Feb. 16, 2008
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington State freshman high jumper Ebba Jungmark made her collegiate debut by winning her event in record-setting style Saturday at the Husky Classic Indoor Track and Field Meet, hosted by the University of Washington at the Dempsey Indoor Facility in Seattle.
Jungmark (pronounced yoon-mark), a January 2008 enrollee at WSU from Onsala, Sweden, won the women's high jump with a Dempsey Indoor facility record and NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark of 6-feet, 1 1/2 inches (1.87m). In the series, Jungmark passed the opening two height and then cleared on the her first attempts with the bar at 5-8 1/2 (1.74m) and at 5-10 1/2 (1.79m). She then cleared the bar on her second attempts at both 5-11 1/2 (1.82m) and 6-0 3/4 (1.85m), before using all three attempts to clear 6-1 1/2 (1.87m). She missed on all three attempts at 6-2 3/4 (1.90m). Saturday's height clearance is the school's freshman record and the second-best mark in Cougar women's high jump history and 1/4 inch above Jungmark's previous indoor personal-best.
"Ebba had three nice-looking, close attempts at 1.90m (6-2 3/4)," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "It was a good meet for her."
Jeshua Anderson, a freshman from Woodland Hills, Calif., reached NCAA Provisional Qualifying in the 400m dash with his fourth place finish in a lifetime-best time of 47.14 seconds. His time is also the freshman school record breaking Kris Durr's 1984 time of 47.64.
"This was an oustanding run by Jeshua and his second school freshman record," Sloan said.
Also in the 400m, Barry Leavitt's PR time of 48.19 was seventh-fastest among the 47 competitors, Reny Follett ran a season-best time of 48.73 (13th), and Devin Timpson finished in a time of 50.09 (31st). In the 60m hurdles, Anderson finished fourth with a time of 8.09, as Robert Williams was 11th in a time of 8.23, Leavitt was 13th at 8.32, Kyle Schauble ran a time of 8.38 (tied 16th), Rickey Moody clocked in a 8.39 (tied 18th) and Trevor Habberstad ran a time of 8.70 (29th).
Another Cougar freshman, Alexa Huestis (Chehalis, Wash.) tied for third in the women's pole vault after clearing a PR of 12-2 1/2 (3.72m), the sixth-best mark in WSU women's history. A trio of Cougars tied for 12th in the pole vault after clearing 11-6 1/2 (3.52m), a PR mark for Jessica Fuller but below season-bests for Kendall Mays and Hilary Moore.
A pair of Cougar women's distance runners ran into the school's all-time lists. Lisa Egami a sophomore from Coquitlam, British Columbia, ran a PR time in the mile of 4:55.83, seventh-fastest time in WSU history and 22nd overall. In the same race, Karen DeMartini ran a time of 5:06.55 (42nd). Meghan Leonard (senior, Newberg, Ore.) took more than a minute off her 5000m lifetime-best to finish ninth in a time of 16:53.59, the sixth-best time in school history. Chelsea VanDeBrake ran a 5k time of 17:59.32 for 34th.
Moreno Zapata just missed an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. The junior from Tacoma, Wash., triple jumped 50-feet for the first time indoors in his collegiate career as he soared to a PR of 50-5 1/4 (15.37m) for third place in the men's event, just one inch away from an NCAA PQ mark.
"Moreno had three jumps over 50-feet today and I think he is on the verge of popping a real big jump out there. I'm proud of the job he's doing," Sloan said.
Other performances on the women's side included Princess Joy Griffey's 60m dash time of 7.55 for seventh. La Shawnda Porter-Red finished 13th overall in the 60m with a prelim time of 7.79 but went on to finish seventh in the 200m dash with a time of 24.87. Lorraine King's 400m time of 56.78 was eighth with Veronica Elseroad-Wall's time 58.16 (25th), Selena Galaviz's time 58.39 (28th) and Caroline Hedel's time 58.69 (31st).
The WSU women's 4x400m relay team of Griffey, Porter-Red, Elseroad-Wall, and Galaviz ran a season-bests time of 3:48.85 for fifth place.
In field events, Sarah Burns took sixth place in the triple jump with a leap of 40-5 1/2 (12.33m) while Candace Missouri leaped 38-0 1/4 (11.59m) for 17th and Catie Schuetzle reached a distance of 38-0 (11.58m) for 18th. Schuetzle long jumped a season-best distance of 18-6 1/2 (5.65m) which tied for eighth place. McKenzie Garberg took sixth place in the shot put (47-9/14.55m) and 11th in the weight throw (PR 54-3 1/4/16.54m). Jessica Zita placed 20th in the shot put (40-5/12.32m).
In addition to Jungmark's high jump win, McKinnon Hanson finished tied for seventh with a clearance at 5-4 1/2 (1.64m) while Amanda Stewart and Angela Jensen tied for 14th after clearing 5-2 1/2 (1.59m).
Several Cougar men also turned in solid performances. In the 60m dash, Justin Woods tied for eighth with a time of 6.83, as André Jennings ran a PR time of 6.99 (21st), Marlon Murray ran a time of 7.04 (tied 24th), and Sadiki James' time was 7.06 (tied 28th). Woods also placed eighth in the 200m dash with a time of 21.59 while Murray finished 13th in a time of 21.97 and Jennings was 20th in a time of 22.20. James' 200m time of 22.68 was a PR.
The Cougars' 4x400m relay team of Woods, Follett, Anderson and Williams finished fifth in a season-best time of 3:13.16.
In the men's mile, Sean Coyle ran a time of 8:46.89 (69th). Alex Grant reached a PR in the 5000m with his time of 14:25.77 (29th), followed by Dan Geib's PR time of 14:31.15 (34th), and Drew Polley's PR time of 14:32.34 (37th). Bob Hewitt-Gaffney ran the 800m race in a time of 1:52.86 (25th).
Senior decathlete Moody had a PR leap of 24-1 1/2 (7.35m) for sixth place in the men's long jump while Schauble's 22-0 1/4 (6.71m) was 20th.
In the men's high jump, Trent Arrivey cleared the bar at 6-11 (2.11m) for a tie in fourth place, Ryan Deese cleared 6-9 (2.06m) to tie at sixth, and Kyle Eaton reached a height of 6-9 (2.01m) to tie at ninth.
The Washington State track and field teams return to Pullman next weekend for the WSU Open II Indoor Meet, Feb. 22-23.