June 12, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. -- Washington State's Marissa Tschida, the national leader coming into the competition, finished fourth in the women's javelin Saturday at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Tschida, a junior from Missoula, Mont., threw 169-feet, 11 inches (51.79m) on her second attempt and could not find a better distance in the next four throws. Tschida threw the national-leading and school-record distance of 186-1 (56.71m) at the Texas Relays in April. Florida's Evelien Dekkers won the javelin with a throw of 193-6 (58.99m) on her sixth and final attempt. Brittany Borman from Oklahoma was second with a toss of 173-11 (53.00m).
Courtney Kirkwood, a sophomore from Othello, Wash., placed 11th in the women's javelin with a throw of 158-3 (48.24m). Kirkwood had a PR toss this season of 170-8 (52.01m), the second-best throw in school history.
"I am please that both women throwers were All-America even though their performances was pretty average," Cougar throws coach Deb Farwell said. "As always, the experience proves to be very valuable for the future. Both Courtney and Marissa have had a solid year. We were all hoping for a little more out of today but it is all about who is ready when their name gets called."
In a joint statement Tschida and Kirkwood said, "We both are honored and excited to have competed at the national meet. While it wasn't our best day, we are both All-Americans and for us, today is a great day to be a Coug."
Washington State Head Coach Rick Sloan said, "Our intention was to compete `up' at this meet. Some of the people who were on the edge, we wanted to see those people do a little bit better and get into a final and into a scoring position for us and that didn't happen. We were pretty confident with Jesh but he made a mistake on the ninth hurdle, got his turnover going a little too fast and got too many strides in there and actually lost momentum. We were hoping Marissa could be the national champion in the javelin and she just didn't get her best throw out there and Courtney missed the final by a couple of spots. It was kind of a disappointing week for us down here and now we have to get back on the horse and get our recruiting going and get ready for next year."
This will not be the final competition of the year as several Cougar track and field student-athletes will be competing at the USA Track & Field Championships and the USA Junior Outdoor Championships, June 23-27, at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.