May 12, 2010
PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS CONTINUE: Washington State University will be represented by 26 men and 24 women at the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships, Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16, at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field on the University of California, Berkeley campus...in 2009, WSU men finished fourth (91 pts)...Jeshua Anderson (400m hurdles) and Trent Arrivey (high jump) won titles...WSU women finished ninth (44 pts)...LIVE RESULTS (http://www.calbears.com/sports/c-track/2010_pac10_championships.html).
MULTI-EVENTS COUGS: Three of the four Cougs scored at the Pac-10 Decathlon and Heptathlon championships...Kyle Schauble (senior, Kennewick) reached a PR total of 6899 pts for 6th place...Angela Jensen (junior, Tacoma) hit a PR of 5017 pts for 6th place and Jasmine Johnson-McKeown (freshman, San Bernardino) scored a PR 4962 pts for 7th place in heptathlon...Ramsey Hopkins (freshman, San Diego) withdrew from Dec after first day injury...WSU men have 3 points which is fifth in men's team standings and the Cougar women have 5 points which is fourth in the women's team standings.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 37th season with the Cougar track program; 16th year as a head coach, 15th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...Sloan (decathlon/heptathlon) is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell (throws), and assistant coaches Pete Julian (cross country/distance), Mark Macdonald (hurdles/relays), Ellannee Richardson (sprints/relays) and Matt McGee (jumps)...volunteer coaches include Megan Johnson (throws), Elliott Hubler (jumps), and Tim Riley (distance).
USTFCCCA NCAA DI NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) published outdoor rankings for May 11 show the WSU men ranked 40th and the WSU women ranked 30th...Texas A&M has the top ranked men's and women's teams...Pac-10 teams ranked in preseason top 25 include Oregon (men No. 2, women No. 3), USC (men No. 6, women No. 12), Arizona State (men No. 7), Stanford (men No. 14, women No. 20), Washington (men No. 20), and UCLA (women No. 16)...USTFCCCA national rankings are a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2010 NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships, June 9-12, in Eugene.
REGIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: New this year, the USTFCCCA is "scoring" nine award regions using current national-team ranking formulas...regional team index is best used to find a team's all-around team strength, whereas the national-team rankings are taken in context with national championship where it takes a few very elite athletes to score well...in the May 11 regional rankings, the Cougar men are No. 7 in the West Region (order is Oregon, USC, Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and WSU)...WSU women are unranked this week (Oregon, USC, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and California)...these rankings can be found at www.ustfccca.org.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS SENIOR AWARDS: Cougar track & field seniors were among the WSU student-athletes honored May 7...Matt Lamb named Pac-10 Conference Medal Winner and Alumni Assoc. Big 10 Senior award for male athlete...Athletic Director's Star Performer Award - Sam Ahlbeck and Princess Joy Griffey...Senior Excellence in Academics - Lisa Egami, Marisa Sandoval, Chelsea VanDeBrake...PROWL Team Care Award - Marisa Sandoval...Cougar Pride Academic Salute - Lisa Egami, Matt Lamb, Marissa Tschida.
SCOTT-ELLIS AND JENSEN NAMED PAC-10 ATHLETES OF WEEK: Stephan Scott-Ellis (freshman, Tacoma) and Kjirsten Jensen (sophomore, Arlington) were named the Pac-10 Field Athletes of the Week for April 19-25...at the Cougar Invitational, April 24, Scott-Ellis won the men's long jump with a PR mark of 24-4 1/2 (7.43m) and Jensen placed second in the women's hammer throw with a PR toss of 185-4 (56.49m)...Jensen's hammer mark is the fourth-best distance in school history...it was the first Pac-10 AoW honors for both.
ANDERSON NAMED PAC-10 MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF WEEK: Jeshua Anderson, a junior from Woodland Hills, Calif., was named the Pacific-10 Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week for April 12-18, after winning the Mt. SAC Relays men's Invitational 400m hurdles race in a season-best time of 49.11...Anderson's time leads the nation in the 400m hurdles...this was Anderson's fourth AoW award in his three years at WSU...Anderson won twice in 2009 and once as a freshman in 2008.
