Fourteen Cougars to Compete at NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships

May 30, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University will send six women and eight men to compete at the Men's 85th and Women's 25th Annual NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Championships June 7-10, at the A. G. Spanos Sports Complex on the Sacramento State campus.

The two WSU combined-events competitors, Julie Pickler and Diana Pickler, advanced to the national meet by reaching automatic qualifying standards during the season. Another eight Cougars - Tamara Diles, John Cassleman, Matt Lamb, James McSwain, Brandi Probasco-Canda, Jaycee Robertson, Brian Woods, and Justin Woods - placed in the top five in their events at the NCAA West Region Meet last weekend in Provo, Utah. The final three entries, Jon Jeffreys, McKinnon Hanson and Haley Paul, advanced to the national meet by placing in the top 12 at the regional meet and were selected from the national descending order list based on season-best marks after declarations. Martin Boston, a senior who ran the first leg of the season's fastest men's 4x100m relay but was injured for most of the season, is declared as a relay participant and will battle with Brian Woods to see who takes the lead leg at the championships.

This is the largest Cougar contingent to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships since 1991 when WSU sent 13, which was the largest group since before 1989.

The WSU team and coaching staff will leave Pullman Monday, June 5, for the national meet.

COUGARS COMPETING AT THE 2006 NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS:NCAA Event	Name	                Mark/Time	        National StandingW 400m Dash	Brandi Probasco-Canda	54.17	          27thW 5000m	         Haley Paul	        16:20.86	          18thW High Jump	McKinnon Hanson	        1.75m / 5-8 3/4	t26thW Pole Vault	Tamara Diles	        4.25m / 13-11 1/4	4thW Heptathlon	Julie Pickler	        5734 points	4th	         Diana Pickler	        5579 points	5thM 100m Dash	James McSwain	        10.31	          25th	         Jaycee Robertson	        10.38	          26thM 200m Dash	Justin Woods	        20.73	          t17thM 400m Hurdles	John Cassleman	        49.53	          5thM 4x100m Relay	Martin Boston, Brian Woods,	         McSwain, J. Woods, Robertson   39.67	  12thM Discus	         Matt Lamb	                57.84m / 189-9	18thM Javelin	         Jon Jeffreys	        68.95m / 226-2	18th
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