McSwain Dashes to Fastest 100m in U.S. This Year

April 17, 2005

WALNUT, Calif. -- Washington State junior James McSwain won the men's University/Open 100m dash at the 47th Annual Mt. SAC Relays Sunday with the second-fastest time in the world.

McSwain, from Las Vegas, Nev., ran a time of 10.19 seconds, the top time in the United States to date and behind only Australia's Joshua Ross' world-leading time of 10.12. McSwain's time is also the second-fastest non-wind-aided time in Cougar men's history, behind Anson Henry's 2002 time of 10.17 (also run at the Mt. SAC Relays) and tied with Augustin Olobia's 1991 time of 10.19 run in Eugene. Coming into this weekend, McSwain's lifetime best was a wind-aided time of 10.48 and season-best was a wind-aided NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 10.50w, run last weekend at Berkeley.

McSwain ran in the first of six 100m dash heats at Mt. SAC and the wind was measured at 1.9 meters per second. Jaycee Robertson (sophomore, Spanaway, Wash.) and Jarrell Nelson (sophomore, Bremerton, Wash.) ran in the third heat with Robertson's 10.71 time a season-best and 22nd overall while Nelson's 11.05 was 37th.

'This was not really expected,' McSwain said post race. 'I was taking it slow in practice at the beginning of the week after Berkeley and finally got to some speed workouts. When I got here (Southern California) I got sick with a cold but this is the weather I like, not hot but not cold either. My reaction time was good at the start but I felt my body positions weren't too great. I worked so I'm not complaining. Anson Henry was the first to congratulate me after the race and I talked to both Anson and Anthony (Buchanan) Thursday night.'

Henry and Buchanan, former Cougar All-American sprinters and Pac-10 champions who were teammates of McSwain at WSU, competed in the men's 100m dash invitational race Sunday night.

McSwain came back later in the day to run a PR and NCAA RQ 200m dash time of 20.85, fourth overall. Nelson, in the same heat, ran a season-best 21.78 (27th) while the other four heats battled gusting winds and Robertson's 21.27 was wind-aided (tied 17th).

The current Cougar men's sprinters also ran a season-best time of 40.24 for sixth place in the 4x100m invitational relay with Martin Boston (junior, Hayward, Calif.) joining McSwain, Nelson and Roberton.


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