April 29, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University women's team and the Washington men's team won the team titles Saturday as meet records were bettered three times and a stadium record was broken during the 95th men's and 31st women's Cougar-Husky Track & Field Dual Meet at the Mooberry Track Complex.
The Cougar women scored 111.5 points to Washington's 91.50 points while the Husky men tallied 112 points to WSU's 91. The meet was packed with NCAA Regional Qualifying marks as the WSU women reached nine, the Cougar men reached nine, the Husky women reached five and the UW men grabbed eight.
"I'm never happy with losing but our women's team got a victory over the Huskies and men's side battled really well," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "We really had some great marks in the meet. So there is some consolation in loss in that people performed really well; our discus guys threw well again, two weeks in a row now, John Cassleman in the intermediate hurdle and it was good to have Tyson Byers back on the runway and have him vault. He's not up to speed yet but will get there pretty soon."
McKenzie Burgess Garberg (sophomore, Benton City, Wash.) was a double-winner Saturday with NCAA RQ and PR marks in the discus (166-1/50.62m) and the hammer (179-10/54.81m), and finished third in the shot put (42-1 1/2/ 12.84m). Her hammer mark is third-best in school history while her discus mark is sixth-best all-time. Cougar sophomore Jessica Zita (Echo, Ore.) finished second in both the shot (45-9/13.94m) and discus (140-2/42.74m) and third in the hammer (151-11/46.31m) with her discus and hammer throws PRs. Senior Jenna Dean (Glenwood, Wash.) won the javelin with an NCAA RQ toss of 158-6 (48.32m) but has a better season mark.
WSU's Brandi Probasco-Canda (junior, Portland, Ore.) won the women's 400m dash with a season-best and NCAA RQ time of 54.17. The Cougar 4x100m relay team of Nicole Hatcher, La Shawnda Porter, Diana Pickler and Julie Pickler reached an NCAA RQ with its winning time of 45.30.
Other WSU women winning on the track included Porter (sophomore, Renton, Wash.) in the 200m dash with a personal-best time of 24.06. Freshman Sara Trané (Sweden) won the 400m hurdles with a PR time of 1:01.35.
In the field, Cougar heptathlete Diana Pickler (junior, Sachse, Texas) won the high jump with an NCAA RQ height of 5-feet, 8 3/4 inches (1.75m), equaling her PR. In her first attempt at 5-10 (1.78m), Pickler felt a twinge in her ankle and stopped competing for the rest of the day. Sister Julie Pickler won the long jump with a leap of 18-10 3/4 (5.76m) while Catie Schuetzle (freshman, Spokane, Wash.) finished second at 18-8. Sarah Burns (sophomore, Tacoma, Wash.) won the triple jump (38-6 3/4w/11.75m) with Schuetzle second here too (38-4 3/4). Tamara Diles won the pole vault with an NCAA RQ clearance at 13-1 1/2 (4.00m), but has a better mark this season.
Washington junior Ashley Lodree broke a 12-year old Mooberry Track record with her winning 100m hurdles time of 13.25 seconds. Lodree, who also won the 100m dash (11.76), broke the record of USC's Sau Ying Chan who ran a time of 13.31 at the 1994 Pac-10 Championships at Mooberry. Her time also was the meet record time, breaking WSU's Agneta Rosenblad's 2001 time of 13.51. Cougar heptathletes Katie Miller (senior, Vancouver, Wash.) and Julie Pickler finished second and third with NCAA RQ time. Miller's 13.86 is a PR as well and Pickler's 13.92 is a non-wind-aided PR time for her.
UW's Amy Lia won both the 800m and 1500m races.
In the men's racing, WSU senior James McSwain (Las Vegas) led a one-two-three Cougar finish in both the100m and 200m dashes with NCAA RQ times of 10.49 and 20.90 seconds, respectively. Junior Jaycee Robertson (Spanaway, Wash.) was second in both races and ran an NCAA RQ and PR time of 20.99 in the 200m. Freshman Justin Woods (Buena Vista, Calif.) finished third with season-best times of 10.69 in the 100m and an NCAA RQ and PR time of 21.01 in the 200m. Earlier in the day, Brian Woods, McSwain, Justin Woods and Robertson won the 4x100m relay with an NCAA RQ time of 39.76. McSwain injured his ankle in a celebration after the 200m dash and had to be helped off the field but is expected to be recovered in time for the Pac-10 Championships in two weeks.
Other Cougar men winning on the oval included senior Danny Wolf (Reno, Nev.) in the men's 3000m race with a time of 8:23.80, and freshman Robert Williams (Riverside, Calif.) in the 110m hurdles (14.53).
John Cassleman (junior, Pullman) had a strong effort at the end of the 400m hurdles race but his improved NCAA RQ and PR time of 50.28 was only good enough for second place as Husky Shane Charles won with a time of 50.18 and teammate Phillip McCary was third with an NCAA RQ time of 52.47. Cassleman's time is fifth-best in school history and surpasses his time of 50.50 last season. Charles and Cassleman both surpassed the meet record time of 50.76, set in 2005 by Charles in Seattle.
In the men's field events, UW's Will Conwell won both the shot put (52-10/16.10m) and discus throws (193-9/59.05m). Cougar junior Drew Ulrick (Spokane, Wash.) was second in the shot put with a season-best toss of 52-3 1/4 (15.93m) and second in the discus with an improved NCAA RQ and PR throw of 187-10 (57.26m). WSU freshman Matt Lamb (Emmett, Idaho) finished third in the discus with an improved NCAA RQ and PR throw of 187-9 (57.24m). Jon Jeffreys (sophomore, Spokane Valley, Wash.) won the javelin with an NCAA RQ toss of 221-3 (67.45m), although he has already throw over 226-feet this season.
Tyson Byers made his 2006 debut in the pole vault after fighting a hamstring pull suffered in mid-January. Byers, a junior from Spokane Valley, Wash., cleared 15-9 (4.80m) today for third place as UW's Sam Roberts won with an NCAA RQ height of 16-6 3/4 (5.05m).
"I think the people that we will depend up for our points in the Pac-10 performed well in this meet," Sloan said. "We'll get a good week of training in, some will compete in Moscow next weekend but not many, we'll get well-rested and hope we can go score some points at the Pac-10 Championships."
The Pac-10 Combined Events Championships takes place May 6-7, at the University of Oregon's Hayward field with the rest of the events contested at the same location the following weekend. WSU's Julie Pickler is the defending Pac-10 heptathlon champion and will be joined at the 2006 meet by Cougars Diana Pickler and Katie Miller.