Richardson Breaks School Record With NCAA AQ Heptathlon

March 28, 2002

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Washington State's Ellannee Richardson won the heptathlon and teammate Cicely Clinkenbeard was third while Steve Dwyer finished third in the decathlon at the UC Multi Events at Berkeley's Edwards Stadium.

'All three achieved not only lifetime best scores but also a lot of lifetime bests in the competition as well,' Cougar Coach Rick Sloan said. 'They did a very good job.'

Richardson, a redshirt junior from Gladstone, Ore., scored an NCAA Automatic Qualifying mark of 5,820 points and set a WSU school record. Richardson, who is the defending Pac-10 Champion and finished fourth at the NCAA Championships twice in her career, surpassed Conny Eckl 's school record total of 5,718 points set in 1986 at Indianapolis.

The All-American Richardson won both the long jump and javelin with lifetime best marks, and finished second in the 800m race Thursday. She long jumped a wind-aided 19-feet, 6 3/4 inches (5.96m) and threw the javelin 150-1 (45.76m), just ten inches short of the NCAA Provisional Qualifying standard. Richardson's time in the 800m was 2 minutes, 16.59 seconds.

'It was really a solid performance all the way around for Ellannee,' Sloan said.

Clinkenbeard, a senior from Okanogan, Wash., tallied 5,124 points for third place, just 46 points behind California's Shawna Adkins second place total of 5,170 points. In only her second heptathlon, Clinkenbeard long jumped 18-9 1/4 (5.72m), threw the javelin a lifetime best of 144-1 (43.93m), and finished the 800m in a time of 2:34.00.

'Cicely's first jump in the long jump was at least 20-feet but she fouled it and then she had to take a safety jump behind the board,' Sloan said. 'The big one got away on that first attempt. In the javelin we had to adjust her run-up to a very short run, improvised it right on the spot and she cranked it out 144-1. Ellannee and Cicely are our number one and number two javelin throwers right now. Cicely was disappointed in some of her events but overall this was good job.'

Dwyer, a senior from Redmond, Wash., scored an NCAA PQ 7,229 points, finishing behind a pair of competitors from Montana: Bryan Anderson, the winner with 7,479 points, and Adam Bork, second with 7,367.

After struggling with injuries throughout his career at WSU, Dwyer achieved lifetime bests in the 110m high hurdles (14.56 seconds), the javelin (169-1 / 51.53m), and the 1500m run (4:33.82). He also threw the discus 112-6 (34.30m) and cleared 13-9 1/4 (4.20m) in the pole vault.

'Steve was tired starting out today and said his legs felt kind of dead,' Sloan said. 'The first part of his hurdles race his legs were a little bit sluggish but in the second half he really started to light it up and moving really well. Fastest hurdles time ever in a decathlon for Steve. He couldn't really connect in the discus. We had to make adjustments in his steps in the pole vault and he missed all three tries at 14-1 1/4 so that was a big point loss after jumping really well in practice. He turned around and threw a lifetime best on his last throw in the javelin and ran a lifetime best in the 1500 meters.

'He had lifetime bests in seven out of 12 possibilities (including first day and final day totals). I think we might have Steve compete in the Mt. SAC decathlon because he is right there for an NCAA automatic score and rather than wait for the conference meet, might as well have him do another and put up the numbers.'

The rest of the Cougar track and field team will compete Friday and Saturday at the Stanford Invitational meet.

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