June 10, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington State University seniors Curt Borland and Anthony Buchanan produced top nine javelin and 100m dash preliminary performances respectively Thursday at the NCAA Track & Field Championships being staged at Mike A. Myers Stadium, on the University of Texas campus.
Borland (Cowiche, Wash.) was one of nine throwers to advance to Saturday's men's javelin final after throwing a personal record of 231-feet, 1 inch (70.44m). The distance came on his first attempt but he fouled the next two. Borland's mark was eighth-best of the prelims and seventh-farthest in school history. Penn's Brian Chaput was the leader after three throws with a distance of 245-7. This marked the fourth consecutive competition Borland has thrown a PR.
"Curt had a good series with the second throw a foul but the third throw was a foot foul that looked to be about 238-feet," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "We're excited about what might take place in the final once we get the run squared away."
Anthony Buchanan, a senior from Spokane, Wash., advanced to the final of the men's 100m dash after clocking a prelim time of 10.15 seconds (4.2 metes per second wind), a season-best yet hyper-winded time. Buchanan will run in lane 8 for the Friday night final. The semifinals for the men's 100m were eliminated in the schedule revision following the severe storm that postponed Wednesday's events. Auburn sophomore Marc Burns ran the fastest prelim time of the day at 9.99 seconds.
"I wasn't sure what to expect from Anthony after the relay prelim," Sloan said. "He was third in his heat at 10.15 which was equal to the second-fastest, non-winning time. He ran a good race. Right at the start line, I thought he got out well and it looked like he was under control and ran quite well all the way through. I think this revised schedule has to help Anthony by condensing down to just the prelims and final of the 100m. And now that we are not running in the relay final, he can rest up and run in the final tomorrow night."
The outcome was not as good for the other Cougar competitors.
The WSU men's 4x100m relay team of Martin Boston, Jaycee Robertson, James McSwain and Buchanan ran a prelim time of 39.64 seconds, 12th-fastest in the prelims, and did not advance to the final. Florida State ran the top time of 38.92.
"I was worried we might get disqualified because I thought Martin was running on the line on the first leg," Sloan said. "Right when I noticed where he was running, the official raised a yellow flag but they did not disqualify us. Our handoffs were not real good and we almost had to have perfect handoffs to be successful today. Martin's handoff to Jaycee was okay but it wasn't a good handoff from Jaycee to James. Then James ran up on Anthony but we made that exchange. Anthony didn't look particularly sharp on the relay."
Tim Gehring (senior, Kettle Falls, Wash.) was one of three competitors to foul all three attempts in the qualifying round of the men's shot put. Gehring finished 13th in the shot at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships.
"I know Tim was disappointed, he was working toward this all year," Sloan said. "His first throw was over 60-feet but was a foot foul. The next two throws did not go as far and were fouls at the circle. He said he felt tired."
Matt Mason (redshirt junior, Marietta, Ga.), competing in the men's long jump, leaped 23-4 3/4 (7.13m) on his first attempt. But the hamstring he injured during the Pac-10 Championships nearly four weeks ago, forcing him to withdraw from the competition. John Moffitt from LSU won the title with a long jump of 27-6 3/4. Mason, a 2004 indoor All-American long jumper, finished 21st Thursday.
"Matt was holding up okay and running well on the runway during his first attempt," Sloan said. "On his second attempt, it looked pretty good coming off the board when his leg grabbed on him and he belly-flopped into the sand and that spelled the end of his long jump competition for the day."