Feb. 14, 2009
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington State's Jeshua Anderson, Shawn Swartz and Lisa Egami reached NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks while Kendall Mays improved her PQ mark Saturday at the Husky Classic Indoor Track Meet at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the University of Washington campus.
Egami's mile time of 4 minutes, 45.49 seconds eclipsed the WSU women's school record of 4:50.70 set in 1985 by Kari Jonassen. A junior from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Egami bettered her lifetime-best time by more than 11 seconds and was one of 19 women to reach NCAA qualifying times in the mile Saturday. WSU freshman Mietra Smollack (Oak Harbor, Wash.) finished the mile in a PR time of 4:57.67, 10th-best on the Cougar all-time list.
"The race felt really good. I felt relaxed which is always a good sign," Egami said. "The time of 4:45 has been my goal for the past six months and it's written on my bathroom mirror so it stares back at me every day when I get ready. I have been working for this all season and my training has been going great for the past couple of months. I was happy to get the job done."
Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said, "Lisa did a great job and this was one of the highlights of the meet for me. She ran up on the front of the pace, was pushing the pace, and was in the lead at times in her heat. She ran a strong race all the way through but still had life in her legs and was moving well at the end. I'm confident that in a couple of weeks, at the Mountain Pacific Championships, she can run even faster."
Anderson, a sophomore from Woodland Hills, Calif., ran a 400m dash time of 46.75 seconds, second-fastest of the day behind UW's Jordan Boase's time of 45.16. Both runners are All-Americans as Anderson won the 2008 NCAA 400m hurdles title last spring while Boase finished fourth in the 400m dash at the collegiate championships.
Freshman Shawn Swartz (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia) became the 30th man in WSU history to clear 7-feet in the high jump when he cleared the bar at 7-0 1/2 (2.15m) Saturday. Swartz, who joins teammates Trent Arrivey and Ryan Deese with NCAA PQ 7-foot-plus high jump marks this season, did not miss a bar until he reached 2.15m when he cleared on his third and final attempt to finish in a tie for fourth. Swartz had cleared his previous PR height of 7-0 1/4 (2.14m) at the 2008 Husky Classic.
Cougar All-American Anna Layman (sophomore, Spokane Valley, Wash.) ran an indoor PR time in the 800m of 2:11.51 which was the seventh-fastest time of the five heats.
Michelly Foley (Prineville, Ore.) broke the WSU freshman school record in the mile with her time of 9:58.83, knocking teammate Amanda Andrews' 2008 time of 9:59.07 off the books. Two-time Pac-10 steeplechase champion Sara Trané (Pixbo, Sweden) ran the 3000m in a PR time of 9:44.53 for third place while Isley Gonzalez (Sunnyside, Wash.) , running unattached because of only having outdoor season eligibility, took six seconds off her PR in the 3k with a time of 9:27.57. Emily Farrar (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) ran a 5000m time of 17:36.77 breaking the WSU freshman school record set by Chelsea VanDeBrake in 2007 of 17:45.83.
In the field events, Kendall Mays (junior, Spokane, Wash.) bettered her NCAA PQ pole vault mark by clearing 12-11 3/4 (3.96m) for ninth place. Kjirsten Jensen (Arlington, Wash.) raised her PR in the women's weight throw by 5 1/2 feet with a toss of 56-1 1/2 (17.10m) for eighth place. Jensen's throw was just seven inches off the freshman school record.
The Cougar relay teams wrapped up the meets with solid showings. The men's 1600m relay team of Barry Leavitt, Reny Follett, Anderson and Woods took second place with a time of 3:11.51 with Anderson running a split of 47.0 and Woods running an anchor leg of 47.3. The women's 4x400m relay team of Brittnay Crabb, King, Layman and Veronica Elesroad-Wall finished second with a time of 3:46.29.
Other Cougs reaching PR marks Saturday included Lorraine King (second place 400m, 55.08), Brittnay Crabb (400m 58.18), Amanda Andrews (3000m, 9:56.20), Candace Missouri (long jump, 18-10 3/4), Sean Harris (60m hurdles, 8.57), Reny Follett (400m, 48.27), Trevor Habberstad (400m, 49.30), Evan Blanshan (mile, 4:13.15), David Hickerson (mile, 4:17.72), Drew Polley (3000m, 8:32.17), and Dominic Smargiassi (5000m, 14:38.01).
Notable finishes for WSU competitors includes Princess Joy Griffey with a third place finish and a season-best time of 7.57 in the women's 60m dash and sixth place in the 200m with a time of 25.02. Justin Woods took fourth place in the men's 60m dash with a time of 6.79 and second place in the 200m with a time of 21.46. Marlon Murray placed eighth in the 60m (6.93) and third in the 200m (21.56). Sarah Burns (Tacoma, Wash.) took fourth place in the women's triple jump with a leap of 38-9 (11.81m).
"I was pleased with the efforts and the marks we were able to get from this meet," Sloan said. "We responded to the competition that we had here. It makes me excited about the Mountain Pacific Championships coming up in two weeks. We'll use the meet at Idaho next week as the final tune-up for people to stay sharp or to improve their qualifying marks and be well-rested, and mentally and physically prepared for the big competition at the Mountain Pacific meet in Seattle."
The Cougars will compete at the Vandal Collegiate Indoor Meet next weekend in Moscow. Additional quotes about the meet from WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan: About the distance runners - "Justin Englund ran under 15-minutes in the 5k and then the women, with the freshman school record by Michelly Foley in the 3000m and a lifetime best by Amanda Andrews in the 3000m. Isley Gonzalez ran unattached and she only has outdoor eligibility and she ran 9:27.57 in the 5000m and that is a terrific job by her. She ran in a fast race and was a strong contender in it. She competed really well and that is something to look forward to in the outdoor season; Isley is running great.
About the jumps - "Kendall Mays had a beautiful (pole vault) clearance at 12-11 3/4; she got on a little stiffer pole for her final attempt and she had a lot of room over the bar. I'm confident that she can jump in the mid-13-feet range over the next couple of weeks and that could get her into the NCAA Indoor meet. Good high jump by Shawn Swartz, going higher than his 2.14m that he cleared last year at this meet before he was a Cougar.
About the throws - "Very nice performance by freshman Kjirsten Jensen, closing in on the freshman school record in the weight throw with a 5 1/2 foot PR over her previous best. She is getting the weight throw figured out and hopefully she will come back to Seattle in a couple weeks and throw it out there even further and get the record.
About the sprints - "Pretty good jobs by Justin and Princess Joy. Jeshua in the 400m and on the relay team where he ran a 47-flat leg and Justin ran a 47.3 on the anchor."