WSU Men Second, Women Third at MPSF Indoor Championships

Feb. 23, 2002

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Washington State men's track and field team finished second and the Cougar women third at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Walkup Skydome on the Northern Arizona University campus.

Arizona won the men's title with 137 points with UCLA second at 117 and WSU third at 113. UCLA claimed the women's team title with 132 points followed by WSU's 117 and Arizona with 89.

'I'm somewhat upset with the fact we didn't finish higher as a team but there's really nothing we could have done,' Cougar coach Rick Sloan. 'The other teams performed really well and we performed very well. I think our kids did a great job to get second on the men's and third on the women's. There are two really good teams ahead of us on the women's side and I think in a dual meet we could handle Arizona pretty easily and I'm looking forward to taking on UCLA when we go down there for the first outdoor meet of the season.'

Freshman Schquay Brignac (North Hills, Calif.) won the women's high jump and Whitney Evans (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) was third, both clearing personal-best and NCAA Automatic Qualifying marks of 6-feet even. Briana Willis (Ravensdale) finished sixth at 5-7.

Anna Blue (Olympia) claimed the only other event title for the women winning the mile in a time of 5:03.45.

Ellannee Richardson (Gladstone) finished third in the women's 200m dash with an PR and NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 24.00 seconds. Erin Reed (Woodland Hills, Calif.) was fourth (24.13) and Tiffany Giles eighth (24.99). Arizona's Brianna Glenn won the 200m with an NCAA AQ of 23.40.

Shannon Rance (Renton) finished fifth in the women's shot put but with a PR and NCAA PQ throw of 51-1.

Anson Henry (Pickering, Ontario, Canada) and Anthony Buchanan (Spokane) went one-two in the men's 60m dash with NCAA PQ times of 6.65 and 6.67 respectively. Bennie Chatman (Houston, Texas) was seventh in the same event at 7.91. In the 200m dash, UCLA's Michael Lipscomb was the winner in 20.99 with Henry second with an NCAA PQ time of 21.18, and Buchanan third in 21.30.

The men's distance medley relay team of Jim Neeway (Beaverton, Utah), Dan Brink (Yacolt), Jon Welsh (Carmichael, Calif.) and Dan Wolf (Reno, Nev.) provided ten points with a first place finish in a time of 10:19.26.

Other men scoring points for the Cougars included: Dione Cason (Long Beach, Calif.) eighth in the 400m, Justin Ireland (Issaquah) fourth in the 800m, Neeway second and Ian Johnson (Spokane) seventh in the mile, Oscar Franco-Parra (Beaverton, Ore.) second, Mark Wicklander (Tacoma) fourth and Mike Heidt (Selah) fifth in the 5000m, Steve Dwyer (Redmond) fifth in the 60m hurdles, Rick Collins (Spokane) sixth in the pole vault, and Jamil Smith (Palmdale, Calif.) fourth and Piero Vojvodic (Lima, Peru) fifth in the triple jump.

Cougar women adding points Saturday included: Reed fifth, Tamara Gulley (San Jose, Calif.) sixth and Bree Skinner (Pasco) eighth in the 60m dash, Giles fourth in the 400m, Angelita Green (Long Beach, Calif.) third and Molly Bull (Oak Harbor) sixth in the 800m, Ana Cabrera (Vancouver) seventh in the 5000m, Richardson fifth and Gulley seventh in the 60m hurdles, and Blessing Ufodiama (Long Beach, Calif.) fourth in the triple jump.

The Moscow Last Chance meet is next for the Cougar, Saturday, Mar. 1-2, at the Kibbie Dome.

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