April 5, 2003
AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington State University's Eric Dudley won the men's 400m hurdles with the second-best time in school history Saturday at the 76th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays held at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Dudley, a redshirt senior All-American from Bellingham, Wash., won the men's 400m hurdles race in a personal-record time of 49.70 seconds, slicing 43/100s of a second off his former PR and surpassing his best time this year by 1.39 seconds. Dudley's time is second on WSU's all-time list behind Boyd Gittins' 1968 time of 49.27, the collegiate record at that time and the oldest record on the Cougar men's all-time lists. He also moved past his current hurdles coach, Mark Macdonald, who ran 50.05 in 1992.
"I'm really happy with the race today," Dudley said. "I came in and was able to maintain my stride pattern because the wind was a lot better than in the prelims. I was able to come in and execute. The competition was tight in the end, which helped to keep pushing me through to the finish."
"This was a great run for Eric," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "He hit his stride. He had to work real hard to get the 13 steps on the sixth hurdle but from that point on was just rolling."
Bennie Chatman, a senior from Houston, Texas, finished second in the men's 100m dash in 10.19w, which bettered his a PR time of 10.27w clocked in the prelims. Marquis Davis, a junior from Mississippi State, won the 100m dash in 10.10.
"Bennie did not have a good start: he had a little forward twitch, got caught sitting back in the blocks and got left there," Sloan said. "But he came on strong all the way through the middle of the race and through the line. In fact he was in third place with just a short distance to go and just closed it out to second place at the end. A 10.19 is an incredibly fast time in spite of the 3.0mps wind and Bennie looked great doing it. He's thrust himself into the favorite's role for the Pac-10 Championships and possibly down the road at the nationals. He is continuing to improve and a good start on that race will give him an even better time. If we had all of our meet in Texas (his home state), I'm sure Bennie would be the fastest guy in the nation."
Ellannee Richardson finished fifth in the women's 100m hurdles with a PR time of 13.52, with frequent foe Angela Whyte from Idaho finishing fourth in 13.30. Lolo Jones, a junior from LSU, won the race in 12.90, which is the fastest time run in the world this year. Jones was named most outstanding female performer of the meet. Richardson, a redshirt senior from Gladstone, Ore., and an All-American heptathlete, moved into second on WSU's all-time list for the 100m hurdles behind Agneta Rosenblad's 2001 wind-aided time of 13.28.
"Ellannee is really starting to run fast and aggressively in the hurdles now so that will be big points for her in the heptathlon," Sloan said.
Richardson also anchored the women's 4x400m relay team which finished sixth with a time of 3:38.26. The squad of Tiffany Giles (senior, Seattle), Monique Jessie (junior, Compton, Calif.), and Tamara Gulley (junior, San Jose, Calif.) had run a prelim time of 3:36.73 for the school's outdoor record for this event.
Tamara Diles, a redshirt freshman from Bellevue, Wash., finished fifth in the women's A section pole vault with a clearance of 12-feet, 7 1/2 inches (3.85m). Diles was one of six vaulters at that height with Oregon senior Becky Holliday winning by clearing the bar at 13-5 1/4 (4.10m).
Tim Gehring, a redshirt junior from Kettle Falls, Wash., finished fourth in the men's section A shot put with a toss of 56-10 1/4 (17.33m).
Kurtiss Dilley, a junior from Elverta, Calif., finished 17th in the men's section A high jump with a clearance of 6-8 3/4 (2.05m).
The Cougars host the WSU Open Meet next Saturday, April 12, at Mooberry Track.