May 3, 2003
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Washington State men's and women's track and field teams defeated cross-state and Pac-10 rivals University of Washington Saturday in a cold and blustery dual meet at Husky Stadium.
The Cougar women, winners of 11 of the 19 events, captured the dual meet victory for the seventh consecutive year, 113-90, while the WSU men triumphed 116-81 after taking 13 of the 19 events contested. International dual meet scoring was used with only two participants from each school in each event counting toward team scoring.
"I couldn't be happier with the way both the men and women performed with just a couple of exceptions where we actually made a mistake here or there," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "There are so many things we did well today. I think getting back to the scoring format where there's going to be a winner and a loser brings out the best in our kids; that competitive environment where there's going to be a team score compiled at the end. Fortunately the Cougs came out on top and were the winners this weekend."
WSU's women went one-two-three in the both dashes and the in the discus. Cougar senior All-American heptathlete Ellannee Richardson had a good workout prior to next week's Pac-10 multi-events competition. Richardson, a senior from Gladstone, Ore., won both the 200m dash and the long jump, ran the anchor leg on both winning relays and finished second in the 400m, an event she rarely runs.
"Marie Muai (Tacoma, Wash.) was the best of the best in the throws today," Sloan said. "She had a 174-foot hammer throw for second place which was a seven-foot PR for her. Then she took third place in the shot put with a good, respectable mark and came back with a huge discus win with a PR of 167-10. I thought that was a remarkable job by her."
Senior men's captain and All-American hurdler Eric Dudley (Bellingham, Wash.) won both hurdles races and the 400m dash.
"Eric Dudley's performance today was a big bonus for our team as far as the points," Sloan said. "He kind of shut the Huskies down, especially in the open 400m where they were pretty confident to win."
Sloan noted the Cougars men's success in the early events of the meet, the hammer, javelin and steeplechase, was a great start toward the team win.
Junior Tim Gehring (Kettle Falls, Wash.) won both the shot put and hammer. Sam Lightbody (junior, Huntington Beach, Calif.) won the discus with a lifetime best throw of 176-4, and finished second in the shot. Thad Cullinan (sophomore, Mukilteo,Wash.) finished second in the hammer with a lifetime best mark of 171-10.
"A terrific job by our javelin throwers who all got season-bests," Sloan said of the one-two-three finish by Matt McGee (senior, Berkeley, Calif.) at 216-3, Nate Cummings (junior, Clarkston, Wash.) at 210-8, and Curt Borland (junior, Cowhiche, Wash.) at 207-2.
Junior Ian Johnson (Spokane, Wash.) came up with a big win in the steeplechase in a PR time of 9:07.97, soundly defeating UW's Jesse Fayant time of 9:11.42. Johnson's win kept the Huskies from winning all the middle distance events (1500m, 3000m, 5000m, and steeplechase) on both the men's and women's sides.
Cougar junior Anthony Buchanan (Spokane, Wash.) won both the 100m and 200m dashes with WSU senior Bennie Chatman (Houston, Texas) second in the 100m and freshman James McSwain (Las Vegas, Nev.) second in the 200m. Unfortunately, the pass on the second exchange going into the third leg of the 4x100m relay between Chatman and McSwain was out of the legal zone so the team was disqualified and missed an additional five points in the team total.
Junior Monique Jessie (Compton, Calif.) won the women's 400m hurdles with a PR time of 59.81.
"Monique did a great job of keeping her cool today," Sloan said. "She was passed early by the Husky runner but she stayed on her stride pattern and finished with a lifetime best. I'm really proud of the job she did for us."
Other winners from the Cougar women's team included Tamara Gulley (100m), Tiffany Giles (400m), Diana Pickler (100m hurdles), Whitney Evans (high jump) and Blessing Ufodiama (triple jump). Achieving lifetime best marks today were Nicole Hatcher (100m), Anna Blue (1500m), Shannon Rance (discus), and Sammy Jo Missel (hammer).
Cougar men also grabbing wins included Kurtiss Dilley (high jump), Martin Boston (long jump), and Peter Rizzardi (triple jump). Lifetime best marks were also achieved by Reid Carrell (steeplechase), Josh Leyk (110m hurdles), Darion Powell (400m hurdles and discus), Martin Boston (100m), Lamarr Kirk (400m), Justin Ireland (1500m), and Peter Rizzardi (long jump).
Next weekend WSU heptathletes Richardson and Diana Pickler along with decathlete Darion Powell will compete at the Pac-10 Combined Events Championships at Los Angeles. The rest of the Cougar track team will compete at the McDonald's Outdoor Meet at the University of Idaho or at the Modesto Relays.