April 8, 2009
UCLA JOHNSON/JOYNER-KERSEE MEET NEXT: Selected members of the Washington State University track and field teams will compete at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational meet, April 9-11, at UCLA's Drake Stadium...this meet includes a women's heptathlon and men's decathlon during the first two days...fans can follow the results on the following web link: http://www.clerkofthecourse.com/ucla/2009/jjk-rafer/...meet results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, when available after competition concludes.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 36th season with the Cougar track program; 15th year as a head coach, 14th 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 decathlete Rickey Moody joins Megan Johnson and Kyle Chandler as volunteer coaches.
ANDERSON NAMED PAC-10 MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF WEEK: Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.) was honored as the Pac-10 Male Track Athlete of the Week for March 30-April 5...Anderson successfully defended his Texas Relays title with a winning time and improved NCAA RQ of 49.48 seconds...at same meet, ran NCAA RQ time of 14.26 in 110m hurdles, and on both relays with NCAA RQ times of 40.07 and 3:09.28...this his second Pac-10 AoW honor...was also selected wsucougars.com Athlete of the Week.
NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The WSU men's track and field team is ranked 18th in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Div. I 2009 Outdoor team rankings released April 8...USTFCCCA national rankings are a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2009 NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships (June 10-13, Fayetteville, Ark.)...this week, Oregon men are No. 1 with Pacific-10 Conference foes Washington (14th), UCLA (15th), Arizona State (16th), USC (17th), and California (22nd) also ranked in the men's top 25...Texas A&M women's team is No. 1...Pac-10 members Oregon (2nd), Arizona State (6th), UCLA (8th), USC (9th), Stanford (20th), and Arizona (23rd)...WSU women's team is 50th.
NATIONAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS: The USTFCCCA individual rankings by event as of April 8 - WSU men: Sam Ahlbeck (24th-steeplechase), Jeshua Anderson (3rd-400m hurdles, 41st-110m hurdles, 36th-400m dash), Trent Arrivey (4th-high jump), Matt Lamb (3rd-discus), Barry Leavitt (13th-400m hurdles), Philip MacArthur (35th-hammer), Robert Williams (16th-110m hurdles), and Moreno Zapata (39th-triple jump)...WSU men's 400m relay (31st) and 1600m relay (24th) are also ranked...Cougar women ranked: Lisa Egami (32nd-1500m), Lorraine King (22nd-400m hurdles), Courtney Kirkwood (48th-javelin), Anna Layman (7th-800m), Sara Trané (12th-steeplechase), and Marissa Tschida (13th-javelin)....WSU women's 4x400m relay is ranked 39th...USTFCCCA website can be found at www.ustfccca.org.
NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: The goal for the WSU competitors in the outdoor season is to reach NCAA Regional Qualifying marks...the top-five individual finishers from each regional event automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark....the only events that still have national provisional and automatic national qualifying marks are the heptathlon and decathlon, and the 10,000m races.
