Richardson Qualifies for U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials

May 24, 2004

LOS ANGELES -- Ellannee Richardson, five-time Washington State University All-American and current assistant coach for the Cougar track and field teams, won the women's Olympic Development 400m intermediate hurdles race Saturday at the Home Depot Track & Field Invitational at Los Angeles.

Richardson, running for the Palouse Hills Track Club, raced to a PR of 55.99 seconds, and out-leaned Megan Addy (Nike) at the finish line. Addy finished second with a time of 56.00 seconds.

Richardson's time exceeded the 'A' qualifying time of 56.00 seconds and she is now qualified for the 2004 USA Olympic Trials, to be held this July at Sacramento. Coming into the Home Depot Invite, Richardson's PR was 56.40 seconds. She is scheduled to race again June 17, at San Diego.

Earlier this year, Richardson, ran the fastest time in the women's 400m dash prelims (PR 52.93) at the 2004 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Boston, and finished fifth (53.66) in the final. She went on to compete at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships at Budapest, Hungary, as a member of the USA National Indoor Track and Field women's 4x400m relay team. The relay team of Richardson, GiGi Miller, Natasha Hastings and Moushaumi Robinson finished fourth in their preliminary heat in a time of 3:33.38 and did not advance to the final.

Richardson joins current Cougar sprinter Anthony Buchanan (Spokane, Wash.) who reached the 'A' qualifying standard time of 10.21 seconds in the men's 100m dash at the Pac-10 Championships May 15. Former Cougars who have reached Olympic 'A' Standards include: Bennie Chatman (100m dash), Dominique Arnold (110m hurdles), Ian Waltz (discus), and Arend Watkins (110m hurdles).

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