Feb. 9, 2010
COUGARS READY TO INVADE SEATTLE: The Washington State track and field teams will travel across the Cascade Mountains this weekend to in the Husky Classic Indoor Track & Field Meet, Feb. 12-13, at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the University of Washington campus...Friday night the DMR (no WSU entries) and the 5k races will be contested...Saturday, the running events begin at 8:30 a.m. and the field events commence at 10 a.m...meet is expected to conclude around 6 p.m...complete results will be posted at www.wsucougars.com, when available.
LAST YEAR AT HUSKY CLASSIC: Lisa Egami broke the WSU school record for the mile running at time of 4:45.49 which was also an NCAA PQ time...two more Cougs reached NCAA PQ marks - Jeshua Anderson (400m, 46.75) and Shawn Swartz (high jump, 7-0 1/2).
PAIR OF COUGS TO COMPETE AT USA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPSHIPS: Freshman Andrew Kimpel and senior Mark Moeller will be competing at the USA Cross Country Championships and World Cross Country Team Trials Saturday, Feb. 13, at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane Valley...Kimpel, from Spokane, will run in the Junior Men's 8000m race set to begin at 12:30 p.m. (must be older than 16 and not turn 20 years old during 2010 to race in the Junior race)...Moeller, also from Spokane, will race in the Open Men's 12,000m race set to start at 2 p.m...six athletes among the top 15 finishers will be considered for USA Team to compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships March 28 in Bydgoszcz, Poland, or be selected to compete at the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships March 6 in Tobago for the Junior men's 6k and Senior men's 8k...for more information go to www.usatf.org/events/2010/USAXCChampionships/.
USTFCCCA NCAA DI NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS: The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Feb. 9 rankings list the Washington State men's team No. 24, up on from last week...Texas A&M men's and women's teams are No. 1...WSU women are not ranked in the top 25 but are 104th...USTFCCCA national rankings are a prediction of how teams and individuals will place at the 2010 NCAA Div. I Indoor Championships, March 12-13, Fayetteville, Ark...Pac-10 schools joining WSU (No. 24 men) are Oregon (No. 4 men, No. 4 women), Arizona State (No. 7 men), Stanford (No. 11 men), California (No. 16 men), Arizona (No. 25 men, No. 18 women) and Washington (No. 23 women)...next ranking will be published February 16.
USTFCCCA NCAA REGIONAL RANKINGS: New this season, the USTFCCCA is "scoring" nine award regions using current national-team ranking formulas...top 7 regional team index is best used to find a team's all-around strength, as it takes many athletes in many events to yield a high score, whereas the national-team rankings are taken in context with national championship where it takes a few very elite athletes to score well...in the second regional rankings, the Cougar men are listed 6th in the West Region (after Oregon, Arizona State, Arizona and Stanford) and the WSU women are 5th (after Oregon, Arizona, Stanford and San Diego State)...these rankings can be found at www.ustfccca.org.
ARRIVEY (air-ah-vee) LEADS NATION IN HIGH JUMP: Senior Trent Arrivey (Woodinville, Wash.) won the men's high jump at the Cougar Indoor Invitational Jan. 23, with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying, meet record, and indoor PR height of 7-4 1/4 (2.24m)...Arrivey is in a three-way tie for the national lead...Arrivey is a three-time All-American and the reigning Pac-10 Champion...Arrivey's outdoor PR is 7-4 1/2 (2.25m) cleared in 2009...Arrivey was also named the Athlete of the Week (Jan. 26) by the website USAJumper.com (find site through www.runnerspace.usajumper.com).
ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan is in his 37th season with the Cougar track program; 16th year as a head coach, 15th year as mentor to the combined men's and women's program...Sloan (decathlon/heptathlon) is joined by associate coach Debra Farwell (throws), and assistant coaches Pete Julian (cross country/distance), Mark Macdonald (hurdles/relays), Ellannee Richardson (sprints/relays) and Matt McGee (jumps)...volunteer coaches include Megan Johnson (throws), Elliott Hubler (jumps), and Tim Riley (distance).
