Feb. 27, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington State junior Matt Mason won the men's long jump and bettered his school record and NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark with a leap of 26-feet, 6 1/4 inches, Friday night at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the UW campus.
After the second day of the MPSF Championships, the Washington State women's team is in third place with 18.5 points, behind Stanford's 39 and UCLA's 31.5. The Cougar men are fourth with 26.5 points behind UCLA (52), Oregon (45.5) and California (37).
Mason, a semester transfer from Marietta, Ga., leaped nearly a foot longer than his school indoor record and Dempsey Indoor Facililty record of 25-10 set two weeks ago. Friday afternoon, Mason fouled his first attempt and leaped 25-11 in his second attempt. After three more fouls, Mason soared to the Cougar indoor record of 26-6 1/4 (8.08m), also an MPSF record and the second-best collegiate mark nationally to date.
In between long jump attempts, Mason also managed to run the fastest time in the men's 60m hurdles prelims of 7.86 seconds. UCLA's Anthony Golston also clocked in at 7.86 in another heat. The hurdles final is set for Saturday.
In other event finals Friday, WSU's Marie Muai, a junior from Tacoma, Wash., bettered her 20-pound weight throw school record and NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark by over a foot with a toss of 63-feet, 6 inches (19.37m) for third place in the meet. Robin Mikesh (sophomore, Sumner, Wash.) finished tied for sixth in the high jump with a clearance at 5-5 3/4 (1.67m), and Blessing Ufodiama (senior, Long Beach, Calif.) finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 18-9 3/4 (5.73m).
Danny Wolf (redshirt sophomore, Reno, Nev.) ran a PR and NCAA PQ time of 7:58.78 for third place in the men's 3000m run, erasing nearly seven seconds off his lifetime best time.
Senior captain Tim Gehring (Kettle Falls, Wash.) finished fourth in the men's shot put with an NCAA PQ throw of 59-2 3/4 (18.09m), well below his already thrown national mark of 61-5 3/4. Paul Nicoletti (redshirt junior, Snohomish, Wash.) placed sixth in the pole vault with a best vault of 16-6 (5.03m), and Pat Harrigan (redshirt sophomore, Reno, Nev.) cleared the high jump bar at 6-8 (2.03m) for eighth place in that event. Martin Boston (sophomore, Hayward, Calif.) had a season-best long jump of 23-3 1/2 (7.10m) for a tie for sixth place.
Cougar freshman Brandon Brownell (Olympia, Wash.) finished ninth in the men's heptathlon but reached an NCAA PQ with his 5,154 points which is also a school record. Senior David Turpin (Oakhurst, Calif.) was 10th with 4,997 points. Oregon's Gabe LeMay won the heptathlon with 5,443 points.
Advancing to the Saturday finals from the WSU women's team are: Nicole Hatcher and Nicole McClendon in the 200m dash, Monique Jessie, Kameko Wilson and Brandi Probasco-Canda in the 400m dash, Molly Bull with a PR in the mile run, Angelita Green in the 800m run, and Diana Pickler in the 60m hurdles after finishing second in the women's pentathlon Friday night.
Cougar men moving to the finals Saturday include Dione Cason (redshirt sophomore, Long Beach, Calif.), who ran the second fastest time in the 400m dash, a PR of 47.59, and Mason in the 60m hurdles.
"We were disappointed we didn't get anyone in the men's or women's 60 meters dash finals," Coach Rick Sloan said. "We still have people across the board who can score for us tomorrow. Marie Muai, Danny Wolf and Matt Mason had great finishes today. Hopefully we come out a get some points tomorrow."
The Cougars men's and women's team will continue competition at the MPSF Championships Saturday at 10 a.m. at Seattle.