Feb. 26, 2008
COUGAR INDOOR TRACK & FIELD AT MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Washington State University indoor track and field teams travel to Seattle for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 29 - Mar. 1, at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the University of Washington campus...the women's pentathlon and women's weight throw begin Friday at noon with the final event the 4x400m relays set for Saturday at 3 p.m...a complete MPSF Championship Meet schedule can be found at the end of this release...results will be posted on the WSU Athletics website, www.wsucougars.com, when available each day.
TEAMS COMPETING AT 2008 MPSF: WSU will send 27 men and 23 women to the MPSF Championships...there are 10 schools with both men's and women's teams competing this year: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 35th season with the Cougar track program; 14th year as a head coach, 13th 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 WSU All-American heptathlete Diana Pickler is a volunteer assistant coach this season along with Bob Frey and Luan Weekes.
COUGARS' NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS: * = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing)
Women: High Jump - Ebba Jungmark * 1.88m / 6-2 (3rd)
Men: 400m - Jeshua Anderson # 47.14 (25th)
High Jump - Trent Arrivey # 2.17m/ 7-1 1/2 (t10th)
JUNGMARK HAS MEMORABLE START: Swedish freshman high jumper Ebba Jungmark (pronounced eh-bah yoon-mark) opened her WSU career by winning the Husky Classic meet 2/16 with a Dempsey Indoor Facility record, an indoor PR and NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark of 6-1 1/2 (1.87m)...she bettered that mark at the WSU Open II meet, clearing an indoor PR of 6-2 (1.88m), the second-best women's high jump in school history...Jungmark competed in the 2007 World Championships at Osaka, Japan, where she finished 11th in high jump after clearing 6-2 (1.88m)...her lifetime-best mark is 6-3 1/2 (1.92m) achieved June 10, 2007, at Kil, Sweden.
AIR ARRIVEY ARRIVES: Sophomore high jumper Trent Arrivey (pronounced air-ah-vee) cleared a PR height of 7-0 1/4 (2.14m) to win the Cougar Indoor Meet Jan. 26...Arrivey, from Woodinville, Wash., became the 28th Cougar to high jump better than 7-feet...he improved on his PR with a 7-1 1/2 (2.17m) leap at the WSU Open II (2/23), an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark which is tied for 10th-best nationally as of 2/26/08.
ANDERSON SETS ANOTHER SCHOOL FRESHMAN RECORD: Freshman Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) set the freshman school record in the men's 60m hurdles with a time of 8.09 seconds at the WSU Open (1/19) and then dropped that time down further with a win at the Vandal Indoor in a PR time of 8.01 without pressing at the tape...at the Husky Classic (2/16), Anderson reached NCAA Provisional Qualifying in the 400m dash with his fourth place finish in a PR time of 47.14 seconds...this time also broke the freshman school record, breaking Kris Durr's 1984 time of 47.64...Anderson set the national prep 300m hurdles record last spring (35.28).
COUGARS AND THE MPSF INDOOR HISTORY: Because the Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, Washington State University competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for an indoor track conference title, joining teams from the Pac-10, Mountain West, Western Athletic, West Coast and Big West Conferences...at the 2007 MPSF Indoor Championships, the women's team finish order was: 1. Arizona State (135), 2. Stanford (96), 3. California (80), 4. Washington (73.5), 4. Arizona (73.5), 6. Washington State (72), 7. Oregon (65.5), 8. UCLA (40.5), 9. Long Beach State (15), and 10. UC Irvine (8)...placing for the men's teams were: 1. Washington (109), 2. Arizona (88), 3. Oregon (86), 4. Stanford (79.5), 5. Arizona State (79), 6. California (64), 7. Washington State (63.5), 8. Long Beach State (50), and 9. UCLA (35).
