Evans, Clinkenbeard, and Buchanan Win at ASU Track Meet

March 23, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Washington State's Whitney Evans, Cicely Clinkenbeard, Anthony Buchanan, and the Cougar men's 4x100m relay were winners Saturday at the Baldy Castillo Invitational Track & Field Meet at Arizona State's Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium.

Evans led four Cougar women in the high jump with a winning leap of 5-feet, 8 3/4 inches (1.75m). Schquay Brignac finished third, Briana Willis fourth and Ellannee Richardson eighth in the high jump.

Clinkenbeard won the women's triple jump with a distance of 41-8w (12.70m) with Blessing Ufodiama second and Alison Eldridge third.

Anthony Buchanan captured the men's 100m dash in a time of 10.47 seconds. Teammates Anson Henry and Bennie Chatman finished fourth and seventh, respectively. These sprinters were joined by Dan Brink for the winning time in the men's 4x100m relay, an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 39.79 and an improvement of .27 seconds from last week's finish.

'This was an outstanding race with an improvement on our NCAA mark,' Cougar Coach Rick Sloan said. 'I think we are still capable of running faster. It was a little windy out there so we still had to be conservative with our passes but the guys did a great job.'

Other top placers for the Cougar men included: Rick Collins (2nd), Ryan Turner (3rd) and Steve Dwyer (4th) in the pole vault, Dwyer tied for fourth in the high hurdles, Jon Manthey sixth in the 800m, and Patrick Harrigan tied for seventh in the high jump.

WSU women with notable finishes included: Richardson (2nd), Randi Smith (4th) and Clinkenbeard (9th) in the 100m high hurdles, Erin Reed third in the 200m dash, Angelita Green (4th) and Hillary Smith (7th) in the 800m, and Brittany Hinchcliffe (6th) and Shannon Rance (9th) in the discus.

'It was a good overall performance by our men's and women's teams. Not a lot of real outstanding things, although there were some,' Sloan said. 'Just a good, consistent performance in Arizona.'

Here are Coach Sloan's comments on Cougar individual performances:'Anna Blue ran her second fastest-time ever in the 5000m Friday night after taking the lead at the beginning and leading the entire race. Nobody really challenged her so it was a nice singular run for her.

'Ellannee had a good weekend with a 13.89 into a negative headwind in the 100m hurdles after a not very good start but ran a good, strong race. Long jumped 18-10 Friday night and was fairly consistent with her jumping and on the verge of getting off a good long jump in the near future, hopefully next week at the hep. Also threw very close to her lifetime-best in the shot put Friday night.

'Cicely also had a good weekend, still nursing a sore groin along, but long jumped just under 19-feet Friday night and came back Saturday with a wind-aided triple jump mark of 41-8. She was consistent with her jumping so I think she is ready to come alive in the triple jump.

'Brittany Hinchcliffe's lifetime best in the hammer Friday morning was impressive since she struggled early on trying to find her rhythm and finally did two-turn throws, getting out to 167.

'Anthony Buchanan won the 100m into a negative headwind so we were kind of hassling with the wind throughout the better part of the afternoon.

'Ian Johnson ran his second fastest time ever in the men's 1500m Friday night and was very competitive in the race - protecting his position, moving up and back, and when it came time to kick at the end, he had what it took to get to first place with an outstanding time.

'Steve Dwyer did a terrific job in the hurdles with a 14.50 into a negative headwind. He didn't get a good start in his hurdles race but ran well throughout the rest of the race and was closing on the leader at the finish. He also pole vaulted 15-11 after starting at 15-5 which was six inches higher than he had ever jumped before in a competition. I think Steve will be ready to go in the decathlon next week.

'Jon Welsh did a good job in winning the steeplechase Friday night. He hung with the pack up front and then came with a big kick at the end like he normally does and was able to pull out the win there. Danny Wolf, in his first steeplechase ever, did a good job. It probably was a little bit different than he expected with all that hurdling, but that is something he is going to have to work on. He may be a very good steeplechase in time.

'Tim Gehring, throwing a lifetime best and Pac-10 qualifier in the hammer Friday night, and then came back and had a good series in the shot put 55-10 1/2. He had one throw where they called a slight foot foul and he didn't think he got the lip but they called it anyway. That throw was over 57-feet so Tim is starting to round into good shape and hit some marks. Even though he is throwing out close to his bests, he's not happy with it and thinks he's capable of more and I think that he is too. We just have to get him settled down and get off a good throw in the competition that is legal.'

Upcoming meets next week for the Cougar track and field teams include the UC Multi-Events Meet at Berkeley March 28-29, and the Stanford Invitational Mar. 29-30.

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