Jan. 28, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Eleven women's and four men's meet records were rewritten at the 2006 Cougar Indoor Track & Field Meet at the WSU's Indoor Facility Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28. Two NCAA Automatic Qualifying marks and eight NCAA Provisional Qualifying marks were also earned during the two-day meet.
University of Southern California's Virginia Powell, a junior from Seattle's Rainier Beach High, won the women's 60m hurdles with a time of 8.09 seconds but also ran an NCAA AQ and meet record time of 8.06 seconds in the prelims. Powell, the 2005 USA Championships bronze medal winner and 2005 Pac-10 and NCAA 100m hurdles champion, lead three Women of Troy in breaking the meet record in the 60m dash prelims, running an NCAA PQ time of 7.33. She did not run in the dash finals. Angela Whyte, former Vandal and sixth-place finisher at 2004 Olympic Games for Canadian team, took third in the 60m dash (7.57 prelim) and second in the 60m hurdles (8.12).
USC women also broke meet records in the 200m (Carol Rodriguez, 24.34), 400m (Treani Swain, 56.18), long jump (Michelle Sanford, 19-6/5.94m), shot put (Karen Freeberg, 52-11/16.13m) and 4x400m relay (3:47.30). Others breaking meet records were Utah State's Jill Steele in the 800m (2:12.51) and Idaho's Dee Olson in the mile (4:51.53). WSU's Robin Mikesh tied a meet record with her high jump win at 5-8 (1.70m), and Julie Pickler set the pentathlon record Friday night with her NCAA AQ and school record 4,180 points.
Notable Cougar women's performances included freshman Sara Trané's 800m time of 2:12.56, mile times from Isley Gonzalez (4:58.23) and freshman Marisa Sandoval (5:02.46), McKenzie Burgess Garberg's shot put (43-1 1/2/13.14m), and Jessica Zita's PR weight throw (49-9 3/4/15.18m)
On the men's side of the ledger, WSU's James McSwain nipped four one-thousands of a second off his 60m dash meet record, winning the race with an NCAA PQ time of 6.69 seconds. Cougar Justin Ireland etched his name on the mile run record with a winning time of 4:15.79.
Other Cougar men claiming victories included Robert Williams with a freshman school record 60m hurdles time of 8.18 seconds, John Cassleman in the 400m, Jimmy Scholfield in the 800m, DJ Brown in the pole vault, and Martin Boston in the triple jump.
A pair of Idaho throwers earned NCAA PQs at the meet. Matt Wauters won the weight throw Friday night with a toss of 65-0 3/4 (19.83m), and Russ Winger took the shot put title with a toss of 60-10 (18.54m).
The meet featured team scoring but Washington State's All-American pole vaulters Tyson Byers and Tamara Diles along with freshman vaulter Tiffany Maskulinski were all competing at the National Pole Vault Summit at Reno, and USC brought a limited number of women to compete against Washington State, Idaho and Utah State. WSU's women defeated USC 68-61, Idaho 80-50, and Utah State 96-31. The Cougar men defeated Idaho 86-52, and Utah State 84-57.
At the National Pole Vault Summit, Diles cleared 13-3 1/2 (4.05m), a season-best, and Maskulinski cleared 12-3 1/2 (3.75m). Byers started competing with the bar at 16-0 3/4 (4.90m) and changed to a heavier pole after missing on his first attempt but felt a twinge in his hamstring on the second attempt approach and called it a day, with no height.
After the meet, Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said, "This was a good track meet and I think we performed pretty well. I think we're moving in the right direction and I know we have to be cautious in keeping people healthy. They are not going to help us if they are sitting on the sidelines so we're trying to manage that as we go along. The indoor season is only six to seven weeks long and if someone gets hurts and has to rest for two to three weeks, their season is gone. "Julie Pickler seems to be so on top of things right now and it seems like its coming easy for her yet I know she is focused and working hard at it. We really had a great meet here and we're pleased with it but are really excited about how much more she can do. My hope was to have two automatic qualifiers after this pentathlon and I have no doubt that Diana Pickler would have done very well but I'm hoping her ankle injury is just a sprain and that we can get past this reasonable quickly. Now she will have to reach NCAA qualifying at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships next month. She doesn't have to be great at MPSF to score an automatic qualifier, she just has to be healthy and solid in what she does. "Katie Miller had a solid performance in the pentathlon but the long jump let her down. She's right there pressing a little bit. "Utah State always brings a full team and they have good kids across the board and I enjoy having them here. Idaho has some great kids on their team. Having USC here was exciting and good having a Pac-10 team in the house, even though they didn't have people in all the events it still added an atmosphere of excitement to the meet."
WSU will compete next weekend at the McDonald's Collegiate Meet at Moscow, Feb. 3-4.