March 11, 2000
FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas -- Demetrius Murray earned All-American honors in the men's triple jump but Whitney Evans could not repeat in the women's high jump at the 2000 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday, at the Randal Tyson Event Center on the University of Arkansas campus.
Murray, a senior from Tacoma, Wash., leaped 52-feet, 4 3/4 inches for ninth place. Arkansas' Melvin Lister won the triple jump with a mark of 54-7 1/2.
"Demetrius did a pretty did job for only his second competition of the year," Cougar head coach Rick Sloan said. "He did a good job of competing and showed consistency in his jumping. He made the final and had two jumps at that distance (52-4 3/4). He couldn't quite get beyond that."
WSU sophomore Whitney Evans (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) finished tied at 15th in the women's high jump with a leap of 5-8 1/2. Harvard's Dora Gyorffy cleared 6-4 1/4 for the title.
"Whitney felt her knee wasn't limiting but she didn't have any pop in her legs," Sloan said regarding Evans' recurring pain in her plant leg. "She made the opening height on her first attempt. She had three misses at 5-10 with the last one fairly close. She just didn't have the soup today to get it going."
In Friday's NCAA competition, WSU scored its only points of the two-day meet with Ian Waltz's fifth-place finish and four points for the Cougar men's team.
"Unfortunately, it wasn't a really great meet for the Cougars," Sloan said. "We didn't get quite the level of performances that we would have liked across the board. I don't think we did a bad job, but at this meet you have to do a pretty dog-gone good job to get yourself up there."
There will be no rest for the Cougars as the men's and women's track and field teams begin outdoor competition March 17-18, at the Willie Williams Classic at Tucson, Arizona.