May 28, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State's Anson Henry and Ellannee Richardson have been selected the West Region Athletes of the Year for the 2002 Division I Outdoor Season by the United States Track Coaches Association.
Henry, a senior sprinter from Pickering, Ontario, Canada, won both the 100m and 200m dashes at the Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships and ran a leg of the 4x100m relay team. He holds the school record in both sprint events. An indoor All-American, Henry will compete in the 100m dash at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the first time this week at Baton Rouge, La.
Richardson is a redshirt junior and two-time All-American heptathlete from Gladstone, Ore. She is a two-time Pac-10 heptathlon champion and competed in six events in the conference championships meet held earlier this month in Pullman. Richardson set the WSU school heptathlon record and leads the nation with 5,821 points. She is competing in the heptathlon at the NCAA Championships this week at Baton Rouge, La.
The USTCA coaches vote in one of the nine regions for the men's team and women's team coaches of the year, and men's and women's athletes of the year. Martin Smith, Oregon men, and Jeannette Boldon, UCLA women, were named the West Region Coaches of the Year.
Henry and Richardson are among 18 Regional Athletes of the Year being considered for selection as the Mondo/USTCA National Athlete of the Year which will be voted on a the conclusion of the NCAA Championships.