April 22, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University senior Tamara Diles broke her own school record in the pole vault while freshman Matt Lamb and junior Drew Ulrick had discus throws that placed them in the Cougars all-time top ten Saturday at the Seventh Annual Cougar Invitational Track & Field Meet at the Mooberry Track Complex.
Diles (Bellevue, Wash.) cleared a school record, Mooberry Track record and NCAA Regional Qualifying pole vault height of 13-feet, 11 1/4 inches (4.25m) for first place among the 19 competitors.
Lamb (Emmett, Idaho) and Ulrick (Spokane, Wash.) found strength as the sun was setting on the final event of the day and improved their NCAA RQ discus marks with throws that placed them first and second in the event. Lamb's 187-7 (57.19m) was his final throw of the competition and is seventh-best in WSU all-time history but two feet off Ian Waltz' freshman school record mark. Ulrick's 185-8 (56.59m) was his next-to-last toss of the day and placed him ninth in school records.
Cougar men and women each won 10 events Saturday but no one other than Diles, Lamb and Ulrick improved their NCAA RQ marks.
Taking victory laps for the WSU women were Nicole Hatcher in the 100m (12.31), La Shawnda Porter in the 200m (25.10), Haley Paul in the 800m (2:17.19), Isley Gonzalez in the 1500m (4:38.81), Diana Pickler in the 100m Hurdles (14.05), Lorraine King in the 400m hurdles (1:02.04), and the 4x100m relay team of Hatcher, Porter, D. Pickler and Jeanne Newman. Winning field events were long jumper Catie Schuetzle with a personal-best leap of 19-5 1/4. WSU volunteer assistant coach Andrea Thornton won the discus (163-0) while McKenzie Garberg had the top collegiate discus mark of 155-1.
WSU senior James McSwain (Las Vegas) won both the 100m and 200m dashes with times of 10.60 and 21.49, respectively. Jaycee Robertson was second to McSwain in both races with times of 10.66 and 21.59. John Cassleman ran a PR to win the 400m dash with a time of 47.50.
In the men's 800m, Justin Ireland (1:54.38), Justin Chambers (1:54.82) and freshman Sam Stone (1:55.21), running unattached, finished first through third while Danny Wolf won the 1500m (3:57.77). Robert Williams (14.63) and Josh Leyk (52.81) won the high and intermediate hurdles races. The 4x100m relay team of Brian Woods, McSwain, Justin Woods and Robertson ran an NCAA RQ time of 40.21 but have recorded a faster time this season.
Jon Jeffreys (sophomore, Spokane Valley, Wash.) won the javelin with an NCAA RQ mark of 216-4 (65.94m), his third throw over 200-feet this season and his third event win. Redshirt freshman Cameron Schwisow (Olympia, Wash.) finished third with a javelin throw of 204-4.
Several Cougars reached lifetime-best marks Saturday including Karen DeMartini's 1500m time of 4:44.16 for second place, Katie Miller's 14.22 time for second place in the 100m hurdles as well as her javelin throw of 136-5 for third place.
WSU hosts the University of Washington in the 94th Men's and 30th Women's dual meet next Saturday, April 29, at the Mooberry Track Complex on the Pullman campus.