May 15, 2004
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Washington State senior Anthony Buchanan won the men's 100m dash title for the second consecutive year Saturday, the final day of the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships at the University of Arizona's Roy P. Drachman Stadium.
Buchanan's winning time was 10.21 seconds, his fastest time this season and lifetime best time for a non-wind-aided race. Cougar teammate James McSwain finished ninth with a time of 10.66 after clocking in with an NCAA RQ time of 10.50 in the prelims. McSwain also finished ninth in the men's 200m dash with a time of 21.79 after running 21.47 in the prelims.
The men's 4x100m relay of Martin Boston, Jaycee Robertson, McSwain and Buchanan took third place with a time of 39.73. The men's 4x400m relay finished eighth in a time of 3:10.43.
WSU freshman Barry Leavitt took sixth place in the 400m hurdles final with a PR and NCAA RQ time of 51.48. Leavitt also placed seventh in the 110m hurdles final with a time of 14.67 after running a PR time of 14.52 in the prelims.
Ryan Freimuth finished 14th in the 5000m 15:38.81.
In women's racing, senior Angelita Green finished seventh in the women's 800m run with a time of 2:10.27 after clocking in at 2:09.60 in the prelims.
Monique Jessie finished fourth in the women's 400m hurdles with a season-best time of 1:00.00, an improved NCAA RQ. UCLA's Sheena Johnson won the intermediate hurdles with a Pac-10 record time of 55.45.
The women's 4x100m relay squad of Tamara Gulley, Nicole Hatcher, Jessie and Brandi Probasco-Canda placed seventh with a time of 46.59 seconds. UCLA's women set a meet record with a winning time of 43.43. The Cougar women's 4x400m relay team (Jessie, Green, Gulley, Probasco-Canda) placed fifth with a time of 3:40.61, with the freshman anchor pushing through at the finish line to keep Arizona from scoring points that would have placed the WSU to last in the team standings. The Wildcats relay was later disqualified.
In Saturday's final field events, WSU senior Blessing Ufodiama finished third in the women's triple jump with a leap of 12.80m/42-feet even, and freshman Kaylee Gardner finished eighth after jumping a lifetime best of 11.94m/39-2 1/4. Ufodiama's mark was her first attempt of the competition while Gardner's was her last attempt. UCLA's Candice Baucham won the event with a meet record leap of 13.61m/44-8.
Senior Tim Gehring finished fifth in the men's hammer with his first throw of the competition, a toss of 59.24m/194-4. Gehring took fifth place in the men's shot put Friday.
Matt Alverson cleared the high jump bar at 2.00m/6-6 3/4 and finished in a three-way tie for sixth place.
The UCLA women won their eighth straight conference championship and 15th overall with 174.5 points. The rest of the conference members in order were: Stanford (153), USC (111), Arizona State (97), California (69), Washington (67), Oregon (59), Washington State (45.5), and Arizona (42).
UCLA men's team won the title with 143 points. Oregon (130), Arizona State (120), USC (95), Arizona (93), Stanford (76), California (75), Washington (45) and Washington State (41) rounded out the scoring.
"We are last on the men's and barely out of last on the women's side and as most people would think that would be very disappointing," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "But there were some pretty good performance by the Cougs even though there were some disappointments. A large number of lifetime and seasonal bests and from that standpoint, I'm happy with the individual results. This meet is so tough, sometimes your best is not enough to do well in the scoring."