Sunday, March 21, 2010

Weekend roundup: Marissa Tschida wins javelin at Trojan Invite; Oregon Preview & Dusty Lane Open recap...

In Los Angeles, WSU junior All-American Marissa Tschida (left/photo courtesy WSU Sports Information) won the women's javelin throw with a heave of 172-feet, 8 inches (52.63m) at the Trojan Invitational hosted by the University of Southern California, just nine feet of her school record toss of 181-8 thrown last year.

Courtney Kirkwood tossed the spear 155-4 (47.36m) and Jennifer Hamilton threw the javelin 150-6 (45.87m), for fourth and fifth places, respectively.

The Cougar men's throwers also threw well Saturday. All-American Matt Lamb was second in the discus with a toss of 185-5 (56.53m), with Joe Bartlett seventh with a seven-foot PR throw of 167-9 (51.15m), and Jacob Weintraub 13th after throwing 142-9 (43.53m).

On the track, WSU women sprinters took advantage of the warm temperatures. Princess Joy Griffey took second in the 100m with a time of 11.91 seconds and third in the 200m with a time of 24.17. Jacki Hill ran a PR time in the 200m of 25.81 and Brianne Brown ran a time of 26.40. Shawna Fermin was the top Cougar in the 400m dash with a time of 55.59 followed by Hill (57.03) and Brown (57.74). Anna Layman finished fifth in the 800m with a time of 2:15.14. The 4x400m relay squad of Veronica Elseroad-Wall, Fermin, Griffey and Layman was second in a time of 3:46.30.

Two-time NCAA intermediate hurdles champion Jeshua Anderson ran a training race in the 800m with a time of 1:52.86 which was fifth-best in the race. Anderson, who is on the Bowerman Award watch list, is coming off a slight injury suffered two weeks ago at the Iowa State Last Chance meet.

Results from the Trojan Invitational can be accessed here...

In Eugene at the Oregon Preview at Hayward Field, Seattle Pacific freshman Amanda Alvarez won the triple jump on Saturday to highlight Seattle Pacific’s performances. Alvarez, from Vancouver's, Columbia River HS flew a college career-best 38 feet, 8¾ inches to win by nearly a full foot ahead of second-place Ashley Potter from Western Oregon (37-9½).

That put her onto the provisional list with room to spare. The NCAA Division II minimum is 37-10¾. The automatic mark is 39-10½.

Senior distance star Jane Larson from Fall City logged a 2:11.75 for third place in the 800 meters. That put her way ahead of the NCAA provisional standard of 2:14.50 and within reach of the automatic time of 2:10.00.

For SeattleU, senior Mara Becker continued to write her name in the school record book, setting a new outdoor standard in the high jump after clearing 1.62 meters (5'3.75") to finish in a tie for fifth place.

The other record to fall came in the men's 3000 meter run, as Erik Barkhaus broke his own school record by almost ten full seconds, finishing in 10th place with a time of 8:44.86.

Former Auburn Riverside standout Jordan McNamara, a member of the University of Oregon track team, but competing unattached, won the 3000 in a meet record time of 7:53.63.

Results from the Oregon Preview can be accessed here.

At the Dusty Lane Open in Spokane, freshman Stephan Scott-Ellis was a double-winner, taking the 100m dash in a time of 11.03 and then long jumping 23-0 3/4 (7.03m). André Jennings and Wesley McCann had a two-three finish in the 200m dash with times of 21.92 and 22.08, respectively. McCann was also the runner-up in the 400m dash (49.87) and Jennings was fourth (50.33). David Hickerson won the 800m with a PR time of 1:52.39, with Ian Smith second in 1:55.84. The men's 1500m saw Jono Lafler (3:51.48), Sam Ahlbeck (3:53.63), and Justin Englund (3:54.92) finish first through third. J Hopkins won the 400m hurdles in a time of 55.45.

Decathletes Kyle Schauble and Ramsey Hopkins ran and threw at this meet. Schauble won the 110m hurdles (14.98), threw the discus (100-9, 30.71m) and threw the javelin (169-9, 49.61m). Ramsey Hopkins ran a high hurdles time of 15.44, threw the discus 107-7 (32.80m) and threw the javelin (145-0 (44.20m). Schauble, R. Hopkins, McCann and J Hopkins ran on the winning 4x400m relay team. John Brenteson won the pole vault with a clearance at 14-9 (4.50m).

The Cougar women had a solid showing Saturday in Spokane. Cindy Robinson ran the 100m dash in 12.08, finishing behind Cougar signed recruit Chanel James (11.88), and won the 200m dash in a time of 24.81. Caroline Austin won the 800m race in a time of 2:15.17 with Marisa Sandoval fourth in a time of 2:23.09.

Heptathletes Angela Jensen and Jasmine Johnson-McKeown competed in several events. Jensen won the 100m hurdles (14.06) and threw the javelin a PR distance of 119-1 (33.30m). Johnson-McKeown ran the hurdles in 15.44, threw the javelin 106-9 (32.53m) and threw the discus a PR distance of 147-6 (44.96m).

The results from the Dusty Lane Open are available here.

Next week, Washington State, Seattle Pacific & SeattleU will have several athletes compete at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, as well as the University of Washington.

Finally, former University of Washington hammer thrower Martin Bingisser finished eighth in his specialty at the European Cup Winter Throwing meet Sunday in Arles, France.

Bingisser, who is the Swiss national champion in this event, threw 212-4 (64.72m).

Results from the hammer at the European Cup Winter Throwing meet can be accessed here.

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

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