Cougar Tracksters Take Charge at Pac-10 Multi-Events Championship

May 12, 2001

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Washington State's Whitney Evans leads the heptathlon with teammate Ellannee Richardson in third place while Cougar decathlete Steve Dwyer is in second place after the first day of competition at the Pacific-10 Conference Multi-Events Championship, Saturday, at Edwards Stadium on the U-California Berkeley campus.

Evans, a redshirt sophomore from Calgary, Canada, tallied 3,318 points after the first four events. Stanford's Julie Tinker is second with 3,305 points while WSU redshirt sophomore Ellannee Richardson (Gladstone, Ore.) was third in the nine-competitor field with 3,205 points.

Evans ran a hand time of 14.44 seconds in the 100m hurdles, cleared 1.81m/5-11 1/4, threw the shot put 10.64m/34-11, and clocked in at 25.53 for the 200m dash.

Richardson ran the high hurdles in 14.04, also hand-timed, equaled her heptathlon best of 1.66m/5-5 1/4 in the high jump, threw the shot 9.64m/31-7 1/2, and ran the 200m dash in 24.64 seconds.

'We ended up with hand times when somebody kicked the wire loose on the photo-timer and they didn't notice until after the first two heats of the women's hurdles,' Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'I think Whitney got gypped a little bit and Ellannee got gypped by a full second. So we lost out a little bit there.

'Both of them high jumped well. Whitney was making bars by huge margins, all the way through 1.81. On her first attempt at 1.84 (6-0 1/2), she pinched her ankle and even though she made a good effort on her second attempt at this height, her ankle was sore so we stopped. Ellannee came very close to clearing 1.69 (5-6 1/2).

'They both struggled in the shot put, both fouling the first throws. They came back with conservative efforts on their second attempts which turned out to be their best efforts.

'In the 200m, they debated back and forth on which way to run because the wind was blowing across the track. It was decided to run it from the normal finish line around to the other way but then for some reason, without consulting the coaches, it was switched back and they had to run into a strong headwind all the way around the turn and it really hampered their times.

'Nevertheless, good scores for both Whitney and Ellannee. With a good long jump and good javelin from Ellannee and both are ready to run a fast 800m so Ellannee should be able to get up over 5,500 points and hopefully the Cougs will go first and second in the hept.'

At the conclusion of the first day, Evans said, 'I was happy with most of it. The shot put didn't go so well. Everything else was OK. High jump is my best event but my days are kind of even, other than the high jump. I'm definitely going to go for it (the championship). I always have to compete against Ellannee (Richardson), my teammate, and Julie Tinker (Stanford). I think it'll be hard to win, but I think I can do it.'

Dwyer, a junior from Redmond, Wash., scored a lifetime-best first day total of 3,770 points. Oregon's Santiago Lorenzo leads the ten-man decathlon field with 3,920 points.

Dwyer tallied personal-best marks in the first four of his five events Saturday. He clocked in at 11.21 seconds in the 100m dash, long jumped 6.77m/22-2 1/2, threw the shot put 12.02m/39-5 1/4, high jumped 2.06m/6-9, and ran the 400m dash in 51.90 seconds.

'Steve Dwyer was on fire in the decathlon and all the other coaches were wondering what was up today,' Sloan said. 'He came out with the 11.21 in the 100m and looked great doing it. He only took one long jump because he has been having back spasms and last week couldn't even compete. When he hit the 22-2 1/2 on the first jump, I said to stop at the lifetime-best and not risk it. His first shot put throw was an 11.62m (38-1 1/2) and then he came back with the 12.02m on the second. He just kept rolling. In the high jump, we started low, to be conservative, and that took its toll since he took a lot of jumps. He wound up jumping 6-9 and at 6-10 1/4 had very good attempts at the bar.

'The lack of training, to a certain extent, helped him throughout because he was fresh and sharp. But then it showed up in the 400m where he was tired throughout the race. A great first day for him, 270 points over his old PR. If we can keep the ball rolling tomorrow he should be in good shape and put up a good score.'

Sunday's events get underway at 11 a.m. and are set to conclude at 5:15 p.m.

Pac-10 Multi-Events Championships
Saturday, May 12, Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
Heptathlon Results Day One

1. Whitney Evans, WSU 3,3182. Julie Tinker, Stanford 3,3053. Ellannee Richardson, WSU 3,2054. Spring Harris, USC 2,9945. Jenny Kenyon, Oregon 2,9906. Shawna Adkins, Cal 2,9827. Ann Sullivan, Oregon 2,9528. Lillian Bush, Stanford 2,8599. Elizabeth Arollo, ASU 2,555

Decathlon Results Day One1. Santiago Lorenzo, Oregon 3,9202. Steve Dwyer, WSU 3,7703. Russell Silvers, USC 3,7564. Billy Pappas, Oregon 3,7215. Jason Goff, Stanford 3,7176. Matt Blair, Cal 3,5587. Casy Thompson, USC 3,5478. Ryan Hendren, USC 3,3749. Jason Slye, Oregon 3,35710. Kyle Frerichs, ASU 3,291

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