April 17, 2005
WALNUT, Calif. -- Washington State junior James McSwain won the men's University/Open 100m dash at the 47th Annual Mt. SAC Relays Sunday with the second-fastest time in the world this year.
McSwain, from Las Vegas, Nev., ran a time of 10.19 seconds, the top time in the United States to date and behind only Australia's Joshua Ross' world-leading time of 10.12. McSwain's time is also the second-fastest non-wind-aided time in Cougar men's history, behind Anson Henry's 2002 time of 10.17 (also run at the Mt. SAC Relays) and tied with Augustin Olobia's 1991 time of 10.19 run in Eugene. Coming into this weekend, McSwain's lifetime best was a wind-aided time of 10.48 and his season-best was a wind-aided NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 10.50w, run last weekend at Berkeley.
McSwain ran in the first of six 100m dash heats at Mt. SAC where the wind was measured at 1.9 meters per second. Jaycee Robertson (sophomore, Spanaway, Wash.) and Jarrell Nelson (sophomore, Bremerton, Wash.) ran in the third heat with Robertson's 10.71 time a season-best and 22nd overall while Nelson's 11.05 was 37th.
"This was not really expected," McSwain said post race. "I was taking it slow in practice at the beginning of the week after a sore hip at Berkeley and finally got to some speed workouts. When I got here (Southern California) I got sick with a cold but this is the weather I like, not hot but not cold either. My reaction time was good at the start but I felt my body positions weren't too great. It worked so I'm not complaining. Anson Henry was the first to congratulate me after the race and I talked to both Anson and Anthony (Buchanan) Thursday night."
Former Cougar All-American sprinters and Pac-10 champions Henry and Buchanan also competed at Mt. SAC Sunday. Henry took fourth in the men's invitational 100m dash with a wind-aided time of 10.15 while Buchanan ran on the second leg of the men's 400m relay for a USA team, running the second leg against McSwain. Aaron Armstrong (Nike) won the invitational race with a wind-aided time of 10.00 (3.3 meters per second wind).
McSwain came back later in the day to run a PR and NCAA RQ 200m dash time of 20.85, fourth overall. Nelson, in the same heat, ran a season-best 21.78 (27th) while the other four heats battled gusting winds and Robertson's 21.27 was wind-aided (tied 17th).
The current Cougar men's sprinters also ran a season-best time of 40.24 for sixth place in the 4x100m invitational relay with Martin Boston (junior, Hayward, Calif.) joining McSwain, Nelson and Robertson.
Intermediate hurdlers John Cassleman (sophomore, Pullman, Wash.) and Eric Nygard (redshirt junior, Wenatchee, Wash.) had PR performances as Cassleman ran the 400m hurdles in a time of 51.54 for seventh place and Nygard clocked in at 52.72 for 18th.
Jamil Smith (senior, Palmdale, Calif.) improved his NCAA RQ with a triple jump of 50- 1/2 (15.25m) for third while Boston's sixth place leap a PR of 49-5 (15.06m) and just 3/4 of an inch away from the NCAA RQ standard.
Freshman La Shawnda Porter (Renton, Wash.) ran a season-best 100m time of 12.08 seconds (15th) and Nicole Hatcher (junior, Kennewick, Wash.) also lowered her 2005-best time to 12.22 (22nd) in the women's University/Open. Porter also lowered her 200m PR with a time of 24.45 Sunday, 23rd overall. Hatcher ran the 200m in 24.88w (34th).
Kaylee Gardner (sophomore, Bellingham, Wash.) equaled her season-best triple jump with a leap of 39-3 1/4 (11.97m) for ninth place while freshman Sarah Burns (Tacoma, Wash.) finished 15th with a leap of 37-5 (11.40m).
Junior Jenna Dean's javelin toss of 155-4 (47.35m) was sixth on the day in the women's invitational competition for the Cougar record-holder from Glenwood, Wash. Tamara Diles (junior, Bellevue, Wash.) pole vaulted an NCAA RQ height of 13-5 1/4 (4.10m) for the third time this season and finished in tie for seventh along with Cougar volunteer assistant coach Ebbie Metzinger. Robin Mikesh (junior, Sumner, Wash.) did not clear a height in the women's high jump.
Other former Cougar All-Americans competing at Mt. SAC Relays included Dominique Arnold (HSInternational) who won the men's invitational 110m hurdles in a time of 13.35, Whitney Evans (Calgary Warriors) finished seventh in the invitational high jump after clearing 6-0 (1.83m), Francesca Green (unattached) placed seventh in the invitational long jump with a jump of 19-7 1/2w (5.98m), and Eric Dudley (unattached) took 10th place (51.87) in the men's open 400m hurdles. Olympian Ian Waltz' placed third in the men's invitational discus with a throw of 206-0 ( 62.80m).
Washington State track and field athletes host the Cougar Invitational Meet Saturday, April 23, at Mooberry Track.