May 21, 1999
TEMPE, Ariz. - No Cougars climbed upon the victory stand during the first day of the Pacific-10 Conference Championships May 21-22 at Sun Angel Stadium at Tempe, Ariz.
Francesca Sewell (RS-junior, Kennewick, Wash.) was not successful in her defense of her two-time long jump title, placing second to UCLA's Keyon Soley. Soley leaped to 20-11 3/4 while Sewell had a season-best 20-8. Ellannee Richardson (freshman, Gladstone, Ore.) was 10th at 18-9 3/4, and Agneta Rosenblad (sophomore, Sweden) was 15th at 17-11.
In the men's long jump, WSU's Demetrius Murray (junior, Tacoma, Wash.) was runner -up to Arizona State's Dwight Phillips who soared to 26-10 - ninth-best in Pac-10 all-time records. Murray's jump of 25-3 1/2 was a personal best distance but did not qualify as an NCAA provisional qualifier since the wind reading of 5.2 meters per second exceeded NCAA standards of 4.0 mps. Cougar junior Brian Laville (Pickering, Ontario, Canada) placed sixth in the long jump at 23-10.
Ryan Nichols (sophomore, Selah, Wash.) placed fourth in the men's javelin with a lifetime-best and NCAA PQ mark of 223-7. WSU's Bryan Jones (sophomore, Nooksack, Wash.) was seventh at 211-6 and freshman Russ Milam (Bozeman, Mont.) was 11th (193-11).
In the first day's finals, Andrea Thornton (sophomore, Shelton, Wash.) finished sixth in the women's hammer throw with a personal-best and school record toss of 177-11. Thornton bettered her previous school record mark by nearly four feet. WSU's Molly Moore was 10th at 167-1 and Becky Potter was 18th at 152-0. Arizona's Maureen Griffin won the event with a heave of 193-8.
WSU's Molly Monroe (junior, Ellensburg, Wash.) placed fifth in the women's javelin with a toss of 144-8. Richardson finished out of the points at 9th with a heave of 134-4 and Anna Church finished 11th at 129-8. UCLA's Seilala Sua won the javelin at 161-2.
In Friday night preliminaries, Bernard Lagat advanced in both the 800m and 1500m races so he will get a chance to defend his titles in both events. Lagat was second in his heats of both prelims but his 800m time of 1:52.34 was fifth overall and he narrowly advanced to the 1500m finals after running a 3:53.42 in a slow heat to finish eighth overall.
Arend Watkins (sophomore, San Jose, Calif.) ran the fastest time in the windy men's 110m high hurdles prelims, 14.05 seconds. Eric Dudley (freshman, Bellingham, Wash.) had the fourth-fastest time in the 400m hurdles at 52.44 and advances to the Saturday night finals.
Freshmen Randi Smith (Beverly Hills, Calif.) and Richardson advanced to the finals of the 100m high hurdles with sixth and seventh-best times, respectively. Smith also was fifth in the prelims of the 400m intermediate hurdles. Other Cougar women to advance to Saturday night finals included: Sewell in the 100m dash (8th out of prelims), Sharika Higgins (junior, Oxnard, Calif.) in the 400m dash (6th), and Alishia Booterbaugh (junior, LaCenter, Wash.) in the 800m (5th).