Boston Second at USATF Track & Field Junior Championships

June 23, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. -- Washington State freshman Martin Boston took second place in the long jump at the USATF Junior Track & Field Championships Saturday at Stanford.

Boston, from Hayward, Calif., leaped a lifetime-best 24-feet, 4 1/2 inches (7.43m) for second place in the men's long jump at the junior national championship meet. Ronald Hill, from Mt. San Antonio College, won the event with a leap of 24-8 1/2.

By placing in the top three, Boston qualified to compete at the 2003 Pan American Junior Championships in Athletics, July 18-20, at Bridgetown, Barbados. The criteria for junior competition includes remaining age 20 or less during the calendar year of competition.

Four former Cougars also competed at the USATF Senior Track & Field Championships at Stanford last week.

Eric Dudley, 2003 NCAA All-America, ran a time of 50.54 seconds in the 400m hurdles prelims and advanced to the semifinals. His semifinals time of 50.71 was 13th among the 16 runners and only the top eight advanced to the final.

Former Cougar All-American and a volunteer coach for the 2004 season, Andrea Thornton finished 11th in the women's discus with a throw of 172-11 (52.71m), and 12th in the hammer throw after a toss of 196-7 (59.93m).

Former WSU All-American high hurdlers Arend Watkins and Dominique Arnold, both running for NIKE, qualified for the semifinals of the men's 110m hurdles. Watkins had the third-fastest prelim time of 13.46 seconds while Arnold was fourth in the prelims with a time of 13.64. Watkins' semifinals time of 13.60 was 9th and Arnold's time of 13.62 was 10th. Neither advanced to the final.

Ian Waltz, Cougar All-American thrower, finished sixth in the men's discus with a toss of 197-5 (60.18m). Waltz is recovering from an appendectomy done three weeks earlier.

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