Evans, Watkins and Dudley Win Titles at PAC-10 Track & Field Championships

May 20, 2001

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The Washington State women finished fourth and the men seventh in the final team standings at the Pacific-10 Conference Championship, Sunday, at Edwards Stadium on the University of California campus.

The Cougar women, with individual titles going to Ellannee Richardson (heptathlon), Agneta Rosenblad (long jump) and Whitney Evans (high jump), scored 101.5 points for fourth place. UCLA won it's fifth consecutive title with 155 points, just sneaking by USC with 153. The Stanford women were third with 120.5 points.

The Stanford men won their first conference title with 142 points. USC, team title holder for the past two years, finished second with 136 points. WSU's seventh place finish was two places higher than last season.

'Realistically, I don't think we could have expected a better performance from the Cougars,' Washington State Coach Rick Sloan said. 'We had as good a meet as we thought we could have had. A great job by our kids competing at this meet where there were some unbelievable performances here. It was big time. For the women, the performances of our seniors really helped carry us and kept us up there in fourth place Arizona State was challenging on us. Agneta Rosenblad, Andrea Thornton doing multiple events, and Jeannette Martus too, really helped us.'

'Coming into the meet, I envisioned the women possibly finishing as high as third if things went very, very well,' Sloan continued. 'Things did go very, very well but Stanford was just too strong for us today. They scored 29 points in the women's 1500m and that was one-quarter of their total points. They did the same thing in the men's 1500m. USC, UCLA, and probably Stanford will be battling for the NCAA title. They are big meet teams.'

Evans, a redshirt sophomore from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, won the high jump with a clearance of 1.80m/5-10 3/4. Evans, who placed second in the heptathlon, already has an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 1.84m/6-0 1/2 and just barely missed at 1.85m/6-0 3/4. WSU's Briana Willis (sophomore, Ravensdale, Wash.) was seventh with a leap of 1.70m/5-7.

Jeannette Martus (senior, Livonia, Mich.) finished third in the pole vault but with a school record clearance of 4.04m/13-3. In the Sunday competition, she missed on two solid attempts at 4.10m/13-5 1/4. The cleared height improved Martus' NCAA PQ and gives her a good chance at competing at the national meet at Eugene.

Agneta Rosenblad (senior, Lidingo, Sweden) grabbed second in the 100m high hurdles Sunday after winning the long jump Saturday. Cougar heptathlon winner, Ellannee Richardson (redshirt sophomore, Gladstone, Ore.) placed sixth. Randi Smith (junior, Beverly Hills, Calif.) placed fourth in the 400m intermediate hurdles in 57.77 after running an NCAA AQ of 57.50 in the Saturday prelims.

Senior Andrea Thornton (Shelton, Wash.) threw a lifetime best of 52.46m/172-1 for third place in the discus. Thornton improved her NCAA PQ mark in the discus by 13 inches. Thornton also grabbed fourth in the hammer throw with a heave of 59.20m/194-3.

Other point scorers for the Cougar women include freshman Erin Reed (Woodland Hills, Calif.) who finished sixth in both the 200m and 400m finals, and freshman Blessing Ufodiama (Long Beach, Calif.) who placed seventh in the triple jump.

In the relays, the Cougar women ran a season-best 45.16 for third place in the 4x100m, and clocked in at 3:37.42 for third place in the 4x400m relay. A revised order in the short relay due to Bree Skinner's Saturday injury was Rosenblad, Reed, Smith and Richardson. Skinner was also an original long relay member but that order was revised to be Reed, Richardson, Green and Smith. Richardson's leg was timed at 52.3 seconds.

Arend Watkins reclaimed his 110m high hurdles title, after a two-year absence. The senior All-American from San Jose, Calif., ran an NCAA Automatic Qualifying time of 13.62 but far from his season best of 13.47, which is second nationally.

Eric Dudley (junior, Bellingham, Wash.) finished eighth in the high hurdles and then came back to win the 400m intermediate hurdles. Dudley's time of 50.53 is a PR and NCAA PQ.

In the 100m dash, Anson Henry (junior, Pickering, Ontario, Canada) beat out Washington's Olympian, Ja'Warren Hooker for third place while Cougar freshman Anthony Buchanan (Spokane) finished sixth.

Ian Johnson (redshirt freshman, Spokane) placed eighth in the 1500m with a PR time of 3:49.23.

Byran Preuss (senior, Mead) was eighth in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.86m/15-11 1/4.

The Cougar men's 4x100m relay team of Watkins, Henry, Dan Brink, and Buchanan ran a 40.68 for fourth place after being nearly last before Buchanan took the baton for the final leg. The 1600m relay squad of Brink, Dudley, Simon Kamau, and Qieed Ishmael finished sixth in 3:13.66.

'I thought the men competed very well and where we had a chance to score points, we did, and even in the places where I didn't think we had a chance to score points we did,' Sloan said. 'We just kept adding them up and beat Washington and Arizona. I thought we had a chance to beat Cal but they were very good at home and had a lot of great performances. Given the way the season went and some of the things that we've been through, I'm pretty happy with the fact we got seventh place in this meet. I want to be higher but I think we did everything we could to maximize our points and now we just have to get more people on this team who can perform at this level and move it up again next year. We took the women from last to where we are now, we just have to turn around and take the men back up the same way.'

The NCAA Div. I Track & Field Championships take place May 30-June 2, at Hayward Field at Eugene, Ore. The final list of participants will be posted on the NCAA web site Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. PT.

2001 Pacific 10 Championships
Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
May 20, Day Two Final Results

Team ScoresMen1. Stanford 1422. USC 1363. UCLA 115.54. Arizona State 109.55. Oregon 86.56. California 857. Washington State 67.58. Washington 429. Arizona 32

Women1. UCLA 1552. USC 1533. Stanford 120.54. Washington State 101.55. Arizona State 896. Arizona 777. California 548. Oregon 359. Washington 33

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