April 3, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Washington State University men's 4x100m relay team finished seventh in the Saturday final at the 77th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas.
The Cougar men's 4x100m relay team ran an NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 40.19 seconds after clocking in at 40.41 seconds in the preliminary heats Friday morning. The relay team members were Martin Boston (sophomore, Hayward, Calif.), Matt Mason (redshirt junior, Marietta, Ga.), James McSwain (sophomore, Las Vegas, Nev.), and Jarrell Nelson (freshman, Bremerton, Wash.). The LSU men won the race in a time of 38.93.
In Olympic Qualifying races, Cougar assistant coach and five-time All-American Ellannee Richardson won the women's 400m intermediate hurdles race with a time of 56.40. Richardson also ran the lead leg of the winning women's 4x400m relay team, USA Red. The winning time of 3:25.90, was run by Richardson, Debbie Dunn, Allyson Felix, and Mary Danner.
Cougar Anthony Buchanan (senior, Spokane, Wash.), running unattached, finished fifth in the men's Olympic Qualifying 100m dash in a time of 10.32w. Brendan Christian of Texas, had the winning time of 10.13w. Former WSU All-American Anson Henry was expected to compete but did not.
At the Bronco Invitational at Boise, Idaho, five Cougars reached NCAA Regional Qualifying marks. On the men's side, Tim Gehring (senior, Kettle Falls, Wash.) won the shot put (17.90m/58-8 3/4) and finished second in the hammer (60.21m/197-6) but has already thrown better marks this season in both events. For the WSU women, Jenna Dean (sophomore, Glenwood, Wash.) and Rachel Bertholf (junior, Colbert, Wash.) finished second and third in the javelin with NCAA marks. Dean threw a PR of 45.92m/150-8, for second while Bertholf threw 44.00m/144-4, for third place. Senior Karla McGee (Lethbridge, Alb., Canada) won the pole vault by clearing the bar at 3.80m/12-5 1/2.
Event winners for WSU Saturday at Boise included Barry Leavitt (freshman, Benton City, Wash.) in the 400m hurdles with a PR time of 14.78, while Josh Leyk (sophomore, Veradale, Wash.) won the 110m hurdles with a PR time of 53.23. Paul Nicoletti (redshirt junior, Snohomish, Wash.) won the pole vault at a height of 4.87m/5-11 3/4. Ben Hampton (sophomore, Kennewick, Wash.) won the triple jump with a leap of 14.31m/46-11 1/2. Matt Alverson (senior, Everett, Wash.) won the high jump by clearing 2.03m/6-8. Diana Pickler (sophomore, Sasche, Texas) won the women's 100m hurdles with a time of 14.25.
Cougar volunteer assistant coach and former All-American throw at WSU, Andrea Thornton, won the women's discus with a throw of 49.14m/163-3.
The Washington State men's and women's track teams will compete at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational Meet at Berkeley next weekend before returning home for three consecutive meet at Mooberry Track.