May 15, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Washington State junior Marissa Tschida (pronounced chee-tah) won the women's javelin Saturday during the first day of the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field in Berkeley.
Tschida, from Missoula, Mont., threw the javelin a distance of 173-feet, 3 inches (52.80m) on her sixth and final throw of the competition although her first throw of 171-7 (52.30m) led the 12 women competitors going into the final round. Tschida is the national leader in the javelin with a school-record toss of 186-1 (56.71m) tossed at the Texas Relays last month. Cougar teammates Courtney Kirkwood (sophomore, Othello) finished fourth with a toss of 154-6 (47.09m) and Jennifer Hamilton (sophomore, Longview) finished eighth with a throw of 145-8 (44.41m).
"Today's throws weren't exactly where I would have liked them, in distance or consistency, but it got the job done and helped the team out so I feel good," Tschida said.
In other women's field event finals, Holly Parent (freshman, Victoria, B.C.) took fourth place in the women's high jump after clearing the bar equal to her season-best height of 5-10 3/4 (1.80m). Christine Rice cleared 5-4 1/2 (1.64m) for a tie at 10th. Jasmine Johnson-McKeown tossed the shot put at PR distance of 43-0 1/4 (13.11m) for eighth place. Kjirsten Jensen threw the shot put 38-3 1/4 (11.66m) for 13th). Candace Missouri leaped a season-best long jump distance of 18-10 (5.74m) for 12th.
On the track, Sam Ahlbeck finished fifth in the men's 3000m steeplechase with a time of 8:53.87. Caroline Austin ran a PR time in the women's 3000m steeplechase of 11:08.45 for 12th place in the final. Austin's time is the ninth-best time in Cougar all-time records. Chelsea VanDeBrake was 20th in the women's 10,000m with a time of 37:27.96. In the men's 10k, Dan Geib finished 12th in a time of 30:01.34 and Justin Englund was 14th with a PR time of 30:15.51.
Jacob Weintraub threw the shot 52-7 1/4 (16.03m) for 12th.
In the preliminary racing, Jeshua Anderson ran the second-fastest time in the 110m hurdles trials of 14.05 and also in the 400m hurdles trials at 50.28. Anderson, the two-time defending Pac-10 and NCAA intermediate hurdles champion had the top time in the first heat while USC's Reggie Wyatt won the second heat in a time of 49.97. WSU's J Hopkins also qualified for the 400m hurdles final with a season-best time of 52.46 for sixth in the prelims. Dana Wells (55.06) finished 11th and Kyle Schauble (PR 55.40) finished 12th in the 400m hurdles prelims.
Joe Abbott advanced to the men's 800m final after running the third-best prelim time at 1:49.14.
Marlon Murray is the only Cougar to advance in the 100m dash, running a time of 10.47w for fifth in the prelims. Nate Washington ran a season-best time of 10.62w and just missed the final with a ninth place finish. Freshmen Greg Hornsby (10.64w) was 11th and Brett Blanshan (10.70w) was 13th in the 100m.
Later in the day, Blanshan and Hornsby qualified for the 200m dash final. Blanshan ran a prelim time of 21.59 for sixth and Hornsby ran a time of 21.64 for the eighth and made it to the last lane in the final.
Both WSU 400m relay teams qualified for the Sunday final. The men's team of Blanshan, Washington, Hornsby and Murray ran a time of 40.40, the fastest time of the prelims. The women's team of Cindy Robinson, Princess Joy Griffey, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown and Shawna Fermin finished sixth with a season-best time of 45.67.
Angela Jensen ran a PR time of 13.80 in the 100m hurdles for the eighth and final spot in the final. Jensen, a heptathlete, surpassed her PR time of 13.85 run last weekend in the combined events competition where she finished sixth.
Shaquana Logan ran a PR time in the 400m hurdles of 59.76 for sixth place in the prelims and a spot in the final. Brittnay Crabb (1:01.02) finished 10th, Veronica Elseroad-Wall (1:01.62) was 12th, and Caroline Hedel (1:03.33) was 16th in the prelims.
WSU men competing Saturday in prelims but not advancing to finals included Reny Follett (48.10, 10th) and Ryan Barrett (49.49, 15th) in the 400m dash, Luke Lemenager in the 800m (1:50.18, 11th), David Hickerson in the 1500m (3:55.25, 16th), and Ramsey Hopkins (14.82, 9th) and Kyle Schauble (14.89. 10th) in the 110m hurdles
Cougar women competing Saturday in prelim racing but not advancing to finals included Johnson-McKeown (11.90, 12th), Griffey (11.93, 13th) and Robinson (12.10, 15th) in the 100m dash, Griffey (24.27, 11th) and Robinson (24.70, 16th) in the 200m, Fermin in the 400m dash (55.65, 10th), Courtney Zalud in the 800m (2:11.37, 12th), and Logan in the100m hurdles (14.23, 14th).
The Oregon men lead in the team scores after the first eight events with 71 points while WSU is eighth with nine points. The Arizona women lead in the scoring with 71 points after seven events with the WSU in fourth place with 27 points.
The Pac-10 Track & Field Championships resume at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, May 16, in Berkeley.
Tschida quote from post-event interview at Pac-10s: "I knew coming into the meet there was going to be a really good field. The Pac-10 has some really good throwers, so I knew it was going to be very competitive and I had to keep my head pretty level. My throws were okay; a little bit more up and down than I'd like. I was working toward a little bit more consistency than I got today, but I think overall, did the job, got done, not hurting. Hopefully the next two meets I can get my consistency down, keep it around 52, 53 and come off with more victories."