April 5, 2002
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Washington State women's 4x400m team ran a school record and NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 3 minutes, 37.23 seconds for second place in the prelims Friday at the Texas Relays being held at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas.
The WSU relay squad of Tiffany Giles, Tamara Gulley, Randi Smith and Ellannee Richardson finished second only to the winning Texas squad's 3:35.60. Both Texas and WSU were in the fifth and final prelim heat. A total of 39 relay teams competed Friday and nine advanced to the Saturday final.
Whitney Evans finished second in the women's high jump A section final with an NCAA PQ clearance of 5-feet, 11 1/4 inches (1.81m). Abilene Christian senior Maresa Cadienhead won the high jump at a height of 6-0.
Anson Henry, Bennie Chatman and Anthony Buchanan finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in the men's 100m dash prelims. Henry and Chatman had identical times of 10.47 seconds while Buchanan finished in 10.48. Texas Christian's Michael Frater had the top time of 10.43 among the 69 runners in the preliminary heats. Nine runners advance to the Saturday final. Chatman ran a seasonal-best in his second place finish to Frater in the first heat while Buchanan won the fourth heat and Henry claimed win in the ninth heat.
In other Friday preliminary races, the Cougar men's 4x100m relay team narrowly missed advancing to the final. The relay team of Chatman, Henry, Dione Cason, and Buchanan clocked in at 40.19, which was tenth-fastest among the 35 teams, but UTEP's time of 40.18 edged WSU out of the final. Cason was running on the 400m relay team in place of an injured Dan Brink.
The women's 4x100m relay did not fare as well as the 47.75 time of Giles, Gulley, Richardson and Bree Skinner was 26th out of the 32 teams competing.
Richardson was 21st and Gulley 44th among the 61 competitors in the women's 100m hurdles. Richardson finished in a time of 14.16 while Gulley ran a 14.99. Skinner ran a time of 12.59 in the women's 100m dash, 58th among the 77 competitiors.
The Texas Relays continue through Saturday. For complete results go to www.texassports.com.