April 25, 2009
SPOKANE, Wash. -- A pair of Washington State University freshmen women reached NCAA Regional Qualifying marks in the javelin, and two more frosh women won other throwing events Saturday at the Duane Hartman Invitational Track and Field Meet at Spokane Falls Community College.
Courtney Kirkwood (Othello, Wash.) won the women's javelin with a lifetime-best and improved NCAA RQ mark of 170-feet, 8 inches (52.01m). Kirkwood's throw was a 10-foot improvement on her PR and the second-best toss in Cougar women's history, behind sophomore teammate Marissa Tschida's 175-11 thrown last week. Kirkwood's throw also broke Tschida's freshman school record of 161-8 thrown last year.
Jennifer Hamilton (Longview, Wash.) finished second in the javelin with a PR and NCAA RQ throw of 149-3 (45.49m), the ninth-best throw in WSU history, and the fourth Cougar woman to reach NCAA RQ in the javelin this season. Hamilton was also runner-up in the shot put by 1/4 inch to fellow frosh Anna Albrecht (Pullman) who won with a toss of 41-7 1/4 (12.68m).
"Courtney has been working hard to get caught back up in the javelin after training for the heptathlon all through the fall," Cougar Associate Coach and throws coach Debra Farwell said. "She has worked every day of the spring on the javelin. Last week she had a couple of good training days, worked on a couple of cues and she was back in sync with javelin throwing. Today she warmed up well and hit those cues. Today there was no doubt she was a javelin thrower."
Rounding out the Cougar freshman women's day, Kjirsten Jensen (Arlington, Wash.) won the women's hammer with a PR throw of 167-7 (51.07m) and Cassie Whitfield (Puyallup, Wash.) placed third with a PR throw of 156-0 (47.56m). Ashley Kenney (Spokane Valley) was the runner-up in the women's discus with a season-best throw of 146-2 (44.55m) and fourth in the shot put (38-8 3/4).
Barry Leavitt (senior, Benton City, Wash.) won the men's 400m hurdles with a season-best and improved NCAA RQ time of 51.30 seconds. Trevor Habberstad finished second in the intermediate hurdles with a time of 53.65.
Conner Larned (freshman, Enumclaw, Wash.) finished second in the hammer throw with a toss of 153-8 (46.85m), a PR improvement of nearly 30-feet. Larned won the discus with a throw of 160-1 (48.80m) with Joe Bartlett second (157-7).
Other Cougar women winning events Saturday included: Morgan Clem (200m, 25.54), Emily Farrar (1500m, 4:42.28), Jalisa Williams (100m hurdles, 14.92), Lorraine King (400m hurdles, 1:00.95), Alexa Huestis (pole vault, 11-11 3/4), and the 4x100m relay team of Angela Jensen, Princess Joy Griffey, Candace Missouri and Clem (47.04).
WSU men claiming victories included: Joe Abbott (800m, 1:53.08), Trevor Habberstad (110m hurdles, 14.86), Beau Carrillo (pole vault, 15-1), Moreno Zapata (triple jump, 46-7 1/4) and the 4x400m relay team of Kyle Schauble, Abbott, Luke Lemenager and Bob Hewitt-Gaffney (3:21.38).
The Washington State track and field teams will travel to Seattle for the annual dual meet against the University of Washington, Saturday, May 2, at Husky Stadium.