Cougars Use Track Invite to Improve Marks

April 24, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State men captured 13 of the 19 events while the Cougar women won 11 events and WSU assistant coaches took another three titles Saturday at the Fifth Annual Cougar Invitational Track and Field Meet at Mooberry Track.

Under a sunny sky with temps in the low 60s and a slight breeze, the WSU men reached personal bests in 11 events and the WSU women had PRs in four events.

Cougar assistant coach Ellannee Richardson set the only meet record when she won the women's 400m hurdles in a time of 58.49 seconds. Richardson's time replaces former WSU teammate Randi Smith's 2001 time of 59.96.

Volunteer assistant coach Andrea Thornton won both the discus (51.66m/169-6) and hammer (59.64m/195-8). Nicole Hatcher won both short dashes; the 100m in 12.25, and the 200m in lifetime-best time of 24.63, and ran the second leg of the winning 4x100m relay (47.04).

Karla McGee won the pole vault by clearing the bar at 3.85m/12-7 1/2, which equals her PR and her NCAA Regional Qualifying mark. Tamara Diles finished second in the pole vault at 3.80/12-5 1/2, an NCAA RQ but not her best mark of the season.

Jenna Dean won the javelin with an NCAA RQ throw of 44.35m/145-6, but has already thrown five feet farther this year. Karla Pfaff, a redshirt freshman walk-on from Chehalis, Wash., finished second in javelin with a PR and NCAA RQ throw of 43.32m/142-1.

Other Cougar women winning events Saturday included Brand Probasco-Canda in the 400m (56.80), Molly Bull in the 800m (2:15.75), Ana Cabrera in the 1500m (4:45.06), Tamara Gulley in the 100m hurdles (14.33), Shannon Rance in the shot put (14.09m/46-2 3/4), and the 4x400m relay (3:52.04).

WSU senior Curt Borland improved his NCAA RQ by winning the javelin with a throw of 65.52m/214-11.

Paul Nicoletti won the pole vault with the bar at 5.00m/16-4 3/4, an NCAA RQ height.

Tim Gehring won both the shot put (18.18m/59-7 3/4) and the hammer (56.93m56.93m/186-9) with NCAA RQ marks but has thrown better marks in both events already this year.

The 4x100m relay of Martin Boston, Matt Mason, James McSwain, and Jarrell Nelson, won with a season-best and NCAA RQ time of 39.91.

Other Cougar men winning events included James McSwain in the 200m (21.43), Qieed Ishmael in the 400m (48.86), Ian Johnson in the 1500m (3:59.97), Barry Leavitt in the 400m hurdles (53.42), Matt Alverson in the high jump (1.95m/6-4 3/4), and Cameron Neel in the discus (48.23m/158-3).

Anthony Buchanan, running unattached, won the men's 100m dash with an NCAA RQ time of 10.41.

Washington State hosts the University of Washington for a dual meet next Saturday, May 1, at Mooberry Track.

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