May 13, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. -- Washington State University finished fifth in the women's team standings and seventh in the men's team standings Sunday at the Pac-10 Track & Field Championships, presented by 76 ProClean Gasolines, held at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field.
The women's team title was won by defending champions Arizona State with 158 points. Stanford was second with 134.33 points followed by UCLA (118.5), and USC (113). Washington State's 67.83 points held off Arizona (62) and Oregon (61). California finished eighth (54.33) and Washington was ninth with 49 points.
Oregon won the men's team title with 114 points, followed by Arizona State with 111, and USC with 110. UCLA was fourth (92), Arizona fifth (91), Washington sixth (89) and Washington State seventh (84). Stanford (72) and California (56) rounded out the men's standings.
"I think we did a great job," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "We had a couple of disappointments over the two days but for the most part all of our people stepped their performances up even better and it was a terrific two days for the Cougars. To tell you how hard this meet is, I was thrilled with the effort that the men made and we still got seventh. But we were within a stone's throw of fourth place, we just needed a couple of things here and there and we might have been in fourth place. We were tied with the Huskies going into the last relay event and we ran great, we ran 3:12 and all four guys ran 47.9 or right at that."
Another outstanding effort from WSU's Diana Pickler (senior, Sachse, Texas) who took third place in the women's 100m hurdles final with a time of 13.45 seconds. Diana Pickler, also the heptathlon champion and runner-up in the high jump, along with her twin sister, Julie, runner-up in the heptathlon and fourth place in the high jump, ran on both relays and contributed nearly 40 points to the Cougar women's team total.
"In the women's side, we scored fewer points but we finished higher in the standings," Sloan. "I don't think you can say enough about the Pickler family. Between the two of them they scored over two-thirds of all our women's team points."
In the women's track finals, La Shawnda Porter-Red (junior, Renton, Wash.) took seventh place in the 200m dash with a time of 24.29, and Lorraine King (sophomore, Fontana, Calif.) finished seventh in the 400m hurdles and ran a PR and NCAA RQ time of 1:00.28.
The Cougar women's 4x400m relay team of Diana Pickler, Brandi Probasco-Canda, King and Julie Pickler ran an NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 3 minutes, 37.55 seconds for fifth place. The 4x100m relay squad of Princess Joy Griffey, Porter-Red, and both Picklers finished sixth with an NCAA RQ time of 45.65, although this team had clocked in at 45.47 last month.
"The time of 3:37.55 was a great relay race," Sloan said. "Diana led off with a time of 54.4, followed by Brandi's 53.8 leg, Lorraine's 54.9 leg and Julie's 53.8 anchor leg. That is a great day's work right there."
Sarah Burns (junior, Tacoma) took eighth-place in the women's triple jump after leaping an NCAA RQ mark of 40-8 3/4 (12.41m). Catie Schuetzle (sophomore, Spokane) finished 10th after jumping an NCAA RQ mark of 40-5 (12.32m), and Kaylee Gardner (senior, Bellingham, Wash.) finished 11th with a hop, skip and jump of 39-10 1/2 (12.15m). All three Cougar women have better NCAA RQ marks from earlier this season.
The Washington State men's team found scoring both in the field and on the track Sunday.
Moreno Zapata (sophomore, Tacoma) was the runner-up in the men's triple jump with a wind-aided leap of 50-feet, 8 1/4 inches (15.45m), just 1/2 inch under his season-best NCAA RQ mark set last week. Freshman Trent Arrivey (Woodinville, Wash.) finished third in the men's high jump with a season-best and improved NCAA RQ leap of 6-11 3/4 (2.13m) while Kyle Eaton (Ellensburg, Wash.) took 12th after clearing 6-4 3/4 (1.95m).
Three Cougars scored in the men's javelin with Jeffreys (junior, Spokane, Wash.) taking fourth place with an NCAA RQ throw of 215-7 (65.70m), Ryan Scott (senior, Kalama, Wash.) sixth with a season-best 201-5 (61.40m), and Nathan Bache (freshman, Thompson Falls, Mont.) eighth with a throw of 195-6 (59.60m). Phil MacArthur threw the hammer a PR and improved NCAA RQ distance of 197-1 (60.07m) for eighth place. Chase Mancuso (sophomore, Mukilteo, Wash.) finished 16th with a hammer mark of 156-9 (47.78m).
