Men, Women Finish Sixth at WAC Championship

    Junior Jim Davis defends his pole vault title with a personal record of 17-11.

    May 22, 1999

    Fresno, Calif. - Pole vaulter Jim Davis successfully defended his WAC outdoor title as the Bulldog men and women finished in sixth place at the 1999 WAC Outdoor Championships in Ft. Collins, Colo. The men earned 79.5 points, while the women tallied 58.5 points. Brigham Young took home both the men's and women's titles.

    Davis set a new personal record when he cleared 17-11 to win the pole vault championship. It was the only win for the men at the meet and meant a clean sweep for the Bulldogs in the pole vault after Melissa Prices win in the womens division yesterday. Teammate Nick Paramo was third with a jump of 16-11, and junior Scott Wenholz, who took fourth in the decathlon, was fifth in the vault with a height of 16-1 1/4.

    Senior Mike Ward posted the top sprint finish of the day, taking second in the 400 with a time of 46.76. Ward also finished sixth in the 200. In the distance events Gabe Orosco was the only finalist for the Dogs, finishing fifth in the 800 in a time of 1:52.61. The 4x100 relay team of E.J. Jackson, Tierre Sams, Ward and Daunte Burks finished third in a season-best time of 39.65. That time provisionally qualifies them for the NCAA Championships in June. The 4x400 relay team finished fifth, also in a season-best time of 3:10.74

    In the womens competition senior Angela Daigle had the top performance of the day as she set a new school record in the 200, finishing third in a time of 23.05. Daigle held the old mark of 23.34 set two weeks ago. Daigle was also second in the 100 in a time of 11.38.

    Rickisha Herron moved up on the Bulldogs top-ten list in the triple jump as she is now tied for sixth after a leap of 39-7 3/4 on Saturday. Her sixth-place finish added three points to the Dogs total. Senior thrower Sarah Goodlaw was seventh in the discus with a career-best mark of 160-5. Freshman Kayla Russum also set a new personal best with a fifth-place finish and a mark of 143-4 in the javelin.

    Up next for the Bulldogs is the NCAA Championship in Boise, Idaho from June 3-6. Melissa Price is the only person who has automatically qualified for the meet, but seven Bulldogs have provisionally qualified for the championship. Those who have met the provisional standards are Brooke Lankard (pole vault), Aleyna Tomate (pole vault), Angela Daigle (100, 200), Mike Ward (400), the 4x100 relay team, Jim Davis (pole vault) and Luke Woydziak (hammer).

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