trané won the women's steeplechase and Jeshua Anderson won the men's 400m hurdles at the Pac-10 Championships May 16-17 in Tempe...both WSU teams finished sixth...the men scored 73.5 points and the women scored 71.5 points...Cougar women who scored at the meet included: Princess Joy Griffey (8th, 200m), Anna Layman (3rd, 800m), Lorraine King (2nd, 400m hurdles), Veronica Elseroad-Wall (6th, 400m hurdles), Meghan Leonard (3rd, steeplechase), Collier Lawrence (5th, steeplechase), Ebba Jungmark (2nd, high jump), McKinnon Hanson (t7th, high jump), Jessica Zita (7th, shot put), McKenize Garberg (8th, shot put, 4th, discus, and 6th, hammer), Marissa Tschida (4th, javelin), 4x100m relay (4th), and 4x400m relay (6th)...WSU men who scored at the meet included: Justin Woods (4th, 100m), Marlon Murray (6th, 100m), Robert Williams (5th, 110m hurdles), Barry Leavitt (5th, 400m hurdles), Alex Grant (5th, steeplechase), Sam Ahlbeck (7th, steeplechase), Trent Arrivey (3rd, high jump), Ryan Deese (t6th, high jump), Rickey Moody (2nd, decathlon and 8th, long jump), Moreno Zapata (4th, triple jump), Phil MacArthur (6th, hammer), Jon Jeffreys (3rd, javelin), 4x100m relay (5th), and 4x400m relay (4th).
WAZZU TRACK & FIELD AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) top 25 team polls are posted weekly at www.ustfccca.com...in the May 28 USTFCCCA poll, neither Cougar team is ranked...LSU's men and women are ranked No. 1...Track & Field News produces a formchart for NCAA Div. I Men's and Women's teams and a top 10 for each event...as of May 21, the WSU women's team is ranked tied for 22nd while WSU men are tied at 33rd...individuals receiving top 10 recognition: Ebba Jungmark (3rd, women's high jump), Sara Trané (7th, women's steeplechase), McKenzie Garberg (10th, women's discus), Jeshua Anderson (3rd, men's 400m hurdles), and Jon Jeffreys (6th, men's javelin).
Jeshua Anderson LIGHTING IT UP ON THE TRACK: Freshman Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) has had a big impact on the men's track team and the WSU record book this season with performances to date: Ran 400m hurdles time of 49.68 to win Texas Relays...top collegiate time nationally, 2nd in the US, and 10th-best in the world...broke freshman school record (Mark Macdonald, 1989, 51.20)...fourth-best time in WSU records...named Pac-10 Men's Track Athlete of the Week for March 31-April 6...Olympic B standard Lowered 400m hurdles time to 49.66 at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee Meet at UCLA Won Pac-10 Meet intermediate hurdles with a PR and freshman school record time of 49.55, third-best time in school history Ran anchor on 4x400m relay team (Barry Leavitt, Justin Woods, Reny Follett, Anderson) NCAA RQ time of 3:09.85 at Texas Relays...ran anchor leg split time of 46.3 seconds...improved 1600m relay time to 3:07.47 for fourth place at the Pac-10 Championships Won 400m dash at Mt. SAC Relays in NCAA RQ and PR time of 46.54...sixth-best time in WSU history...last time a Cougar man ran into the WSU top 10 list for the 400m dash was Michael Joubert, fourth-best time of 45.89 in 1990 Ran 110m hurdles PR time of 14.08 at WSU versus Washington Dual Meet, May 3
COUGARS' OUTDOOR NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: (National standings/West Region standings)
