June 11, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington State University senior Anthony Buchanan ended his collegiate career as an All-American after finishing seventh in the men's 100m dash final Saturday night at the NCAA Track & Field Championships being held at Mike A. Myers Stadium, on the University of Texas campus.
Buchanan, a senior from Spokane, Wash., ran the 100m dash final in a time of 10.22 seconds after clocking in a season-best time of 10.15W in the Thursday prelims. Arkansas junior Tyson Gay was declared the champion with a time of 10.051 as runner-up Michael Frater, a senior from Texas Christian, finished with a time of 10.059. Auburn sophomore Marc Burns, who ran the fastest prelim time of 9.99, did not show up in the starting blocks for the final. Western Kentucky senior Jonathon Brown finished just ahead of Buchanan, the only competitor from a Pac-10 school in the men's 100m dash final, with a time of 10.21.
"It looked like a good race for Anthony," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "He was running well but it looked like he let up a little bit at the end. I'm very happy for him to reach All-American."
"My plan was to come and be an All-American and my goal was to hopefully win but I am very happy with All-American," Buchanan said. "I had a terrible start and middle and finish. It was not my best race. Most of the guys in the race are from the south and they are used to the high heat and humidity that I battled all week."
As for future plans, Buchanan said he would like to move to California and find a job so that he can train in a warm climate to prepare for the Olympic Trials next month at Sacramento.
Buchanan's finish gave the Cougar men two points in the team standings.
The only other Cougar competitor Friday, Blessing Ufodiama, a senior from Long Beach, Calif., finished tied for 18th in the women's triple jump qualifying round with a wind-aided best leap of 42-feet even (12.80m). She fouled her first and third attempts. The top nine women advance to the Saturday final. Ufodiama was the lone Cougar woman competing at the national outdoor meet.
"It was good to get some points out of meet on the men's side with Anthony's finish," Sloan said. "We'll just have to wait and see what Curt can get us tomorrow."
NCAA Championships concludes Saturday with Cougar senior Curt Borland throwing in the men's javelin final.