Anthony Buchanan and Men's 4 x 100 Relay Crowned Pacific-10 Champions

May 18, 2003

LOS ANGELES -- Washington State junior Anthony Buchanan led a 1-2 finish in the men's 100m dash and the Cougar 4x100m relay team added a title Sunday during the second day of the Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships at Katherine B. Locker Stadium.

Buchanan's time of 10.10w edged out senior teammate Bennie Chatman's 10.12w to give the Cougars a 1-2 finish in the 100m dash for the first time in school history. Buchanan is only the second Cougar to win the event at the Pac-10 Championships. Last year Buchanan was third and Chatman fourth behind the Cougars' Anson Henry.

The Cougar 4x100m relay team blistered the track with a season-best time of 39.68. The team of sophomore Lamarr Kirk, Chatman, freshman James McSwain and Buchanan earned WSU's first victory at the Pac-10 Championships since 1991.

Both Buchanan's and the 4x100m relay's times were the best in the Pac-10 this season.

'Both Anthony and Bennie were flying,' WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'That's awfully fast under any conditions. In my mind, I was hoping to take two of the top three spots, so a 1-2 finish was outstanding.'

Buchanan, who recorded the best time in Saturday's preliminary heats of the 200m dash, failed to pull off the double when he cramped up during the final.

'We hope it is not too bad,' Sloan said. 'We will take a look at it when we get home and then get him back to training when he is ready.'

Other Cougar men scoring points Sunday were senior Eric Dudley juniors Kurtiss Dilley, Sam Lightbody and Tim Gehring and sophomore Jamil Smith.

Dudley finished second to USC's Ryan Wilson in the 400m hurdles with a lifetime best 49.59 to improve his regional qualifying time. Dudley owns a trio of top three career finishes in the event at the conference championships. He finished third in 2000 and won the event in 2001 before missing last year's championships with an ankle injury.

Dilley placed fourth in the high jump with a leap of 7-0 1/4 (2.14m), his best mark this season. Lightbody recorded a lifetime best mark of 180-9 (55.09m) in the discus. Smith's 49-10 1/2 (15.20m) distance in the triple jump was his best this season, placed him sixth and gave him a regional qualifying mark. Gehring tossed a lifetime best 196-10 (60.01m) to place seventh in the hammer throw. Dilley, Lightbody and Gehring each improved their regional qualifying marks.

The Cougars finished sixth as a team with 77 points. It is WSU's best finish since 1998 when the Cougars were fourth. USC (139 points) won its 16th team championship followed by Stanford (128), Oregon (127) UCLA (123) and Arizona State (82). WSU, California (54), Arizona (46) and Washington (37) rounded out the scoring.

On the women's side, Cougar seniors Tiffany Giles and Ellannee Richardson combined for 18 points. Giles recorded her best Pac-10 Championships finish in both the 200m dash and 400m dash. In the 200m, she ran 23.86 to place third and added a fourth place finish in the 400m with a time of 53.65. Richardson placed fifth in the 200m at 24.06 and notched a sixth place finish in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.55.

Giles and Richardson ran on both the 4x400m and 4x100m relay teams which finished third and sixth, respectively. In addition, Richardson's won the Pac-10 heptathlon title last weekend, giving Giles and Richardson a hand in 37 of WSU's 87 team points. Richardson finished her Cougar career with 67 points in individual events during her four years at the Pac-10 Championships.

'Ellannee was a workhorse,' Sloan said. 'She was tired last weekend at the heptathlon and never really got her legs back. She was not sharp at this meet, but still kept making marks and putting up points for us.'

The Cougars finished fifth behind UCLA (155 points), which won its seventh straight conference championship and 14th since the women's championships began in 1987, Stanford (140), Arizona State (109) and USC (101). Washington (64), Oregon (60), Arizona (58) and California (40) completed the scoring.

Tamara Diles set the WSU freshman outdoor record in the pole vault when she cleared the bar on her first attempt at 12-11 1/2 (3.95m). The effort earned her a fifth place finish and improved her regional qualifying mark.

Other Cougars contributing to the day's scoring included juniors Blessing Ufodiama, Bree Skinner and Monique Jessie and senior Anna Blue.

Ufodiama finished third in the triple jump with a season-best and regional qualifying improvement mark of 41-9 1/4 (12.73m) to record her best finish at the Pac-10 Championships after finishing seventh in 2001 and fifth last year. Skinner was fifth in the event with a jump of 40-6 1/4 (12.35m).

Jessie placed fourth in the 400m hurdles in a lifetime best time of 59.28 to improve her regional qualifying mark. Blue finished seventh in the 5000m run at 17:13.64.

'Our training brought us to this point,' Sloan said. 'The competition and the weather were great which contributes to good marks. But I think we showed up in some places people didn't expect us to be and I am very pleased and proud of how we performed.'

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