Women: 100m Princess Joy Griffey 11.72w (t93rd / 13th) - Not competing 200m Princess Joy Griffey 23.90w (t93rd / 12th) - Not competing 800m Anna Layman 2:04.87 (10th / 3rd) 1500m Lisa Egami 4:27.45 (102nd / 23rd) 5000m Isley Gonzalez 16:42.91 (73rd / 18th) 400m Hurdles Lorraine King 58.39 (20th / 4th) Veronica Elseroad-Wall 1:00.17 (65th / 14th) Steeplechase Meghan Leonard 10:16.36 (13th / 5th) Sara Trané 10:16.75 (14th / 6th) Collier Lawrence 10:25.27 (28th / 8th) Amanda Andrews 10:49.08 (105th / 31st) 4x400m Relay Griffey, King, Porter-Red, Elseroad-Wall 3:39.17 (33rd / 8th) - Not competing High Jump Ebba Jungmark 1.81m / 5-11 1/4 (t9th / t6th) McKinnon Hanson 1.75m / 5-8 3/4 (t31st / t13th) Shot Put Jessica Zita 14.96m / 49-1 (67th / 14th) McKenzie Garberg 14.55m / 47-9 (100th / 16th) Discus McKenzie Garberg 53.60m / 175-10 (16th / 5th) Hammer McKenzie Garberg 62.42m / 204-9 (15th / 5th) Javelin Marissa Tschida 49.28m / 161-8 (22nd / 7th) Jasmine McCormack 43.68m / 143-4 (88th / 25th)
Men: 200m Justin Woods 21.21 (t111th / 14th) 400m Jeshua Anderson 46.54 (46th / 8th) - Not competing in event 110m Hurdles Robert Williams 13.92 (35th / 10th) Jeshua Anderson 14.08 (t58th / 11th) - Not competing in event 400m Hurdles Jeshua Anderson 49.55 (6th / 1st) Barry Leavitt 50.82 (23rd / 4th) Steeplechase Alex Grant 8:51.24 (23rd / 13th) Sam Ahlbeck 8:55.26 (34th / 26th) 4x100m Relay Jennings, Anderson, Woods, Murray 40.12 (28th / 6th) 4x400m Relay Leavitt, Anderson, Follett, Woods 3:07.47 (20th / 6th) High Jump Trent Arrivey 2.20m / 7-2 1/2 (t9th / t3rd) Long Jump Rickey Moody 7.54m / 24-9 (56th / 13th) Triple Jump Moreno Zapata 15.39m / 50-6w (t58th / 9th) Hammer Phil MacArthur 61.82m / 202-10 (48th / 17th) Javelin Jon Jeffreys 72.35m / 237-4 (7th / 2nd) Nathan Bache 65.05m / 213-5 (49th / 10th) Decathlon Rickey Moody 7,787 points Automatic Qualifier (6th / 2nd)
GARBERG THROWS 200-FEET WITH HAMMER RECORD: McKenzie Garberg (senior, Benton City, Wash.) broke the WSU women's hammer record twice this season...Garberg became the first woman in WSU history to break the 200-foot barrier with her PR toss of 204-9 (62.42m) at the WSU-UW Dual Meet 5/3 in Pullman...her shortest throw in the six-throw series was 199-11...she had tossed an improved NCAA RQ toss of 196-3 (59.83m) at the Texas Relays to break All-American Andrea Thornton's school hammer record of 195-0 (59.44), set in 2001...opened the outdoor season at Trojan Invite meet by throwing a trio of NCAA RQs - hammer (58.68m/192-6), discus (52.24m/171-5), and shot put (14.55m/47-9)...at Sac State Nike Invite, improved NCAA RQ mark in the discus with a winning throw and PR of 174-3 (53.11m)...this mark is fourth-best in school all-time records...Garberg was a 2007 All-American in the discus.
AIR ARRIVEY SOARS TO SEVEN-FEET (again and again, etc.): Sophomore Trent Arrivey (Woodinville, Wash.) reached a high jump PR and improved NCAA RQ height of 7-feet, 2 1/2 inches (2.20m) at the WSU-UW Dual 5/3 in Pullman...the following weekend, at the Vandal Jamboree, he cleared 7-0 1/2 (2.15m)...at the Pac-10 Championships cleared 7-1 (21.6m) for third place...during the 2008 indoor season he cleared a PR of 7-1 1/2 (2.17m)...Arrivey soared to an NCAA RQ height of 7-0 1/2 (2.15m) at the Stanford Invite (4/5)...Arrivey became the 28th Cougar man to clear seven-feet and has cleared 7-0 in four competitions this year...won the Mt. SAC Relays event with a 2.15m clearance...participated at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships but did not clear a bar.
