Past and Future Cougar Track & Field Shine in Weekend Events

Aug. 8, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Former Washington State University Track & Field All-American thrower Ian Waltz and incoming freshman pole vaulter Tiffany Maskulinski both performed well over the weekend.

Competing at the 10th IAAF World Championships at Helsinki, Finland, Waltz finished fifth in the men's discus with a throw of 210-feet, 10 inches (64.27m). Lithuanian Virgilijus Alekna defended his title with a throw of 230-2 (70.17m).

Waltz, a discus thrower from Post Falls, Idaho, now training in Chula Vista, Calif., was a member of the USA 2004 Athens Olympic team. Waltz, an eight-time All-America thrower for the Cougs, tossed a personal-best discus throw of 219-8, earlier this summer.

Maskulinski, an incoming freshman for WSU from Elma, NY, cleared a personal-best of 14-feet (4.27m) to win the pole vault at the USATF Monroe County Summer Championships at Hilton, NY. Maskulinski upset US Indoor National Champion Jennifer Stuczynski and prep vaulter Mary Saxer who has cleared 14-2 indoors. Stuczynski and Saxer finished second and third respectively after clearing 13-7.

Maskulinski is now the national outdoor prep leader in the girls' pole vault and is just the third U.S. junior woman to clear 14-feet. She'll join WSU All-American Tamara Diles, who has a personal-best of 14-3 1/4i, for competition during the upcoming 2005-06 year.

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