Feb. 28, 2009
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Washington State's men's track and field team captured a tie for second place Saturday at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track Championships at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the University of Washington campus.
The Cougar men scored 78.5 points, tied with California and just behind winner UCLA's which scored 28.5 points in the final event of the meet, the pole vault, for a total of 83.5 points. Pre-meet favorites, the Oregon men scored 78 points for fourth. This is the highest MPSF finish for the WSU men since the 2002 second-place team finish. Stanford won the 2009 women's title with 115 points with the Cougars tallying 51.5 points for eighth place.
Lorraine King, a senior from Fontana, Calif., won the women's 60 hurdles with a lifetime-best time of 8.46 seconds, just missing the NCAA PQ time of 8.43. King also took fourth place in the women's 400m dash with a PR time of 54.95. King's 60m hurdles time is the fifth-best in school history and eclipsed her previous PR time of 8.53.
Lisa Egami (junior, Coquitlam, B.C.) ran a school-record and improved NCAA Provisional Qualifying mile time of 4-minutes, 44.92 seconds to finish fifth, followed by Marisa Sandoval (junior, Los Alamos, NM) in sixth place with PR time of 4:53.36. Egami ran the previous SR time of 4:45.49 on this track just two weeks ago.
Sara Trané (senior, Pixbo, Sweden) took sixth place in the women's 3000m with a PR and NCAA PQ time of 9:28.54, the third-best time in WSU women's history and broke the indoor school record, surpassing Haley Paul's 2006 time of 9:39.31. Amanda Andrews ran a PR time of 9:53.17 (18th) and Michelly Foley ran a PR time of 9:56.80 (20th), with Foley's time breaking the school indoor freshman record she set earlier in the season.
The men's high jump provided 18 points to the WSU team total. Trent Arrivey (junior, Woodinville, Wash.) was the runner-up in the high jump with a PR and improved NCAA PQ mark of 7-feet, 3 inches (2.21m), the same height cleared by the winner, California's Ed White. Cougar freshman Shawn Swartz (freshman, Port Coquitlam, B.C.) was third and sophomore Ryan Deese (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished fifth after both Cougs cleared 6-10 3/4 (2.10m).
Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) ran a PR time of 6.77 to finish second in the men's 60m dash in a photo finish with Cal's Kellen Patterson. Robert Williams (senior, Riverside, Calif.) was runner-up in the men's 60m hurdles with an NCAA PQ time of 7.90. Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.) took third place in the men's 400m dash, running an NCAA PQ time of 47.01, and placed fourth in the 60m hurdles final in a time of 8.13. Reny Follett (junior, Lewiston, Idaho) took sixth place in the 400m dash with a PR time of 47.63.
The WSU men's 4x400m team of Barry Leavitt, Follett, Woods and Anderson took second place in an NCAA PQ time of 3:08.80, breaking the school indoor record of 3:08.86, run by the same foursome in 2008.
In the men's heptathlon, Kyle Schauble (junior, Kennewick) finished tied for seventh with 4,883 points and Sean Harris (freshman, Kent) scored 4,693 points for 10th place. During the final three events contested Saturday, Schauble ran the 60m hurdles in a PR time of 8.39, pole vaulted 13-3 1/2 (4.05m), and ran the 1000m in 2:46.49. Harris ran the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.67, pole vault a PR height of 12-11 1/2 (3.95m), and ran the 1000m in a time of 3:14.42.
Princess Joy Griffey (junior, Federal Way) placed sixth in the 60m dash in a time of 7.58, after finishing eighth in the 200m Friday night. Two Cougar women ran PRs and scored in the 800m race: Anna Layman (sophomore, Spokane Valley) finished sixth in a time of 2:09.41, and Mietra Smollack (freshman, Oak Harbor) eighth in a time of 2:11.86.
The Cougar women's 4x400m relay team of Griffey, Layman, Veronica Elseroad-Wall and King finished fourth in a time of 3:41.59.
Cougar women scored nine points in the triple jump as senior Sarah Burns (Tacoma) placed fourth with a PR leap of 40-0 1/2 (12.20m), Jessica Yates (freshman, Snohomish) took sixth with a mark of 39-3 (11.96m), and Candace Missouri (sophomore, Vancouver, Wash.) finished eighth with a jump of 39-1 1/4 (11.92m). Moreno Zapata (senior, Lakewood) took third place in the men's triple jump with a season-best leap of 50-1 1/4 (15.27m) on his opening attempt.
Several other Cougars had lifetime-best performances at the MPSF Championships. Sam Ahlbeck ran a PR time of 8:15.30 in the 3000m and Evan Blanshan ran a mile PR time of 4:12.57. Brianne Brown ran a PR time of 57.57 in the women's 400m dash. In field events, Jennifer Hamilton threw a shot put PR distance of 44-4 1/4 (13.52m) for 10th place. Pole vaulters Jake Baertlein cleared a PR height of 15-11 3/4 (4.87m) for 12th and Beau Carrillo cleared a PR height of 15-5 3/4 (4.72m) for 14th. Joe Bartlett threw the shot put a PR distance of 52-1 (15.87m) for 10th place.
"We had 38 lifetime-best marks out of this meet, and I am really proud of how hard we competed through both days of the meet," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "Justin Woods got beat out by 5/100s second in the 60m by a Cal guy and Kyle Schauble tied the Cal guy in the heptathlon. Arizona State beat us by 6/100s second in the relay. Trent Arrivey lost the high jump by one miss. There was a lot of close finishes and a lot of hard-fought battles throughout the competition. Little things like that can make a big swing and we wouldn't have won but would have been second all by ourselves."
This was the final week of indoor competition for the majority of the Cougar competitors. The NCAA Indoor Championships are March 13-14 in College Station, Texas.