ANDERSON ON BOWERMAN WATCH LIST: Junior Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) is one of 10 male collegiate track and field athletes named to the official preseason watch list for the 2010 awarding of The Bowerman as selected by The Bowerman Men's Watch Committee, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Jan. 14...the Bowerman is an award bestowed to the nation's top collegiate men's and women's track and field athlete each year at the USTFCCCA annual convention in December...the Bowerman is named in honor of track and field pioneer Bill Bowerman, who served the sport of track and field in numerous ways, including his leadership in the USTFCCCA's predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole...initial awards given in 2009...complete 2010 Watch List for men and women is at www.thebowerman.org.
ANDERSON IS HON. MEN. ON TRACK & FIELD NEWS TOP 10 COLLEGIATE MEN OF DECADE: Jeshua Anderson, junior intermediate hurdler and two-time NCAA Champion, was an honorable mention selection for the Track & Field News Top 10 Collegiate Men of the Decade list (March 2010 issue)...six men were included on the honorable mention list...a total of four Pac-10 competitors were among the 16 men honored.
LAGAT MAKES HISTORY AT MILLROSE GAMES: Bernard Lagat, Washington State Athletic Hall of Fame member and two-time Olympic medalist, won his eighth Wanamaker Mile at the 103rd Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, Friday, Jan. 29, in New York City...Lagat ran a time of 3:56.34 and surpassed the seven Wanamaker Mile wins of Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan for the most wins ever in the prestigious event...at the conclusion of the race, Lagat was an 11-time All-American while competing for Washington State...SETS AMERICAN 5K RECORD: Lagat shattered the American record for the 5000m Feb. 6, when he ran a time of 13:11.50 at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, taking seven seconds of the American record.
COUGARS' NCAA INDOOR QUALIFYING MARKS: * = Automatic, # = Provisional (National Standing)
Men: High Jump Trent Arrivey * 2.24m/ 7-4 1/4 (t-1st) Ryan Deese # 2.14m/ 7-0 1/4 (t-25th) Women: High Jump Holly Parent # 1.78m/ 5-10 (t-19th) Pole Vault Kendall Mays # 4.07m/ 13-4 1/4 (t-22nd)
NCAA DESCENDING ORDER LISTS: The NCAA has qualifying provisional and automatic qualifying standards for Indoor competition that can be found on the 2010 Indoor Bests Lists posted on the WSU website (www.wsucougars.com)...national descending order lists can be viewed at the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Track & Field Results Reporting System website (www.tfrrs.org).
PALOUSE MALL WSU ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: A male and female Washington State student-athlete is selected each week to be honored for their accomplishments...Jan. 11-16, Jeshua Anderson was honored for his double win at WSU Open (60m hurdles, 800m)...Jan. 18-22,Trent Arrivey won for soaring to NCAA AQ at Cougar Indoor high jump.
COUGAR HIGHLIGHTS FROM VANDAL INDOOR AND RUNNERS SOUL OPEN MEETS: Kendall Mays (Rs-junior, Spokane) reached NCAA Provisional Qualifying in the women's pole vault Friday night at the Vandal Indoor...Mays vaulted 13-4 1/4 (4.07m) which is just one inch under her PR height...Mays won the event on fewer misses...freshman heptathlete Jasmine Johnson-McKeown (San Bernardino, Calif.) was a double winner, taking the discus competition with a toss of 158-8 (48.37m) and winning the 60m dash in a PR time of 7.69...
BLOGING IS BACK: WSU Track & Field blog is online at wsucougars.com...new blogs will be posted at the beginning of each week by coaches, student-athletes and friends of the Cougar Track program.
