Friday, April 25, 2008

WSU hosts Cougar Outdoor Invitational; Washington travels to Oregon Relays

The Washington State University track and field teams will be home for the next two weekends, hosting a pair of meets.

The Ninth Annual Cougar Outdoor Invitational is set for April 26, featuring teams and individuals from the Inland Northwest. Action at Mooberry Track gets underway with field events beginning at 10 a.m. and running events beginning at 1:15 p.m.

Marissa Tschida (freshman, Missoula, Mont.) was named the Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week for April 14-20...she threw the javelin an NCAA Regional Qualifying, freshman school record and lifetime-best of 161-8 (49.28m) to win her section at the Mt. SAC Relays, Friday, April 18.

Tschida (pronounced chee-dah), the 2007 prep girls' national leader in the javelin, has PRd in three meets this season and broken the WSU freshman school record twice.

Senior Meghan Leonard (Newberg, Ore.) claimed the WSU steeplechase school record at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/18) with an improved NCAA RQ time of 10:16.36.

Leonard replaced 2007 record-holder Sara Trané (junior, Sweden). Trané, defending Pac-10 champion who is coming off several months of limited competition because of injury, ran an NCAA RQ and PR time of 10:16.75.

Meanwhile, the University of Washington track and field team will send a full squad to the Oregon Relays this weekend in Eugene. Upwards of 60 Huskies will make the trip, easily the largest band of athletes the UW has trotted out so far in the outdoor season.

The meet runs Friday and Saturday at Oregon's Hayward Field, with distance runs highlighting Friday's competition and the sprints, mid-distances, and field events primarily taking place Saturday.

For more information on the Washington State and Washington track teams, please visit www.wsucougars.com, and www.gohuskies.com.

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