Sunday, February 22, 2009

WSU trio improve on NCAA provisional qualifying marks; freshman McNamee sets high jump PR...

MOSCOW, Idaho -- A trio of Washington State track and field competitors improved their NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks and several Cougars reached lifetime-best marks Saturday at the Vandal Collegiate Indoor Track Meet at the Kibbie Dome on the University of Idaho campus.

Reaching improved NCAA marks and winning their events were Kendall Mays in the women's pole vault, Phil MacArthur in the men's weight throw, and Robert Williams in the men's 60m hurdles.

Mays, a junior from Spokane, won the pole vault after clearing a lifetime-best height of 13-feet, 3 1/2 inches (4.05m), which is the second-best vault in WSU women's history. Mays also had a credible attempt at the next height of 13-9 1/4 (4.20m). Sophomore Alexa Huestis (Chehalis, Wash.) equaled her PR by clearing 12-9 1/2 (3.90m) for third place.

"This was a great meet for Kendall," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "She cleared 13-3 1/2 on her first attempt and then went on the 13-9 1/4 and was very, very close to clearing. She was up and over but just didn't have enough height and barely knocked the bar off. It was a very good attempt and her second attempt was good as well. She has moved to that level now and could get an automatic qualifying mark in Seattle next weekend."

MacArthur, a senior from Ione, Wash., won the 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 65-feet, 11 inches (20.09m), an improvement of nearly two feet from his throw two weeks ago. MacArthur's mark is fifth-best in WSU all-time records.

"Phil has been consistent in throwing very well the past few weeks and we're excited to see him throw at the Mountain Pacific meet with some good competition and throw a mark that will get him to the NCAA Indoor meet," Sloan said. "I think 67-feet can get him in and he's nearly there now."

Williams, a senior from Riverside, Calif., won the 60m hurdles by edging out Idaho's Paul Dittmer at the finish line, both in a time of 7.84 seconds. Williams' PR time of 7.84 is tied for seventh-best in WSU men's history.

"Robert ran under eight seconds in both races and in the final race he looked really strong," Sloan said.

Princess Joy Griffey (junior, Federal Way, Wash.) was a double-winner Saturday capturing the women's 60m (7.59) and 200m (PR 24.33) dashes.

Cougar women who won events at the meet include Lorraine King (400m, 55.30), Ashlee Wall (3k, 10:40.91), and Kjirsten Jensen (weight throw, 54-0 1/2). WSU men taking titles include André Jennings (60m, PR 6.98), Luke Lemenager (800m, PR 1:51.34), Devin Timpson (triple jump, PR 44-6 3/4), and Matt Lamb (discus, 173-4).

The University of Washington sent a handful of athletes across the Cascades to compete in the Vandal Collegiate, highlighted by freshman Kelly McNamee’s victory and personal best in the high jump of 5-11 1/2, a NCAA provisional qualifier.

Senior Daria Amiad-Pavlov set a personal best in winning the triple jump in a personal best of 41-0 1/4.

Other winners for the Huskies included Jeremy Taiwo in the long jump (22-9); Jared O’Connor in the pole vault (16-6 3/4); and Taylor Nichols in the women’s long jump (18-4 1/2).

Complete results from the Vandal Collegiate can be accessed here…

Both Washington and Washington State will compete next at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation meet in Seattle on Friday-Saturday February 27-28th.

NOTE: The Washington State University sports information office assisted in this report.

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