Jan. 26, 2010
COUGARS TAKE ON TOP-RANKED TEAMS IN TEXAS: Selected members of the Washington State track and field teams travel to College Station, Texas, for this weekend's Texas A&M Challenge Meet: Big 12, SEC, Pac-10...WSU will compete in the two-day meet at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at the McFerrin Athletic Center Jan. 29 and 30...teams (and latest USTFCCCA rankings) from the Big 12 are host Texas A&M (No. 4 men, No. 1 women), Baylor (No. 10 men, No. 16 women), and Texas...teams from the SEC are Arkansas (No. 7 men, No. 10 women), Florida (No. 3 men, No. 9 women) and South Carolina (No. 15 men, No. 11 women)...Pac-10 teams Oregon (No. 2 men, No. 2 women) and Stanford (No. 17 men)...nationally-ranked teams Jan. 26 by conference include seven each from the SEC, Pac-10, and Big 12 on the men's side, and on the women's side, SEC has six teams, Big 12 has four and Pac-10 has three...team scoring at Challenge Meet will be by conference with individuals and relays scored 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1...Friday, Jan. 29 events begin a 6 p.m. CT and Saturday events begin at 11 a.m. CT...Live Results and Webcast will be provided on the Texas A&M website (www.aggieathletics.com)...Gilliam Indoor Track was the site of the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships...complete results will be posted at www.wsucougars.com, following the meet's completion.
ARRIVEY (air-ah-vee) LEADS NATION IN HIGH JUMP: Senior Trent Arrivey (Woodinville, Wash.) won the men's high jump at the Cougar Indoor Invitational Jan. 23, with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying, meet record, and indoor PR height of 7-4 1/4 (2.24m)...Arrivey is tied with Indiana sophomore Derek Drouin at this height...Arrivey is a three-time All-American and the reigning Pac-10 Champion...Arrivey's outdoor PR is 7-4 1/2 (2.25m) cleared in 2009...Arrivey was also named the Athlete of the Week by the website USAJumper.com (find site through www.runnerspace.usajumper.com).
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.
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).
COUGAR HALL OF FAME MEMBER LOOKING TO MAKE HISTORY AT MILLROSE GAMES: Bernard Lagat, Washington State Athletic Hall of Fame member and two-time Olympic medalist, will be racing to claim his eighth win in the Wanamaker Mile at the 103rd Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, Friday, Jan. 29, in New York City...Lagat has seven Wanamaker Mile wins and is tied with Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan for the most wins ever in the prestigious event...Millrose Games will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 5 p.m. PT with the Wanamaker Mile set to race at 6:50 p.m. PT...Lagat was an 11-time All-American while competing for Washington State.
NCAA DESCENDING ORDER LISTS: The NCAA has qualifying provisional and automatic qualifying standards for Indoor competition that can be found on the 2010 Indoor Bests Lists posted on the WSU website (www.wsucougars.com)...national 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).
USTFCCCA NCAA DI NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Jan. 26 rankings for 2010 lists the Washington State men's team No. 21, down from 18th in the preseason listings...Florida State is the top men's team and Texas A&M is the top women's team...WSU women are not ranked in the top 25 but are 91st...USTFCCCA national rankings are a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2010 NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships, March 12-13, Fayetteville, Ark...Pac-10 schools joining WSU (No. 21 men) are Oregon (No. 2 men, No. 2 women), Arizona State (No. 8 men), Stanford (No. 17 men), Arizona (No. 20 men, No. 17 women) and Washington (No. 25 men, No. 8 women)...individual events where WSU is nationally listed are: Jeshua Anderson 400m dash (10th), men's 4x400m relay with only Anderson and Reny Follett, returning (6th), Trent Arrivey high jump (1st) and Ryan Deese high jump (30th)...women's individuals include Kendall Mays pole vault (18th), and Lisa Egami mile (29th)...next ranking will be published February 2.
PALOUSE MALL WSU ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: A male and female Washington State student-athlete is selected each week to be honored for their accomplishments...Jan. 11-16, Jeshua Anderson was honored for his double win at WSU Open (60m hurdles, 800m)...Jan. 18-22,Trent Arrivey won for soaring to NCAA AQ at Cougar Indoor high jump.