COUGARS' OUTDOOR NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING: (National standings/West Region standings) Women: 800m Anna Layman 2:09.23 (28th / 10th) Lisa Egami 2:09.58 (32nd / 11th) 1500m Lisa Egami 4:22.57 (13th / 8th) 5000m Isley Gonzalez 16:39.39 (28th / 16th) 400m Hurdles Lorraine King 1:00.30 (35th / 7th) 3k Steeplechase Amanda Andrews 10:42.72 (33rd / 8th) Pole Vault Alexa Huestis 3.85m / 12-7 1/2 (t-30th / t-9th) Javelin Marissa Tschida 50.40m / 165-4 (6th / 3rd) Lynnea Braun 46.25m / 151-9 (26th / 11th) Courtney Kirkwood 46.06m / 151-9 (27th / 12th)
Men: 110m Hurdles Robert Williams 13.81 (6th / 3rd) Jeshua Anderson 14.26 (41st / 7th) 400m Hurdles Jeshua Anderson 49.48 (1st / 1st) Barry Leavitt 51.39 (17th / 8th) J Hopkins 52.27 (39th / 12th) 3k Steeplechase Sam Ahlbeck 8:53.46 (8th / 4th) 400m Relay Woods, Williams, Anderson, Murray 40.07 (15th / 2nd) 1600m Relay Leavitt, Anderson, Follett, Woods 3:09.28 (20th / 3rd) High Jump Trent Arrivey 2.19m / 7-2 1/4 (5th / 1st) Triple Jump Moreno Zapata 15.29m / 50-2w (19th / 4th) Discus Matt Lamb 56.21m / 184-5 (11th / 5th) Hammer Phil MacArthur 60.78m / 199-5 (27th / 5th)
WAZZU MILTIS OPEN OUTDOOR SEASON AT UCLA: Kyle Schauble (junior, Kennewick, Wash.) looks to defend his title in the men's decathlon this weekend at the Johnson/Joyner-Kersee Invite at UCLA...Schauble scored a PR 6,785 points in 2008 before being sidelined with a foot injury that resulted in surgery and an extended recovery through the fall...Sean Harris (freshman, Kent, Wash.) will be competing in his first decathlon for WSU...Angela Jensen (sophomore, Tacoma) will compete in the women's heptathlon after her sixth-place finish in 2008 with a PR of 4,498 points.
AIR ARRIVEY: Trent Arrivey (air-eh-vee), a junior from Woodinville, Wash., has cleared the high jump bar at over 7-feet several times this year...a 2008 All-American, Arrivey is currently leading the national qualifying list with his winning mark from the Stanford Invite of 7-2 1/4 (2.19m)...his lifetime best is 7-3 1/4 (2.22m), his winning jump at the 2008 NCAA West Regional meet...Arrivey had a top 2009 indoor mark of 7-3 (2.21m)...he has cleared 7-feet in four of the seven meets he has competed in this year.
WSU HAS TRIO OF QUALIFIERS IN INTERMEDIATE HURDLES: Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.) leads the nation in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 49.48, run at the Texas Relays...WSU record-holder at 48.68, the reigning Pac-10, NCAA, US Junior and World Junior Champion...ran a time of 49.68 at 2008 Texas Relays...ran the school record time of 48.68 at World Juniors in Poland...Barry Leavitt (senior, Benton City) reached NCAA RQ at the Trojan Invite with a time of 51.56 and dropped it to 51.39 at the Texas Relays...J Hopkins (freshman, Everett) joined qualifiers with his Stanford Invite time of 52.27.
GONZALEZ BACK IN STRIDE: Spending the fall semester away from campus and organized training in order to student teach did not stall senior Isley Gonzalez (Sunnyside)...Gonzalez only has the outdoor season for eligibility and is making the most of it, running a 5k time of 16:39.38 at the Stanford Invite, an NCAA RQ mark and the sixth-best time in WSU history.
ZAPATA JUMPS IN: Senior Moreno Zapata (Lakewood), men's team captain, triple jumped 50-2w (15.29m) for third place at the Stanford Invite in the men's invitational event...Zapata's PR at WSU is a hyper wind-aided (6.5 meters per second) 51-9 1/4 (15.78m) leaped in 2007 at the NCAA West Regional in Eugene...his top non-wind-aided jump came the next year at the same meet in Northridge of 50-8 1/4 (15.45m).
HOW LO CAN SHE GO? Lorraine King, senior from Fontana, Calif., and the women's team captain, reached an NCAA RQ mark in the 400m hurdles with her Stanford Invite time of 1:00.30...her lifetime-best time is 58.39, set last season at the Texas Relays...mark is third-best in WSU history...heel bruise has bothered her this season...she is aiming for the school record of 57.07 set by Randi Smith in 2000.
STEEPLECHASE ANOTHER STRONG EVENT FOR COUGARS: Both sides of the roster have strong 3000m steeplechase competitors for WSU again this year...Sam Ahlbeck (junior, Renton) ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 8:53.46 at Stanford...Amanda Andrews (sophomore, Gig Harbor) ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 10:42.72 which is fifth-best in WSU women's history.
