May 8, 1999
MODESTO, Calif. - Two of the seven Washington State University competitors at the Modesto Relays recorded NCAA automatic qualifying and lifetime best marks Saturday. Junior Demetrius Murray (Tacoma) leaped 53 feet, 5 3/4 inches (16.29m) for second place in the invitational men's triple jump while sophomore Arend Watkins (San Jose, Calif.) finished fourth in the 110m high hurdles invitational race with a wind-aided time of 13.63, at the meet that featured elite Olympic and club competitors as well as collegians.
Murray was the top collegiate finisher and his mark is fifth-best in WSU all-time standings and fifth-best nationally. Watkins' time is third-fastest nationally and sixth-best in school history. Both Murray and Watkins currently lead the Pac-10 in their events.
Bernard Lagat (senior, Kenya) won the mile in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:02.04. Friday night Lagat won the men's 5000m race at the Cardinal Invitational in a time of 13:36.12 - the top collegiate time this year and ninth-best in WSU's all-time marks.
Cicely Clinkenbeard (sophomore, Okanogan) leaped 41-11 1/2 for fifth-place at Modesto and improved her school-record distance. Other Cougar finishes at Modesto were: Francesca Sewell (RS-junior, Kennewick)- second in the long jump at 20-2 1/4 (6.15m) and eighth in the 100m at 11.82; Randi Smith (freshman, Beverly Hills, Calif.) - third in the invitational 400m hurdles in 60.86 and fifth in the open 100m high hurdles in 14.41; Andrea Thornton (sophomore, Shelton) - sixth in the hammer throw at 162-3 (49.46m); and Colan Sewell (senior, Wenatchee) ran a 11.06 in the 100m and 22.64 in the 200m (no places available).
Other Cougar athletes at the Cardinal Invitational Friday night were: Megan Maynard (sophomore, Langley) finished 13th in the 5000m race but clocked an NCAA PQ time of 16:36.33; Alishia Booterbaugh (junior, LaCenter) finished fifth in the 800m with a lifetime-best time of 2:07.61 - just 11/100s of a second away from a PQ; Vinnie Pecht (sophomore, Spokane) placed third in the discus with a personal-best 181-0 (55.16m); and Chris Charles (senior, Bainbridge Island) was 32nd out of 45 competitors in the 5000m in a time of 14:36.88.
Saturday at the blustery and cold WSU Invitational, freshmen Ellannee Richardson (Gladstone, Ore.) and Eric Dudley (Bellingham), and redshirt sophomore Becky Potter (Gig Harbor) each won two events. Richardson ran 14.00w in the 100m hurdles and 24.61 in the 200m dash plus placed third in the javelin and eighth in the shot put. Dudley won both hurdles races - the 110m in 15.04 and the 400m in 54.45. Potter claimed the shot put at 45-6 1/2, the hammer with a toss of 159-10, and finished second in the discus at 155-10.
Other Cougar winners in Pullman Saturday included Attrina Higgins (junior, Chino, Calif.) in the 100m dash (11.99), Lisa Schaures (junior, Castle Rock) in the 800m (2:14.68), Molly Monroe (junior, Ellensburg) in the javelin (141-6), Jeannette Martus (sophomore, Livonia, Mich.) in the pole vault (11-3 3/4), Itoro Elijah (sophomore, Portland) in the triple jump (38-9 1/2), Mandy Borschowa (freshman, Snoqualmie) in the discus (180-10), Tony Boitano (RS-junior, Tacoma) in the pole vault (16-6 3/4), and BJ Schade (RS-junior, Sequim) in the hammer (201-4).