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WSU Track Competes at Vandal Invitational
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/19/2000
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Feb. 18, 2000

MOSCOW, Idaho. -- Taking more than one second off her lifetime best, Alishia Booterbaugh ran an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:07.04 to win the women's 800m race at the Vandal Invitational at Moscow, Idaho, Friday.

Booterbaugh cruised to an easy victory, well ahead of Eastern Washington's Lisa Harrison, who took second in 2:16.59. Booterbaugh's previous best this season had been 2:10.18.

In the 55m hurdles, Randi Smith and Attrina Higgins dropped below the eight-second barrier for the first time in their careers to finish first and second in 7.95 and 7.96, respectively.

Sharika Higgins posted a lifetime best 7.59 in a second-place finish in the 60m dash.

Whitney Evans (5-10) and Jeannette Martus (11-11 3/4) captured wins in their respective events, the high jump and pole vault.

Simon Kamau ran a lifetime best 1:54.17 in the 800m, but came just short of Derek Klinge's (Unattached) first-place time of 1:53.60.

In the men's high jump, the excitement was all-WSU with a foursome of Cougars sweeping the top four spots. Ezra Gordon emerged victorious, clearing 6-10 3/4. Craig Allen cleared 6-8 3/4 to finish second.

Also underway Friday were the first four field events for Saturday's McDonald's II Open Indoor Track Meet.

Cicely Clinkenbeard won the triple jump easily with an NCAA provisional qualifying effort of 41-11 1/2.

Ian Waltz, who took second in the Idaho Invitational's shot put with a best mark of 61-4 3/4, took second in the McDonald's discus. Washington's Ben Lindsey captured first with a throw of 189-8, Waltz taking second with an effort of 187-9 1/2.

Saturday, the University of Idaho will host the majority of events for the McDonald's II Open Indoor. Remaining event finals from Friday's Idaho Invitational will be completed Saturday afternoon.

In addition to competitors at the McDonald's meet, WSU will be represented by Arend Watkins at the Simplot Games at Holt Arena on the Idaho State campus. Watkins, the school record holder in the 60m hurdles, will race alongside former Cougars standout and NCAA champion Dominique Arnold, who is also schedule to compete.



Finals --

60m Dash: 2. S. Higgins (7.59), 5. Mucker (7.81).

55m Hurdles: 1. R. Smith (7.95), 2. A. Higgins (7.96), 3. Rosenblad (7.99), 4. Zapata (8.15), 6. Odonkor (8.29).

800m: 1. Booterbaugh (2:07.04), Neel (DNF), Schaures (DNF).

Mile: 4. Miller (5:10.30).

3,000m: 6. G. Johnson (10:01.53).

1600m Relay: 3. WSU (3:46.43).

High Jump: 1. W. Evans (1.78m/5-10), Willis (1.70m/5-7).

Shot Put: 4. Thornton (13.81m/45-3 3/4), 5. Potter (13.75m/45-1 1/2).

Pole Vault: 1. Martus (3.65m/11-11 3/4), 6. Robinett (3.05m/10-0).

Semifinals --

55m Hurdles: 1. Rosenblad (7.98), 2. A. Higgins (8.01), 3. R. Smith (8.04), 4. Zapata (8.18), 5. Odonkor (8.21).

60m Dash: 2. A. Higgins (7.60), 3. S. Higgins (7.61), 5. Mucker (7.74).


Finals --

800m: 2. S. Kamau (1:54.17). 7. Hazelquist (1:56.37)

Mile: 3. S. Johnson (4:16.08), 4. Wicklander (4:20.05).

3,000m: 5. Welsh (8:25.14), 6. Franco-Parra (8:25.21), 10. Barker (8:38.72), 15. Boniface (8:54.37).

4x400m Relay: 1. WSU (Fitzhugh, Dudley, Randall, Macias) 3:13.22.

35-lb Weight Throw: 5. Schade (17.21m/56-5 3/4).

High Jump: 1. Gordon (2.10m/6-10 3/4), 2. Allen (2.05m/6-8 3/4), 3. Alverson (2.00m/6-6 3/4), 4. Rushing (2.00m/6-6 3/4).

Shot Put: 2. Waltz (18.71m/61-4 3/4).

Semifinals --

55m Hurdles: 3. Dudley (7.77).

60m Dash: 11. L. Williams (7.10).



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

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


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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