April 9, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Washington State track and field athletes won six events Saturday during the second day of the Brutus Hamilton Invitational Track & Field Meet at Edwards Stadium and Goldman Field on the University of California campus.
The Cougar men won four events Saturday starting with Tyson Byers' 17-feet, 6 1/2 inches (5.35m) clearance in the men's pole vault. The height, an outdoor PR for the redshirt sophomore from the Spokane Valley who cleared 17-7 1/4 (5.37m) during the 2005 indoor season, improved Byers' NCAA Regional Qualifying mark by over five inches. Senior Paul Nicoletti tied for third in the vault clearing the NCAA RQ height of 16-6 3/4 (5.05m) for the second time this season.
James McSwain (junior, Las Vegas) won the men's 100m dash in a time of 10.62 seconds after running a season-best and NCAA RQ wind-aided time of 10.50 seconds in the prelims. Cougs Jaycee Robertson (10.90) and Martin Boston (11.01) finished fourth and sixth respectively, in the 100m dash. WSU sprinters Boston, McSwain, Jarrell Nelson and Robertson won the 4x100m relay race with a time of 40.68.
Justin Ireland (redshirt junior, Issaquah. Wash.) captured the men's 800m race with a PR time of 1 minute, 51.89 seconds after leading from start to finish in the slowest heat of the three contested.
Cougar women grabbing wins Saturday included Tamara Diles (junior, Bellevue) who equaled her NCAA RQ pole vault clearance of 13-5 1/4 (4.10m), and freshman Selena Galaviz (Toppenish, Wash.) who won the 400m dash in a PR time of 57.14.
While Robin Mikesh (junior, Sumner, Wash.) did not win the women's high jump, she did clear an NCAA RQ height of 5-8 3/4 (1.75m) which equals her PR. Mikesh took second to Idaho's Tassie Souhrada on fewer misses.
Other notable performances for the Cougar men included John Cassleman's 400m hurdles second-place finish in a time of 52.46 with Eric Nygard finishing sixth with a PR time of 53.15. Cassleman and Nygard joined Boston and Josh Leyk for a season-best time of 3:16.71 in the 4x400m relay. Danny Wolf finished seventh in the mile with a time of 4:10.65 in only his second competition of 2005. Ryan Thomas equaled his high jump PR of 6-8 3/4 (2.05m), second highest bar of the event but fourth place on fewer misses.
Nicole Hatcher finished third in the women's 100m dash (12.37) after clocking a season-best 12.24 in the prelims. La Shawnda Porter also ran a season-best 12.26 in the 100m prelims and finished sixth in the final in 12.77. Hatcher and Porter also bettered their 200m marks with fifth and sixth place finishes in 24.78 and 24.81 respectively.
"This was a good meet for the Cougars," Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "People are starting to hit their stride and we're starting to get some good marks. Exciting things are happening throughout the team. I have great anticipation for the remainder of the season."
The Washington State track and field athletes will compete at either the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., or at the McDonald's Outdoor Meet at Moscow, Idaho, next weekend.