McSwain Wins 60m Dash at MPSF Indoor Track Championships

Feb. 25, 2006


SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington State senior James McSwain won the men's 60m dash at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Washington's Dempsey Facility Saturday.

McSwain, a team captain from Las Vegas, won the men's 60m dash with a time of 6.77 seconds and WSU teammate Jaycee Robertson (junior, Spanaway, Wash.) finished third with a lifetime-best time of 6.81. In the 200m dash, Robertson took third place with a time of 21.46, McSwain finished fourth in a time of 21.51, and freshman Justin Woods (Buena Vista, Calif.) finished seventh with a time of 21.88.

'James did a good job but wasn't really challenged too closely after one of the main contenders, Steven Koehnemann from Arizona State, false-started,' Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'He ran a pretty good race but it wasn't as fast as we'd hoped it would be from an NCAA qualifying standpoint. Jaycee did a nice job in both the 60m and the 200m.'

Other Cougar men scoring points Saturday included senior Justin Ireland (Issaquah, Wash.) who ran a lifetime-best time of 4:07.34 for seventh place in the mile. The WSU men's 4x400m relay squad composed of Brian Woods, Jimmy Schofield, Justin Woods and Ireland finished sixth with a time of 3:18.76. High jumpers Ryan Thomas (senior, Olympia) and Kyle Eaton (sophomore, Ellensburg, Wash.) both cleared 6-6 1/4 (1.99m) with Thomas taking sixth place and Eaton seventh place.

'Justin Ireland did a nice job with a lifetime-best time in the mile for seventh and then coming back for a little training run anchoring the 4x400m relay,' Sloan said.

Cougar Julie Pickler (junior, Sachse, Texas), the runner-up in Friday's pentathlon, tied for second in the women's high jump with a leap of 5-feet, 7 1/4 inches (1.71m) while WSU's McKinnon Hanson, Robin Mikesh and Katie Miller finished in a tie for 11th after clearing 5-3 1/4 (1.61m).

'Julie had a good meet with a couple of PRs Friday and came back today and tied for second in the high jump,' Sloan said. 'While understandably not real sharp just because of having done the pentathlon yesterday, Julie had some nice looking jumps at 1.76m (5-9 1/4) which would have equaled her lifetime best but had an all-around good two days.'

Other WSU women scoring Saturday included La Shawnda Porter (sophomore, Renton, Wash.) who ran a PR time of 24.58 for fifth place in the 200m dash final. Brandi Probasco-Canda (junior, Portland, Ore.) finished sixth in the 400m dash with a time of 55.66 after running a PR time of 55.38 in the prelims. The women's 4x400m relay squad of Probasco-Canda, Sara Trané, Nicole McClendon, and Lorraine King ran a time of 3:47.44 for eighth place. Freshman Angelica Flynn finished seventh in the 60m hurdles equaling her PR time of 9.15.

'La Shawnda did a good job moving up from the prelims and running a PR time in the scoring race,' Sloan said. 'Another good run for Brandi with a PR time yesterday and another strong 55-performance today so I think she is going the right way.'

Sophomore cross country All-American Haley Paul (Phoenix, Ariz.) broke her own school 3000m record with a time of 9:39.31 for 10th place. Other Cougars with 3k finishes included Isley Gonzalez's PR time of 9:50.15 (13th), Collier Lawrence's time of 9:51.98 (15th), and Marisa Sandoval's 10:25.23 (27th). Freshman Sam Ahlbeck (Renton, Wash.) was the Cougar top finisher in the men's 3000m race with a time of 8:22.02 (18th), with Andrew Jones running 8:28.97 (21st), and Evan Blanshan finishing with a time of 8:57.61 (26th).

Martin Boston and Moreno Zapata finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the men's triple jump. Boston leaped 48-10 (14.88m) while Zapata had a PR jump of 48-8 (14.83m). Drew Ulrick's shot put of 49-7 3/4 (15.13m) was 19th.

In the women's triple jump, Sarah Burns leaped 39-3 (11.96m) for ninth, Kaylee Gardner finished 12th with a jump of 38-4 (11.68m), and Catie Schuetzle placed 13th with a jump of 38-2 3/4 (11.65m). Shot put competitors McKenzie Burgess Garberg finished 10th with a throw of 44-10 3/4 (13.68m) and Jessica Zita was 12th with a toss of 44-7 (13.59m).

Brandon Brownell (junior, Olympia, Wash.) was ill and did not complete the final three events of the men's heptathlon after scoring 2,898 points the first day.

The Stanford women won the team championship with 161 points while the WSU women finished eighth with 38.5 points. On the men's side, Washington won the team title with 107 points as the Cougars finished ninth with 41 points.

The NCAA Indoor Championships are March 10-11, at Fayetteville, Ark., and Cougars Tamara Diles (pole vault) and Julie Pickler (pentathlon) look to be WSU's only competitors.

'The rest of the team needs to go to work now and get better for the outside season,' Sloan said. WSU's first outdoor meet will be March 17-18 at Tucson, Ariz.