May 20, 2000
EUGENE, Ore. -- The Washington State women's team is in third place after the first day of competition at the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships Saturday, at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.
WSU's 39 points trails the UCLA women at 54, and the Stanford women's 45 points after seven events.
After eight events, USC leads the men's team competition with 58 points, the Cougars are ninth at 21.5 points.
"Two negative points hit today and there were only really two," Cougar coach Rick Sloan said. "Arend Watkins was not able to run today because his left hamstring was very tight and sore. We thought over the last couple of days we might be to a position that he might be able to go over half speed and still be able to win, but the leg was too sore warming up going over hurdles. He was able to run pretty well but when he lifted his lead leg to go over hurdles it was pretty tight and sore so he did not run. He'll hopefully get well for the NCAA Championships.
"Sharika Higgins was disqualified after a very nice run in the 200m prelims. She ran 23.69 and was disqualified for running on the line. We have filed a protest in but we really don't have much hope that will be upheld.
"The rest of the meet, things went very well for us," Sloan said.
Molly Monroe, a senior from Ellensburg, Wash., won the women's javelin with a toss of 152-feet, 7 inches. Cougar teammate Casey Lektorich (freshman, University High, Spokane) placed fifth in the javelin at 142-0. Both women threw their best distances of the day in their final throws.
"It feels great," Monroe said. "It's been a long season, a long four years. It was getting stressful out there, but I managed to pull it off. The runway was a little slippery, but I was able to get it done."
Agneta Rosenblad, a junior from Lidingo, Sweden who placed sixth in the heptathlon last weekend, finished second in the women's long jump. Rosenblad improved her NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark with a lifetime-best leap of 20-10 1/2. WSU's Francesca Sewell (Kennewick, Wash.) finished sixth with a distance of 19-10 3/4w. ASU's Tiffany Greer won the event at 21-0.
"Agneta comes through on her last jump," Sloan said. "Her second round jump was well over 21 feet but she fouled it. She went 20-8 in the fourth round, ran the (4x100m) relay, missed her fifth round jump, and was able to come back and recover enough from the relay to nail a 20-10 1/2. She's now tied with Fran (Sewell) for second best jump in school history. Fran also improved on her final jump, after running the relay. She beat the ASU jumper on second best-effort. It was a great contribution by Fran, sucking it up and competing."
"Both long jumpers and both javelin throwers hit the big effort on their final throw and put us back in the money," Sloan said.
Rosenblad also ran a school record in the 100m hurdles, clocking a 13.61 in the prelims. WSU's Attrina Higgins (senior, Chino, Calif.) and Randi Smith (sophomore, Beverly Hills, Calif.) will join Rosenblad in the eight-woman final Sunday.
Andrea Thornton (junior, Shelton, Wash.) placed fifth in the hammer with a throw of 190-0. Becky Potter (junior, Gig Harbor, Wash.) was 12th after a toss of 162-4. Christina Tolson of UCLA won the hammer at 208-5.
Thornton also scored a point for the Cougar women in the shot put, finishing eighth at 46-2 3/4. UCLA thrower Seilala Sua won with at toss of 56-9 1/2.
On the men's side, Ian Waltz (senior, Post Falls, Idaho), finished third in the shot put at 59-4 3/4. Washington's Ben Lindsey won with a throw of 63-11 3/4.
Demetrius Murray (senior, Tacoma) finished seventh in the long jump at 23-11. Dwight Phillips, ASU, won with a leap of 26-6 1/4w.
In the men's javelin, WSU's Bryan Jones (junior, Nooksack, Wash.) placed fourth at 210-4, followed by Russ Milam's (Bozeman, Mont.) 209-4 for fifth. Ryan Nichols (junior, Selah, Wash.) finished eighth at 206-2. Esko Mikkola, Arizona, won at 236-6.
Other WSU men to score points were: B.J. Schade (senior, Sequim, Wash.), sixth in the hammer at 200-9, Brian Preuss (junior, Mead High, Spokane CC) who tied for eighth in the pole vault at 16-3 3/4.
Non scoring Cougs included: 3,000m steeplechase - Scott Johnson, 10th, Kyle Barker, 12th, 10,000m - Jon Welsh, 11th.
WSU's women to advance to Sunday finals (prelim placing) included: 4x100m relay team (4th), 100m hurdles - Rosenblad (4th), Attrina Higgins (5th), Randi Smith (6th), 100m dash - Sharika Higgins (7th), 800m - Alishia Booterbaugh (2nd), 400m hurdles - Randi Smith (3rd).
"Great job on the women competing today," Sloan said. "Everybody came out and hit good marks and did what they had to do to move on to the next round. I think we're sitting pretty good, we just need to get out and get the job done tomorrow and we can be up there in the top three of four teams. Looks like Stanford, Arizona, ASU and us will be pretty tight for that third, fourth and fifth position."
Other quotes from Cougar coach Rick Sloan: "Fran (Sewell) is still pretty banged up. Her ankle is so sore that it is hard for her to do anything (in the sprints). It got flared up in the long jump.
"Alishia Booterbaugh led from the gun (in the 800m) and looked comfortable and easy with a 2:08. Lisa Schares was in very good position with the lead pack of four, looked very strong and able to really bring it in the end and probably would have run a lifetime best but got tripped up from behind and went to the track. Unfortunately she didn't make it to the final and had to end her career there.
"Andrea Thornton had a good day for us throwing well in the hammer, throwing her best series of the year when we needed it, and then coming out and making the final in the shot and getting us a point.
"Three Cougs in the 100m hurdles finals so we look to score a little more in the hurdles event than we anticipated in this event. In the intermediate hurdles, Autumn Wood ran a good strong race but just didn't make the final. It was a good time for Randi but she looked a little bit sluggish.
"Great run by Anson Henry with the fourth fastest time, second in his heat to Washington's Ja'Warren Hooker.
"I know Ian is disappointed with his shot put but we'll just reconnect and get ready for the discus tomorrow.
"The men's javelin guys did a good job. They all got their best throws in the qualifying rounds.
"BJ Schade had his best hammer throw of the year and had a good series.
"We're doing pretty well. We'll give it our best shot tomorrow"