COUGAR INDOOR INVITATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: In addition to Arrivey's NCAA AQ high jump, Ryan Deese (junior, Colorado Springs, Colo.) made the NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 7-0 1/4 (2.14m)...Kyle Schauble (senior, Kennewick) won the men's heptathlon with a PR total of 5062 points...Stephan Scott-Ellis (Tacoma) won the long jump at 24-3 1/2 (7.40m), just 2 1/2 inches from the WSU freshman school record set in 1983...junior Marlon Murray led a first-through-fifth Cougar finish in the men's 60m dash equaling his PR time of 6.82....other WSU men winning events included: Wesley McCann, 200m (22.47), Reny Follett, 400m (49.17), Luke Lemenager, 800m (1:53.55), Sean Wilson, triple jump (45-7 3/4 - 13.91m), and the 4x400m relay of Greg Hornsby, Dana Wells, Ezra John Griffey, and Lemenager (3:23.72)...Angela Jensen (junior, Tacoma) won the pentathlon with a PR total of 3525 points...freshman Holly Parent (Victoria, B.C.) led a one-two finish in the women's high jump with her meet record clearance at 5-8 3/4 (1.75m) followed by Christine Rice (Ridgefield) at 5-5 (1.65m)...other Cougar women winners included: Princess Joy Griffey, 60m dash (7.53), Cindy Robinson, 200m (25.33), Shawna Fermin, 400m (57.85), Lisa Egami, mile (5:03.54), Anna Layman, 800m (2:14.54), and the 4x400m relay of Brittnay Crabb, Brianne Brown, Courtney Zalud, and Veronica Elseroad-Wall (3:54.91).
BLOGING IS BACK: WSU Track & Field blog is online at wsucougars.com...new blogs will be posted at the beginning of each week by coaches, student-athletes and friends of the Cougar Track program.
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 and Big West Conferences...at the 2009 MPSF Indoor Championships, the women's team finish order was: 1. Stanford (115), 2. Oregon (91.5), 3. Arizona State (78), 4. UCLA (75.5), 5. Washington (72.5), 6. California (68.5), 7. Arizona (62), 8. Washington State (51.5), 9. Cal State Northridge (32.5), and 10. Long Beach State (14)...placing for the men's teams were: 1. UCLA (83.5), 2. Washington State (78.5) and California (78.5), 4. Oregon (78), 5. Arizona State (76.5), 6. Washington (75), 7. Stanford (68), 8. Cal St. Northridge (56), 9. Arizona (54), and 10. Long Beach State (14)...2010 MPSF Championships are slated for February 26-27, at Washington's Dempsey Indoor Facility.
2009 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITORS: WSU produced five All-Americans from the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championship meet...Trent Arrivey (8th, high jump), 4x400m Relay (8th) - Barry Leavitt (graduated), Reny Follett, Justin Woods (graduated), and Jeshua Anderson...WSU men's team score was two points (t-53rd).
ABOUT THE WSU INDOOR FACILITY: Washington State track and field teams practice and compete in the Indoor Practice Facility on the WSU campus...IPF's track layout features an eight-lane Mondo straight-away track for 60m dash and hurdles racing, and a six-lane Mondo oval track for 200m, 400m, mile, 800m and 3000m as well as a 4x400m relay...jumping and throwing field events are contested on the artificial turf inside the oval...bleacher seating can accommodate up to 1,000 spectators.
WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT TEXAS A&M BIG 12-SEC-PAC-10 CHALLENGE, COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS, JAN 29-30:
WSU Women 60m - Princess Joy Griffey 200m - Princess Joy Griffey, Angela Jensen, Shaquana Logan 400m - Brianne Brown, Shawna Fermin 600 Yards Run - Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Courtney Zalud 800m - Caroline Austin, Anna Layman Mile - Lisa Egami 60m Hurdles - Angela Jensen, Shaquana Logan 4x400m Relay - Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Shawna Fermin, Princess Joy Griffey, Anna Layman Distance Medley Relay - Caroline Austin, Lisa Egami, Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Courtney Zalud High Jump - Holly Parent, Christine Rice Pole Vault - Kendall Mays Long Jump - Shaquana Logan. Candace Missouri Triple Jump - Candace Missouri Weight Throw - Kjirsten Jensen, Cassie Whitfield
WSU Men 60m - Brett Blanshan, Greg Hornsby, Marlon Murray 200m - Brett Blanshan, Greg Hornsby 400m - Jeshua Anderson, Reny Follett 800m - Luke Lemenager 3000m - Jono Lafler 5000m - Dan Geib 60m Hurdles - Jeshua Anderson, Kyle Schauble 4x400m Relay - Jeshua Anderson, Ryan Barrett, Reny Follett, Greg Hornsby High Jump - Trent Arrivey, Ryan Deese, Ramsey Hopkins Long Jump - Ramsey Hopkins, Kyle Schauble, Stephan Scott-Ellis Triple Jump - Stephan Scott-Ellis Shot Put - Jacob Weintraub