TSCHIDA (pronounced cheetah) NATIONAL WOMEN'S JAVELIN LEADER, BREAKS WSU RECORD: All-American Marissa Tschida (junior, Missoula, Mont.) improved her javelin mark as the national women's javelin leader by throwing a school record distance of 186-1 (56.71m) at the Texas Relays...Tschida's previous school record mark was 181-8 (55.38m).
KIRKWOOD JOINS THE PARTY: Courtney Kirkwood (sophomore, Othello, Wash.) threw a season-best javelin mark of 168-8 (51.42m) at the Mt. SAC Relays...mark is seventh-best in West region and ninth-best nationally.
AHLBECK'S PR STEEPLE RANKED REGIONALLY AND NATIONALLY: Sam Ahlbeck (senior, Renton) ran a lifetime-best time of 8:49.88 in the 3000m steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational...that mark is 15th-fastest to-date in the West Region and 26th nationally.
ANDERSON NATIONAL LEADER IN MEN'S INTERMEDIATE HURDLES: Jeshua Anderson (junior, Woodland Hills, Calif.) dropped his 400m hurdles time at the Mt. SAC Relays to 49.11 and leads the nation in the 400m hurdles...Johnny Dutch of South Carolina, is second with a time of 49.48 (May 8)...Lee Moore of Mississippi is third with a time of 49.52...Anderson, the two-time NCAA, Pac-10 and Texas Relays intermediate hurdles champion, is the WSU record-holder at 48.47.
ANDERSON ON BOWERMAN WATCH LIST: Junior Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) is one of 10 male collegiate track and field athletes named to the official preseason watch list for the 2010 awarding of The Bowerman as selected by The Bowerman Men's Watch Committee, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Jan. 14...the Bowerman is an award bestowed to the nation's top collegiate men's and women's track and field athlete each year at the USTFCCCA annual convention in December...the Bowerman is named in honor of track and field pioneer Bill Bowerman, who served the sport of track and field in numerous ways, including his leadership in the USTFCCCA's predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole...initial awards given in 2009...complete 2010 Watch List for men and women is at www.thebowerman.org.
ANDERSON IS HON. MEN. ON TRACK & FIELD NEWS TOP 10 COLLEGIATE MEN OF DECADE: Jeshua Anderson, junior intermediate hurdler and two-time NCAA Champion, was an honorable mention selection for the Track & Field News Top 10 Collegiate Men of the Decade list (March 2010 issue)...six men were included on the honorable mention list...a total of four Pac-10 competitors were among the 16 men honored.
ARRIVEY JUMPING HIGH AND LONG: Trent Arrivey (senior, Woodinville, Wash.) has high jumped 7-1 92.16m) this season which is 10th in the region and 21st nationally...Arrivey has a PR height of 7-4 1/2 (2.25m)...he is also long jumping this season...best to date is 21-11 (6.68m).
LAYMAN BACK IN THE 800M LISTS: Anna Layman, redshirt junior from Spokane Valley, Wash., won the 800m invitational race at the UCLA Johnson/Joyner-Kersee meet in a time of 2:05.70 which is fourth-best in the region and eighth-fastest nationally...the next weekend she won the Mt. SAC Relays 800m Olympic Development race (2:06.70)...Layman is an All-American in the 800m, finishing eighth in the 2008 NCAA meet.
EGAMI RUNS ONTO WSU RECORDS/NATIONAL LISTS: Lisa Egami, a senior from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, ran a 1500m PR time of 4:19.31 at the Stanford Invitational...that mark is 10th in the region and 20th nationally this week...she ran a 5000m time of 16:30.89, at Mt. SAC, fifth-best time in school history.
PRINCESS IS QUEEN OF COUGAR SPRINTS: Princess Joy Griffey, a senior from Federal Way, is the top sprinter for the Cougar women this spring...ran an 11.65 meet record in the WSU vs. UW Dual Meet May 1...also has a 200m time of 24.09w...runs second leg of 400m relay with season-best time of 46.25.
