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John Cassleman
John Cassleman

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pullman, Wash.

High School:
Pullman High

Height:
6-1½

Event:
Hurdles

Birthdate:
08/16/1984



WSU CAREER. JUNIOR (2005-06): Indoor - Tuned up for outdoor season with 400m dash and 800m...top times of season were 48.26i at Nampa and 1:54.22i at Vandal Indoor...Outdoor - Came on strong at end of season...ran PR and improved 400m hurdles NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 50.28 at WSU-UW Dual (4/29/06, Pullman)...ran second-fastest time in school history of 49.53 for second place at Pac-10 Championships (5/14/06, Eugene)...finished fourth in intermediate hurdles at NCAA West Regionals with time of 51.26...finished fifth at NCAA Championships with time of 49.55 after running 49.77 in the prelims...All-America...named Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team. SOPHOMORE (2004-05): Indoor - Injury-free, produced best times in the 60m hurdles of 8.61i seconds (1/22/05, Pullman) and 400m open of 48.06 seconds (2/26/05, Seattle)...also ran both relays...Outdoor - Finished fourth in 400m hurdles at Pac-10 Championships with NCAA Reg. Qualifying and fifth-fastest time in school history of 50.50 seconds...at NCAA Reg. Champs ran top prelim time in intermediate hurdles of 51.16 and finished second in final at 50.93 (5/28/05, Eugene)...missed advancing to NCAA Championships semifinals of 400m hurdles by five one-thousands of a second...crossed finish line of the fifth prelim race in a dead-heat with Texas freshman Hamza Deyaf tied at 51.32 seconds...upon further review of the finish line photo, Deyaf's time was determined to be 51.318 and Cassleman's time was 51.323...Deyaf was the 16th and final hurdler to advance to the semifinals while Cassleman fell to 17th overall (6/9/05, Sacramento)...named to Pac-10 All-Academic Track & Field honorable mention team. FRESHMAN (2003-04): Indoor - Clocked in with 60m hurdles time of 8.84i at WSU Open (1/24/04, Pullman)...ran a best open 400m time of 48.13i at the UW Pac-10 Invite Meet (2/14/04, Seattle)...suffered a severe quad strain in practice next week...Outdoor - Strained calf muscle after first outdoor meet and had limited training until just before conference meet...best 400m hurdles time of 52.71 came at Pac-10 Championships (5/15/04, Tucson) for 10th...ran third leg of sixth place 4x400m relay team at NCAA West Regional (5/29/04, Northridge) with season-best time of 3:09.63.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. Earned four letters in track at Pullman High for coach Mike Hinz and one letter in football for coach Bill Christie...won state 2A championships in the 300m hurdles three times (2001, 2002, 2003) after a fifth-place finish as a freshman...senior year time of 37.79 seconds is a state meet record, set in spite of falling after the last hurdle and lunging for the finish line...also claimed state titles in the 200m twice (2002, 2003), and 110m hurdles (2003) with PR time of 14.68...also ran on state champion 4x400m relay (2000)...during prep career won intermediate hurdles titles at Pasco Invite (2002 and 2003), Mt. SAC Relays (2002), Arcadia Invitational (2003) and ran a PR time of 37.51 in Golden West Invite 300m hurdles win...has high jumped 5-10, run the 100m in 10.8, and the 400m in 50.76...finalist for 2003 Spokane Regional Sports Commission and Inland Northwest Sports Writers and Broadcasters Junior Male Athlete of the Year.

PERSONAL. Born John Andrew Cassleman 8/16/84, at Pullman...father Rob works with WSU International Programs and was the WSU women's track coach from 1985-95...Rob was a four-time All-American intermediate hurdler and All-American middle distance runner for Michigan State...mother Jessica is the assistant dean of WSU's Honors College and was the WSU women's track coach from 1983-84...she was a hurdler on the Chilean national team...brothers Brendan (9/26/86), Nicholas (10/9/90), and Michael (8/25/93)...selected 2006-07 Cougar Pride (top 12 WSU student-athletes)...majoring in communication at WSU.

CASSLEMAN'S WSU BESTS
400m - 47.50 (2006)
800m - 1:54.20 (2005)
60m Hurdles - 8.61i (2005)
400m Hurdles - 49.53 (2006)
1600m Relay - 3:09.63 (2004)
Distance Medley Relay - 10:01.03i (2005)

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS PERFORMANCES
2006 400m Hurdles 2nd 49.53
2005 400m Hurdles 4th 50.50
2004 400m Hurdles 10th 52.71

NCAA WEST REGIONAL PERFORMANCES
2006 400m Hurdles 4th 51.26
2005 400m Hurdles 2nd 50.93
2004 1600m Relay 6th 3:09.63

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS PERFORMANCES
2006 400m Hurdles 5th 49.55

Washington State Cougars Track & Field