Cougar Tracksters Fare Well at Texas Relays Final Day

April 8, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas -- Five Washington State track and field competitors performed at or above NCAA Regional Qualifying marks Saturday at the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas Austin campus.

The timers had to go to the thousandths of a second to determine that Cougar senior James McSwain (Las Vegas) finished fifth and Marcus Pugh from Oklahoma finished fourth after both ran wind-aided times of 10.31 seconds in the men's 100m dash final. Pugh's time was determined to be 10.305 seconds while McSwain's final time was the ever-so-slightly slower 10.307. LSU senior Kelly Willie won the race in a time of 10.18w. This was McSwain's best time of the season and an NCAA Regional Qualifying time. He ran a 10.16 time in the 100m earlier but with a 6.8 mps wind and not accepted for NCAA qualifying.

John Cassleman (junior, Pullman, Wash.) finished in sixth place in the men's 400m hurdles after running a time of 51.41 seconds, the same time he ran in the Thursday prelims, and an NCAA RQ.

Jenna Dean (senior, Glenwood, Wash.) finished fifth in the women's A section javelin with an NCAA Regional Qualifying mark of 158-4 (48.26m). She has already thrown a better NCAA RQ of 160-8 this season.

In the men's javelin, Jon Jeffreys (sophomore, Spokane Valley, Wash.) threw 199-4 (60.77m) to finish 13th in the competition. His PR and NCAA RQ of 226-2 was thrown two weeks ago.

In the women's pole vault, all 13 competitors cleared NCAA RQ heights with WSU senior Tamara Diles (Bellevue, Wash.) finishing tied for sixth at 12-11 1/2 (3.95m) while freshman Tiffany Maskulinski (Elma, NY) finished tied for 13th after clearing 12-5 1/2 (3.80m). Both women have cleared high bars this season.

Selected Cougars will compete at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays next weekend at Walnut, Calif.

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