EGADS! EGAMI: Lisa Egami, a junior from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, has NCAA RQ marks in both the 800m and the 1500m...ran the 800m time of 2:09.58 at Trojan Invite and the 1500m time of 4:22.57 at the Stanford Invite, third-fastest time in WSU history...Egami set the school record in the mile during the 2009 indoor season with a time of 4:44.92i at the MPSF Championships in Seattle...that was the second time in two weeks that Egami had broken the school record, both at the UW Dempsey Indoor Facility.
NO QUALIFYING MARKS NEEDED FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Pacific-10 Conference will forego its own set of qualifying marks for its championship meet...instead, a maximum of 24 women and 24 men may be entered from each school at the head coach's discretion...outdoor and indoor seasons will be used for descending order lists and seeding into the championship heats/flights.
EASY VIEWING OF PAC-10 PERFORMANCE LISTS: The Pacific-10 Conference performance descending order lists can be viewed online at www.directathletics.com...click on Performance Lists and under Current Seasons, click again on Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Performance Lists.
ANDERSON MAKES TRACKSHARK TOP 12 SPRINTERS/HURDLERS TO WATCH IN 2009 LIST: WSU sophomore Jeshua Anderson was named to the TrackShark.com Top 12 Sprinters/Hurdlers to watch in 2009...Anderson won the men's 400m hurdles at the Pac-10 Conference, NCAA, USA Junior and World Junior Championship meets in 2008.
TRACK AND FIELD REUNION: The Gray "W" Varsity Club and Track and Field Team will host the a Track and Field Reunion Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Big Picture in Redmond, Wash...the Cougar-Husky Dual Meet will take place the next day, Saturday, May 2, at Husky Stadium...for more information, please contact Gray W coordinator Willie Jude via the email firstname.lastname@example.org and update your information to ensure that you are not left out...also stay current with information through the Facebook group, WSU Track Reunion.
NO COUGAR HOME OUTDOOR MEETS IN 2009: Because of slated construction on the North side of Martin Stadium and the subsequent encroachment of equipment and supplies onto Mooberry Track, WSU will not host any outdoor track and field meets during the 2009 season.
WSU COMPETITORS SCHEDULED FOR UCLA JOHNSON/JOYNER-KERSEE INVITE, APRIL 9-11:
WSU Women 100m - Princess Joy Griffey 200m - Morgan Clem, Princess Joy Griffey 400m - Anna Layman 800m - Lisa Egami 1500m - Amanda Andrews, Michelly Foley, Anna Layman, Marisa Sandoval, Sara Trané 5000m - Ashlee Wall 100m Hurdles - Brittnay Crabb, Caroline Hedel, Jalissa Williams 400m Hurdles - Morgan Clem, Brittnay Crabb, Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Caroline Hedel, Lorraine King 3000m Steeplechase - Emily Farrar 4x400m Relay A - Griffey, Layman, Crabb, King B - Williams, Elseroad-Wall, Clem, Hedel Shot Put - Anna Albrecht, Ashley Kenney Discus - Anna Albrecht, Ashley Kenney Hammer - Anna Albrecht, Kjirsten Jensen Heptathlon - Angela Jensen
WSU Men 100m - André Jennings, Justin Woods 200m - André Jennings, Justin Woods 400m - Reny Follett 800m - Joe Abbott, Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, Luke Lemenager 1500m - Sam Ahlbeck, Peter Miller, Dominic Smargiassi 110m Hurdles - Jeshua Anderson, Trevor Habberstad, J Hopkins 400m Hurdles - Jeshua Anderson, Trevor Habberstad, J Hopkins 4x400m Relay A - Follett, Anderson, Woods, Hopkins B - Habberstad, Abbott, Jennings, Lemenager 3000m Steeplechase - David Hickerson Shot Put - Joe Bartlett, Phil MacArthur Discus - Joe Bartlett, Matt Lamb Hammer - Phil MacArthur Javelin - Mark Presby Decathlon - Sean Harris, Kyle Schauble