COUGARS AND THE MPSF INDOOR HISTORY: Because the Pacific-10 Conference does not sponsor indoor track and field competition, Washington State University competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for an indoor track conference title, joining teams from the Pac-10 and Big West Conferences...at the 2009 MPSF Indoor Championships, the women's team finish order was: 1. Stanford (115), 2. Oregon (91.5), 3. Arizona State (78), 4. UCLA (75.5), 5. Washington (72.5), 6. California (68.5), 7. Arizona (62), 8. Washington State (51.5), 9. Cal State Northridge (32.5), and 10. Long Beach State (14)...placing for the men's teams were: 1. UCLA (83.5), 2. Washington State (78.5) and California (78.5), 4. Oregon (78), 5. Arizona State (76.5), 6. Washington (75), 7. Stanford (68), 8. Cal St. Northridge (56), 9. Arizona (54), and 10. Long Beach State (14)...2010 MPSF Championships are slated for February 26-27, at Washington's Dempsey Indoor Facility.
2009 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITORS: WSU produced five All-Americans from the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championship meet...Trent Arrivey (8th, high jump), 4x400m Relay (8th) - Barry Leavitt (graduated), Reny Follett, Justin Woods (graduated), and Jeshua Anderson...WSU men's team score was two points (t-53rd).
ABOUT THE WSU INDOOR FACILITY: Washington State track and field teams practice and compete in the Indoor Practice Facility on the WSU campus...IPF's track layout features an eight-lane Mondo straight-away track for 60m dash and hurdles racing, and a six-lane Mondo oval track for 200m, 400m, mile, 800m and 3000m as well as a 4x400m relay...jumping and throwing field events are contested on the artificial turf inside the oval...bleacher seating can accommodate up to 1,000 spectators.
WSU COMPETITORS ENTERED AT HUSKY CLASSICC FEB. 12-13, SEATTLE:
WSU Women 60m - Morgan Clem, Princess Joy Griffey, Cindy Robinson 200m - Brianne Brown, Morgan Clem, Shawna Fermin, Angela Jensen, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown, Shaquana Logan, Cindy Robinson 400m - Brianne Brown, Brittnay Crabb, Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Shawna Fermin, Caroline Hedel, Jacki Hill 800m - Anna Layman, Courtney Zalud Mile - Caroline Austin, Lisa Egami 60m Hurdles - Brittnay Crabb, Angela Jensen, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown, Shaquana Logan, Jalisa Williams 4x400m Relay - Brittnay Crabb, Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Princess Joy Griffey, Caroline Hedel, Jacki Hill, Anna Layman, Shaquana Logan, Cindy Robinson, Jalisa Williams High Jump - Maria Creech, Angela Jensen, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown, Holly Parent, Christine Rice, Amanda Stewart Pole Vault - Kendall Mays, Hilary Moore Long Jump - Shawna Fermin, Candace Missouri Shot Put - Jennifer Hamilton Weight Throw - Kjirsten Jensen, Cassie Whitfield
WSU Men 60m - Brett Blanshan, Devin Giles, Greg Hornsby, André Jennings, Marlon Murray, Nate Washington 200m - Ryan Barrett, Brett Blanshan, Devin Giles, Wesley McCann, Marlon Murray 400m - Jeshua Anderson, Ryan Barrett, Reny Follett, Ezra John Griffey, Sean Harris, Ramsey Hopkins, Wesley McCann, Kyle Schauble, Dana Wells 800m - Joe Abbott, Luke Lemenager Mile - David Hickerson, Jono Lafler 5000m - Justin Englund, Dan Geib 60m Hurdles - Sean Harris, Ramsey Hopkins, Kyle Schauble, Dana Wells 4x400m Relay - Joe Abbott, Jeshua Anderson, Reny Follett, Ezra John Griffey, Greg Hornsby, André Jennings, Luke Lemenager, Wesley McCann, Nate Washington, Dana Wells High Jump - Trent Arrivey, Ryan Deese, Ross VanZanten Pole Vault - Jake Baertlein, John Brenteson Long Jump - Sean Harris, Ramsey Hopkins, Kyle Schauble, Stephan Scott-Ellis Triple Jump - Stephan Scott-Ellis, Sean Wilson Shot Put - Jacob Weintraub