Men's Pole Vault WSU Highlight at Vandal Indoor Meet

Feb. 14, 2003

MOSCOW, Idaho -- Washington State's Tyson Byers and Rick Collins cleared season-bests of 16-feet, 9 1/2 inches (5.12m) to finish one-two in the men's pole vault at the 28th Annual Vandal Indoor Track Meet, Friday night in the Kibbie Dome.

Byers, a freshman from Spokane, won the pole vault over Collins, a senior from Spokane, based on clearance attempts.

Karla McGee (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) won the women's pole vault at a height of 3.65m/11-11 3/4. Cougar redshirt Tamara Diles (Bellevue) finished second and Stephanie Robinett (Bremerton) third with clearances of 3.50m/11-5 3/4.

Whitney Evans, Briana Willis and Idaho's Sarah DeBoer all cleared 1.70m/5-7 in the women's high jump with Evans (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) the winner on fewer attempts. Willis (Ravensdale) and DeBoer tied for second.

Marie Muai (Tacoma) threw the shot put a season-best distance of 13.24m/43-5 1/4 for fifth place.

Anthony Buchanan (Spokane) raced for the first time of the 2003 indoor season after breaking his toe during Christmas vacation. Buchanan had the top time in the 60m dash preliminaries of 6.82 seconds but former Cougar teammate Anson Henry, running unattached, ran the best time in the final at 6.75. Idaho's Nikela Ndebele was second in 6.80 and Buchanan third at 6.81. WSU's Bennie Chatman (Houston, Texas), James McSwain (Las Vegas), and Martin Boston (Hayward, Calif.) finished fourth, fifth and seventh in the men's 60m dash.

WSU's Eric Dudley (Bellingham), running unattached because he only has outdoor season eligibility remaining, won the 800m run in a time of 1:53.77, and finished third in the 60m hurdles in 8.36.

The Cougars compete in the McDonald's Open, Saturday, Feb. 15, also in the Kibbie Dome at Moscow, Idaho.

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