Football Players Have Significant Impact On WSU Track & Field

Jan. 23, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Two Cougar gridiron athletes are making their marks as members of the Washington State men's track and field team this winter.

Anthony Buchanan, a freshman wide receiver who was a redshirt during the 2000 football season, ran a school freshman record time of 6.35 seconds in the 55m dash last weekend at the Jerry Martin Invitational Indoor Meet at Cheney. The NCAA provisional qualifying time for the 55m dash is 6.26 seconds. Buchanan, from Spokane's University High, was ranked third nationally in the 2000 prep boys 55m dash with a time of 6.37. He finished his prep running career with state 4A titles in both the 100m and 200m dashes.

Sam Lightbody, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman, threw the shot put 56-feet, 3 3/4 inches to win that event at the Martin Invitational. This competition marked the first time Lightbody had thrown competitively since 1999, his senior year at Huntington Beach High in Huntington Beach, Calif., and the first time he had competed using a 16-pound shot. Lightbody's shot put mark is only 13 1/4 inches from an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

'We are very excited about the contributions that will made by Anthony and Sam to our men's track and field team,' Cougar coach Rick Sloan said. 'Both will make a huge impact on our team at the dual meet, Pac-10, and hopefully at the NCAA level. We are very pleased to be getting the services of these athletes from the WSU football program.'

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