May 12, 2006
EUGENE, Ore. -- Washington State University sprinter and men's team captain, James McSwain, will not compete at the Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships beginning Saturday at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said.
McSwain (Las Vegas, Nev.) injured his ankle in a post-race celebration at the WSU-Washington Dual Meet April 29, at WSU's Mooberry Track. He and Sloan agreed Wednesday night that McSwain would skip the Pac-10 Championships in order to be fully-prepared for the NCAA West Regionals, May 26-27, at Provo, Utah.
McSwain's 100m dash time of 10.16W seconds was the fastest among the Pac-10 competitors this season. His non-wind-aided time of 10.31 seconds is ranked second in the NCAA West Region and tied for fifth-fastest nationally. McSwain also has a 200m dash time of 20.90 seconds, third in the conference and the West Region, and 28th nationally. In addition, he ran the second leg of the Cougar men's 4x100m relay, with a season-best time of 39.67 seconds, ranked tops in the conference, second in region, and eighth nationally.
Last season McSwain was the runner-up in the 100m dash at the Pac-10 Championships and also at the NCAA West Regional Championships. He did not advance from the prelims at the NCAA Championships.
Tiffany Maskulinski, a freshman pole vaulter from Elma, New York, will not compete at the conference meet after contracting mononucleosis. Maskulinski had cleared a pole vault height of 13-feet, 1 3/4 inches (4.01m) this year, tenth-best in the NCAA West Region and 20th nationally.
The Washington State track and field teams join the rest of the Pac-10 track squads in competition beginning at 1:50 p.m. Saturday.