Gehring Heaves Monster Shot at Brutus Hamilton Invite Track Meet

April 10, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Tim Gehring's winning shot put Saturday at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational Track & Field Meet was a lifetime best effort for the senior, and the fourth-best ever thrown in Washington State University men's track history.

Gehring, from Kettle Falls, Wash., began his Cougar career as a walk-on but Saturday, at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field at Berkeley, won the men's shot put with a toss of 63-feet, 6 inches (19.35m), three feet and three inches farther than he has ever thrown in competition. Gehring is now fourth on the Cougar all-time list, behind Dimitrios Koutsoukis' 1986 heave of 67-6 3/4, John van Reenen's 1970 toss of 65-0, and Ian Waltz's 1998 put of 63-9 3/4.

Gehring threw 61-4 in his first attempt before fouling the next two attempts. His fourth attempt went 61-5 and with the competition heating up, he fouled his fifth try. In the sixth and final throw of the day, Gehring reached 63-6 to win the event.

'The level of competition was so good and the Cal guys - Rhuben Williams threw 62-3 and Amin Nikfar threw 59-8 1/2 - kept the level high,' Cougar Associate Head Coach and throws coach Debra Farwell said. 'Tim's realized he has two months left of his WSU career and even though he stayed relaxed and calm today, he said it was time to get going.'

Freshman Drew Ulrick (Spokane, Mead High) finished sixth in the discus with an NCAA Regional Qualifying throw of 169-3 (51.58m), equaling his PR thrown during the indoor season.

James McSwain (sophomore, Las Vegas, Nev.) won the men's 100m dash with a time of 10.72 seconds, and finished fourth in the 200m dash with a time of 21.78. Jarrell Nelson (freshman, Bremerton, Wash.) finished ninth in the 200m race with a season-best time of 22.08. Lamarr Kirk (reshirt junior. Los Angeles, Calif.) ran a season-best 400m time of 48.81 for eighth place. Josh Leyk (sophomore, Veradale, Wash.) ran a PR time of 52.77 in the 400m hurdles for sixth place while Eric Nygard (redshirt sophomore, Wenatchee, Wash.) finished eighth in the intermediate hurdles with a time of 54.15.

The Cougar men's 4x100m relay team ran a time of 40.93 and finished second to Cal's 40.40. The men's 4x400m relay finished sixth in a time of 3:18.39.

In the field events, Matt Alverson (senior, Everett, Wash.) high jumped 6-6 3/4 (2.00m) for sixth place while Paul Nicoletti (redshirt junior, Snohomish,Wash.) pole vaulted 16-0 3/4 (4.90m) which was second place. Jamil Smith (junior, Palmdale, Calif.) long jumped 22-5 3/4 (6.85m) for fourth place and triple jumped 46-1 1/2 (14.06m) for fifth place.

Nicole Hatcher (sophomore, Kennewick, Wash.) finished second in the women's 100m dash with a season-best non-wind aided time of 12.18 seconds. Hatcher's 200m time of 25.57 was ninth fastest on the day. In the 400m, Brandi Probasco-Canda (freshman, Portland, Ore.) clocked in at 56.88 (11th) and Kameko Wilson (freshman, Spanaway, Wash.) ran 57.10 (13th), both season-best times.

Angelita Green (senior, Long Beach, Calif.) lowered her season-best 800m time with a seventh-place finish at 2:10.84, just 55/100s of a second away from an NCAA RQ time. Molly Bull (junior, Oak Harbor, Wash.) ran a lifetime-best 1500m time of 4:40.60 (15th place).

Heptathlete Julie Pickler (redshirt freshman, Sasche, Texas) ran a season-best 100m hurdles time of 14.42 but did not advance to the final. In the 400m hurdles, Monique Jessie (senior, Compton, Calif.) finished second with a hand time of 1:00.9, and Louise Akesson (senior, Lyckeby, Sweden) ran a time of 1:03.77 (8th).

The Cougar women's 4x100m team clocked in with a time of 46.83, second to Cal's 45.31, and the 4x400m relay finished third in a time of 3:45.13.

In the women's field events, Jenna Dean (sophomore, Glenwood, Wash.) won the javelin with a toss of 148-2 (45.16m). Robin Mikesh (sophomore, Sumner, Wash.) and Pickler finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the high jump after clearing 5-5 (1.65m). Tamara Diles (redshirt sophomore, Bellevue, Wash.) pole vaulted 12-8 3/4 (3.88m) for second place while Karla McGee (senior, Lethbridge, Alb., Canada) cleared 12-2 3/4 (3.73m) for fifth place. In the triple jump, Kaylee Gardner (freshman, Bellingham, Wash.) leaped 38-7 1/2 (11.77m) for seventh place and Bree Skinner (senior, Pasco, Wash.) was 10th with a distance of 37-6 1/2 (11.44m), season-best efforts for both women.

Shannon Rance (senior, Renton, Wash.) threw the shot 45-1 (13.74m) for sixth place. Marie Muai (junior, Tacoma, Wash.) finished sixth in the discus with a throw of 153-11 (46.92m).

Beginning next Saturday, Washington State will host three consecutive home track meets at Mooberry Track: the State Challenge Cup featuring WSU, Washington, and Eastern Washington against Idaho, Idaho State and Boise State April 17, the Cougar Invitational April 24, and the Washington Dual Meet May 1.

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