Sprinters Fare Well at NCAA West Region Track Championships

May 28, 2004

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Washington State University's men sprinters fared well during the preliminary races Friday at the NCAA West Region Track & Field Championships being staged at Matador Track on the campus of Cal State Northridge.

The men's 4x100m relay team of Martin Boston, Jaycee Robertson, James McSwain and Anthony Buchanan qualified for the Saturday final after running a time of 39.84 seconds, the second-fastest time in the prelim heats. Arizona State clocked in with the top time Friday of 39.46.

Buchanan and McSwain also advanced to the men's 100m dash final. Buchanan, a two-time Pac-10 champion, posted the fastest time of the day, a wind-aided 10.40 seconds in the second heat in spite of cramping up at the end of the race. McSwain's 10.59 was seventh-fastest overall and fourth-best in the first heat.

Robertson, a freshman, also ran a 200m dash prelim time of 21.63, 10th-fastest of the two heats but missed the final by 18/100s of a second.

Monique Jessie was the lone Cougar woman to advance to a final after running a 400m hurdles prelim time of 1-minute, 0.13 seconds, ninth-best in the qualifying heats.

Senior Angelita Green ran a lifetime best time of 2:08.62 in the women's 800m prelims but finished 10th with only the top nine advancing to the final. Nevada freshman Kali Baker ran the top prelim time of 2:06.41 while the ninth place finisher, USC's Gina Clayton's time was 2:08.46, just 16/100s of a second faster than Green. Green's time is the eighth best time in WSU women's history for the 800m.

Barry Leavitt ran the men's 400m hurdles prelims in a time of 52.72, 15th-best on the day but the Cougar freshman did not advance to the final.

Tim Gehring first attempt in the men's shot put of 17.72m/58-feet, 1 3/4 inches, was his best of the day and the ninth best overall. Gehring fouled his second attempt and his last three attempts in the finals. UCLA's Dan Ames won the shot with a throw of 19.59m/64-3 1/4.

Matt Mason, still hobbled by a hamstring injured during the Pac-10 Championships two weeks ago, finishing 13th in the men's long jump after only one successful leap, a distance of 6.85m/22-5 3/4. Allen Sims, from USC, won the men's long jump with a leap of 7.68m/25-2 1/2.

In the women's hammer, Marie Muai's best throw was 50.55m/165-10 for 28th place while Sammy Jo Missel threw 48.00m/157-6 for 33rd place. UCLA's Jessica Crosby won the hammer with a throw of 65.46m/214-9.

Muai also threw the discus a season-best of 49.14m/161-3 which was 10th place. Arizona's Rachel Varner won the discus with a throw of 57.85m/189-9.

Tamara Diles finished 12th in the pole vault after clearing 3.91m/12-10, and Karla McGee tied for 14th after successfully vaulting 3.76m/12-4. UCLA's Chelsea Johnson cleared the bar at 4.21m/13-9 3/4 for first place.

NCAA West Region action concludes Saturday morning with field event finals and the running events finals all afternoon.

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