March 18, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Washington State University track and field teams kicked-off the outdoor season in an evening meet at the Baldy Castillo Invitational Meet at Sun Angel Stadium/Joe Selleh Track on the Arizona State campus in Tempe Saturday.
With temperatures in the mid-90s when the competition began, four Cougar men reached NCAA Regional Qualifying marks in six events, and three WSU women achieved NCAA RQs in four events.
Senior sprinter Jaycee Robertson ran a 200m time equal to his non-wind PR of 20.99 seconds.
Senior thrower Drew Ulrick reach NCAA RQ in both the discus (178-3/54.33m) and in the shot put with a PR of 57-5 1/2 (17.51m). Sophomore All-American Matt Lamb had NCAA RQ marks in both his throws too with a shot put mark of 6-4 1/2 (17.18m) and a discus mark of 179-3 (54.64m). Jon Jeffreys tossed the javelin 205-5 (62.61m) for NCAA RQ qualification.
On the women's side, McKenzie Garberg reached NCAA RQ marks in both the discus and the hammer. Her discus mark was 159-3 (48.53m) and her hammer throw was 180-4 (54.98m). Jessica Zita opened the spring with an NCAA RQ shot put mark and PR of 47-6 1/2 (14.48m). Meghan Leonard won the steeplechase with an NCAA RQ time of 10:45.20.
Senior heptathlete Diana Pickler tossed the javelin an NCAA RQ and PR distance of 143-8 (43.80m), which is eighth-best in school history. Sophomore Jasmine McCormack climbed into the Cougar record book with her PR javelin toss of 140-4 (42.77m).
WSU will compete March 23 and 24 at the Trojan Invitational held at the University of Southern California.