Cougar Track & Field Blows By Idaho

April 13, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State men's and women's track teams scored dual meet victories over Idaho in a very blustery home opening meet at Mooberry Track in Pullman Saturday.

The Cougar men won 12 of 19 events and scored 113 points to Idaho's 86. The WSU women nearly doubled up the Vandals, 129-66, winning 16 of the 19 events.

The always volatile Palouse spring weather brought a warm day with temperatures in the mid to upper 60s but fairly constant wind with gusts between 40-45 miles per hour wrecked havoc with many wind-monitored events.

WSU senior decathlete Steve Dwyer captured three events Saturday: 110m hurdles (14.41w), 400m hurdles (53.84) and the high jump (6-6 3/4). For the Cougar women, Tiffany Giles won the 200m (24.11w), 400m (55.95) and ran the second leg of the 4x100m relay (46.11). WSU's Cicely Clinkenbeard scored wins in the women's long jump (18-8w) and triple jump (41-4 1/4w).

Idaho's Sherwin James took home the titles in the 200m (21.24w) and the long jump (21-0 3/4W).

As expected, the Cougar women claimed all the throwing wins while the Vandal men grabbed three of four events. WSU freshmen Marie Maui (discus, 150-1), Brittany Hinchcliffe (hammer, 167-10) and Rachel Bertholf (javelin, 150-10) were joined by sophomore Shannon Rance (shot put 45-11 3/4) in the win column. Cougar freshman Matt McGee's win in the javelin (PR 215-7) spoiled the Vandal dominance as Simon Steward won the shot put (62-5, NCAA PQ), Joachim Olsen won the discus (189-2, NCAA PQ) and Tim Crater won the hammer (192-3).

Tamara Gulley led the WSU women in a one-two-three finish in the 100m hurdles. Gulley's time of 14.17w was followed by Ellannee Richardson's 14.27w and Randi Smith's 14.33w.

Other winning performances for the Cougar women included: Angelita Green in the 800m (2:16.06), Anna Blue in the 1500m (4:40.5h), Ryan Gilmore in the 5000m (18:20.59), Alison Eldridge in the 400m hurdles (1:05.59), Whitney Evans in the high jump (5-9 3/4), and Stephanie Robinett in the pole vault (11-9 3/4).

WSU men with wins Saturday also included: Anthony Buchanan in the 100m (10.16W), Jon Manthey in the 800m (1:53.70), Ian Johnson in the 1500m (3:7.12), Oscar Franco-Parra in the 5000m (14:50.23), Jon Welsh in the steeplechase (9:22.43), Rick Collins in the pole vault (15-11), and Jamil Smith in the triple jump (48-1 3/4w).

A limited squad of Cougars will compete next week at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays at Walnut, Calif., April 19-21.

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