April 18, 2004
WALNUT, Calif. -- Washington State University's Blessing Ufodiama leaped a wind-aided 43-feet, 5 1/4 inches for fourth place in the women's invitational triple jump Sunday at the Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) Relays.
Ufodiama, a senior from Long Beach, Calif., competing in the elite invitational section of the triple jump which combined the top university and Olympic hopefuls, started the day with a fouled attempt. Her 13.24m/43-5 1/4 leap came on her second attempt, aided by a 2.4 meters per second wind. Ufodiama's subsequent attempts reached 12.81m/42-0 1/2, 12.80m/42-0, and 12.62m/41-5. Colleen Scott of Trabuco Hills won the triple jump with a leap of 13.96m/45-9 3/4.
The 43-5 1/4w mark in the longest triple jump in Cougar women's track history and is an NCAA Regional Qualifying mark. Ufodiama's previous PR was 12.89m/42-3 1/2i, a mark she reached at the 2004 Husker Invitational Indoor Meet.
WSU assistant coach Ellannee Richardson finished second in the women's university/open section of the 400m hurdles in a time of 56.76 seconds. Megan Addy of Nike won the event with a time of 56.09.
Cougar volunteer assistant coach Andrea Thornton also competed at the Mt. SAC Relays, finishing 13th in the women's invitational discus (49.39m/162-0), and 18th in the women's invitational hammer throw (57.26m/187-10).
Washington State hosts Mooberry Track home meets for the next two weekends - the Cougar Invitational April 24, and the Washington Dual Meet May 1.