First Day Pac-10 Track Champs Provide Highs and Lows for Cougs

May 14, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Washington State's Anthony Buchanan ran the fastest time in the men's 100m dash prelims Friday, the first day of the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships at the University of Arizona's Roy P. Drachman Stadium.

Buchanan, the defending 100m dash champion, ran a time of 10.30 seconds and will be joined in the final by teammate James McSwain who ran an NCAA RQ and a non-wind-aided PR time of 10.50, seventh fastest in the prelims. McSwain also ran a 200m dash prelim time of 21.47 to advance to the final in that race too.

In the men's field events finals, senior Curt Borland finished third in the javelin with a PR throw of 67.68m/222-feet even, and bettered his NCAA Regional Qualifying mark. Tim Gehring finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 18.85m/61-10 1/4. WSU's only entrant in the pole vault, Paul Nicoletti, did not clear a height.

In women's field events finals, the Cougars garnered 9.5 points in the high jump. Sophomore Robin Mikesh finished third with a clearance at 1.73m/5-feet, 8 inches, the same height as the second-place finisher, UCLA's Julie Stevenson, but Mikesh missed on her first attempt at 5-6. Also placing in the high jump from WSU was Julie Pickler, tied for fifth (1.68m/5-6), and Stephanie Jaross, tied for eighth (1.63m/5-4 1/4).

The women's javelin finished with Jenna Dean in fifth place with a PR and improved NCAA RQ throw of 46.80m/153-6. Rachel Bertholf finished sixth with an improved season-best and NCAA RQ throw of 45.38m/148-11. Karla Pfaff was 12th with a throw of 41.49m/136-11.

Junior Sammy Jo Missel heaved a lifetime best an improved NCAA RQ hammer throw of 54.69m/179-5 for seventh place. Marie Muai was 10th in the hammer after throwing 51.05m/167-6. Shannon Rance finished eighth in the shot put with a season-best heave of 14.35m/47-1.

In running finals, senior Ana Cabrera finished seventh in the 10,000m (38:15.03) while freshman Kayle Peterson finished eighth in the steeplechase in a time of 11:12.75. On the men's side, freshmen Alex Grant finished 11th in the steeplechase (9:45.48) and Andrew Jones finished 16th in the 10,000m (32:27.59).

In other men's preliminary racing, WSU freshman Barry Leavitt ran a PR time of 14.52 to advance to the 110m hurdles final. Leavitt also qualified for the 400m hurdles final with a PR and NCAA RQ time 51.97.

Matt Mason, whose top 110m hurdles time of 13.81 this season was third-fastest coming into the conference prelims, did not finish the prelim race after pulling his hamstring on the first hurdle. Mason, who had the top long jump mark coming into the meet, was also scheduled to run a leg of the 4x100m relay. He is out for the rest of the conference meet and his 400m relay leg will be filled in by freshman Jaycee Robertson.

In the women's preliminary running events, WSU senior Angelita Green qualified for the final with the eighth fastest 800m time of 2:09.60, a season-best and NCAA RQ, and only 2/100s off her lifetime best. Monique Jessie qualified for the 400m hurdles with a season-best time of 1:00.71, sixth best in the prelims.

In team scoring after eight events, Arizona State leads the women's teams with 56 points and the WSU women are in sixth place with 25.5 points. After seven event finals for men, the Oregon men's team leads with 67 points while the Cougar men are ninth with 11 points, just one point behind Washington's eighth place total.

'We are competing well but do not have enough power,' Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'The kids have responded well to my asking them to perform at their best at the conference meet. Hopefully we can battle our way into some points tomorrow. On the men's side, we're missing 16 to 18 points with Matt Mason out.'

The conclusion of the conference championships takes place Saturday afternoon and evening at the University of Arizona.

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