Muai, Hinchcliffe Break Freshman School Indoor Track Records

Feb. 2, 2002

MOSCOW, Idaho -- Marie Muai and Brittany Hinchcliffe broke the Washington State women's freshmen indoor discus and weight throw records at the McDonald's I Open Indoor Track & Field Meet held Friday and Saturday at the Kibbie Dome on the University of Idaho campus.

Muai, from Tacoma, Wash., obliterated the indoor discus mark with a throw of 167-feet even (50.90m), nearly 21 feet beyond Laura Lavine's 1985 mark of 146-8 (44.70m). Muai finished second in the competition, however, behind former Cougar All-American Andrea Thornton's winning throw of 167-6.

Hinchcliffe, from Olympia, Wash., bettered Becky Potter's 1997 toss of 54-8 1/4 (16.67m) by eight inches, winning the 20# weight throw with a heave of 55-3 (16.84m).

In all, WSU women won 10 of the 15 events contested and three times the winners were WSU All-Americans competing unattached. Other Cougar women winners were: Erin Reed (200m), Tiffany Giles (400m), Angelita Green (800m), Hillary Smith (mile), Tamara Gulley (60m hurdles), Whitney Evans (high jump), Ellannee Richardson (long jump), Blessing Ufodiama (triple jump), Shannon Rance (shot put), and the 4x400m relay. Fifth-year senior Cicely Clinkenbeard, competing unattached until the outdoor season, won the 60m hurdles, while Jeannette Martus took the pole vault and Thornton the discus.

Smith dropped three and one-half seconds off her lifetime-best mile time, winning in 5:09.32. WSU's Karla McGee and Stephanie Robinett finished behind Martus in the pole vault while freshman sensation Tamara Diles sat out of the competition with a minor foot injury.

On the men's side, Anson Henry, already an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 60m dash with a converted 55m time, ran another PQ time, 6.71 seconds, to win the 60m event Saturday. He also captured the 200m dash (21.78). Cougar men finished one-two-three in the 60m, 200m and mile.

Other Cougar men taking titles were: Jon Manthey (800m), Jon Welsh (mile), Dan Wolf (3000m), Rick Collins (pole vault), Jamil Smith (long jump), and Piero Vojvodic (triple jump).

Freshman Patrick Harrigan finished second in the high jump but with an identical mark to Damian Olson (unattached) of 6-9.

The WSU teams compete next at the prestigious Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational Meet, Friday, Feb. 8, at the University of Nebraska campus in Lincoln.

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