March 19, 2005
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Washington State redshirt freshman Drew Ulrick reached an NCAA Regional Qualifying mark in the men's discus Saturday at the 21st Annual Willie Williams Classic Track & Field Meet at the University of Arizona's Roy P. Drachman Stadium. Rain and some wind in Tucson Saturday did not produce as many personal-best performances as Friday's events produced.
Ulrick, from Spokane, Wash., spun the disc 168-feet, 5 inches (51.33m) for fifth place in the event, just 10 inches under his lifetime best mark. Cougar teammate Darion Powell (Kirkland, Wash.) threw a PR distance of 153-10 (46.89m) for ninth in the discus.
Ulrick joins three Cougs who reached NCAA Regional Qualifying marks Friday; Jenna Dean (Glenwood, Wash.) threw a school record of 169-feet, 7 inches (51.70m) for second place in the women's javelin, Rachel Bertholf (Colbert, Wash.) placed third in the javelin with a throw of 151-3 (46.10m), and John Cassleman (Pullman, Wash.) had a fourth-place finish in the men's 400m hurdles in a PR time of 52.31 seconds.
Saturday, Cassleman, a sophomore, also finished seventh in the 400m dash in a time equaling his indoor PR of 48.06, and ran the lead leg of the fourth-place men's 4x400m relay (Cassleman, Eric Nygard, McSwain, Josh Leyk) who ran a time of 3:17.97.
Other highlights from the Tucson meet included James McSwain's (junior, Las Vegas) second place finish in the 100m dash in a time of 10.65, Nicole Hatcher's (junior, Kennewick, Wash.) 100m time of 12.37 for eighth place, Katie Miller's (Vancouver, Wash.) 100m hurdles sixth place finish in PR time of 14.70, and the women's 4x400m relay (Brandi Probasco-Canda, Selena Galaviz, Kameko Wilson, Hatcher) seventh-place finish in a time of 3:56.11.
"Overall it was a good performance by the Cougs," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "It was a good start to the outdoor season with the people we had here. Got a number of lifetime bests and some of the marks were really outstanding."
In reviewing both days of the meet, Sloan commented on several notable performances: "The performance of the meet was from Jenna Dean setting the school record in the javelin. She had a strong series as well. Rachel Bertholf did a good job managing her throws in the javelin. Both Picklers got PRs in the javelin as well and since that is not a event in the pentathlon, it was a good way to get going for the outdoor heptathlon.
"In the women's 800m race, Haley Paul ran a smart, aggressive race and it was PR for her. Katie Miller PRed in the high hurdles with good effort. In the women's steeplechase, for Meghan Leonard and Collier Lawrence it was the first occasion to run the event and they looked like steeplechasers, hurdled well, went through the water well and now they know what to expect. I fully expect both of them to drop their times significantly the next time they run that race. McKenzie Burgess threw a PR in the discus and in the shot put.
"James McSwain had a solid run in both the 100m and 200m races. He can now build on that and continue to get faster in time for the Pac-10 meet. John Cassleman ran PRs in the hurdles, came back in the open 400m and ran a good strong leg in the 1600m relay - three 400m races over two days, and John handled it very well and looked terrific. Justin Ireland ran a PR in the 800m and closed in on the field at the end.
"Drew Ulrick threw a PR in the shot Friday and came back with a strong discus throw; it was a good start to the outdoor season. Darion Powell got one good throw out there in the discus and threw a PR in the javelin.
"We'll have the jumpers with us next weekend so we'll have a full team at the Stanford meet," Sloan said.
Several Cougars competed at the Dusty Lane Open at Spokane Community College Saturday. Volunteer assistant coach and former WSU All-American Andrea Thornton won both the women's discus (156-3/47.64m) and the hammer (191-5/58.34m). Jon Manthey (senior, Federal Way, Wash.) won the men's 800m run in a time of 1:58.45. Justin Chambers (freshman, Albany, Ore.) took third place in the men's 400m dash in a time of 51.14. Ryan Scott (redshirt freshman, Kalama, Wash.) finished fifth in the men's javelin after throwing a distance of 192-10 (58.77m).
The next competition for the Cougars is the California Multi-Meet, March 23-24 at Berkeley, and the Stanford Invitational Meet, March 25-26.