April 2, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington State University's Blessing Ufodiama won the women's "B" section triple jump in the driving rains and less than optimal conditions Friday, at the 77th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas.
Ufodiama, a senior from Long Beach, Calif., improved her NCAA Regional Qualifying mark with her winning leap of 12.62m/41-feet, 5 inches, a distance she reached with both her third and fifth attempts.
Matt Mason (redshirt junior, Marietta, Ga.) had a mixed day of competition Friday. In the afternoon, Mason finished third in the long jump with an NCAA Regional Qualifying leap of 7.75m/25-feet, 5 1/4 inches. Mason's best leap of the day came on his final attempt. Lejuan Simon from LSU, won the men's long jump with a distance of 25-8.
Senior javelin thrower Curt Borland (Cowiche, Wash.) threw 62.42m/204-9 for fifth place in the men's "B" section. While Friday's distance is an NCAA Regional Qualifier, Borland has already thrown farther (210-0). Eric Brown, Arkansas sophomore, won the event with a heave of 235-6.
The Cougar men's 4x100m relay team ran a time of 40.41 seconds in the preliminary heats Friday morning and will advance to the Saturday final. The relay team of Martin Boston (sophomore, Hayward, Calif.), Mason, James McSwain (sophomore, Las Vegas, Nev.), and Jarrell Nelson (freshman, Bremerton, Wash.) had the eighth fastest time of the nine squads advancing to the finals. The LSU men ran the fastest prelim time of 39.23.
The 110m high hurdles prelims were not kind to Mason, who false-started in the second of seven heats and was disqualified.
McSwain and Boston also ran in the 100m dash prelims. McSwain clocked a lifetime non-winded best time of 10.56, which was 14th-fastest in the heats but only the top nine advanced to the final. Boston ran time of 11.11, 50th overall, after his blocks slipped on the start.
Jamil Smith (junior, Palmdale, Calif.) did not reach a measurable triple jump in the men's "B" section, fouling on his first two attempts and then choosing not to take his final attempt due to a sore hamstring.
The WSU women's 4x400m relay team of Monique Jessie (senior, Compton, Calif.), Angelita Green (senior, Long Beach, Calif.), Tamara Gulley (senior, San Jose, Calif.) and Brandi Probasco-Canda (freshman, Portland, Ore.) ran a preliminary heat time of 3:46.33, and will not advance to the final. Their time was 23rd fastest out of the 48 teams competing in the six prelim heats. The University of Texas squad ran the top prelims time of 3:30.92.
Tamara Diles (redshirt sophomore, Bellevue, Wash.) passed on pole vault opening heights of 11-feet, 3 3/4 inches and 11-9 3/4 before missing all three attempts at 12-3 1/2, for a no height. Three women cleared a height of 12-9 1/2 but Oregon freshman Emily Enders won the "B" section pole vault based on attempts. The event was delayed at times during the competition due to weather conditions.
The final day of the Texas Relays is Saturday, April 3.