Anson Henry Runs School Record 100m Dash at Mt. SAC Meet

April 21, 2002

WALNUT, Calif. -- Washington State's Anson Henry ran the 100m dash in 10.17 seconds and teammate Anthony Buchanan was close behind at 10.23 as these Cougars finished one-two Sunday at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays.

Henry, a senior from Pickering, Ontario, Canada, came to the Mt. SAC meet with the 16th fastest collegiate time nationally, a 10.31 run at the Stanford Invitational. His 10.17 surpasses Augustin Olobia's 1991 time of 10.19 run in Eugene. The wind reading for the Mt. SAC race was +0.9 meters per second - barely detectable.

Buchanan dropped his best time from 10.24, run at UCLA, which was tied for 10th nationally. His 10.23 is ranked fourth in WSU records. The redshirt sophomore from Spokane, Wash., turned the tables on his Cougar teammate in the 200m dash, finishing first in a personal-best time of 20.75 while Henry was third in a lifetime best time of 20.85. WSU's Bennie Chatman, running in another heat, dropped his top Cougar time in the 200m to 21.72, and ran his 100m heat in 10.53.

The WSU men's 4x100m relay won its heat in a time of 40.0 with on order of Chatman, Henry, Dione Cason and Buchanan.

'When Anson finished the 100m, the clock at the finish line read 10.15, and Anson caught halfway around the track on the curve and laid down on his back, spread-eagle, but they revised the time to 10.17,' Cougar coach Rick Sloan said. 'Both Anson and Anthony did a fantastic job. On the relay, Anthony took us from third place all the way up to the front and Anson ran a great second leg. The 200m was fantastic. I knew those guys were capable of running those times and we had a beautiful, sunny day, the track was fast and fortunately we didn't have excess winds either. It was a tremendous sprint day for them and Coach Fran Green has done a great job getting those guys ready to go. We are excited for the conference meet now.'

The Cougar men weren't the only ones tearing up the track. Sophomore Bree Skinner (Pasco, Wash.) won her heat of the 100m dash with a season-best time of 12.03 and clocked her 200m race in a personal-best time of 24.28.

Senior Randi Smith won her 400m hurdles heat in 58.04 and finished second in the 100m hurdles in 14.11. Tamara Gulley finished eighth in her high hurdles heat with a time of 14.83.

Other Cougar Sunday performances included: Tim Gehring's 52-8 (16.05m) in the shot put, Briana Willis' 5-7 (1.70m) in the high jump, Blessing Ufodiama's 39-7 3/4 (12.08m) in the triple jump, and Marie Muai's collegiate best throw of 45-3 (13.79m) in the shot put.

Additional Cougar marks from Saturday included Ian Johnson's second place finish in the 1500m with a time of 3:50.14 and Jon Manthey's season-best time of 1:52.90 in the 800m. In the women's 800m, Hillary Smith clocked in at 2:14.04 while Angelita Green had a time of 2:17.28. Curt Borland threw the javelin 209-10 (63.34m) while Rachel Bertholf heaved her javelin 132-10 (40.50m).

'The meet itself, with the few exceptions of the sprints that went very well for us, was pretty much average for us - nothing real big or real bad, just kind of average,' Sloan said. 'I was hoping that we might be able to perform at a little bit high level and some people did.'

Washington State hosts the Third Annual Cougar Invitational Meet this weekend, the collegiate meet is Friday while the high school meet, with a near capacity field of over 450, will be held Saturday.

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