Women's Track Wins Husker Invite Indoor Meet

Feb. 8, 2002

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Washington State women's track and field team came away with the team title at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational Indoor Meet Friday night at the Bob Devaney Center on the University of Nebraska campus at Lincoln.

The Cougar women finished first with 141.5 points, followed by Nebraska (135), Brigham Young (107.50), Arizona (89.50), Colorado (71) and UCLA (29.50). On the men's side, Nebraska won with 138.17 points, while Oregon (115), Brigham Young (105.50), Washington State (98.33), Arizona (78) and Colorado (47) followed.

Washington State's women had event wins from Tiffany Giles (400m), Whitney Evans (high jump), and the 4x400m team of Giles, Tamara Gulley, Randi Smith and Ellannee Richardson. But the Cougars depth played a key role as the crimson-clad women finished second in five events and scored (top eight) in 13 of the 15 events contested.

Ten Cougar women had lifetime-best performances and Brittany Hinchcliffe broke her own week-old freshman school record in the 20# weight throw with her second-place mark of 55-feet, 9 1/4 inches (17.00m). The much-anticipated pole vault contest between the top three collegiate women became the Amy Linnen show Friday night as the Arizona sophomore broke the collegiate record with a mark of 14-10 (4.52m). WSU freshman Tamara Diles, previously the national leader at 14-3 1/4 (4.35m), finished second at 13-2 1/4 after spending the last two weeks in a walking boot for a sore foot and only taking a couple of attempts Friday night. UCLA's Tracy O'Hara did not attend.

The Washington State's Anson Henry and Ian Johnson captured victories in the 60m dash and mile respectively. Henry led a one-two-four Cougar charge in the 60m dash with a school record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 6.68 seconds. Anthony Buchanan finished second in 6.72 but ran an NCAA PQ and personal record time of 6.71 in the prelims. Newcomer Bennie Chatman was fourth with a PR time of 6.76.

Johnson's winning mile time of 4:08.32 was a lifetime best as was Jon Welsh's third place finish in 4:08.91. Freshman Danny Wolf finished second in the 3000m run among very experienced competition in a time of 8:17.96.

Freshman Darion Powell finished sixth in the 60m hurdles but improved his week-old freshman school record time to 8.30 seconds.

The Cougar men improved 15 lifetime-bests at the Husker meet and scored in all 15 events.

'Our distance runners, both men and women, really did an outstanding job at the meet, but particularly the men,' Cougar coach Rick Sloan said. 'The women did a nice job of competing throughout the contest, especially the 200m and 400m races where three women scored and were really strong events for us in getting points. The high jump, triple jump, weight throw also helped us rack up some points. It was a great meet for the Cougars and a great competitive meet.'

The next competitions for the WSU teams are the Vandal Indoor, Feb. 15, and the McDonald's II, Feb. 16, both at the Idaho Kibbie Dome, Moscow.

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