July 7, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University will be represented by at least four athletes and a volunteer assistant coach at the United States Olympic Track & Field Trials, July 14-23, at Sacramento, California.
The Cougars entered to date are: Ian Waltz, a 2000 graduate from Post Falls, Idaho, men's discus, Arend Watkins, a junior from San Jose, Calif., 110m high hurdles, Alishia Booterbaugh, a senior from LaCenter, Wash., 800m, and Randi Smith, a sophomore from Beverly Hills, Calif., 400m intermediate hurdles.
Former Cougar high hurdles standout and 1996 NCAA Champion, Dominique Arnold, is also expected to compete although is not listed as an entry to date. Francis Dodoo, a 1984 WSU All-American triple jumper, is listed as a non-qualifier on the official entry list. His inclusion in the competition will be determined by the size of the qualified field.
Waltz, Watkins, Smith, and volunteer assistant coach, decathlete Dan O'Brien, are all currently training at WSU's Pullman campus.
An eight-time All-American in the shot put and discus, Waltz has a season-best discus throw of 198-feet, 7 inches (62.52m) when he won the Pac-10 Conference title, and has a lifetime best throw of 211-5 (64.44m).
Watkins, a two-time All-American, did not defend his 1999 high hurdles title at the 2000 Pac-10 Championships because of a pulled hamstring. His efforts were still hampered by the injury at the NCAA Championships where he finished last in the preliminaries. Watkins' lifetime best of 13.51 seconds was clocked at the Mt. SAC Relays where he finished second to former Cougar Arnold.
Booterbaugh, who will return for her final eligible season of cross country at WSU this fall, clocked a career-best time of 2 minutes, 4.81 seconds to finish seventh at the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Championships last month at Durham, NC. She also ran as a "rabbit" at the 2000 Prefontaine Classic at Eugene, Ore., last month.
Randi Smith, a sophomore hurdler from Beverly Hills, Calif., finished second in the 400m intermediate hurdles at the 2000 USA Track & Field Junior Nationals, last month at Denton, Texas. Smith ran a school record time of 57.07, surpassing her previous WSU-best time of 57.61. Smith finished sixth at the 2000 Pac-10 championships, and did not advance to the final of the women's 400m IH at the NCAA Championships.
Smith's time of 57.07 ranks her fourth-fastest in the world for women competitors under the age of twenty. Her finish at the US Junior Nationals qualified her for the World Junior Championships at Santiago, Chile (Oct. 17-22).