Cougar Women, Husky Men Win Track Team Titles at WSU-UW Dual Meet
April 30, 2005
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Washington State women's track and field team defeated Washington's women 111 to 92, but the UW men took a 110.5 to 92.5 win over the WSU men Saturday in dual meet competition at Husky Stadium in Seattle.
The Cougar women's team won for the eighth time in the past nine dual meetings with the cross-state rivals. The Husky men's team captured the first win over the Cougs since the 2000 dual meet.
"Great job by the Cougar women; everyone competed really well and we were able to hold on and win that one," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "The Husky men were a little bit too strong for us. We would have had to have a perfect meet (to win) and there were a couple areas where if we would have competed just a little bit better we could have gotten them but didn't quite get it done."
WSU redshirt freshman McKenzie Burgess captured wins in the women's shot put, discus and hammer throw, contributing 15 points to the Cougar total. Combined events specialist Diana Pickler finished in a three-way tie for first in the high jump, won the long jump, finished second in the 100m hurdles and then ran the third leg on both winning relays. Julie Pickler, also a heptathlete, tied her sister for first in the high jump, finished second in the long jump, third in the 100m hurdles and ran the anchor leg on both winning relays.
Huskies Ashley Lodree and Lindsey Egerdahl were the Dawgs' double-winners Saturday with Lodree taking both hurdles races and Egerdahl winning the 800m and 1500m races.
WSU's Tamara Diles prevailed in the women's pole vault, clearing a school outdoor record of 13-feet, 7 1/4 inches (4.15m) which is an improved NCAA Regional Qualifying mark for Diles as well as meet and stadium records. Diles cleared the winning height on her last attempt while UW's Kate Soma passed at that height. Both women missed all three attempts at 13-9 1/4 (4.20m).
Sarah Burns and Kaylee Gardner finished one-two in the women's triple jump, each reaching NCAA RQ marks. Burns, a freshman, leaped 40-7 1/2 (12.38m) which is the eighth longest triple jump in WSU all-time history while Gardner, a sophomore, soared to 40-3 1/2 (12.28m), 10th best in Cougar women's history.
WSU's Meghan Leonard broke her own freshman school record in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10-minutes, 44.91 seconds for third-place, and was one of three women to break the meet record. Leonard's time was also an NCAA RQ and second-fastest in WSU women's all-time records.
Other Cougar women with notable performances Saturday included freshman La Shawnda Porter and junior Nicole Hatcher who finished one-two in the 100m dash, and second and third in the 200m dash. Brandi Probaco-Canda won the 400m dash with Kameko Wilson third, both with season-best times. Rachel Bertholf and Jenna Dean finished one-two in the javelin, both throwing NCAA RQ marks but not better than their already established marks. Freshman McKinnon Hanson was the third Cougar woman in the three-way tie for first in the high jump.
For the Cougar men, James McSwain won both the 100m and 200m dashes as well as ran the second leg of the winning 4x100m relay and the third leg of the second-place 4x400m relay. Darion Powell won the men's 110m hurdles with a season-best time of 14.46 seconds.
John Cassleman's 400m intermediate hurdles time of 51.16 was an NCAA RQ and PR for the Pullman sophomore and the ninth-fastest time in WSU all-time, although second to UW's Shane Charles' meet record time of 50.76. Alex Grant and Phil Hinrichs finished one-two in the men's steeplechase, both with PRs although Grant's 9:04.36 is an NCAA RQ and Hinrichs' time of 9:08.74 missed NCAA RQ standards by 59/100s of a second.
Jamil Smith led a first-through-third Cougar charge in the men's triple jump with Boston second and Ben Hampton third. In the men's long jump, Brandon Brownell and Ryan Thomas took third and fourth places with PR leaps of over 23-feet. Drew Ulrick won the men's discus with an NCAA RQ toss of 172-11 (52.72m) but has a better mark this season, and made his debut and possibly finale in the hammer, grabbing one point for the WSU men.
Javelin throwers Jon Jeffreys and Ryan Scott took third and fourth places but improved PRs with their efforts. Jeffreys, a freshman from Spokane Valley, Wash., threw the spear an improved NCAA RQ of 208-4 (63.50m) while Scott, a redshirt freshman from Kalama, Wash., reached an NCAA RQ with his toss of 202-5 (61.70m).
The Cougar men were also without the services of NCAA RQ 1500m runner Justin Ireland (redshirt junior, Issaquah, Wash., who was struck by a bicyclist riding on a sidewalk at the beginning of his training run April 13. The impact of the collision caused Ireland to receive serious facial injuries, including broken bones around his left eye which were surgically repaired Tues., April 19. His status for the rest of the season is undetermined.
The Cougar men reached 11 lifetime-bests Saturday while the WSU women bettered 12 personal-best marks in the Husky Dual.
Coach Sloan went on to comment, "McKenzie Burgess with three victories as well as the performances by Diana Pickler and Julie Pickler - those were big points from them. The big event for us that turned the meet around was the women's triple jump with two lifetime bests and region qualifying marks. That was a big bonus for us right there. We got that score about the same time Tamara (Diles) won the pole vault and Brandi (Probasco-Canda) won the 400m so that got us back on track. Meghan Leonard did a great job of competing in the steeplechase with big freshman record and regional qualifier. Good all-around performances.
"On the men's side, we had some great marks there. John Cassleman's 400m hurdles time stands out. Steeplechasers Alex Grant and Phil Hinrichs did a great job in going one-two in that event and are coming on strong right now. The javelin guys reached lifetime-bests and you can't do much more than that."
Next weekend the Washington State multi-events athletes will compete at the Pacific-10 Conference Combined Events Championships at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a very limited number of Cougars will also compete at the Vandal Jamboree at Moscow, Idaho.
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