April 1, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State men's track and field team is ranked 17th in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Div. I 2009 Outdoor preseason team rankings released April 1.
The USTFCCCA national rankings are a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2009 NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships, set for June 10-13, in Fayetteville, Ark. The Cougar men finished the 2008 season 23rd at the NCAA Championships, boosted by the 10 points from intermediate hurdles champion Jeshua Anderson.
The Texas A&M men are No. 1 in the preseason ranking with Pacific-10 Conference foes Oregon (3), UCLA (13), Washington (15), Arizona State (16), USC (19), and California (21) also ranked in the men's top 25. Texas A&M women's team is the top-ranked team with Pac-10 members Oregon (3), USC (7), UCLA (8), Arizona State (9), and Arizona (22) listed in the preseason top 25. The WSU women's team is 43rd in the preseason ranking.
The USTFCCCA individual rankings by event in this preseason list uses 2008 times and marks, and the next rankings, to be published April 8, will include the 2009 performances to date.
Cougar men and their positions in the preseason individual events rankings include: Sam Ahlbeck (22nd-steeplechase), Jeshua Anderson (3rd-400m hurdles, 31st-110m hurdles, 34th-400m dash), Trent Arrivey (3rd-high jump), Matt Lamb (2nd-discus), Barry Leavitt (10th-400m hurdles), Phil MacArthur (29th-hammer), and Moreno Zapata (35th-triple jump). The WSU men's 400m relay is ranked 30th and the 1600m relay is ranked 22nd.
There are six Cougar women listed in the preseason rankings: Veronica Elseroad-Wall (50th-400m hurdles), Isley Gonzalez (50th-5000m), Lorraine King (20th-400m hurdles), Anna Layman (7th-800m), Sara Trané (7th-steeplechase), and Marissa Tschida (17th-javelin). The WSU women's 4x400m relay is ranked 38th.
The USTFCCCA website can be found at www.ustfccca.org.