Saturday, January 23, 2010

Trent Arrivey gets NCAA indoor auto qualifier to highlight Cougar Indoor Invitational...

PULLMAN--WSU's Trent Arrivey (left/photo courtesy WSU Sports Information), a senior All-American from Woodinville, Wash., won the men's high jump with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying, meet record, and lifetime-best height of 7-feet, 4 1/4 inches (2.24m) to highlight the Cougar Indoor Invitational Track & Field meet, a two-day, seven-team scoring meet held Saturday at WSU's Indoor Track Facility.

Cougar teammate Ryan Deese finished second with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 7-0 1/4 (2.14m) which equals his PR height. Utah State's Clint Silcock also reached an NCAA PQ height of 7-0 1/4 for third place. Arrivey surpassed the meet record set in 2004 by California's Teak Wilburn of 7-2 1/2 (2.20m).

Kyle Schauble won the men's heptathlon with a PR score of 5,062 points. During the three events contested Saturday, Schauble ran the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.41 seconds, cleared 14-5 1/4 (4.40m) in the pole vault, and ran the 1000m in a time of 2-minutes, 50.13 seconds. Freshman teammate Ramsey Hopkins finished sixth (4642 points).

Freshman Holly Parent led a one-two finish in the women's high jump with her meet record clearance at 5-8 3/4 (1.75m). Freshman Christine Rice took second place by clearing the bar at 5-5 (1.65m).

Other Cougar women winners included: Princess Joy Griffey, 60m dash (7.53); Cindy Robinson, 200m (25.33); Shawna Fermin, 400m (57.85); Lisa Egami, mile (5:03.54); Anna Layman, 800m (2:14.54); and the 4x400m relay of Brittnay Crabb, Brianne Brown, Courtney Zalud, and Veronica Elseroad-Wall (3:54.91).

In the Friday portion of the meet, Washington State junior Angela Jensen won the women's pentathlon and freshman Stephan Scott-Ellis won the men's long jump.

Jensen won the pentathlon with a personal-best of 3,525 points. She opened with a 60m hurdles PR time of 8.60 seconds, high jumped 5-feet, 2 1/2 inches (1.59m) and threw the shot put 32-0 3/4 (9.77m). Jensen equaled her best long jump at 17-1 1/2 (5.22m) and ran the 800m in a time of 2:32.66.

Scott-Ellis won the men's long jump with his final leap of the night measuring 24-3 1/2 (7.40m).

In the women's long jump, Eastern Washington's Brianna Okoro won with a leap of 18-3 (5.56m). Teammate Nicole Luckenbach won the women's weight throw with a toss of 58-2.5 (17.74m).

Alex Smyth won the mile run for the Eagles with a time of 4:14.00 to pick up Eastern's only individual victory in the men's competition.

"I'm very pleased with the outcomes of both today's and yesterday's competition and I think some of the performances exceeded my expectations," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "Trent Arrivey and Ryan Deese both looked very strong in the high jump. I like the way we competed, especially in the sprints. Princess Joy Griffey was within 6/100s of a second of her lifetime best and had good, controlled races. Marlon Murray opened his indoor season by equaling his lifetime-best and freshman Greg Hornsby made a significant drop in his PR, running 6.84. Those two looked strong and with freshman Brett Blanshan I think we have some very strong sprinters. Stephan Scott-Ellis' long jump was just seven centimeters away from the freshman school record set in 1983, and his triple jump will be coming around quickly so that is promising. Reny Follett, men's team captain, opened his season with a strong 400m time of 49.17 and I think the indoor season will be bright for him when we move to larger tracks. The men's milers and pole vaulters are making good progress. Holly Parent did well in the opener and had some nice attempts at the provisional qualifying mark in the high jump today. Weight thrower Cassie Whitfield is making steady progress, reaching the 57-foot mark this week."

The Washington State men's and women's team will be competing in the Texas A&M Challenge meet, Jan. 29 and 30, in College Station, Texas, against teams from the Pac-10, Big 12, and SEC.

Complete results from the Cougar Invitational Indoor can be accessed here

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

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