RETURNING COUGAR SCORERS FROM LAST YEAR AT MPSF: Washington State women who placed among the top eight at the 2007 MPSF Championships and are returning this season includes: Princess Joy Griffey placed 5th in the 60m dash (7.51) and 6th in the 200m (24.62), Lisa Egami placed 7th in the 800m, Catie Schuetzle placed 6th in the long jump (19-5 1/2), Sarah Burns placed 3rd in the triple jump (41-5), McKenzie Garberg placed 8th in the shot put (47-9)...among the Cougar men, Justin Woods won the 60m dash 96.78) and finished 2nd in the 200m (21.25), Reny Follett placed 6th in the 400m (48.58), Robert Williams placed 6th in the 60m hurdles (8.12), Trent Arrivey placed 2nd in the high jump (6-7 1/2), Kyle Eaton was tied for 6th in the high jump (6-5 1/2), Morena Zapata placed 6th in the triple jump (48-3 1/4), Rickey Moody placed 5th in the heptathlon (5003 points), and Kyle Schauble placed 8th in the heptathlon (4790 points).
SPRINT SPEED DEMONS: Justin Woods, a junior from Buena Vista, Calif., won the Vandal Indoor men's 60m dash in a time of 6.77 seconds and took the 200m dash with a time of 21.32, both are season-bests...the meet provided notable times from freshman Marlon Murray (60m, PR 6.95; 200m, PR 21.80), and sophomore Sadiki James (60m, PR 6.99)...freshman André Jennings ran a 60m time of 6.94 at the WSU Open II (2/23).
THROWING-UP PRS: Senior thrower McKenzie Garberg threw the 20-pound weight a PR distance of 55-feet, 2 1/4 inches (16.82m) at the WSU Open II meet (2/22), which is the fifth-best throw in school history...this is the third PR in this event for Garberg (Benton City, Wash.)...she is a 2007 All-American discus thrower...Garberg won the Vandal Indoor discus with an indoor lifetime-best toss of 166-8 (50.80m), won the weight throw, and took second in the shot put with a PR heave of 48-0 1/2 (14.64m)...Phil MacArthur (junior, Selkirk, Wash.) placed third in the 35-pound weight throw at the WSU Open II with a PR toss of 62-1 3/4 (18.94m), a four-foot improvement over his previous personal-best and the eighth-best toss in school history...Chase Mancuso (junior, Mukilteo, Wash.) reached a weight throw PR at the Husky Classic meet with a toss of 56-8 (17.27m).
LAMB NOT GENTLE WITH DISC: Junior Matt Lamb (Emmett, Idaho) threw an indoor PR discus mark of 192-6 (58.67m) to win the event at the Vandal Indoor...Lamb is a two-time outdoor discus All-American.
MILERS MAKING MARKS: Sophomore Lisa Egami (Coquitlam, British Columbia) clocked in a PR mile time of 4:55.83 at the Husky Classic Meet (2/16), seventh-fastest time in school history...senior Isley Gonzalez (Sunnyside, Wash.) won the women's mile at the Vandal Indoor with a PR time of 4:57.78, ninth-fastest women's mile time in school history...Gonzalez was the Cougars' top placer at the 2007 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships in eighth place...on the men's side of the ledger, senior Chris Concha (Reno, Nev.) ran a season-best mile time of 4:13.67 and Evan Blanshan clocked in with a PR time of 4:15.97, both at the Husky Classic.
HOP, SKIP AND JUMPING PR: Junior Moreno Zapata (Tacoma, Wash.) missed an NCAA provisional qualifying mark by one inch when he soared to a triple jump PR of 50-5 1/4 (15.37m) at the Husky Classic (2/16)...previously, he won the triple jump at the Cougar Indoor with a leap of 49-3 1/2 (15.02m)...he is the lone Cougar men's team triple jumper.
WOMEN VAULTERS MOVING UP: Freshman Alexa Huestis (Chehalis, Wash.) tied for third in the women's pole vault at the Husky Classic (2/16) after clearing a PR of 12-2 1/2 (3.72m), the sixth-best mark in WSU women's history...Kendall Mays (sophomore, Spokane) cleared 12-0 (3.66m) at the WSU Open II, becoming the eighth Cougar woman to clear 12-feet in the pole vault.
