March 6, 2008
COUGAR INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CLOSE TO FINISHLINE: A limited number of Washington State University indoor track and field student-athletes will travel to Seattle for the Last Chance Meet, March 8, at the Dempsey Indoor Facility...Cougar men's 4x400m relay team of Barry Leavitt, Reny Follett, Jeshua Anderson and Justin Woods will try and take some time off their NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 3:08.86, 11th on the current descending order list...only one school has a relay team with an NCAA Automatic qualifying time of 3:06.50...top 10 teams are guaranteed to receive an NCAA Championships berth with the possibility of another relay squad or two receiving an invite...also competing at Seattle are Rickey Moody in the men's long jump and Moreno Zapata in the men's triple jump.
NEXT WEEK, NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: The NCAA Div. I Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the University of Arkansas campus, March 14 and 15, at Fayetteville...WSU's Ebba Jungmark (high jump) is an automatic qualifier while Jeshua Anderson (400m), Trent Arrivey (high jump) and Alex Grant (5000m) are all provisional qualifiers (see national standings below).
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.
COUGARS' NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS: * = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing)
Women: High Jump Ebba Jungmark * 1.88m / 6-2 (t3rd)
Men: 400m Jeshua Anderson # 46.67 (6th) 5000m Alex Grant # 14:05.28 (25th) 4x400m Relay Barry Leavitt, Reny Follett Jeshua Anderson, Justin Woods # 3:08.86 (11th) High Jump Trent Arrivey # 2.17m/ 7-1 1/2 (t14th)
COUGS REACH TOP MARKS AT MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS: Ebba Jungmark was the lone champion for the Cougars at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, wining the women's high jump with a meet record 1.85m/6- 0 3/4...grabbing second-place finishes were Justin Woods (100m), Jeshua Anderson (400m), Alex Grant (5k), Phil MacArthur (weight throw), and Sarah Burns (triple jump)...third place finishes included Woods (200m), the men's 4x400m relay of Leavitt, Follett, Anderson and Woods, Trent Arrivey (high jump), and Princess Joy Griffey (60m)...the WSU men tallied 18 PRs at the meet and went on to tie with Arizona for seventh place in team standings...Cougar women had 17 PRs and also finished seventh (58 points) in team standings...the men's 4x400m relay set the school indoor record of 3:08.86, breaking the 1981 record of 3:11.1 (John Avognan, Chris Whitlock, Jeff Ramsay, Georges Kablan, at Moscow)...Anderson's 400m dash time of 46.67 is a freshman school record, breaking Kris Durr's 1984 time of 47.64...Amanda Andrews ran a freshman school record time in the 3000m of 9:59.07, removing Krisin Liebich's 1994 time of 10:00.67...Jalissa Williams set a freshman school record in the women's pentathlon with her fifth-place finish total of 3373 points, erasing Brittany Bekins' 2004 mark of 3,043 points.
JUNGMARK HAS MEMORABLE START: Swedish freshman high jumper Ebba Jungmark (pronounced eh-bah yoon-mark) opened her WSU career by winning the Husky Classic meet 2/16 with a Dempsey Indoor Facility record, an indoor PR and NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark of 6-1 1/2 (1.87m)...she bettered that mark at the WSU Open II meet, clearing an indoor PR of 6-2 (1.88m), the second-best women's high jump in school history...the following week she won the MPSF Championships with a meet record 1.85m/6- 3/4...Jungmark competed in the 2007 World Championships at Osaka, Japan, where she finished 11th in high jump after clearing 6-2 (1.88m)...her lifetime-best mark is 6-3 1/2 (1.92m) achieved June 10, 2007, at Kil, Sweden.
AIR ARRIVEY ARRIVES: Sophomore high jumper Trent Arrivey (pronounced air-ah-vee) cleared a PR height of 7-0 1/4 (2.14m) to win the Cougar Indoor Meet Jan. 26...Arrivey, from Woodinville, Wash., became the 28th Cougar to high jump better than 7-feet...he improved on his PR with a 7-1 1/2 (2.17m) leap at the WSU Open II (2/23), an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark which is tied for 10th-best nationally as of 2/26/08.
ANDERSON SETS ANOTHER SCHOOL FRESHMAN RECORD: Freshman Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) set the freshman school record in the men's 60m hurdles with a time of 8.09 seconds at the WSU Open (1/19) and then dropped that time down further with a win at the Vandal Indoor in a PR time of 8.01 without pressing at the tape...at the Husky Classic (2/16), Anderson reached NCAA Provisional Qualifying in the 400m dash with his fourth place finish in a PR time of 47.14 seconds...this time also broke the freshman school record, breaking Kris Durr's 1984 time of 47.64...Anderson set the national prep 300m hurdles record last spring (35.28).
SPRINT SPEED DEMONS: Justin Woods, a junior from Buena Vista, Calif., won the Vandal Indoor men's 60m dash in a time of 6.77 seconds and took the 200m dash with a time of 21.32, both are season-bests...the meet provided notable times from freshman Marlon Murray (60m, PR 6.95; 200m, PR 21.80), and sophomore Sadiki James (60m, PR 6.99)...freshman André Jennings ran a 60m time of 6.94 at the WSU Open II (2/23).
EXCELLENCE IN A LONGER RACE: Alex Grant, senior from Bellingham, Wash., ran the fifth-fastest 5k time by an American at WSU when he clocked in with a PR and NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 14:05.28 for second place at the MPSF Championships.
