Watkins, Dudley Set to Compete at USA Outdoor Championships

June 20, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. -- Washington State University's Arend Watkins and Eric Dudley will compete in the 2001 GMC Envoy USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 21-24, at Hayward Field at Eugene, Ore.

Both Watkins and Dudley are All-American hurdlers. Watkins, a 110m high hurdler from San Jose, Calif., completed his collegiate eligibility this past spring. Dudley, a 400m intermediate hurdler from Bellingham, Wash., will be a senior at WSU during the 2001-2002 school year.

This past year, Dudley won the Pacific-10 Conference intermediate hurdles title and finished fifth at the NCAA Track and Field Championships held earlier this month at Hayward Field. Dudley's 400m hurdles time of 50.28 seconds is the fourth fastest in school history and is the 23rd-best time entered at the USA Outdoor Championships.

Watkins' top time in the high hurdles of 13.47 seconds is third fastest in school history and the 12th-best time entered in the national championship meet. Watkins is a two-time Pac-10 high hurdles champion (2001, 1999) and is a three-time All-American. Watkins had a disastrous finish at this year's NCAA meet, falling midway through the final and not completing the race.

Former Cougar Dominique Arnold (NCAA Champion 1996) holds the second fastest time entered in the 110m high hurdles at 13.11 seconds.

The top three place winners in each event will represent the United States at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships, Aug. 3-12, at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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