Rosenblad Soars to Long Jump Win and School Record at PAC-10 Track & Field Championships

May 19, 2001

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Washington State's Agneta Rosenblad won the women's long jump with a school record leap of 21-feet, 4 3/4 inches during the first day of competition at the Pacific-10 Conference Multi-Events Championship, Saturday, at Edwards Stadium on the University of California at Berkeley campus.

In team standings, the Cougar women are in third place after six events with 37 points. Stanford leads with 48 and USC is second at 41. On the men's side, after eight events, UCLA leads with 53 points followed by Oregon at 50.5. Cal and Stanford are tied for third at 44 with USC fifth at 42 and WSU sixth with 28.5 points.

Rosenblad, a senior from Lidingo, Sweden, had set the school record in the long jump during the 2001 indoor season with a mark of 20-0 1/2. Her Saturday leap is the fourth-longest women's collegiate mark this year and gives her an automatic entrance to the NCAA Championships.

'She had a great series in the long jump,' Cougar coach Rick Sloan said. 'The wind was giving her a little bit of fits in the beginning. She fouled the first jump which was over 20 feet, was behind the board for the next jump which was poor at 18 feet, and took the lead on her third jump of 19-10. She had a big foul on the first jump of the final, improved to 20-4 on the next round and on the final jump, made the right adjustments, hit her marks and nailed it at 21-4 3/4.'

The long jump is not Rosenblad's only forte, as she ran the second-fastest time in the women's 100m hurdles qualifying heats. Rosenblad ran a 13.28w Saturday, bettering her PR time of 13.35w and far below her school record legal time of 13.48. She will be joined in the Sunday final by WSU's PAC-10 heptathlon champion, Ellannee Richardson, who clocked in at 13.75w.

'She was so into the competition,' Sloan said. 'Her hurdle race was clean and smooth and a lifetime best and an NCAA automatic qualifier that should get her in. It was a tremendous day for Agneta.'

Megan Maynard bettered her school record and NCAA Provisional Qualifying with a time of 10:25.97 for a fourth-place finish in the women's 3,000m steeplechase, in spite of falling after struggling over the first barrier. In the 10,000m final, Ryan Gilmore (redshirt sophomore, Seattle) was seventh in 35:54.10 while freshman Ana Cabrera (Vancouver, Wash.) was 13th (39:21.27).

In the men's steeplechase final, WSU's Jon Welsh ran a lifetime-best time of 8:55.78 for third place while teammate Kyle Barker clocked in at 9:01.02 for fifth. Scott Johnson finished 11th in 9:14.29. Oscar Franco-Parra ran a PR of 29:51.53 to finished fifth in the 10,000m final.

'A terrific, very competitive gutsy run for Oscar,' Sloan said. 'He was leading the race at one time, stayed with the lead pack and had negative splits. He was competing with everybody throughout the entire race. It came down to him and the Oregon runner (Michael Kasahun, sixth). Oscar passed him with 30 meters to go and then the Oregon responded and put on a burst and then Oscar found another burst, came back on him and beat him out at the tape by 9/100s of a second after running a half hour.'

Byran Jones, senior captain from Nooksack, Wash., overcame his shoulder injury to throw a lifetime-best and NCAA PQ mark of 68.80m/225-9 for third place in the javelin. WSU teammates Ryan Nichols and Curt Borland finished seventh and eighth respectively. Nichols, a senior from Selah, Wash., tossed a season-best 65.15m/213-9 while Borland, a redshirt freshman from Cowiche, Wash., who missed most of the season with an elbow injury, threw 62.92m/206-5.

Freshman Shannon Rance (Renton, Wash.) scored points for the Cougar women's cause with a seventh place finish in the shot put with a toss of 14.98m/49-1 3/4. WSU seniors Andrea Thorton (Shelton, Wash.) and Becky Potter (Gig Harbor, Wash.) were 11th and 12th. Casey Lektorich (sophomore, Spokane) also placed out of the points with a javelin throw of 42.06m/138-0 for 10th.

Bryan Preuss tied for eighth in the pole vault (4.86m/15-11 1/4) while Rick Collins was 10th at the same height.

In the other throws, Sam Lightbody placed 10th in the shot put (17.09m/56-1) and Tim Gehring was 11th in the hammer (52.30m/171-7).

Freshman Anthony Buchanan (Spokane, Wash.) and junior Anson Henry (Pickering, Ontario, Canada) ran lifetime-best times in the men's 100m dash qualifying heats and both advance to the Sunday final. Buchanan's time of 10.25 seconds and Henry's 10.27 seconds (wind not available) improved their NCAA Provisional Qualifying times of 10.28w, run last weekend at the Modesto Relays. Buchanan's Saturday qualifying time is second only to Arizona State's Marcus Brunson's 10.06. Freshman Dan Brink ran a lifetime-best of 10.91 but did not qualify to advance to the final.

Both Buchanan and Henry ran in the 200m heats but neither advanced to the final.

'Buchanan got hurt a little bit in the relay and then the hamstring got more sore running the 100m,' Sloan said. 'He had to run the 200m to stay in the meet. He's questionable for Sunday and that will kill our relay if he can't go.'

Cougar sprinter Erin Reed, a freshman from Woodland Hills, Calif., will run in both the 200m and 400m dash finals. Reed clocked in at 23.99 in the 200m and a lifetime-best 54.41 in the 400m.

Arend Watkins ran the top time in the 110m high hurdles qualifying heats, a 13.68w. He will be joined in the final by WSU's Eric Dudley who clocked in with a lifetime-best of 14.18. Dudley will also race in the 400m intermediate hurdles after a qualifying heat time of 51.37.

Randi Smith ran the second-fastest time in the women's 400m hurdles heats, an NCAA AQ of 57.50.

The Cougar men's 4x100m relay of Watkins, Henry, Brink and Buchanan advanced to the final with a qualifying time of 40.54 seconds.

Other Cougars competing but not advancing to Sunday's race finals include these men: Simon Kamau and Qieed Ishmael in the 400m, Ryan Wieseler in the 800m, and Steve Dwyer in the 110m hurdles. Women not advancing include: Bree Skinner in the 100m (pulled up with an injury), Ellannee Richardson in the 200m, Angelita Green and Hillary Smith in the 800m, and Randi Smith and Sarah Odonkor in the 100m hurdles. Freshman Tamara Gulley withdrew from the 100m dash and the 100m high hurdles competition because of illness.

'For the men's team, I didn't come in with my expectations too high. I was hoping we would compete and we've done a great job. The men have risen to the challenge. I don't know if we have the horses to finish very high, I doubt that we do, but I'm very proud of the way we've competed here. The people we brought have done at least what's expected or more throughout the competition. I'm just hoping we can beat someone on the men's side. It's going well for us but a lot of other people are scoring a lot of points.'

'It's going to be a battle for the women,' Sloan said. 'Stanford, Arizona State, Arizona, they're all in there. SC and UCLA are out there battling themselves in a different meet. If we can fight our way to a third place in this meet, that's going to be a huge accomplishment. And it's a possibility but we have to get the job done tomorrow (Sunday).

The field events begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday with the running events set for a 1 p.m. start.

2001 Pacific 10 Championships
Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
May 19, Day One

Men (through 8 events) 1. UCLA 532. Oregon 50.53. California 443. Stanford 445. USC 426. Washington State 28.57. Arizona State 268. Washington 159. Arizona 9

Women (through 6 events)1. Stanford 482. USC 413. Washington State 374. Arizona State 275. Oregon 236. Washington 217. Arizona 168. UCLA 129. California 9

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