Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cougar frosh Holly Parent gets NCAA provisional qualifying mark at Texas A&M...

COLLEGE STATION, Texas--Washington State high jumpers Trent Arrivey and Holly Parent won their events with NCAA qualifying marks Saturday at the Texas A&M Challenge Meet at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at the McFerrin Athletic Center in College Station, Texas.

Arrivey, a senior from Woodinville, Wash., won the men's high jump with a clearance at 7-feet, 1/4 inch (2.15m), which is an NCAA Provisional Qualifying height but Arrivey reached automatic qualifying last weekend with his leap of 7-4 1/4 (2.24m). WSU's Ryan Deese tied for sixth place in the high jump with a leap of 6-7 (2.01m) and Ramsey Hopkins cleared 6-4 3/4 (1.95m) for 11th.

Freshman Holly Parent (Victoria, British Columbia) won the women's high jump with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 5-10 (1.78m), and Cougar freshman Christine Rice (Ridgefield, Wash.) tied for fourth after clearing the bar at 5-6 1/2 (1.69m). Parent becomes the first WSU woman to reach qualifying standards this year.

Lisa Egami (left/photo by Paul Merca) finished third in the women's mile with a season-best time of 4-minutes, 47.92 seconds, just 92/100s of a second off the NCAA PQ time. Egami also ran on the Distance Medley Relay with Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Courtney Zalud and Caroline Austin for sixth place with a time of 11:41.53.

Jeshua Anderson, currently on the "Watch List" in the Bowerman Award race for 2010, finished seventh in the men's 400m dash (47.83).

"This was a good experience for us to get on a great facility and to put ourselves up against teams that we don't see very often. Some of our kids competed up and did a nice job performing here. I think this experience will be helpful to us as we move forward now in the season. This meet sets a tone and people understand what their world is now, competing in the NCAA," said WSU head coach Rick Sloan.

The Cougars will compete in the Moscow Kibbie Dome next weekend for the Vandal Indoor Meet, Friday, Feb. 5, and at the Runners Soul Open, Saturday, Feb. 6.

Complete results from the Texas A&M Challenge can be accessed here.

NOTE: The Washington State University sports information office contributed to this report.

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