Feb. 2, 2010
COUGARS HEAD TO MOSCOW FOR PAIR OF INDOOR MEETS: The Washington State track and field teams only need to travel eight miles this weekend to compete in a pair of meets at the University of Idaho Kibbie Dome...Friday, Feb. 5 will be the 35th Annual Vandal Indoor meet...discus throw is at 11 a.m. with the other field events slated to being at 5 p.m...running events begin at 6 p.m...Runners Soul Open meet is Saturday, Feb. 6, with racing beginning at 9 a.m. and field events beginning at 9:30 a.m...both meets are in the Kibbie Dome and there is a $5 charge for spectators...complete results will be posted at www.wsucougars.com, when available.
USTFCCCA NCAA DI NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Feb. 2 rankings list the Washington State men's team No. 25, down from 121st last week...Texas A&M men's and women's teams are No. 1...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. 3 men, No. 2 women), Arizona State (No. 8 men), Stanford (No. 10 men), California (no. 16 men), Arizona (No. 23 men, No. 16 women) and Washington (No. 18 women)...next ranking will be published February 9...REGIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: New this season, 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 first regional rankings, the Cougar men are listed fifth in the West Region (after Arizona, Oregon, Stanford and Arizona State) and the WSU women are fourth (after Oregon, Stanford and Arizona)...these rankings can be found at www.ustfccca.org.
USTFCCCA NCAA REGIONAL RANKINGS: New this season, 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 strength, as it takes many athletes in many events to yield a high score, 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 first regional rankings, the Cougar men are listed fifth in the West Region (after Arizona, Oregon, Stanford and Arizona State) and the WSU women are fourth (after Oregon, Stanford and Arizona)...these rankings can be found at www.ustfccca.org.
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).
LAGAT MAKES HISTORY AT MILLROSE GAMES: Bernard Lagat, Washington State Athletic Hall of Fame member and two-time Olympic medalist, won his eighth Wanamaker Mile at the 103rd Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, Friday, Jan. 29, in New York City...Lagat ran a time of 3:56.34 and surpassed the seven Wanamaker Mile wins of Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan for the most wins ever in the prestigious event...at the conclusion of the race, Lagat was an 11-time All-American while competing for Washington State.
COUGARS' NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS: * = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing)
Men: High Jump Trent Arrivey * 2.24m/ 7-4 1/4 (t-1st) Ryan Deese # 2.14m/ 7-0 1/4 (t-22nd) Women: High Jump Holly Parent # 1.78m/ 5-10 (t-16th)
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).
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.
TEXAS A&M CHALLENGE MEET COUGAR HIGHLIGHTS: Trent Arrivey and Holly Parent won the high jump events at the Texas A&M challenge in College Station...Arrivey cleared 7-0 again but his 7-4 1/4 NCAA AQ mark is still best...Parent (Victoria, B.C.) cleared and NCAA PQ height of 5-10 (1.78m) to win the women's event...Cougar women reaching PRs at the meet included: Anna Layman (800m, 2:09:77), 1600m Relay of Shawna Fermin, Layman, Veronica Elseroad-Wall, and Brianne Brown (3:42.30)...WSU men reaching PRs included Greg Hornsby (200m, 21.84), Brett Blanshan (200m, 21.89), Jono Lafler (3000m, 8:24.19)...teams from the SEC (Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina), Big 12 (Texas A&M, Texas, Baylor) and Pac-10 (WSU, Oregon, Stanford) competed in the two-day meet.
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 VANDAL INDOOR, FEB. 5, MOSCOW: WSU Women 60m - Morgan Clem, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown, Cindy Robinson, Devin Brooks (unat) 200m - Morgan Clem, Princess Joy Griffey, Cindy Robinson 400m - Brittnay Crabb, Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Caroline Hedel, Jacki Hill Mile - Amanda Andrews, Emily Farrar, Michelly Foley, Chelsea VanDeBrake, Ashlee Wall 60m Hurdles - Brittnay Crabb, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown, Shaquana Logan, Jalisa Williams, Devin Brooks (unat) 4x400m Relay - Brittnay Crabb, Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Caroline Hedel, Jacki Hill Pole Vault - Kendall Mays, Hilary Moore Shot Put - Jennifer Hamilton Discus - Jasmine Johnson McKeown, Ashley Kenney Weight Throw - Cassie Whitfield
WSU Men 60m - Devin Giles, Ezra John Griffey, Sean Harris, Ramsey Hopkins, André Jennings, Kyle Schauble, Stephan Scott-Ellis 200m - Ezra John Griffey 400m - Wesley McCann, Dana Wells 800m - David Hickerson, Peter Miller, Ian Smith 60m Hurdles - Sean Harris, Ramsey Hopkins, Kyle Schauble, Dana Wells, Josiah Sims (unat) 4x400m Relay - Joe Abbott, Wesley McCann, Jason Stoker, Dana Wells Pole Vault - Jake Baertlein, John Brenteson, Trevor Sordorff Shot Put - Jacob Weintraub Discus - Joe Bartlett, Matt Lamb
WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT RUNNERS SOUL OPEN, FEB. 6, MOSCOW: WSU Women 60m - Morgan Clem, Cindy Robinson, Devin Brooks (unat) 200m - Brianne Brown, Morgan Clem, Shawna Fermin, Caroline Hedel, Jacki Hill, Shaquana Logan 400m - Brittnay Crabb 800m - Veronica Elseroad-Wall Mile - Anna Layman 60m Hurdles - Morgan Clem, Brittnay Crabb, Shaquana Logan, Jalisa Williams, Devin Brooks (unat) 4x400m Relay - Brianne Brown, Morgan Clem, Brittnay Crabb, Shawna Fermin, Caroline Hedel, Jacki Hill, Shaquana Logan, Cindy Robinson, Jalisa Williams High Jump - Maria Creech, Angela Jensen, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown, Amanda Stewart Pole Vault - Mandi Dionne, Carly Fitzpatrick, Loreah Winlow Long Jump - Angela Jensen, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown Shot Put - Angela Jensen, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown, Ashley Kenney
WSU Men 60m - Devin Giles, Ezra John Griffey, André Jennings 200m - Devin Giles, Wesley McCann 400m - Dana Wells 3000m - Sam Ahlbeck, Mark Moeller 60m Hurdles - Dana Wells, Josiah Sims (unat) 4x400m Relay - Ezra John Griffey, André Jennings, Wesley McCann, Dana Wells High Jump - Kyle Schauble Shot Put - Sean Harris, Ramsey Hopkins, Kyle Schauble