Cougar Women Sixth, Men Ninth at Pac-10 Track & Field Championships
May 15, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Washington State women's track and field team finished sixth and the Cougar men's team was ninth at the 75th Annual Men's and 19th Annual Women's Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus Sunday.
Stanford won its first women's team title in 19 tries with 173 points. Eight-time defending women's champion UCLA finished second with 125 points, followed by Arizona State third (118), USC fourth (99), California fifth (82), WSU sixth (74.5), Oregon seventh (68), Washington eighth (42.5,) Arizona ninth (36), and Oregon State tenth (0). Oregon won the men's team title with 152 points with UCLA second with 134.5 points. The rest of teams followed with Arizona State third (122), USC fourth (106), Washington fifth (75.5), Stanford sixth (66), Arizona seventh (65), California eighth (60.5), and WSU ninth (36.5).
In the opening race of the day, WSU women's 4x100m relay team of Nicole Hatcher, La Shawnda Porter, Diana Pickler, and Julie Pickler took fifth place with a time of 45.91 seconds as the Southern California squad won in a time of 43.66. The Cougar men's 4x100m relay team of Martin Boston, James McSwain, Eric Nygard and Jaycee Robertson finished fourth with a season-best and improved NCAA RQ time of 39.94 as Arizona State won in a time of 39.10.
McSwain was the runner-up in the men's 100m dash final, running 10.42, well-behind USC's Wes Felix's time of 10.24.
John Cassleman finished fourth in the men's 400m hurdles with a PR, improved NCAA RQ and sixth-best time in school history of 50.50. Nygard snagged eighth place in the intermediate hurdles with a PR and NCAA RQ time of 52.42. UCLA's Brandon Johnson won the race with a time of 49.34.
Diana Pickler took sixth place in the 100m hurdles final with a time of 13.79, as USC's Virginia Powell won in a time of 12.75.
WSU's women's 4x400m relay team of Brandi Probasco-Canda, Diana Pickler, Kameko Wilson and Julie Pickler took sixth place with a season-best time of 3:42.16. In the final race of the day, the Cougar men's team of John Cassleman, Eric Nygard, Martin Boston and Dione Cason ran a season-best 4x400m time of 3:10.61 for eighth place.
Tamara Diles was the runner-up in the women's pole vault, clearing 13-feet, 3 1/2 inches (4.05m), behind UCLA's Chelsea Johnson's 13-7 1/4 (4.15m).
In the men's triple jump, Martin Boston took sixth place with a lifetime-best and NCAA RQ mark of 50-11 (15.52m) and Jamil Smith finished eighth with a leap of 49-6 1/2w (15.10m). Freshman Sarah Burns finished seventh in the women's triple jump with a leap of 39-10 3/4 (12.16m), and Kaylee Gardner's triple jump of 38-6 1/4 (11.74m) was 12th overall.
Other Cougars racing on the oval Sunday included Probasco-Canda's ninth place in the women's 400m dash with a time of 55.72. Justin Ireland, coming off nearly a month away from training after a collision with a bicyclist, finished 12th in the men's 1500m final with a time of 3:55.55, while Haley Paul took 10th in the women's 1500m final with a time of 4:33.16.
In field events, McKenzie Burgess finished 11th in the discus with a throw of 151-10 (46.27m), and 12th in the hammer with a toss of 163-3 (49.75m). Ryan Thomas cleared 6-8 3/4 (2.05m) for 10th place in the men's high jump and Drew Ulrick finished 11th in the discus with a throw of 167-9 (51.13m).
The Washington State men and women track and field members who have qualified for the NCAA West Regional now have two weeks to prepare for the May 27-28 meet at Eugene, Ore. The top five in each event at the regional meet will be guaranteed a spot at the NCAA Championships, June 8-11 at Sacramento.