Feb. 2, 2007
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Washington State University track and field athletes competed well Friday evening in events at the 32nd Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational Indoor Track & Field Meet at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on the University of Nebraska campus.
Senior All-American Tyson Byers placed third in the pole vault with a clearance at 16-feet, 6 3/4 inches (5.05m). Byers passed on the first four heights, cleared 5.05m on the first attempt, passed at 16-10 3/4 (5.15m), but missed all three attempts at his season-best height of 17-2 3/4 (5.25m).
WSU freshman Princess Joy Griffey was the sixth-fastest finisher among the 36 women in the 60m dash prelims in a time of 7.60 seconds, and was one of 16 women to advance to the Saturday semi-finals. La Shawnda Porter-Red ran a time of 7.86, 19th-best in the prelims. In the 200m prelims, Porter-Red ran a time of 25.30 (13th) and Brandi Probasco-Canda ran a time of 25.49 (18th) with neither advancing to the finals.
Justin Woods and Jaycee Robertson advanced to the 60m dash semi-finals and the 200m dash final. In the 60m, Woods ran a PR time of 6.78 seconds, third-fastest, and Robertson clocked in a time of 6.82, eighth-fastest. In the 200m prelims, Robertson ran a time of 21.72 (5th) and Woods ran a time of 21.80 (8th) to move on to the final. Four other Cougs ran in the 60m prelims: Sadiki James (31st, 7.14), Schauble (34th, 7.22), Brian Woods (36th, 7.25), and Rickey Moody (41st, 7.30). Other Cougars in the 200m prelims were Brian Woods (27th, 22.81) and James, a freshman from Trinidad who transferred to WSU in January and is competing in his first meet as a Cougar (34th, 23.29).
Both WSU sophomore Robert Williams and freshman Kyle Schauble qualified for the men's 60m hurdles semi-finals. Williams ran the ninth-fastest prelim time of 8.13 and Schauble's 8.47 was 15th-best Friday night. Barry Leavitt's 8.58 did not qualify to advance.
In the men's 400m dash prelims, redshirt-freshman Reny Follett ran a PR time of 49.38, 13th-fastest overall but only the top eight advanced. Leavitt ran a time of 51.91 (31st), and John Cassleman, scheduled to compete, did not start.
Selena Galaviz ran a 400m PR time of 57.36, which was 13th-fastest in the prelims, but only the top eight advanced to the semi-finals. Other Cougar women in the prelims included Lorraine King (20th, 58.43), Nicole McClendon (23rd, 58.97), and Sara Trané (29th, 1:01.55).
Catie Schuetzle fouled all three attempts in the long jump.
Competition at the Husker Invitational continues Saturday, Feb. 3, while several other Cougars will compete at the Moscow McDonald's Meet at the University of Idaho Kibbie Dome Saturday.