Cougars Win Eight Events at Idaho Scoring Meet

Feb. 10, 2001

MOSCOW, Idaho -- Washington State won eight of the 16 events contested Saturday at the ten-team Idaho Scoring Meet held in the Kibbie Dome on the University of Idaho campus.

WSU's Agneta Rosenblad broke her own school record and bettered her NCAA Provisional Qualifying time in the 55m hurdles as she breezed past the field in 7.68 seconds. Cougars dominated the top spots with Ellannee Richardson second in 8.08, Randi Smith third at 8.26, and Sarah Odonkor seventh in 8.39. Rosenblad clocked a 7.73 last weekend in Reno and has owned the WSU indoor high hurdles record since 1998. Friday night she won the long jump with an NCAA PQ mark.

Arend Watkins won the men's 55m hurdles with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying time of 7.15 seconds, just off his season and lifetime best time of 7.14 seconds. WSU's Eric Dudley was fourth in 7.87.

Matt Alverson won the men's high jump and reached NCAA PQ status with a leap of 2.15m/7-0 1/2. It was also a lifetime best for the sophomore from Everett, Wash. Friday night, Cougar teammate Briana Willis won the women's high jump with an NCAA PQ and lifetime-best leap of 5-9 3/4.

Benson Jones completed his sweep of the long and triple jump with an NCAA PQ mark of 15.96m/52-5 1/4. Jones won the long jump Friday night at 25-0, but last weekend leaped 52-10 3/4 in the triple jump at Reno.

Blessing Ufodiama won the women's triple jump and claimed the freshman school record with her leap of 12.40m/40-8 1/4. Senior Cicely Clinkenbeard, the previous frosh record-holder at 39-6, finished second at 12.27m/40-3 1/4. Alison Eldridge was eighth at 11.28m/37-0 1/4.

Sam Lightbody finished second in the shot put but threw an NCAA PQ of 17.78m/58-4. Idaho's Olympian, Joachim Olsen, won the shot put with a heave of 19.06m/62-6 1/2. WSU freshmen Shaun Straka was fourth (52-8 1/4) and Tim Gehring was fifth (51-9 3/4).

Andrea Thornton completed her sweep of the throws with a win in the shot put. Thornton threw a personal best of 14.82m/48-7 1/2 to win the shot put, just 3 1/4 inches off the NCAA PQ standard. Shannon Rance bettered her freshman school record with a third-place throw of 14.25m/46-9.

Cougars finished first, second, and sixth in the women's 200m dash with Richardson claiming the title in a time of 24.26. Freshmen Erin Reed (24.43) and Bree Skinner (25.29) followed. In the men's 200m dash, WSU's Anthony Buchanan was second (21.58), Anson Henry third (21.72) and J.K. Haines fifth (22.04). Washington's JaWarren Hooker, the race winner, bettered his NCAA AQ time to 20.80, fastest nationally this season.

Hillary Smith won the women's 800m race with a time of 2:13.55. Ryan Gilmore just missed breaking the ten-minute barrier with a second-place finish in the women's 3,000m race in a personal-best time of 10:01.30. Anna Blue finished fifth in the 3k in 10:10.00. Jon Welsh finished fifth in the men's 3k in 8:31.25.

WSU's women's 4x400m relay team finished third Saturday, but the all-freshman team of Skinner, Ufodiama, Angelita Green, and Reed, scored a frosh school record with a time of 3:52.86.

For complete results of the Idaho Scoring Meet, go to

The Washington State track and field teams return to Moscow, Idaho, next week for the Vandal Indoor Friday night, Feb. 16, and the McDonald's II Open, Saturday, Feb. 17.

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