JUNGMARK NCAA INDOOR HIGH JUMP CHAMP: WSU freshman Ebba Jungmark placed second at the Pac-10 Championships clearing 5-11 1/4 (1.81m)...opened the outdoor season by clearing 5-10 3/4 (1.80m) at the WSU-UW Dual 5/3 to win the event...she won the women's high jump at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships...the Onsala, Sweden, native's winning height was 6-2 1/4 (1.89m)...named All-America honors with the win...mark is the second-best women's high jump in WSU history.
TSCHIDA ON A TEAR: Marissa Tschida (freshman, Missoula, Mont.) was named the Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week for April 14-20...she threw the javelin an improved NCAA Regional Qualifying, freshman school record and lifetime-best of 161-8 (49.28m) to win her section at the Mt. SAC Relays, Friday, April 18...Tschida (pronounced chee-dah), the 2007 prep girls' national leader in the javelin, has PRd in three meets this season and broken the WSU freshman school record twice...she has a tattoo of a cheetah on her shoulder and has named the tattoo Chester the cheetah...she will compete at the 2008 USA Junior Outdoor Championships, June 20-22 at Columbus, Ohio, and can advance to the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships, July 8-13 at Bydgoszcz, Poland.
LEONARD GRABS STEEPLECHASE RECORD: Senior Meghan Leonard (Newberg, Ore.) claimed the WSU steeplechase school record at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/18) with an improved NCAA RQ time of 10:16.36...Leonard replaced 2007 record-holder Sara Trané (junior, Sweden)...Trané, defending Pac-10 champion who is coming off several months of limited competition because of injury, ran an NCAA RQ and PR time of 10:16.75...Collier Lawrence (senior, Reno, Nev.) and Amanda Andrews (freshman, Gig Harbor, Wash.) also have NCAA RA marks this year...in WSU top-10 all-time lists: 1. Leonard, 2. Trané, 3. Lawrence, 6. Andrews.
COUGAR CAPTAINS CORNER: Seniors Jon Jeffreys (javelin, Spokane Valley) and Sarah Burns (triple jump, Tacoma) present weekly blogs on the official WSU track and field website, www.wsucougars.com...click on the Captains' Corner box to read their blogs.
LAYMAN LOWERS 800m MARK: Redshirt freshman Anna Layman (Spokane Valley, Wash.) ran a PR and improved NCAA RQ time in the 800m of 2:04.87 for third place at the Pac-10 Championships...time is fourth-fastest in WSU history...just two weeks before she ran a PR time to 2:08.23, at the WSU-UW Dual 5/3...Layman missed her freshman year at WSU after being diagnosed with mononeucleosis in October 2006, having her appendix removed in November 2006 and suffering a stress fracture in her knee in January 2007...started running again in September 2007 but suffered stress fracture in her foot in January 2008 and missed entire indoor season.
SPEARING BIG NUMBERS: Jon Jeffreys (senior, Spokane Valley, Wash.) surpassed his lifetime-best mark again this season with the winning throw of 237-4 (72.35m) at the WSU-UW Dual Meet 5/3 in Pullman...his earlier PR of 237-2 (72.30m) was the previous week at the Cougar Invite... after throwing 232-1 (70.75m) at the Mt. SAC Relays...third PR this season...Nathan Bache (sophomore, Missoula, Mont.) followed the lead of his team captain, Jeffreys, and upped his NCAA RQ and PR distance for the second straight week to 213-5 (65.05m) May 3.
MOODY MOVES TO AUTOMATIC QUALIFIER: Rickey Moody (senior, Puyallup, Wash.) finished the Texas Relays decathlon with a PR and NCAA Automatic Qualifying total of 7,787 points, fourth place overall, third place among collegians...reached outdoor PRs in 7 of 10 events in addition to PRs in first day (4,156 points) and final point totals...during the competition, leaped an NCAA RQ long jump distance of 24-9 (7.54m)...his 7,787 points is the second-best decathlon mark in WSU history, behind Simon Shirley's 1988 total of 8,036 points for 15th place at the Seoul Olympics...this is the first NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark for Moody who participated in the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump (22nd)...he finished second at the Pac-10 Decathlon with 7,395 points.