THROWING-UP PRS: Senior thrower McKenzie Garberg threw the 20-pound weight a PR distance of 55-feet, 2 1/4 inches (16.82m) at the WSU Open II meet (2/22), which is the fifth-best throw in school history...this is the third PR in this event for Garberg (Benton City, Wash.)...she is a 2007 All-American discus thrower...Garberg won the Vandal Indoor discus with an indoor lifetime-best toss of 166-8 (50.80m), won the weight throw, and took second in the shot put with a PR heave of 48-0 1/2 (14.64m)...Phil MacArthur (junior, Selkirk, Wash.) placed third in the 35-pound weight throw at the WSU Open II with a PR toss of 62-1 3/4 (18.94m), a four-foot improvement over his previous personal-best and the eighth-best toss in school history...Chase Mancuso (junior, Mukilteo, Wash.) reached a weight throw PR at the Husky Classic meet with a toss of 56-8 (17.27m).
LAMB NOT GENTLE WITH DISC: Junior Matt Lamb (Emmett, Idaho) threw an indoor PR discus mark of 192-6 (58.67m) to win the event at the Vandal Indoor...Lamb is a two-time outdoor discus All-American.
MILERS MAKING MARKS: Sophomore Lisa Egami (Coquitlam, British Columbia) clocked in a PR mile time of 4:55.83 at the Husky Classic Meet (2/16), seventh-fastest time in school history...senior Isley Gonzalez (Sunnyside, Wash.) won the women's mile at the Vandal Indoor with a PR time of 4:57.78, ninth-fastest women's mile time in school history...Gonzalez was the Cougars' top placer at the 2007 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships in eighth place...on the men's side of the ledger, senior Chris Concha (Reno, Nev.) ran a season-best mile time of 4:13.67 and Evan Blanshan clocked in with a PR time of 4:15.97, both at the Husky Classic.
HOP, SKIP AND JUMPING PR: Junior Moreno Zapata (Tacoma, Wash.) missed an NCAA provisional qualifying mark by one inch when he soared to a triple jump PR of 50-5 1/4 (15.37m) at the Husky Classic (2/16)...previously, he won the triple jump at the Cougar Indoor with a leap of 49-3 1/2 (15.02m)...he is the lone Cougar men's team triple jumper.
WOMEN VAULTERS MOVING UP: Freshman Alexa Huestis (Chehalis, Wash.) tied for third in the women's pole vault at the Husky Classic (2/16) after clearing a PR of 12-2 1/2 (3.72m), the sixth-best mark in WSU women's history...Kendall Mays (sophomore, Spokane) cleared 12-0 (3.66m) at the WSU Open II, becoming the eighth Cougar woman to clear 12-feet in the pole vault...Mays went on to clear a PR 3.84m/12-7 1/4 at the MPSF Championships (11th), the fifth-best mark in school history.
MISSOU AT WAZZU: Freshman Candace Missouri reached PRs in three events at the Cougar Indoor meet Jan. 26...Missouri, from Evergreen High in Vancouver, Wash., long jumped 18-10 (5.74m) and triple jumped 38-9 3/4 (11.83m), taking second in both events...she also ran a time of 7.89 seconds in the 60m dash...at the Husker Invite, she improved her triple jump PR to 39-0 1/4 (11.89m)...dropped her 60m time to 7.77 at the Vandal Indoor.
QUARTER MILERS NOT FAR BEHIND: Open 400m runners Barry Leavitt (junior, Benton City, Wash.) reached a PR time of 48.19 at the Husky Classic (2/16) after running a time of 48.75 at the Vandal Indoor...Reny Follett (redshirt sophomore, Lewiston, Idaho) followed with a season-best time of 48.73 in Seattle.
PENTATHLON PEOPLE: Freshmen Angela Jensen (Tacoma, Wash.) and Jalisa Williams (Pasadena, Calif.) will compete at the MPSF pentathlon this Friday...in their collegiate debuts at the Cougar Indoor (2/25), both fouled all three attempts in the shot put...Jensen's score was 2814 points and William's score was 2461 points.
MULTIS-TASKING: Rickey Moody, a senior from Puyallup, Wash., won the men's heptathlon at the Cougar Indoor Meet with a PR 5,216 points, just below the 5300 points needed for NCAA provisional qualifying...Kyle Schauble, sophomore from Kennewick, Wash., reached a hept PR to 5,032 points...freshman Trevor Habberstad (Santa Clarita, Calif.) made his collegiate multi debut with 4,611 points...Moody, who advanced to the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump, reached an indoor PR in the long jump at the Husky Classic by leaping 24-1 1/2 (7.35m).
BIG ROB REACHES PR, AGAIN: Robert Williams, junior from Riverside, Calif., finished seventh in the men's 60m hurdles final at the Husker Invite 2/2, with a time of 8.24 seconds but had run a lifetime-best time of 8.04 in the prelims...this came a week after the Cougar Indoor where he ran a PR time of 8.07...Williams opened the season with a time of 8.09 at the WSU Open.
DMR RELAY RALLIES AT HUSKER INVITE: The WSU men's distance medley relay squad of Luke Lemenager (sophomore, Maple Valley, Wash.), Kyle Schauble (sophomore, Kennewick, Wash.), Bob Hewitt-Gaffney (sophomore, Gillette, Wyo.) and Chris Concha (senior, Reno, Nev.), won their race with a time of 10:06.89.
NATIONAL POLLS: The Trackwire Top 25 Poll and the Trackwire Dandy Dozen rankings have ceased to exist as of Jan. 2, 2008, according to an announcement on the internet site...the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) began indoor team rankings January 30 and the new polls are posted every Wednesday on the website, http://ustfccca.cstv.com.