Cougs Win Palouse Team Invite Track Meet

May 5, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Blustery winds made for cold conditions but the Washington State University men's and women's track and field teams came out victorious at the Palouse Team Invitational, Saturday, at Mooberry Track on the WSU Pullman campus.

The Cougar women defeated Boise State 133-20, and Long Beach State 127-34. Long Beach State got by Boise State 82-70. On the WSU men's side, the Cougs defeated Boise State 132-20, and Long Beach State 115-40. Long Beach State won it's dual with Boise State 95-41.

Of the 19 women's events, WSU conceded first place only once when Long Beach State's Tayyiba Haneef won the high jump at 1.75m/5-feet, 8 3/4 inches. Cougar Briana Willis cleared the same height but Haneef's successful leap came on an earlier attempt and gave her first place.

In the 19 men's events, WSU won all but the 400m, 800m, long and triple jumps. LBSU won all but the 800m, which BSU claimed.

WSU's Andrea Thornton won her three throwing events - the shot put, discus and hammer. Sprinter Erin Reed grabbed three firsts with wins in the 200m and 400m dashes and on the second leg of the 4x100m relay. Agneta Rosenblad also tallied three wins with her long jump, 100m high hurdles and lead leg of the 400m relay.

Anson Henry won both the 100m and 200m dashes for the Cougar men, and ran the second leg of the victorious 4x100m relay.

Senior captain, Bryan Jones, threw the javelin for the first time since injuring his shoulder at the end of March, and won with a season-best toss of 64.78m/212-6.

'It's hard to come outside and compete perform at your best when it's a blustery, cold, windy day,' Cougar Coach Rick Sloan said.

'A few of the women did a real good job for us. Marks by Shannon Rance in the shot and a PR in the discus were solid throws for her. Andrea Thornton had very solid marks in all three throws. Agneta Rosenblad's long jump, even though the wind was up over the legal wind, was a highlight and she is starting to come up and make some good jumps now. Blessing Ufodiama had a season-best mark in the triple jump, even though it was largely wind-assisted, but it was a very good jump for her and I think she is on her way to better jumps. Briana Willis continues to be very consistent in the high jump and looked good clearing 5-8 3/4.

'There's not a whole lot to get excited about on the men's side. Anthony Buchanan and Anson Henry both ran pretty well in the 100m, considering the conditions, and both appeared to come out of it healthy. We can move on to Modesto with those guys next week. Bryan Jones has been out for quite a while with his shoulder problem and I think the problem is still there but they (WSU athletic trainers) got it to settle down. He did practice this week and came out and threw over 212 in his first meet back. Hopefully, Bryan can get himself back in shape and get his marks back up where he belongs.

'Everybody else was just solid with their marks, I don't think we had anything that was terribly bad. It was a steady meet. Long Beach State and Boise State end up not bringing a full compliment of people so there were events where they didn't have people and that is represented in the lop-sidedness of the score. They did bring some quality individuals. We wanted to compete our people and get ready for the conference meet.'

Several WSU athletes are scheduled to compete at the Vandal Jamboree, Sunday, May 6, at the University of Idaho. Next week, the Cougars will be competing in three locations: the Pac-10 Heptathlon and Decathlon Championships will be May 12-13 at the University of California, Berkeley, the Modesto Relays take place Saturday, May 12, and the Cardinal Qualifier is set for Sunday, May 13, at the Stanford campus.

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