March 29, 2003
STANFORD, Calif. -- The Washington State track & field team produced 15 new or improved NCAA Regional Qualifying marks at the two-day Stanford Invitational Track & Field Meet.
Anna Blue, a senior from Olympia, Wash., ran a school record time of 16 minutes, 14.55 seconds to finish fifth in the top section of the women's 5000m race Friday night. Blue clipped 21 seconds off her indoor school record time set last month, and 13 seconds off her personal record time in this event. Blue's time is an NCAA Regional Qualifying time for this event.
"Coach Jason Drake worked out a real nice race for Anna and she was ahead of pace early on," Head Coach Rich Sloan said. "She started to break down but re-gathered herself and had a very strong last 6000m. It was a terrific effort on her part. She will race in 10k at Mt. SAC and try to get a qualifying mark in that race too."
Bennie Chatman had a strong showing for the Cougar men. The senior from Houston, Texas, was third in the men's 100m dash final with a time of 10.42 seconds, behind Chijioke Onyenegetcha (San Francisco CC) at 10.36 and Ja'Warren Hooker (Asics) time of 10.41. Chatman had run a wind-aided 10.40 in the prelims. Chatman also ran the second leg of the winning men's 4x100m relay. Lamarr Kirk, Chatman, Dan Brink and Anthony Buchanan clocked in at 40.14, an NCAA RQ. Buchanan cramped up half-way down the straightaway but leaned at the finish line to get by the Stanford anchor 40.1398 to 40.1510 seconds. Unfortunately, Buchanan was not able to run in the 100m dash or 200m finals after running a 10.51 in the 100m prelim heats.
Eric Dudley won the 400m intermediate hurdles in an improved NCAA RQ time of 51.19. He also finished ninth in the 400m dash top section in a PR time of 47.59.
"Eric is as strong as I've ever seen him," Sloan said. "He's not even running hard in the hurdles. He's cruising the first part of the race and then runs past everyone and wins the race. When he starts running the first half of that race and gets the right conditions, I think his times will be incredible."
Cougar women field athletes reaching NCAA RQs included Tamara Diles finish tied for third in the elite section of the women's pole vault with a height of 12-6. Shannon Rance placed 10th in the top section of the shot put with a mark of 46-1 1/4. Marie Muai finished 11th in the elite section of the discus with a distance of 150-9. Brittany Hinchcliffe placed ninth in the elite hammer with a throw of 176-1, while Sammy Jo Missel was sixth in the B hammer section with a throw of 164-4. The women's 4x400m relay placed fourth in 3:43.80. In the women's javelin, Rachel Bertholf improved her season-best by four feet to 147-7.
In the top section of the women's 400m, Tiffany Giles was third at 54.76 and Monique Jessie was fourth in 54.85. Jessie was also listed at a speedy time of 59.30 in the 400m hurdles but the seventh hurdle was missing from the ten that were supposed to be on the track and that disqualified her efforts.
"It was a good meet with great weather and for the most part good wind conditions," Sloan said.
Next week the Washington State track and field teams will compete at the Texas Relays April 3-5 at Austin, Texas.