Cougars Have Tough Day at US Olympic Track & Field Trials

July 10, 2004

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Three former Washington State University All-Americans competed and all three did not advance to the next round of competition in their events Saturday at the United States Track & Field Olympic Trials.

Ellannee Richardson missed advancing to the women's 400m hurdles finals by 24/100s of a second. The former Cougar All-American and current assistant track coach ran a time of 56.27 seconds in the semifinals, ninth among the 16th runners, after clocking a PR time of 55.61 seconds in the Friday quarterfinals. Richardson finished fifth in the second heat of the semifinals with the top four in each heat advancing to the finals. Lashinda Demus, from the University of South Carolina, ran the top time of the semifinals, 53.70 seconds, while the eighth-place finisher was Megan Addy (Nike) who ran a time of 56.03.

Cougar volunteer assistant coach Andrea Thornton will not be throwing in the women's discus finals after reaching only 169-feet, 9 inches (51.73m) in the qualifying round, 20th among the 24 throwers. Aretha Hill led the 13 women to advance to the final with a throw of 205-1 (62.51m).

Anthony Buchanan (Spokane, Wash.) ran a time of 10.44 seconds in the men's 100m dash qualifying, 27th of the 32 competitors. The top 24 runners advanced to the Sunday semifinals. Buchanan finished sixth in the second heat as Justin Gatlin (Nike) won the heat in a time of 10.16. The top four in each heat and the next eight fastest times advanced to the semifinals. Maurice Green (adidas) ran the fastest time of the day at 10.07. Buchanan's PR time in the 100m dash is 10.10w.

The Trials continue Sunday at A. G. Spanos Sports Complex but the next Cougar connection to compete will be Monday, July 12, when former assistant coach and All-American Francesca Green competes in the qualifying of the women's long jump.

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