Blue Reaches NCAA PQ Time in 5k at Pac-10 Invite

March 1, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington State senior Anna Blue ran an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time in the 5000m at the Pac-10 Indoor Invitational Meet, held Friday and Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the University of Washington campus.

Blue, from Olympia, Wash., ran a time of 16 minutes, 35.18 seconds and finished second to UW's Sabrina Monro (16:22.13). This was the first time Blue had run the 5k race indoors after qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships last spring.

'It's great to see Anna Blue get another NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark,' WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'She continues to work hard and keeps improving her times during her last collegiate year of competiton.'

The Cougar women's 4x400m relay team just missed an NCAA PQ mark by 81/100s of a second. The team of Monique Jessie, Angelita Green, Tiffany Giles, and Ellannee Richardson won the event in a time of 3:40.81.

'We had some poor handoffs and lost a lot of time which probably cost us a provisional qualifying mark and maybe even a time fastest enough to get us into the (NCAA) meet,' Sloan said. 'We need to get all four people to run well on the same day. Ellannee anchored in 52.9.'

WSU high jumpers Whitney Evans and Kurtiss Dilley won their events though neither reached a better mark than their previously established NCAA PQs. Evans won the women's high jump clearing the bar at 1.75m/5-8 3/4 while Dilley won the men's high jump with a height of 2.07m/6-9 1/2.

Several other Cougars reached personal best times at the meet: Martin Boston (200m, 22.35), Justin Ireland (mile, 4:10.72), Ryan Friemuth (mile, 4:17.50), Reid Carrell (3000m, 8:41.28), and Molly Bull (mile, 5:05.93).

Tyson Byers and Paul Nicoletti equaled their PRs in the pole vault at the UW meet.

'The distance runners did a great job at this meet with several achieving significant PRs,' Sloan noted.

Next week the Washington State men's and women's teams are scheduled to compete at the McDonald's Last Chance Meet at the University of Idaho.

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