Robert Williams (sophomore, Riverside, Calif.) ran a PR and improved NCAA RQ time of 14.08 seconds for sixth place in the men's 110m hurdles. In the 400m hurdles, John Cassleman, senior All-American (Pullman, Wash.), ran a season-best and improved NCAA RQ time of 50.82 for fourth place while sophomore Barry Leavitt (Benton City, Wash.) reach NCAA RQ for the second time in two days with his time of 52.50 for seventh place.
"I was really happy with Barry Leavitt coming out, he is Mr. Pac-10; he's not even around for the whole season and he at the Pac-10 he shows up and does great stuff," Sloan said.
In the men's 100m dash final, Justin Woods (sophomore, Buena Vista, Calif.) ran a PR time of 10.46w for third place and Jaycee Robertson (senior, Spanaway, Wash.) ran a time of 10.52 for fifth place. Both came back to score in the 200m dash with Woods' time of 21.16 an NCAA RQ and fourth place, with Robertson running a time of 21.36 for fifth place. Redshirt freshman Reny Follett (Lewiston, Idaho) ran a PR time of 47.47 for seventh place in the men's 400m dash.
The Cougar men's 4x100m relay team of Brian Woods, Justin Woods, Brian Williams and Robertson finished fourth with a season-best time of 40.88. The WSU 4x400m relay team of Follett, Cassleman, Robertson and Brian Woods ran a season-best time of 3:12.08 for sixth place, each running a leg of about 47.9 seconds.
In other events Sunday, McKenzie Garberg (junior, Benton City, Wash.) finished 11th in the women's hammer (174-5/53.16m) after placing and scoring in both the shot put and discus Saturday. Jasmine McCormack (sophomore, Arlington, Wash.) threw the javelin 137-6 (41.90m) for 12th place. In the women's 5000m, WSU steeplechase scorers from Saturday, Meghan Leonard (junior, Newberg, Ore.) finished 19th (17:47.52), and Collier Lawrence (junior, Reno, Nev.) was 24th (18:19.80). Andrew Jones (senior, Gillette, Wyo.) took 16th place in the men's 5k with a time of 14:46.65.
The WSU track and field teams will be represented at the NCAA West Regionals at Eugene, Ore., May 25-26.
More quotes from Coach Sloan: "We had some great come-through performances today. Trent Arrivey did a terrific job in the high jump getting third place with basically an equal PR of 7-0. Moreno Zapata did a great job in the triple jump almost equaling his best. The sprint boys did a great job. Big Rob (Williams) reached a lifetime-best in the hurdles even though he got sixth place it was a good run for him. Pretty good job in the javelin all the way around but I know Jon (Jeffreys) was disappointed but he would have had to throw 230-feet to get third, and he is capable of that. Reny Follett squeaking into the final and then running 47.47, a half-second PR to get seventh place. Phil MacArthur threw a couple of big lifetime-bests with an almost 10-foot PR and got us a point in the hammer throw. The kids did a great job and competed hard. It's a tough track meet. Everyone that we had competing today really did nice work."
"I'm really happy with the competitive effort that both the men and women made at this Pac-10 Championship. I'm disappointed that our men only finished seventh because they deserve better than that for what they put into this and the effort that they made. But that is how tough this track meet is; you can be that good, and we were good and still finished seventh in this meet. Sophomores and freshmen did a really good job here and we lose some important seniors from our team like Jaycee Robertson and Drew Ulrick who made important contributions. But we are going to go out and replace those people and keep our momentum up at a high level.
"We are going to miss Julie and Diana Pickler, there is no doubt about that they are a huge part of our team's success. But we'll get some people developing, including Lorraine King who did a great job today with a PR and regional qualifier in the intermediate hurdles. Steeplechase winner Sara Trané is just a sophomore. We have a lot of good people returning, we just have to recruit some more on the team and we have to work and get better and we will."