Five Cougars Win at Trojan Invite Track Meet

March 20, 2004

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Five Washington State University competitors won events at the Trojan Invitational Track and Field Meet held at the University of Southern California campus at Los Angeles, Saturday.

In women's events, Monique Jessie (senior, Compton, Calif.) won the 400m hurdles with a time of 1 minute, 1.57 seconds. Tamara Diles (redshirt sophomore, Bellevue, Wash.) won the pole vault with a clearance of 12-feet, 6 inches (3.81m). Marie Muai (junior, Tacoma, Wash.) was the top collegiate thrower in the discus with an NCAA Regional Qualifying mark of 155-10 (47.50m). Former Cougar All-American and current volunteer assistant coach Andrea Thornton was the overall discus winner with a toss of 156-5, and won the hammer with a throw of 188-10. Robin Mikesh (sophomore, Sumner, Wash.) finished in a four-way tie for first in the high jump with an NCAA Regional Qualifying mark of 5-8 3/4 (1.75m).

Blessing Ufodiama (senior, Long Beach, Calif.) finished second in the triple jump with an NCAA Regional Qualifying mark of 41-3 3/4 (12.59m).

Several Cougar women also reach Pac-10 qualifying marks at this first outdoor meet of the season. Kayle Peterson (Port Orchard, Wash.) finished second in her first 3000m steeplechase race with a hand-time and school freshman record of 11:01.5. Shannon Rance (senior, Renton, Wash.) threw the shot put 45-8 1/2 (13.93m) for third place while Muai was fourth with a throw of 43-7 3/4 (13.30m). Sammy Jo Missel was fifth in the hammer with a mark of 171-0 (52.13m).

The lone winner for the Cougar men was Tim Gehring (senior, Kettle Falls, Wash.) with his NCAA Regional Qualifying mark in the shot put of 60-3 (18.36m). Gehring also threw an NCAA mark in the hammer of 198-9 (60.58m) for third place in that event.

The Cougar men's 4x100m relay team of Martin Boston, Matt Mason, James McSwain and Lamarr Kirk finished second with an NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 40.11 seconds. Earlier in the day, McSwain (sophomore, Las Vegas, Nev.) finished second and Boston (sophomore, Hayward, Calif.) was fifth in the 100m dash. Battling wind gusts over 4.0 meters per second, considered hyperwinds, McSwain ran a time of 10.48 and Boston clocked in at 10.68.

Other Cougar men with Regional Qualifying marks included Jamil Smith (junior, Palmdale, Calif.) with a second place finish in the triple jump after leaping 49-6 1/4 (15.09m), and Curt Borland (senior, Cowiche, Wash.) with a second place javelin finish after throwing 210-0 (64.02m).

Mason (junior, Marietta, Ga.) and Darion Powell (redshirt sophomore, Kirkland, Wash.) reached Pac-10 qualifying times in the high hurdles with time of 14.36 and 14.43 seconds, for fourth and sixth places, respectively.

'This meet was not a bad start for the Cougs,' Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'We had some good marks in some areas where we can see we have to improve. Hopefully we can build on this and keep getting better all the way through the season.'

The Cougar multi-events specialists will compete at Berkeley Wednesday and Thursday while the rest of the WSU team will compete at the Stanford Invitational March 27 at Stanford.

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