March 25, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Washington State track and field throwers Jon Jeffreys and Matt Lamb as well as high jumper Robin Mikesh won their events in addition to three more Cougars reach NCAA Regional Qualifying marks Saturday at the Trojan Invitational Track Meet at Locker Stadium/Cromwell Field on the USC campus.
For the second consecutive week, Jeffreys (Spokane Valley, Wash.) threw the javelin a personal-best distance of 226-feet 2 inches (68.95m) which was also an improved NCAA RQ mark, and the eighth-best javelin throw in WSU history. His winning throw was his first throw of the competition but he hurt his ribs on the attempt so only took one more throw (212-feet) and then retired from the competition so that he wouldn't injure himself any further.
Lamb, a freshman from Emmett, Idaho, also reached a PR and improved NCAA RQ with his discus throw of 182-2 (55.52m). WSU junior Drew Ulrick (Spokane, Wash.) improved his NCAA RQ mark with a throw of 180-2 (54.92m) for third place in the men's discus.
"Both these guys threw superbly today," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "That was a huge PR for Jon. And another giant PR for Matt as well as a good throw for Drew too. Drew was ahead in the competition when the guy from Oregon (Colin Veldman) passed him at 180-8 and then Matt came back and passed all of them with his final throw."
Both Tiffany Maskulinski (freshman, Elma, New York) and senior Tamara Diles (Bellevue, Wash.) reached NCAA pole vault RQs as both cleared 13-1 3/4 (4.01m) for second and third in the event, respectively.
"We're obviously not where we want to be yet with the women pole vaulters," Sloan said. "Tiffany has really been making significant improvements and looking much better but hasn't been making bars in practice. We came here thinking she would do well under a competitive situation and we were right. She worked her way through poles and her run was consistent all afternoon so I was happy to see her get over 13 feet. Her last attempt at 13-5 3/4 was a good attempt but she didn't have enough pole in her hands. She's coming around and when we get the right pole in her hand at the right time I think she's going to start jumping high. We changed some things with Tamara and waited until after the indoor season was over and now she is really figuring things out and in the next week or two will really take off and start jumping high."
Sophomore Haley Paul's (Phoenix, Ariz.) 1500m time of 4 minutes, 26.07 seconds was an NCAA RQ and second place in the event. Teammates Isley Gonzalez (Sunnyside, Wash.) and Kelly Ramirez (Duvall, Wash.) ran lifetime bests of 4:35.58 and 4:40.46, respectively.
"Haley did a wonderful job even though she was out a little faster than Coach Drake wanted at the start of the race," Sloan said. "She fell off just a little at the end but was only 7/100s off her personal best, reached a regional qualifying mark and looked good doing it. She's back off the foot injury she had indoors and ready to race at a very high level."
Jenna Dean (senior, Glenwood, Wash.) finished second in the women's javelin with a throw of 160-2 (48.82m).
Freshman Robert Williams (Riverside, Calif.) reached PRs in both the 110m hurdles (14.31) and 400m hurdles (54.51).
"I thought it was a great meet and there was enough competition with all the different schools that were there," Sloan said. "We were very competitive in a lot of events and won a number of them as well. Overall we had a lot of good performances with seasonal bests and a handful of lifetime best as well. This served the purpose we wanted it to serve: to take us up a notch with our competition and put us in a situation to move on to meets at Stanford and Texas and continue to improve."
The next competition for the WSU track and field teams is March 31 and April 1 at the Stanford Invitational.