Saturday, April 11, 2009

WSU and SPU recap from day 2 of the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee meet at UCLA...

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Washington State track student-athletes won two races and reached NCAA Regional Qualifying marks in several more races during the second day of the decathlon at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational track and field meet at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) won the men's 100m dash open in a season-best and NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 10.52 seconds.

Freshman Emily Farrar (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) finished second in the 3000m steeplechase in an NCAA RQ time of 10 minutes, 47.27 seconds, the seventh-fastest time in WSU women's history. This was Farrar's second steeplechase race.

Reny Follett (junior, Lewiston, Idaho) won the men's 400m open race with a time of 48.01.

In the middle and longer distance races Friday night, Amanda Andrews took nearly 10 seconds of her PR in the 1500m with a time of 4:32.91 for second place. Michelly Foley ran a PR time of 4:40.34 for seventh place in the same race.

Kyle Schauble (junior, Kennewick, Wash.) scored 6,487 points for third place in the decathlon, well below his lifetime best score of 6,785 points. WSU freshman Sean Harris (Kent, Wash.) finished in fifth place with 6,003 points. Rice University's Clayton Chaney won the decathlon with 6,539 points. Schauble ran the 110m hurdles in a time of 15.36 seconds, threw the discus 99-9 (30.40m), cleared his PR height in the pole vault of 13-5 1/4 (4.10m), and threw the javelin a distance of 161-3 (49.15m). Schauble ran the 1500m in a time of 4:46.41. Harris ran the 110m hurdles in a time of 16.04, threw the discus 114-0 (34.74m), pole vaulted 13-1 1/2 (4.00m), threw the javelin a PR distance of 138-10 (42.31m), and ran the 1500m in a time of 5:36.24.

Seattle Pacific junior Jane Larson (left, #895/photo courtesy Seattle Pacific University), already a Division II provisional qualifier in the 5,000 meters, added the 800 meters to her list on Friday at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational. Larson (Fall City, Wash./Cedar Park Christian HS) went the distance in 2 minutes, 14.09 seconds on the Drake Stadium track, good for a fifth-place overall finish in 800.

Larson’s was one of half a dozen top-10 performances by Falcon athletes on Friday.

Sophomore Melissa Peaslee matched her outdoor season best of 12 feet, 1½ inches to tie for second place in the pole vault. Peaslee also cleared that height two weeks ago in the Stanford Track & Field Invitational, high enough to make her an NCAA provisional qualifier.

Seniors Lauren VerMulm (Mount Vernon, Wash./Mount Vernon HS) and Jeeni Schantin (West Linn, Ore.) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the javelin. VerMulm threw it 143 feet, 2 inches; Schantin had a toss of 141-1. Both are already NCAA automatic qualifiers on the basis of performances earlier this season.

Jessica Hinton, another SPU senior (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens HS) continued to drop time in the 400 meters. She ran a season-best 57.11 seconds, winning her heat and placing seventh overall. Hinton, who ran 57.43 in the Stanford Invite on March 27, is closing in on the NCAA provisional time of 56.80.

On Friday, Hinton also ran the 200 meters, placing 20th in 25.47 seconds. Junior Lisa Anderberg (Edmonds, Wash./Kamiak HS) joined Larson in the 800, taking 14th in 2:17.42.

Chad Meis, a junior (Renton, Wash./Seattle Christian HS) took 10th place in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:25.22.

WSU's Angela Jensen (sophomore, Tacoma) took fourth place in the women's heptathlon with a PR total of 4,656 points. In the final three events Friday, Jensen long jumped a PR leap of 17-1 1/4 (5.21m), threw the javelin 91-7 (27.91m) and ran the 800m in a PR time of 2:31.14. USC's Nia Ali won the heptathlon with 5,492 points.

The Cougar throwers struggled during Friday's events. Ashley Kenney threw the shot put a season-best distance of 40-5 1/2 (12.33m) for sixth. Anna Albrecht threw the discus 113-6 (34.60m) for 10th. Joe Bartlett threw the discus 158-6 (48.31m) for eighth place in the men's open and also took fourth place in the open shot put with a throw of 51-10 (15.80m). Phil MacArthur put the shot 46-8 1/4 (14.23m) for 11th. Mark Presby threw the javelin 180-10 (55.13m) for seventh place.

Five Cougar women ran in the 400m hurdles and Lorraine King finished third in an NCAA RQ time of 1:00.69. Veronica Elseroad-Wall was fifth in a season-best time of 1:01.13. Caroline Hedel ran a PR time of 1:02.75 for 11th, Brittnay Crabb ran a time of 1:04.07 (16th), and Jalissa Williams ran a time of 1:04.68 (18th).

Earlier in the day in the women's 100m hurdles, Williams took sixth with a PR time of 14.52, Crabb finished eighth with a PR time of 14.82, and Hedel took ninth in a time of 14.96.

The men's 110m hurdles open event was run by Trevor Habberstad (15.02, 6th) and J Hopkins (15.48, 14th). Hopkins was the top Coug in the 400m hurdles open, placing third in an NCAA RQ time of 52.45 and Habberstad ran a lifetime-best of 53.51 for ninth.

David Hickerson took 23 seconds off his PR time in the steeplechase with a time of 9:29.34 for 11th place in the men's invite race. Sam Ahlbeck ran a PR 1500m time of 3:53.33 for seventh place and Peter Miller took ninth place in a time of 3:55.30.

Ashlee Wall ran a 5000m PR time of 17:40.71 for seventh place in the women's invite race. Bob Hewitt-Gaffney ran a season-best 800m time of 1:53.16 for sixth place.

Larson and fellow Seattle Pacific junior Jessica Pixler (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake HS) will run in the 1,500 meters on Saturday. Less than an hour after that race, Pixler will compete in the invitational 800 meters, which matches the event’s fastest entrants.

The competition concludes Saturday at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

Results of the meet can be viewed here...

NOTE: The sports information offices of Seattle Pacific and Washington State University contributed to this report.

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