March 9, 2002
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Washington State's Whitney Evans finished second in the high jump and Anson Henry claimed third in the 60m dash in the final day of the NCAA Div. I Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the University of Arkansas campus.
Evans, a redshirt junior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, earned her second indoor and fifth overall All-America certificate with her tie for second-place in the women's high jump Saturday. Evans cleared 6-feet even (1.83m) on her third attempt but missed all three attempts at 6-0 3/4, an identical series to Iowa State's Gina Curtis. UCLA's Darnesha Griffith cleared 6-0 3/4 on her third try to win the event. WSU freshman Schquay Brignac, from North Hills, Calif., finished tied for tenth at a height of 5-9 1/4 (1.76m).
"Whitney jumped well but on her opening height, she warmed up and made it easily but missed on her first attempt." Cougar coach Rick Sloan said. "It probably cost her second place all by herself. She had a close attempt on her second jump at 6-0 3/4 but brushed the bar with her backside and dislodged it. Schquay did a good job in her first national championship and missed All-America honors by one place."
Evans' seven points, added to the six points of Tamara Diles third place pole vault finish Friday night, gave the WSU women 13 points in the team standings. WSU tied for 19th in team standings. Louisiana State won the women's title.
Henry, a senior from Pickering, Ontario, Canada, ran to third place in the men's 60m dash in a time of 6.66 seconds. Justin Gatlin, a senior from Tennessee who won the 200m dash Friday night, took first place in the 60m dash in 6.59. Volunteer teammate Leonard Scott finished second with a time of 6.61. Henry had to out-lean both Samie Parker from Oregon and Terence Newman from Kansas State who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in a time of 6.67.
"Anson came back and got a tremendous start out of the blocks and was actually leading the race 30-40 meters into it and thought he might win," Sloan said. "But the Tennessee guys got up and got past him. The third place is absolutely fantastic for Anson. He's had an outstanding season from the very first meet all the way through. He's been very consistent in his times and it is a great way to conclude his last indoor season with a third place at the NCAA Indoor Championships."
Henry ran his preliminary heat in 6.65 seconds which equaled his Washington State school record 60m time. His third place finish gave the Cougar men six points, tied for 35th in the team standings. Tennessee won the men's title. It was Henry's first All-America certificate.
"I'm really proud of the way all five people compete hard and did a great job," Sloan said. "Now we'll get home and hopefully the snow will melt away and we'll get ready for the outdoor season."
Washington State men's and women's teams open the outdoor season March 16, in Los Angeles against UCLA and California.