LEVITATING LEAVITT: Junior Barry Leavitt (Benton City, Wash.) lowered his PR and improved his NCAA RQ time with his fourth-place finish in the 400m hurdles at the Pac-10 Championships...Leavitt ran a time of 50.82, eighth-best time in WSU history...won the men's 400m hurdles at the UCLA Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet 4/11 with an improved NCAA RQ and PR time of 50.83 seconds...also scored a win in the Olympic Dev. Race at the Mt. SAC Relays (51.90)...Leavitt's freshman year was 2003-04 and at the Pac-10 Championships he finished 6th in the 400m hurdles and 7th in 110m hurdles...after a two-year church mission in French Polynesia, he returned to campus in 2007 and resumed training, finishing 7th in the conference 400m hurdles.
LUCKY MEETS GOOD: Robert Williams (junior, Riverside, Calif.) was knocked out of the men's 110m hurdles Olympic Development race at the Mt. SAC Relays 4/20, when officials told him to come back and run in the Invitational race...he complied and ran a season-best and improved NCAA RQ time of 14.02w for fifth place...he ran a season-best 13.92 at the Pac-10 Championships prelims...went on to finish fifth in a time of 14.02.
HURDLING INTO COUGAR WOMEN'S RECORDS: Lorraine King (junior, Fontana, Calif.) took third place in the 400m hurdles final at the Texas Relays with an improved NCAA RQ and lifetime-best time of 58.39...third-fastest women's intermediate hurdles time in school history and an improvement of 2 seconds for King...she ran a prelim time of 1:00.09 and her previous PR was 1:00.28...King took second place at the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 58.72...Veronica Elseroad-Wall (freshman, Casper, Wyo.) finished sixth at the Pac-10 meet with a PR and improve NCAA RQ time of 1:00.17, fifth-fastest in school history...also won the women's 400m hurdles at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet 4/11 with an NCAA RQ time of 1:00.73.
STEEPLECHASE NO BARRIER(S) FOR COUGARS: Two Cougars scored at the Pac-10 championships...Alex Grant (senior, Bellingham, Wash.) finished fifth with a PR time of 8:51.24 while Sam Ahlbeck (redshirt sophomore, Renton, Wash.) finished seventh with a PR time of 8:55.26...Ahlbeck had previously ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 9:04.83 at the Stanford Invite...Grant ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 8:59.28 at the Mt. SAC Relays.
FLIRTING WITH THE 200 MARK: Junior Phil MacArthur (Selkirk, Wash.) threw the hammer a PR distance of 199-feet (60.65m) at the Texas Relays...MacArthur improved his NCAA RQ with the toss and can move into the distinguished Cougar top ten list with another eight feet added to the throw.
LONG & MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNERS MAKING NOISE: Lisa Egami (sophomore, Coquitlam, B.C.) and Isley Gonzalez (senior, Sunnyside, Wash.) reached NCAA RQs with their PR times at the Stanford Invite...Egami finished second in the 1500m with a time of 4:27.45, 10th-fastest in school history...Gonzalez ran a 5k time of 16:42.91, a PR by over a minute and the sixth-fastest time in school history...at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet 4/11, Gonzalez won the women's 1500m with a PR time of 4:34.02 with Haley Paul finished third in a time of 4:34.98.
MORE, MORE, MORE MORENO: Junior Moreno Zapata (Lakewood, Wash.) improved his NCAA RQ with a wind-aided triple jump of 50-6 (15.39m) at the Pelluer Invite...at the same meet he leaped a non-wind aided 50-5 1/4 (15.37m)...Zapata won the men's triple jump at the Stanford Invite with a NCAA RQ leap of 49-5 3/4 (15.08m).
WSU SCHOOL OUTDOOR RECORDS SET IN 2008:
Women: 3000m Steeplechase Meghan Leonard 10:16.36 (4/18) School Record Javelin Marissa Tschida 49.28m / 161-8 (4/18) Freshman School Record Hammer McKenzie Garberg 62.42m / 204-9 (5/3) School Record Men: 400m Hurdles Jeshua Anderson 49.55 (5/17) Freshman School Record
MPSF ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS ANNOUNCED: The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation announced the 2008 Indoor Track & Field All-Academic selections April 21: Evan Blanshan, junior, 3.77 gpa; Sarah Burns, senior, 3.06 gpa; Karen DeMartini, senior, 3.68 gpa; Lisa Egami, sophomore, 3.44 gpa; Selena Galaviz, senior, 3.70 gpa Dan Geib, sophomore, 3.34 gpa; Isley Gonzalez, junior, 3.18 gpa; Alex Grant, senior, 3.50 gpa; McKinnon Hanson, senior, 3.99 gpa; Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, sophomore, 3.18 gpa; Lorraine King, junior, 3.14 gpa; Barry Leavitt, junior, 3.34 gpa; Meghan Leonard, senior, 3.30 gpa; Kendall Mays, sophomore, 3.59 gpa; Haley Paul, senior, 3.96 gpa Drew Polley, junior, 3.76 gpa; Chelsea VanDeBrake, sophomore, 3.96 gpa; Chris Williams, senior, 3.17 gpa; Justin Woods, junior, 3.06 gpa; Jessica Zita, senior, 3.77 gpa.
