Track & Field Splits with Huskies

May 1, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State University's men's track and field team defeated the University of Washington 112-90, but the Husky women defeated the Cougar women 108-95, Saturday at the dual meet held at Mooberry Track on the WSU Pullman campus.

It was the first win over the Cougars for the Husky women's team since 1997. This marked the fourth consecutive win by the Cougar men over the Huskies, and the 60th win overall. The meet used an international dual meet scoring format where only two individuals were allowed to score team points in each event and the points were allotted 5-3-2-1 for the first four places when divided by teams. Relays were scored five points for first and three points for second place.

'This was the first of our important scoring meets and we wanted to generate an outcome favorable to the Cougs,' WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'We did so with the men today but came up a little short on the women. The women needed to have some come-through performances along the line and we got some of those, but for the most part, the Huskies were too strong for us today on the women's side.'

Four meet records were rewritten Saturday as sunny skies with temperatures in the low 70s produced some ideal conditions. The Cougar men, competing in the 93rd meeting with the Huskies, broke the 4x100m relay record as Martin Boston, Matt Mason, James McSwain and Anthony Buchanan won the race with season-best, NCAA Regional Qualifying and meet record time of 39.55 seconds. The women's teams, competing for the 29th time, bettered meet records in the pole vault, triple jump and javelin.

Both UW's Carly Dockendorf and WSU's Tamara Diles broke their own 2003 meet record in the pole vault (shared with Jeannette Martus, WSU, 2000) with Dockendorf winning the event at a height of 4.02m/13-feet, 2 1/4 inches, after taking a total of 17 vaults on the day. Diles finished second with a mark of 3.97m/13-0 1/4, equaling her season-best.

Blessing Ufodiama won the triple jump for WSU with a leap of 12.56m/41-2 1/2, bettering Cougar Sharon Li's 1994 mark of 12.53m/41-1 1/2. UW's Megan Spriestersbach won the javelin with a meet record toss of 48.97m/160-8.

The Cougar men welcomed Anthony Buchanan back to the squad after finishing an incomplete in a class and regaining his eligibility for the first meet of the year. Buchanan won the men's 100m dash with an NCAA RQ time of 10.33 seconds and anchored the winning 4x100m relay.

'It was great having Anthony competing for us again,' Sloan said.

Matt Mason was a triple winner for the Cougs, taking the 110m hurdles (14.61), the long jump (7.46m/24-5 3/4), and running a leg of the 4x100m relay. Tim Gehring won both the men's shot put (18.86m/61-10 1/2) and the hammer (59.52m/195-3).

Cougar javelin thrower Curt Borland heaved a PR on his final throw of the day, 67.15m/220-4, but finished behind Huskies Brian Harris (67.36m/221-0) and Rigel Wise (67.22m/220-6) by mere inches.

Jamil Smith cracked the 50-foot mark for the first time this season in the triple jump with his winning leap of 15.31m/50-2 3/4.

'There wasn't a lot of competition for Jamil but he came out and did a good job, just at the right time too, ready to move on to the conference meet now and see what we can do down in Arizona,' Sloan said.

WSU freshman walk-on Jaycee Robertson won the 200m dash with a PR time of 21.34 and bettered his PR in the 100m with third-place finish in 10.66.

'Those are great marks and Jaycee did an outstanding job today,' Sloan said. 'I think our sprint corps in general did very well. Our quarter milers competed very well (Dione Cason, second, season-best 48.22, and Qieed Ishmael, third, season-best 48.26). The Huskies came into the meet with better marks and we got a second and third place on them there and that was big for us.'

Cougar frosh John Cassleman won the men's 400m hurdles in a PR time of 52.91.

WSU's Tamara Gulley, competing in her final home meet, won the women's 200m dash (PR 24.32), finished second in the 100m dash (season-best non-wind aided 12.00) and in the 100m hurdles (season-best 14.07), ran a leg of the winning 4x400m relay (3:45.68), and a leg of the 4x400m relay (season-best 46.43).

A familiar face for Cougar track aficionados rejoined the squad Saturday. Stephanie Jaross, a member of the WSU 2001 team as a freshman walk-on, competed again in a crimson uniform, placing second in the high jump to Cougar Robin Mikesh, both with clearances at 1.73m/5-8. Jaross, who will graduate next weekend from WSU Spokane's Intercollegiate School of Nursing as a commissioned officer, has been competing in area open meets as a member of the Army ROTC. Coach Sloan called and invited her to rejoin the Cougs for this special meet.

'Stephanie was our secret weapon and she competed well today,' Sloan said.

Angelita Green hit the NCAA Regional Qualifying mark right on the head with a third-place time in the 800m of 2:10.29.

'It was a good day for her,' Sloan said. 'She also ran a 54.7 leg as an anchor on the 4x400m relay and did a wonderful job there.'

Next week, Washington State's heptathlon and decathlon competitors will compete at the Pac-10 Combined Events Championships at Tucson, while a select group of Cougar competitors will be at the Modesto Relays and the rest of the team will compete at the Idaho Outdoor Meet at Moscow. The Pac-10 Championships are May 14-15, at Tucson, the NCAA West Regional Championships are May 28-29, at Northridge, and the NCAA Championships are June 9-12, at Austin, Texas.

'We'll have a week to gather ourselves each time and press on to the next competition,' Sloan said.

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