Saturday, May 14, 2011

WSU's Tschida repeats as women's javelin champ...

TUSCON-- Marissa Tschida (left/photo courtesy Washington State University) successfully defended her Pac-10 conference crown in the women's javelin as the Cougar senior threw 183-9 (56.02m), a new collegiate leader and season best.

Washington State teammate Courtney Kirkwood leapfrogged in the final round to pass Washington's Amanda Peterson for third, throwing 166-7 (50.79m) to Peterson's 166-0 (50.60m).

"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."

The quest by the Cougars' Jeshua Anderson's to become the eighth man in Pac-10 history to win the same event four years in a row is now a step closer, as he recorded the fastest time of the day, running 48.92, which is the American collegiate leader

Highlights of Friday night's action:

--Stanford's Stephanie Marcy, a product of Sequim, won the women's 10000 in a modest 35:47.37, surviving a move by home town favorite Jenniver Bergman of Arizona;

--Washington State's Anna Layman posted the fastest time in the women's 800 of 2:05.54, as she and teammate Courtney Zalud qualified for the finals in that event;

--James Alaka and Maurice McNeal of the Huskies may be key factors in the sprint finals Saturday, as they both qualified in the 200, with Alaka qualifying in the 100 as well, and McNeal clocking the fastest time in the 400, a new UW frosh record of 45.60, ahead of Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry of Oregon;

--The Huskies finished 2-3-4 in the men's javelin, as Kyle Nielsen (237-10), Joe Zimmerman (235-8), and Jimmy Brookman (226-5) turned the trick.

Complete day 1 results from the Pac-10 championships are available here.

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