Four Cougars Reach NCAA Track PQs At Moscow

Feb. 9, 2001

MOSCOW, Idaho -- Washington State's Anson Henry, Benson Jones, Agneta Rosenblad, and Briana Willis reached NCAA Provision Qualifying marks Friday night at the Idaho Scoring Meet at the Kibbie Dome.

Anson Henry, a junior from Pickering, Ontario, Canada, broke his own school record and clocked an NCAA PQ time of 6.69 seconds in the men's 60m dash. Henry finished second to Washington's JaWarren Hooker, who bettered his NCAA Automatic Qualifying time to 6.57 seconds, fastest collegiate time nationally this year. It was the second head-to-head short dash competition between Hooker and Henry this year. WSU freshman phenom, Anthony Buchanan placed third after winning the second heat in a time of 6.76.

Benson Jones, a redshirt sophomore from Concord, Calif., won the men's long jump and reached an NCAA PQ by soaring 7.62m/25-feet even, only 9 1/4 inches off the school record. Jones already has an NCAA PQ mark in the triple jump.

Agneta Rosenblad won the women's long jump with an NCAA PQ mark of 6.14m/20-feet, 1 3/4 inches. Rosenblad, a senior from Lidingo, Sweden, has already qualified this season for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the high hurdles.

Cougar sophomore, Briana Willis, from Ravensdale, Wash., won the women's high jump with an NCAA PQ and lifetime best mark of 1.77m/5-9 3/4.

The WSU women won the distance medley relay as Hillary Smith, Randi Smith, Angelita Green, and Ryan Gilmore clocked a school record time of 12:09.73. The previous WSU DMR record was 12:10.69, run in 1998 in the Kibbie Dome by Alishia Booterbaugh, Tamika Brown, Charlotte Neel, and Joanne Hunsinger.

Andrea Thornton, a senior from Shelton, Wash., won the 20# Weight Throw but did not better her NCAA PQ mark with a distance Friday night of 17.56m/57-7 1/2.

WSU freshman Erin Reed claimed second in the 60m dash (7.69) and second in the 400m dash (56.09), both personal best times. Ellannee Richardson finished third in the 60m dash (7.70) and fourth in the long jump (5.72m/18-9 1/4).

Anna Blue took second in the women's mile with a time of 5:08.51. WSU's Jon Welsh finished second in the men's mile with a time of 4:15.45 followed by freshmen Will Thrift in fifth (4:18.53) and Jim Neeway in eighth (4:22.48).

In the men's pole vault, Rick Collins and Ryan Turner cleared season-best heights for second and third place. Collin's cleared 4.90m/16-0 3/4 for second place while Turner was third at 4.75m/15-7. Washington's Brad Walker won the event with an NCAA PQ of 5.30m/17-4 1/2.

Tim Gehring and Jon Thomas heaved personal-best marks in the 35# Weight Throw. Gehring finished fourth with a heave of 15.95m/52-4, while Thomas was eighth at 14.53m/47-8.

The Idaho Scoring Meet continues Saturday at the Kibbie Dome. The WSU men are in team competition with Washington, Sacramento State and Portland. The Cougar women are competing against Washington, Montana, and Eastern Washington.

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