June 7, 2006
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A pair of Washington State University freshmen were the only Cougar competitors to advance during the first day's qualifying events at the NCAA Div. I Track & Field Championships at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex.
Freshman Matt Lamb (Emmett, Idaho) had the fourth-best throw in the qualifying round of the men's discus. Lamb opened his three attempts with a toss of 187-feet, 1 inch (57.02m) to earn a trip to the Friday night final and will compete with 11 other discus throwers. Lamb holds the WSU freshman school record with a toss of 189-9 (57.84m).
"Matt stuck to our game plan and nailed it on his first throw," WSU Associate Head Coach Debra Farwell said. "If you don't land a good throw right off the bat you really have to go to work."
Justin Woods qualified for the Friday 200m dash semifinal after running a time of 21.17 seconds in the round one preliminary heats Thursday evening. Woods, a freshman from Buena Vista, Calif., finished 17th out of the 27 competitors, with the top 18 times advancing to the semifinals. He ran a personal-best 200m time of 20.66w at the NCAA West Region Championships two weeks ago.
The Cougar men's 4x100m relay team finished with time of 40.03 seconds but was disqualified in the second heat of the three-heat semifinal for running outside their lane. For WSU squad member Martin Boston, it was the end of his collegiate career while James McSwain, Justin Woods, and Jaycee Robertson are still racing in individual sprint events. Of the 18 relay squads racing Wednesday, WSU and Florida State were disqualified and eight teams advanced to the Friday final.
Junior Brandi Probasco-Canda (Portland, Ore.) did not advance out of the 400m dash prelims after running a time of 55.11 seconds. Haley Paul (sophomore, Phoenix, Ariz.) ran a time of 17 minutes, 32.91 seconds in the 5,000m semifinal but was not among the top 16 to advance to the final.
McKinnon Hanson (sophomore, LaPush, Wash.) did not clear the opening height of 5-feet, 7 inches (1.70m) in the qualifying women's high jump.
Cougars competing in Thursday's events include Jon Jeffreys in the men's javelin qualifying, James McSwain and Jaycee Robertson in the men's 100m first round and semifinals, John Cassleman in the men's 400m hurdles round one, and Tamara Diles in the women's pole vault qualifying.