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Cougars Get Great Start at Pac-10 Track & Field Championships
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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May 20, 1999

IT'S PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP TIME: After claiming 23 points in the heptathlon and five points in the decathlon, the WSU track and field team competes at Sun Angel Stadium, Tempe, Arizona, in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships May 21-22...leading the Cougar contingent are Francesca Green Sewell, a two-time defending long jump champion (1996, 1998), and Bernard Lagat, a two-time defending 1500m champion (1997, 1998) in addition to defending his 1998 800m title...field events begin at 2:30 p.m. both days and running events at 5 p.m. May 21 and 6:30 p.m. May 22...FOX Sports Northwest will televise a two-hour highlight show May 29, at 5 p.m.

COUGS 2-3-4-5 IN HEPTATHLON, DWYER FOURTH AT DECATHLON: Cougar athletes finished 2-3-4-5 in the heptathlon and fourth in the decathlon at the Pac-10 Combined Events last weekend...freshman Ellannee Richardson (Gladstone, Ore.) set an American Junior record with her 5,660 points for second place...Stanford's Trayce Lawyer won her third consecutive Pac-10 title...Whitney Evans (freshman, Calgary, Canada) was third at 5,484 points followed by teammated LaTroya Mucker (junior, Los Angeles) at 4,835, and fifth-year senior hurdler Nicky Booth (Federal Way) making her debut in the multi-events finished fifth with 4,450 points...Steve Dwyer, a freshman from Redmond, placed fourth in the men's decathlon competition and earned the Cougars five team points.

WSU Track & Field Outdoor Schedule

May 21-21  Pac-10 Champs.,  Tempe

June 2-5 NCAA Div. I Outdoor Champs., Boise, Idaho

COUGARS WITH NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS TO DATE: # = Provisional mark * = Automatic mark (Current National Standing) WSU Women:

5000m           Megan Maynard   #        16:36.33    (37th)
400m Hurdles    Randi Smith #               59.11    (35th)
400m Relay      A. Higgins, Mucker, 
                Richardson, Sewell          #44.64   (12th)
High Jump       Whitney Evans           # 5-11 1/2   (T-12th)
Pole Vault      Jeannette Martus        # 12-3 1/2   (T-25th)
Long Jump       Francesca Green Sewell  # 20-3 1/2   (T-30th)
Triple Jump     Cicely Clinkenbeard     # 42-5 1/2   (T-14th)
                Francesca Green Sewell  # 41-5 1/4   (31st)
Discus          Mandy Borschowa *            188-8   (3rd)
Heptathlon      Ellannee Richardson *  5,660 points  (5th)
                Whitney Evans        # 5,484 points  (8th)
WSU Men:
1500m           Bernard Lagat            * 3:39.79   (4th)
5000m           Bernard Lagat           * 13:36.12   (1st)
110m Hurdles    Arend Watkins             * 13.63w   (3rd)
Triple Jump     Demetrius Murray        * 53-5 3/4   (6th)
Hammer          B.J. Schade                # 210-7   (22nd)

NATIONAL POLLS: The Trackwire Top 20 Poll for May 10, list the Cougar men at tied at 14th and do not list the WSU can find this site at United States Track Coaches Association Team Power Rankings for the outdoor season find the WSU men ranked 11th and the Cougar women fifth...the USCTA website is located at

RICHARDSON NAMED PAC-10 TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Ellannee Richardson, a freshman from Gladstone, Ore., was named the Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week after her outstanding second place performance at the Pac-10 Combined Events Championships...her 5,660 points broke the American Junior Heptathlon record and surpassed the old record of 5,591 points set by Marlene Harmon in 1981...Richardson's record is even more impressive because she had a headwind in both the 100m hurdles and 200m dash races, and she is throwing the new fly-shorter javelin (NCAA rules beginning 1999 season)...Richardson tallied four personal-best marks of the seven contested events.

ABOUT THE COUGAR COACHES: Head coach Rick Sloan (26th season overall - fifth year as a head coach, fourth year as director of combined men's and women's program)...Sloan was named 1999 Region VIII Women's Coach of the Year in addition to repeating as the MPSF Men's and Women's Coach of the Year...Sloan recently revealed his successful bout with prostate cancer...Sloan had surgery Oct. 1, 1998, and endured seven weeks of radiation treatment starting in January but has tested disease-free this spring...he is joined by associate coach Debra Lombardi, assistant coaches Dr. James Li, Mark Macdonald, Rohan Walker, and Kris Grimes...WSU's volunteer assistant coaches are Jason Wiens, Nancy Wenzel, and Dan O'Brien.