MISSOU AT WAZZU: Freshman Candace Missouri reached PRs in three events at the Cougar Indoor meet Jan. 26...Missouri, from Evergreen High in Vancouver, Wash., long jumped 18-10 (5.74m) and triple jumped 38-9 3/4 (11.83m), taking second in both events...she also ran a time of 7.89 seconds in the 60m dash...at the Husker Invite, she improved her triple jump PR to 39-0 1/4 (11.89m)...dropped her 60m time to 7.77 at the Vandal Indoor.
QUARTER MILERS NOT FAR BEHIND: Open 400m runners Barry Leavitt (junior, Benton City, Wash.) reached a PR time of 48.19 at the Husky Classic (2/16) after running a time of 48.75 at the Vandal Indoor...Reny Follett (redshirt sophomore, Lewiston, Idaho) followed with a season-best time of 48.73 in Seattle.
PENTATHLON PEOPLE: Freshmen Angela Jensen (Tacoma, Wash.) and Jalisa Williams (Pasadena, Calif.) will compete at the MPSF pentathlon this Friday...in their collegiate debuts at the Cougar Indoor (2/25), both fouled all three attempts in the shot put...Jensen's score was 2814 points and William's score was 2461 points. MULTIS-TASKING: Rickey Moody, a senior from Puyallup, Wash., won the men's heptathlon at the Cougar Indoor Meet with a PR 5,216 points, just below the 5300 points needed for NCAA provisional qualifying...Kyle Schauble, sophomore from Kennewick, Wash., reached a hept PR to 5,032 points...freshman Trevor Habberstad (Santa Clarita, Calif.) made his collegiate multi debut with 4,611 points...Moody, who advanced to the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump, reached an indoor PR in the long jump at the Husky Classic by leaping 24-1 1/2 (7.35m).
BIG ROB REACHES PR, AGAIN: Robert Williams, junior from Riverside, Calif., finished seventh in the men's 60m hurdles final at the Husker Invite 2/2, with a time of 8.24 seconds but had run a lifetime-best time of 8.04 in the prelims...this came a week after the Cougar Indoor where he ran a PR time of 8.07...Williams opened the season with a time of 8.09 at the WSU Open.
DMR RELAY RALLIES AT HUSKER INVITE: The WSU men's distance medley relay squad of Luke Lemenager (sophomore, Maple Valley, Wash.), Kyle Schauble (sophomore, Kennewick, Wash.), Bob Hewitt-Gaffney (sophomore, Gillette, Wyo.) and Chris Concha (senior, Reno, Nev.), won their race with a time of 10:06.89.
NATIONAL POLLS: The Trackwire Top 25 Poll and the Trackwire Dandy Dozen rankings have ceased to exist as of Jan. 2, 2008, according to an announcement on the internet site...the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) began indoor team rankings January 30 and the new polls are posted every Wednesday on the website, http://ustfccca.cstv.com.
WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT THE MPSF INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2/29 & 3/1, SEATTLE: WSU Women 60m - Princess Joy Griffey 200m - Princess Joy Griffey, La Shawnda Porter-Red 400m - Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Selena Galaviz, Caroline Hedel, Lorraine King 800m - no entry Mile - Karen DeMartini, Lisa Egami 3000m - Amanda Andrews, Isley Gonzalez, Collier Lawrence 5000m - Meghan Leonard 60m Hurdles - Lorraine King 4x400m Relay - Elseroad-Wall, Galaviz, Griffey, Hedel, King, Porter-Red High Jump - McKinnon Hanson, Ebba Jungmark Pole Vault - Alexa Huestis, Kendall Mays Long Jump - Candace Missouri, Catie Schuetzle Triple Jump - Sarah Burns, Candace Missouri, Catie Schuetzle Shot Put - McKenzie Garberg, Jessica Zita Weight Throw - McKenzie Garberg Pentathlon - Angela Jensen, Jalissa Williams
WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT THE MPSF INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2/29 & 3/1, SEATTLE: WSU Men 60m - Sadiki James, André Jennings, Marlon Murray, Justin Woods 200m - André Jennings, Marlon Murray, Justin Woods 400m - Jeshua Anderson 800m - Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, Luke Lemenager Mile - Evan Blanshan, Chris Concha 3000m - Dominic Smargiassi 5000m - Dan Geib, Alex Grant, Drew Polley, Chris Williams 60m Hurdles - Jeshua Anderson, Barry Leavitt, Robert Williams 4x400m Relay -Anderson, Follett, Leavitt, Woods Dist. Medley Relay - Concha, R. Williams, Lemenager, Blanshan High Jump - Trent Arrivey, Ryan Deese, Kyle Eaton Pole Vault - DJ Brown Long Jump - no entry Triple Jump - Moreno Zapata Shot Put - no entry Weight Throw - Phil MacArthur, Chase Mancuso Heptathlon - Trevor Habberstad, Rickey Moody, Kyle Schauble
MOUNTAIN PACIFIC SPORTS FEDERATION INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29 12:00 p.m. Pentathlon: Women's 60m Hurdles Final 12:00 p.m. Women's Weight Throw Final 12:20 p.m. Heptathlon: Men's 60m Dash Final 12:40 p.m. Pentathlon: Women's High Jump Final 12:50 p.m. Heptathlon: Men's Long Jump Final 2:05 p.m. Heptathlon: Men's Shot Put Final 2:30 p.m. Women's Long Jump Final 3:10 p.m. Pentathlon: Women's Shot Put Final 3:20 p.m. Heptathlon: Men's High Jump Final 4:30 p.m. Pentathlon: Women's Long Jump Final 5:00 p.m. Women's Pole Vault Final 5:30 p.m. Men's Weight Throw Final 5:45 p.m. Pentathlon: Women's 800m Run Final 5:55 p.m. Men's 60m Hurdles Prelims 6:00 p.m. Women's 60m Hurdles Prelims 6:10 p.m. Men's 60m Dash Prelims 6:15 p.m. Women's 60m Dash Prelims 6:25 p.m. Men's 5000m Run Final 6:30 p.m. Men's Long Jump Final 6:45 p.m. Women's 5000m Run Final 7:10 p.m. Men's 200m Dash* Final 7:20 p.m. Women's 200m Dash* Final 7:30 p.m. Men's Distance Medley Relay Final 7:45 p.m. Women's Distance Medley Relay Final
SATURDAY, MARCH 1 10:00 a.m. Heptathlon: Men's 60m Hurdles Final 11:00 a.m. Women's Triple Jump Final 11:00 a.m. Heptathlon: Men's Pole Vault Final 11:00 a.m. Men's High Jump Final 11:00 a.m. Women's Shot Put Final 12:00 p.m. Men's 1 Mile Run* Final 12:20 p.m. Women's 1 Mile Run* Final 12:40 p.m. Men's 60m Hurdles Final 12:45 p.m. Women's 60m Hurdles Final 12:55 p.m. Men's 400m Dash* Final 1:05 p.m. Women's 400m Dash* Final 1:15 p.m. Men's Pole Vault Final 1:20 p.m. Men's 60m Dash Final 1:30 p.m. Women's 60m Dash Final 1:30 p.m. Women's High Jump Final 1:30 p.m. Men's Shot Put Final 1:30 p.m. Men's Triple Jump Final 1:35 p.m. Heptathlon: Men's 1000m Run Final 1:45 p.m. Men's 800m Run* Final 2:00 p.m. Women's 800m Run* Final 2:15 p.m. Men's 3000 Meter Run Final 2:30 p.m. Women's 3000m Run Final 2:45 p.m. Men's 4x400m Relay Final 3:00 p.m. Women's 4x400m Relay Final
* With sections based on time