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Men's and Women's Track Teams Grab Wins at Palouse
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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May 1, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University men's and women's teams grabbed wins at the cold and windy Palouse Team Invitational Meet Saturday and Cougar freshman Mandy Borschowa threw an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 188-8 to win the discus.

In the USTCA Collegiate Series triangular meet, the Cougar men earned 169 points with Purdue second at 128 and Wyoming third with 93. The WSU women scored 175 points as Purdue produced 137 and Wyoming 78.

In a great day for throwers, Borschowa, from Snoqualmie, Wash., set the freshman school record when she tossed her sixth and final throw of the discus competition. Her mark is currently third-best nationally and improves her WSU freshman record but is just short of the all-time WSU best of 189-10 thrown by Laura Lavine in 1988. Borschowa out-distanced Wyoming's Robin Lyons who threw a career-best 177-4, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Lyons also tossed the hammer 198-8 for the win and improved her existing NCAA PQ by two feet. Purdue's Serene Ross threw the javelin 157-10 and improved her NCAA PQ by nearly two feet.

The women's pole vault produced another WSU record as Jeannette Martus (sophomore, Livonia, Mich.) improved her NCAA PQ and school best mark to 12-3 1/2 but finished second to Purdue's Amy Spellmeyer, who cleared the same height but on an earlier attempt.

Cicely Clinkenbeard (sophomore, Okanogan) won the triple jump and improved her NCAA PQ and school record distance with a wind-aided leap of 41-11 1/4.

Francesca Sewell (RS-junior, Kennewick) and Ellannee Richardson (sophomore, Gladstone, Ore.) again piled up the points for the Cougar women. Sewell won the long jump, 100m dash, anchored the winning 4x100m relay team, and placed third in the triple jump. Richardson won the 200m dash, ran the third leg of the winning 4x100m relay and placed second in the 100m dash and third in the long jump.

Freshman Randi Smith (Beverly Hills, Calif.) tallied wins in both hurdles races while Sharika Higgins (junior, Oxnard, Calif.) won the 400m dash and Whitney Evans (freshman, Calgary, Canada) won the high jump. Distance runners came through with Cougar wins as Alishia Booterbaugh (junior, LaCenter) claimed the 800m, April Gagner (freshman, Roy, Wash.) the 1500m, and Megan Maynard (sophomore, Langley) the 5,000m.

In an exhibition hammer throw, Wyoming assistant coach and former American record holder, Dawn Ellerbe, threw a Mooberry Track record 215-6 in the women's hammer.

Not to be outdone, the male throwers had a good day too. Purdue's Chris Spurrier tallied an NCAA PQ with a 59-7 3/4 shot put while Wyoming's Kevin Mannon was second at 59-1 1/2, also a PQ mark. Mannon won the hammer with a PQ of 209-2, but was 15 feet short of his PR. WSU's BJ Schade (RS-junior, Sequim) improved his PQ with a second place hammer throw of 204-8. Cougar Bryan Jones (sophomore, Nooksack) won the javelin with a PR of 216-6 and Cameron Graves (RS-freshman, Shoreline) won the discus at 177-2.

WSU's Bernard Lagat (senior, Kenya) won both the 800m and 1500m races in unremarkable times and Chris Charles (senior, Bainbridge Island) claimed the steeplechase. Guillermo Macias (junior, LaPuente, Calif.) won the 200m dash and the Cougar men won the 4x100m relay. Arend Watkins (sophomore, San Jose, Calif.) easily won the 110m high hurdles in an NCAA improved PQ and PR time of 13.74w.

In the field, WSU's Demetrius Murray (junior, Tacoma) won the long jump, Chris Rushing (junior, Redmond), and Kyllan Tower (senior, Auburn) claimed the pole vault.

The Cougars host the WSU Invitational May 8, with competitors from Idaho and Eastern Washington, but several of the top Inland Northwest track and field athletes will be competing at the Modesto Relays.

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