THE MIGHTY MISSOURI POPS BACK: Candace Missouri, a junior from Vancouver, Wash., roared back into competition May 1 with a PR triple jump mark of 39-8 1/2 (12.10m) and a season-best long jump leap of 18-9w (5.71m)...the diminutive Missouri (5-3) has struggled this year with Graves disease.
KIMPEL 54th AT WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Freshman Andrew Kimpel (Spokane) finished 54th at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships March 28, in Bydgoszcz, Poland...Kimpel was the fourth American to cross the finish line...his time 24:37 over the 8000m course...redshirting 2010 outdoor season.
SANDOVAL RECEIVES UNIVERSITY EXCELLENCE AWARDS: Marisa Sandoval, a senior from Los Alamos, New Mexico, received two awards at the Washington State University College Awards Ceremony April 13...Sandoval, a middle distance and cross country runner, was awarded the Stanley P. Williams Award for Writing Center Tutor Excellence Award - Silver, and was also accorded the Tutor Legacy Fellowship award...she is an English major...awards were presented to 55 individuals from colleges and majors across campus.
Pete Julian IN RUNNING TIMES MAGAZINE: Cougar cross country coach Pete Julian is featured in the Coaches' Corner of the April 2010 edition of Running Times magazine (p. 37)...Julian talks about his decision to leave the Metro State program that he successfully rebuilt to coach in the Pacific-10 Conference.
WSU ALUM POLLEY QUALIFIES FOR OLYMPIC TRIALS IN MARATHON: Former WSU distance standout Drew Polley finished 16th in the 114th Boston Marathon April 19...originally from Port Orchard, Wash., finished the 26.2 miles in a time of 2:16.36, 16th place overall, 5th fifth American to cross the finish line...time qualified Polley to race in the U.S. Olympic Trials, to be held in Houston, for the 2012 London Games...currently living and training in Rochester Hills, Mich., as a member of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, an Olympic Development program for post-collegiate runners...graduated with a degree in civil engineering in May 2009.
COUGARS' YOUTH PREVAILS: A glance at the WSU outdoor marks bests lists (posted weekly at www.wsucougars.com) shows several freshmen or sophomores at the top of the events lists...freshmen women include Shawna Fermin (400m), Caroline Austin (3000m steeplechase), Holly Parent (high jump), Shaquana Logan (long jump), and Jasmine Johnson-McKeown (shot put)...sophomore women leading the team include Brittnay Crabb (tied in 400m hurdles), Ashley Kenney (discus) and Kjirsten Jensen (hammer)...on the WSU men's side, freshman in the lead includes Brett Blanshan (100m and 200m), Stephan Scott-Ellis (long jump and triple jump), and Kyle Stevens (javelin)...sophomore men taking the lead includes Joe Abbott (800m), Jono Lafler (3000m and 5000m), Jake Baertlein (pole vault), and Joe Bartlett (shot put and hammer).
NEW QUALIFYING FOR NCAA OUTDOOR PRELIMINARY ROUND: Qualification to the Preliminary Round competition of the Championship is based on the descending order list for the season, segregated by East and West sites, and prepared solely from the mandatory submission of meet results during the season and adhering to the Qualifying Regulations published in the Championship Handbook...for each individual event contested at each of the Championship Preliminary Round competitions, the top 48 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition...for each relay event contested at each of the Championship Preliminary Round competitions, the top 24 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition...stated maximums are absolute and will not be extended as a result of ties...Heptathlon and Decathlon events are not contested during the Preliminary Round of Championship competition at the Preliminary Round sites...qualification to the Championship in these two events is accomplished through a competitor's position on the national descending order list...top 24 declared student-athletes in each of the hept and dec will be accepted into the competition...declaration for these two events is completed during the one and only declaration period, which is prior to the Preliminary Round of Championship competition.
NCAA DESCENDING ORDER LISTS: The NCAA descending order lists can be viewed at the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Track & Field Results Reporting System website (www.tfrrs.org).
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