Friday, February 5, 2010

WSU's Kendall Mays gets NCAA provisional qualifier at Vandal Indoor...

MOSCOW, Idaho -- Washington State pole vaulter Kendall Mays (left/photo courtesy WSU Sports Information) won the women's event with an NCAA Provisional Qualifying height of 13-feet, 4 1/4 inches (4.07m) Friday night in the Kibbie Dome at the 35th Annual Vandal Indoor meet.

Mays, a redshirt junior from Spokane, won the women's pole vault over Idaho's K.C. Dahlgren who also cleared 13-4 1/4 but had more missed attempts. Mays' height is just one inch under her lifetime-best clearance of 13-5 1/4.

Cougar freshman heptathlete Jasmine Johnson-McKeown (San Bernardino, Calif.) was a double winner, taking the discus competition with a toss of 158-8 (48.37m) and winning the 60m dash in a lifetime-best time of 7.69 seconds. WSU freshman Cindy Robinson (Norwalk, Calif.) took second place in the 60m dash in a PR time of 7.71.

Other Cougar women winners were Princess Joy Griffey in the 200m (24.39) and the 4x400m relay team of Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Brittnay Crabb, Jacki Hill, and Caroline Hedel (3:51.20).

WSU men were victors in the middle distance races. David Hickerson (Spokane) won the 800m in a PR time of 1:54.35, and Dominic Smargiassi (Auburn) won the mile in a PR time of 4:17.15.

The Cougar men's 4x400m relay also won as Wesley McCann, Dana Wells, Joe Abbott and Jason Stoker ran a time of 3:20.28.

Eastern Washington also competed in the Vandal Indoor, with the Eagles getting victories from Sarah Frey (56.77) in the 400 meters; Nicole Lukenbach in the 20-pound weight throw (60-8.5/18.50m); Chad Butorac in the men's 200 (22.36); and, Brad Wall in the 400 (48.75).

Washington State and Eastern Washington will have a contingent of athletes competing in Saturday's Runners Soul Open back at the Kibbie Dome.

Complete results from the Vandal Indoor can be accessed here.

QUICK NOTES: According to the University of Washington track team's Twitter page, the Huskies have received national letter of intents from hurdler Tate Latimer from Tahoma HS in Tacoma, and chief rival Kayla Stueckle from Emerald Ridge HS in Puyallup, the reigning state 300 hurdles champion.

The Huskies also announced that Mackenzie Carter of Fayetteville-Manlius High School in New York has also signed a national letter of intent, potentially giving Washington one of the best incoming freshman classes in the nation.

Carter finished 17th in last December's Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon.

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

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