Feb. 24, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Ellannee Richardson, five-time Washington State University All-American and current assistant coach for the Cougar track and field teams, will compete at the 2004 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend in Boston.
The final stop on USA Track & Field's 2004 Golden Spike Tour, the USA Indoor Championships will be the selection process for the 2004 IAAF Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 5-7, at Budapest, Hungary. The top two finishers in each event at the USA meet will be selected for Team USA and will compete at the World Indoors.
Richardson, a four-time All-America heptathlete taking second place at the 2003 and 2002 NCAA Championships, also earned an All-America certificate at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships anchoring the women's 4x400m relay to seventh place with a school-record time of 3 minutes, 35.49 seconds. She also anchored the 1600m relay to a school record outdoor time of 3:33.65 for second place at the NCAA West Regional and a trip to the national meet.
Training and competing alongside the Cougar sprinters, Richardson has run a top 400m time of 53.22 seconds at the Husker Invitational, Feb. 7. According to the USA Track & Field website (www.usatf.org), the fastest entry in the women's 400m at the Indoor Championships is Crystal Cox with a time of 53.12. But Cox, from North Carolina, will also be competing in the 200m race so Richardson and another former heptathlete, Gigi Miller (Arkansas '01), are considered strong contenders for the top two spots.
Richardson will accompany the WSU teams to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Seattle, but only stay through the first two days before traveling to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. The 400m prelims are Saturday, Feb. 28, at 3:54 p.m. ET with the final set for Sunday, Feb. 29, at 5:52 p.m. ET.