COUGARS SWEEP HUSKIES IN DUAL MEET: At Mooberry Track, May 3, in Pullman, 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 meet produced two meet records, a total of 34 NCAA Regional Qualifying marks, and one WSU school record...WSU double winners included Princess Joy Griffey (100m, 200m), McKenzie Garberg (discus, hammer), Justin Woods (100m, 200m), Jeshua Anderson (110m hurdles, 400m hurdles)...Garberg broke her own school hammer throw record and meet record with a toss of 204-9...for a complete wrap-up of the meet, go to www.wsucougars.com.
LAMB RESURFACES: Matt Lamb (junior, Emmett, Idaho), two-time All-American discus thrower, did not compete for the Cougars this season but instead rehabilitated after suffering from a bout of back spasms last June at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento...he was able to gradually train more and more but not before the WSU season was well underway...competed unattached at the Gary Shaw Big Throwers Meet May 21-22, at Hartnell College in Salinas, Calif., where he threw a discus PR distance of 204-0 (62.18m) for first place in the men's "B" section...this is just under the "A" qualifying standard for the 2008 USA Olympic Trials...he will return to Pullman and train for the trials with Cougar Coach Debra Farwell.
WSU TRACK & FIELD ALUMNI CORNER: LEGAT WINS ADIDAS CLASSIC 1500m: Bernard Lagat, 2007 World Champion in the 1500m and the 5000m, won the 1500m at the 2008 adidas Classic Meet (May 18, Carson, Calif.) in a time of 3:35.14. WALTZ STILL TOSSING DISC FAR: Ian Waltz, 2004 Olympian, won the Gary Shaw Big Throwers Classic men's section with a discus distance of 226-0 (68.90m). PICKLERS STILL PERFORMING WELL: Cougar All-Americans Diana Pickler and Julie Pickler, professionals training for the 2008 USA Olympic trials, did well at the IAAF 21st MultiStars meet in Desenzano del Garda, Italy, May 10-11...Diana was the top USA heptathlete and third overall with a score of 6,190 points...Julie placed sixth overall and was the second highest placing American with 5,871 points.
COUGAR RECRUITS SIGNED FOR THE 2008-09 SCHOOL YEAR (as of May 28, 2008):
Joe Abbott, middle distance runner, Reno, Nev. Anna Albrecht, a thrower from Pullman, Wash. Brianna Atkins, a 400m runner from Claremont, Calif. Brianne Brown, a 400m runner from Shadle Park High, Spokane, Wash. Morgan Clem, a hurdler from East Wenatchee, Wash. Brittnay Crabb, a hurdler from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Michelly Foley, a distance runner from Crook County High, Prineville, Ore. Ezra John Griffey, a sprinter from Decatur High, Federal Way, Wash. Jacki Hill, a sprinter from Bremerton, Wash. Jerroid "J" Hopkins, a hurdler and sprinter from Everett, Wash. Ashley Kenney, a discus thrower from Spokane Valley, Wash. Courtney Kirkwood, a heptathlete from Othello, Wash. Jono Lafler, a distance runner from Tahoma High, Maple Valley, Wash. Alex Ringe, a middle distance runner from Hermiston, Ore. Chris Selvar, an 800m runner from Kentwood High, Kent, Wash. Mietra Smollack, a distance runner from Oak Harbor, Wash. Shawn Swartz, a high jumper from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia Ross VanZanten, a high jumper from Mark Morris High, Longview, Wash. Jessica Yates, a triple jumper from Snohomish, Wash.