May 13, 2011
TUCSON -- Washington State's Marissa Tschida (pronounced cheetah) won the women's javelin for the second consecutive year Friday night at the Pacific-10 Conference Track and Field Championships at the University of Arizona's Drachman Stadium.
Tschida, a senior from Missoula, Mont., successfully defended her Pac-10 javelin title with a season-best and national-leading throw of 183-feet, 9 inches (56.02m). Cougar Courtney Kirkwood (junior, Othello, Wash.) pulled herself up from fourth place to third with her final throw of the day, a distance of 166-7 (50.79m). Tschida was the leader throughout the competition but threw her winning distance in her sixth and final attempt.
"I was happy to get that throw out there. It's been right there trying to come out for a while and it felt great," Tschida said. "Not my most consistent day, but a great day none-the-less."
Shawn Swartz (redshirt sophomore, Port Coquitlam, B.C.) finished sixth in the men's high jump, clearing a season-best height of 6-feet, 11 inches (2.11m). Swartz, juggling chemotherapy treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was one of only two men to start at the opening height of 6-5 (1.96m). He cleared that height and the next height of 6-7 (2.01m) on his opening attempts, and then made it over the bar at 6-9 (2.06m) on his second attempt. He cleared 6-11 on his first attempt but missed all three attempts at 7-0 1/2 (2.14m). WSU's Deonta Edwards also cleared 6-11 but finished in 10th place based on earlier misses. Ryan Deese was tied for 15th after clearing 6-9.
Joe Bartlett (junior, Reno) placed fourth in the men's shot put final with a lifetime-best heave of 58-5 3/4 (17.82m). Bartlett reached his PR on his sixth and final attempt, scoring five points for the Cougar men in the team standings.
"In the last two weeks Joe made the mental transition to wanting to compete in the shot put," Cougar Associate Coach and throws specialist Debra Farwell said. "He has had good practices and tonight it paid off for him."
Jeshua Anderson (senior, Woodland Hills, Calif.) began the evening with a 110m hurdles time of 13.78, a PR time, the seventh-best time in school history, and second place in the first heat which advanced him to the final. A little over two hours later, Anderson, the three-time defending Pac-10 intermediate hurdles champion, ran a season-best time of 48.92 in the 400m hurdles; the top time in the prelims and currently fastest in the nation. WSU sends three men to the intermediate finals as J Hopkins ran a prelim time of 51.23, equaling his lifetime-best, for fourth overall, and Dana Wells ran a PR time of 51.54 which was fifth overall. Rashaun Johnson ran a time of 53.22 for 12th in the prelims.
The desert heat took a toll on the distance race finals competitors' times. Caroline Austin scored for the Cougar women in the 3000m steeplechase with her eighth-place finish in a time of 10:42.59. Ruby Roberts ran a time of 10:57.69 for 11th and Amanda Andrews' time of 11:21.59 was 14th place. Andrew Gonzales finished ninth in the men's steeplechase with a time of 9:18.39. Chelsea VanDeBrake ran a 10,000m time of 37:04.38 (12th) and Sarah Bobbe's 10k time of 37:07.62 (13th) were the final running events for the Cougars.
The Cougar men started the running qualifying events strong with all three 1500m runners are among the 12 advancing to the final. Todd Wakefield (3:52.30) and David Hickerson (3:56.25) qualified on time, while Matt Cronrath (3:57.01), finished fourth in the second heat, and qualified on place.
WSU will have two men in the 100m dash final after Marlon Murray's non-wind-aided PR time of 10.47 for fifth and Nate Washington's PR time of 10.51 for ninth sent both to the Saturday final. Greg Hornsby's time of 10.52 was a legal PR but 10th and Brett Blanshan's time of 10.55 was also a legal PR mark for 11th of the 27 runners.
Washington came back and qualified for the 200m dash final with a PR time of 20.98 for fifth place in the prelims. Blanshan's 200m time of 21.28 was 11th in the prelims.
Brandon Dawson qualified for the men's 400m dash final with a season-best time of 47.06, ninth-fastest of the day. Jacob Sealby's PR time of 47.16 was 10th overall but he did not advance. Joe Abbott's 800m time of 1:49.55 was fifth-best in the prelims and he will race again Saturday night.
Shawna Fermin qualified for the women's 400m dash final with a PR time of 53.97, the sixth-best time of the prelims and the fourth-best time in WSU history. Anna Layman ran the top time in the 800m prelims, a season-best 2:05.54, with Courtney Zalud's 2:09.46 time ninth place and moves the sophomore into the final.
In women's field event finals Friday, Mary Barnett threw the shot put 40-5 (12.32m) for 12th place and the Arizona women dominated the event taking first, second, third, fifth and sixth places. Candace Missouri long jumped 18-4 1/4 (5.59m) for 15th place. Kendall Mays pole vaulted 12-0 3/4 (3.68m) for 12th place but Ksenija Marovic did not clear a bar.
In the results for the Cougars who will not run in the women's track finals, Chanel James ran a PR time of 11.71w in the 100m dash (14th) and Cindy Robinson ran the 200m in a time of 24.32, equaling her lifetime-best (17th). In the 100m hurdles prelims, Shaquana Logan's time of 13.91 was 10th, Morgan Clem's PR time of 13.93 was 11th, and Angela Jensen's season-best time of 13.98 was 13th. Logan later ran the 400m hurdles in a time of 1:00.48 for ninth place, just missing the final. Also in the intermediate hurdles prelims, Veronica Elseroad-Wall ran a time of 1:01.39 for 13th, and Brittnay Crabb ran a time of 1:02.80 for 16th.
Women's team scoring after eight of 21 events completed: Arizona 70, Arizona State 53, Oregon 49.5, Stanford 48, USC 24, Washington State 23, California 17, UCLA 16.5, and Washington 11. Men's team scoring with seven of 21 events completed: Oregon 53, Arizona 45, Stanford 45, Washington 31, Arizona State 26, UCLA 26, USC 20, California 15, and Washington State 12.
The conference championships resume Saturday in Tucson at 3 p.m. for field events and 6 p.m. for running events. The delayed, packaged broadcast of the Pac-10 Championships will be aired in the Northwest on ROOT Sports Net Thursday, May 19 at 5 p.m.