   100m         A. Higgins, Mucker, Sewell
   200m         A. Higgins, Mucker, Richardson
   400m         S. Higgins
   800m         Booterbaugh
   1,500m       Gagner
   3,000m       none
   5000m        Maynard
   100m HH      A. Higgins, Richardson, Rosenblad, Smith
   400m IH      Booth, Smith
   400m Relay   A. Higgins, Mucker, Richardson, Sewell
   1600m Relay  Evans, Richardson, Smith - and
                Booterbaugh or S. Higgins
   High Jump    Evans, McNeely, Sewell
   Pole Vault   Martus
   Long Jump    Richardson, Rosenblad, Sewell
   Triple Jump  Clinkenbeard, Elijah, Sewell
   Shot Put     Moore, Potter
   Discus       Borschowa, Potter, Thornton
   Javelin      Church, Monroe, Richardson
   Hammer       Moore, Potter, Thornton
  100m          Henry
  200m          none
  400m          Macias
  800m          Kamau, Lagat
  1,500m        Lagat
  Steeplechase  Charles
  5000m         Charles, Franco-Parra
  110m HH       Watkins
  400m IH       Dudley, Dwyer
  400m Relay    Laville, Watkins or DiSpatro, Macias,
 1600m Relay    Macias, Dudley, DiSpaltro, Kamau
  High Jump     Allen, Rushing
  Pole Vault    Boitano, Katich, Tower
  Long Jump     Laville, Murray
  Triple Jump   Murray
  Shot Put      none
  Discus        Graves, Moore, Pecht
  Javelin       Jones, Milam, Nichols
  Hammer        Moore, Schade


Bernard Lagat, the 1999 NCAA Div. I Indoor Male Athlete of the Year is the Track & Field News May 1999 cover boy...Lagat leads the nation with his 5000m time of 13:36.12 run Cardinal Invitational May 7...he also ran his best 1500m time on American soil May 15 at the Cardinal Qualifier - 3:39.79...his lifetime best and school record time of 3:34.48 was run last summer at Stuttgard, Germany.

Ellannee Richardson, freshman from Gladstone, Ore., ran a school record 13.69 seconds in her second-place finish in the 100m hurdles at the Hayward Relays April 10 in Eugene, Ore...her time eclipsed the previous WSU best time of 13.75 run by Chris Gesch in Eugene in 1992...Richardson's hurdles time is only .04 seconds away from being an NCAA provisional qualifying mark...she's also in the Cougar all-time list with the second-best heptathlon total of 5,660 points.

Mandy Borschowa (Snoqualmie, Wash.) improved her WSU freshman discus record with a heave of 188-8 to win that event May 1...Borschowa's toss was the second-farthest in school history with only Laura Lavine (189-10, 1988) ahead of her in the all-time best standings.

Andrea Thornton (sophomore, Shelton, Wash.) won the hammer throw May 1 with a school record toss of 174-1...she replaced senior Molly Moore (Kalispell, Mont.) as the season leader as well but this race is not over...Becky Potter (RS-sophomore, Gig Harbor, Wash.) had a career-best toss of 171-6 and Moore currently stands at 171-3 this season but has a career high of 172-3...each of these three have held the school record at one time in their careers at WSU...they are coached by WSU's first woman hammer thrower, Debra Lombardi.

The Cougar women's sprint corps hesitated to run the short relay at the Cougar Open Meet, April 24, but in the end were rewarded for their efforts with a school record and NCAA provisional qualifying mark...WSU's Attrina Higgins, LaTroya Mucker, Ellannee Richardson and Francesca Sewell executed flawless handoffs and used effortless speed to clock in at 44.64 seconds...not only a school record - surpassing the 1998 time of 44.78 set by Sharika Higgins, Mucker, Tamika Brown and Sewell - but establishing an NCAA provisional qualifying mark that ranks third in the Pac-10 and 13th nationally this year.

Jeannette Martus (sophomore, Livonia, Mich.) holds the school pole vault record with a height of 12-3 1/2 (3.75m) set May 1 at addition to Martus, Whitney Evans (Calgary, Canada) set the freshman school record with a

Cicely Clinkenbeard (sophomore, Okanogan, Wash.) now holds the school triple jump record with a 42-5 1/2 (12.94m) mark leaped at the Pre-Pac-10 Qualifier at Tucson May 16...Clinkenbeard has made steady progress in overtaking Sharon Li's 1993 mark of 41-11 1/4w...RS-junior Francesca Green Sewell (Kennewick, Wash.) added the triple to her list of jumps this year and has a career-best of (12.63m) 41-5 1/4 - third on the all-time list.

Junior Demetrius Murray placed second at the Modesto Relays invitational men's triple jump but leaped 53 feet, 5 3/4 inches (16.29m) and was the top collegiate finisher...his mark is an NCAA automatic qualifier, fifth-best in WSU all-time standings and fifth-best nationally.

Arend Watkins (sophomore, San Jose, Calif.) lowered his lifetime-best mark in the 110m high hurdles with a 13.63 wind-aided clocking at the Modesto Relays May 8...Watkins' top legal time is 13.77, run at the Jim Click Shootout at Tucson Mar. 27.

B.J. Schade (RS-junior, Sequim, Wash.) popped a lifetime-best hammer throw of 210-7 (64.20m) at the Pre-Pac-10 Qualifier at Tucson May 16...this mark bettered his NCAA PQ.

Pac-10 Athletes of the Week this season - Bernard Lagat for his triple wins in the 800m, 1500m, and 3000m April 3, Arend Watkins for his 110m hurdles win April 24, Demetrius Murray for his top collegiate finish in the triple jump and NCAA QA at the Modesto Relays May 8, and Ellannee Richardson for her American Junior Heptathlon Record with her 5,660 points second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships May 15.

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