Richardson Advances at US Olympic Track & Field Trials

July 9, 2004

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Ellannee Richardson, a former Cougar All-American and current assistant coach at Washington State University, advanced to the semifinals of the women's 400m hurdles Friday night at the United States Track & Field Olympic Trials.

Richardson ran a PR time of 55.61 seconds for 9th among the 25 competitors in the quarterfinals with 16 advancing to Saturday night's semifinal. She finished third in the third heat but surpassed her lifetime-best time by 38/100s of a second. The top quarterfinal time of 54.52 was run by Sandra Glover (Nike), also in the third heat.

Current Cougar junior Matt Mason (Marietta, Ga.) had a wind-aided qualifying round long jump of 24-feet, 7 inches (7.49m) which was 17th best on the night. Only the top 12 advanced to Sunday final. Mason, who came into the competition with a PR of 26-6 1/4 (8.08m), pulled a hamstring in May and has had limited training since. Dwight Phillips (Nike) had the best leap of the prelims at 27-5 1/2 (8.37m).

Tim Gehring, a 2004 Cougar thrower, did not advance from the qualifying round of the men's shot put. Gehring, from Kettle Falls, Wash., threw a distance of 60-feet, 1/4 inch (18.29m), which was 15th best overall. The top 12 throwers advanced to the Saturday night final and the best throw was by former UCLA thrower John Godina (70-8 1/2 / 21.55m).

Former Cougar All-American Eric Dudley (Bellingham, Wash.) ran a time of 50.36 seconds for 18th place overall in the men's 400m hurdles quarterfinals. The top 16 advanced to the Saturday semifinals. LaRon Bennett's time of 49.09 was the fastest of the prelims.

The Trials continue Saturday at A. G. Spanos Sports Complex with Anthony Buchanan running the qualifying race for the men's 100m dash, Andrea Thornton throwing in the qualifying of the women's discus, and Richardson running in the semifinals of the women's 400m hurdles.

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