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Track & Field Competes At McDonald's II Open Indoor
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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/19/2000
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Feb. 19, 2000

MOSCOW, Idaho. -- One day after running an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 800m, Alishia Booterbaugh won the women's mile in a lifetime best time of 5:02.02 at the McDonald's II Open Indoor at Moscow, Idaho.

Greta Johnson ran just behind Booterbaugh to finish third in 5:07.50. Booterbaugh's previous best in the mile was 5:09.76, set at the McDonald's I Open (Feb 5). Friday, Booterbaugh ran the 800m in a lifetime best and NCAA AQ time of 2:07.04 to win the event at Vandal Invitational.

Andrea Thornton and Becky Potter finished first and second, respectively, in the 20-pound weight throw. Thornton, who finished second in the discus, topped out at 60-2, while Potter's best was recorded at 56-10 3/4.

The WSU women dominated the sprint events, taking victories in the 55m hurdles, 60m dash, 200m and 400m.

Sharika Higgins established a new indoor best by winning the 400m in 56.28. Heidi Abersfeller finished second in the event in 58.26. Abersfeller also produced a third-place finish in the 200m in 25.79.

Eric Dudley smashed his personal best winning the 800m. Last year Dudley ran 2:03.61, but Saturday he was nearly ten seconds better with a victorious time of 1:54.44.

The men's long jump saw Chad Schwediman turn in his best performance of the season. The junior and Pullman native jumped 22-3 1/2 to edge Idaho's Rick McCrery, who finished third in 22-1 3/4.

Some of the McDonald's II Open action took place Friday night in cooperation with the Vandal Invitational. Among the notables, Ian Waltz took second-place in the discus with an effort of 187-9 1/2.. Washington's Ben Lindsey captured first with a throw of 189-8.

Cicely Clinkenbeard won the triple jump easily with an NCAA provisional qualifying effort of 41-11 1/2. Saturday, Clinkenbeard finished second in the long jump with a best of 18-1.

The next WSU indoor track and field action is slated for February 25-26 at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Reno, Nevada.

WSU COMPETITORS AT McDONALD'S II OPEN INDOOR TRACK MEET

Women:

55m Hurdles: 1. Rosenblad (8.20), 3. Zapata (8.38), 4. Odonkor (8.41).

200m: 1. A. Higgins (24.63), 2. Mucker (24.92), 3. Abersfeller (25.79).

400m: 1. S. Higgins (56.28), 2. Abersfeller (58.26), 6. Odonkor (59.86).

800m: 3. Neel (2:14.05), 4. Schaures (2:14.65), 13. J. Miller (2:22.32), 14. R. Smith (2:22.51), 22. H. Smith (2:26.11).

Mile: 1. Booterbaugh (5:02.02), 3. G. Johnson (5:07.50), 5. Gilmore (5:10.17).

20-lb Throw: 1. Thornton (18.34m/60-2), 2. Potter (17.34m/56-10 3/4).

Long Jump: 2. Clinkenbeard (5.51m/18-1), 3. Rosenblad (5.42m/17-9 1/2).

Pole Vault: 5. Robinett (3.20m/10-6), 8. Heggie (2.90m/9-6 1/4).

Men:

55m Hurdles: 8. W. Miller (8.28).

200m: 8. Macias (22:15), 14. Sommer (22.49), 16. Fitzhugh (22.69), 22. L. Williams (23.23), 34. W. Miller (23.55).

400m: 3. Sommer (50.04).

800m: 1. Dudley (1:54.44), 17. Hazelquist (2:00.08), 19. Childers (2:00.29).

Mile: 5. Boniface (4:23.81), 12. Barker (4:28.65).

Pole Vault: 2. Collins (5.00m/16-4 3/4), 5. Preuss (4.85m/15-11), 6. Boitano (4.70m/15-5), 6. Katich (4.70m/15-5), 6. Nikbakhsh-Tali (4.70m/15-5)

Long Jump: 2. Schwendiman (6.79m/22-3 1/2).

WSU COMPETITORS AT FRIDAY'S PORTION OF THE McDONALD'S II OPEN

Women:

Discus: 2. Thornton (48.36m/158-8), 3. Potter (46.58m/152-10).

Triple Jump: 1. Clinkenbeard (12.79m/41-11 1/2).

Men:

Discus: 2. Waltz (57.25m/187-9 1/2), 5. Pecht (50.60m/166-0), 7. Graves (48.95m/160-7).

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