WSU Open Meet Christens Indoor Track Season, Facility
Jan. 25, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University hosted its first indoor track meet since 1978 but instead of Hollingbery Fieldhouse, the 820 competitors and spectators were inside the newly constructed Indoor Practice Facility on the WSU Pullman campus.
The WSU Indoor Open Meet showcased collegiate competitors from Washington State, Idaho, Eastern Washington, Montana, Whitworth, Community Colleges of Spokane and North Idaho College. Several Washington and Idaho high school boys and girls also competed. And alumni were victorious in several of the events.
WSU women swept the field events with junior Blessing Ufodiama winning both the long jump and the triple jump. Other Cougar winners included Whitney Evans (high jump), Karla McGee (pole vault), and Shannon Rance (shot put). WSU's Tiffany Giles captured the only women's win on the track in the 300m race.
Idaho's Angela Whyte won both the women's 60m dash (7.56) and the 60m hurdles (NCAA PQ 8.28). Vandal teammates Alisha Murdock (600m) and Daniela Pogorzelski (1000m) were also victors. Montana's Kerry Bogner won the 3000m (10:23.13).
Friday night, WSU All-American thrower Andrea Thornton abandoned her coaching job in the Cougar Weight Room to throw the 20-pound weight. Even though it had been a year since she had thrown this indoor version of the hammer, Thornton won the event with a 17.34m/56-10 3/4 mark. The top collegians were WSU sophomores Brittany Hinchcliffe (16.20m/53-1 3/4) and Marie Muai (16.17m/53-0 3/4).
In the men's events, former Cougar All-American sprinter Anson Henry won the 60m dash (6.75 seconds) while former WSU All-American hurdler Arend Watkins came back to the Palouse and captured the 60m hurdles (8.05). Idaho's Nikela Ndebele was the top collegiate in the 60m dash (6.81) and Vandal Hugh Henry was second in the 60m hurdles (8.06). UI's Maurice Williams won the 300m while CCS runner Asiki Ayume was the top collegian behind unattached Cougars Eric Dudley and Dione Cason in the 600m. WSU's Danny Wolf won the 1000m, and Leif Olson led a first-through-fourth finish for CCS in the 3000m.
EWU's Kurt Kraemer won both the long jump and the triple jump while Idaho's Simon Stewart was also a double-winner, taking both the 35-pound weight throw and shot put titles.
Thad Hathaway, a former Vandal and currently the WSU Athletics Department academic counselor for the WSU track team, won the high jump clearing the bar at 2.15m/7-0 1/2. Cougar transfer Kurtiss Dilley was second at 2.10m/6-10 3/4.
WSU freshman Tyson Byers and senior Rick Collins went one-two in the pole vault after both clearing 5.00m/16-4 3/4.
Next weekend the Washington State team returns to their home indoor track in the IPF for the Cougar Indoor Team Scoring Meet.