April 10, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Washington State University had six track and field competitors in action during the first day of the three-day Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invite Thursday at UCLA's Drake Stadium.
In the decathlon, WSU's Kyle Schauble (sophomore, Kennewick, Wash.) is in second place after posting a personal-best first-day total of 3,469 points. Freshman Trevor Habberstad (Santa Clarita, Calif.) is in fifth-place with a total of 3,251 points. Chris Staton, unattached, leads the decathlon after five events with 3,829 points.
The opening event of the decathlon, the 100m dash, saw Schauble finish in 11.37 seconds and Habberstad in a time of 11.42. Next, Schauble long jumped 22-feet, 5 inches (6.83m) and Habberstad leaped 20-5 3/4w (6.24m). Both Cougars threw PRs in the shot put, with Habberstad tossing a distance of 33-5 1/4 (10.19m) and Schauble threw 32-2 3/4 (9.82m). Schauble also PRd in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6-1 1/4 (1.86m), while Habberstad cleared the bar at 5-7 1/4 (1.71m). Habberstad and Schauble finished one-two in the 400m dash with times of 50.44 and 51.19, respectively.
In the heptathlon, WSU freshman Angela Jensen (Tacoma, Wash.) ended the first day in fourth place with 2,875 points while freshman Jalissa Williams (Pasadena, Calif.) is in sixth place with 2,693 points. Heather Biglow, unattached, leads with a total of 3,133 points.
The Cougar women opened the day in the 100m hurdles with Jensen running a time of 14.69 seconds and Williams clocking in with a time of 14.75. Jensen cleared the high jump bar at 5-0 1/2 (1.54m) and Williams cleared 4-5 1/2 (1.36m). Williams had the better shot put mark of 34-0 (10.36m) with Jensen tossing a distance of 31-4 1/2 (9.56m). In the 200m dash both women ran season-best times with Jensen finishing in 25.68 and Williams in 26.03.
"We had a really early start time for us but with gorgeous weather," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "We did okay in the multi-events but we're really not getting what we are looking for from a competitive standpoint. We need to get out and get after it Friday to get our scores up."
In individual events, WSU's Phil MacArthur finished third in the men's hammer invitational section with a toss of 195-6 (59.59m), not quite up to his PR throw last weekend of 199-0.
The women's hammer invitational section was also contested and McKenzie Garberg finished seventh with a wind and toss of 190-9 (58.14m). Garberg set the school record of 196-3 last weekend but had four fouls in six attempts at LA Thursday.
The action continues Friday at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at UCLA's Drake Stadium, and another contingent of Cougars will be competing at the 37th Annual Pelluer Invitational at Woodward Field on the campus of Eastern Washington University.