June 24, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Several current and former Washington State track and field competitors fared well at the USA and Canadian National Championships held June 21-23 at Stanford, Calif., and Edmonton, Alberta.
At the Canadian Championships, WSU's Whitney Evans, from Calgary, Alberta, took fifth place in the senior women's high jump. Evans cleared 5-10 3/4 (1.80m) on her final attempt and missed all three tries at 6-0 (1.83m), where the top four women cleared. She has been bothered by a sore knee on her "plant" leg and will rest for the rest of the summer in preparation of her senior year at WSU.
Also at Edmonton, Anson Henry, the 2002 Pac-10 Male Track Athlete of the Year, took third place in the men's senior 100m dash with a personal-best but wind-aided time of 10.04 after running a 10.08 in the prelims. Henry's 10.04 surpasses his WSU record time of 10.17, set this past spring, his senior year. Henry also qualified for the men's 200m dash with the sixth-fastest prelim time of 21.10 but chose to only run the 100m dash in the finals.
Former Cougar thrower Georgette Reed (Calgary, Alberta) won the women's senior shot put (51-0, 15.54m), placed fifth in the discus (146-3, 44.58m), and 10th in the hammer (165-0, 50.31m). Reed, now competing for the Jump Start club team, still holds the WSU women's shot put record (54-6, 16.61m) and is fifth in school record in the discus (166-1, 50.88m), both set in 1991.
Competing at the USA National Championships, Eric Dudley, from Bellingham, Wash., ran the 400m intermediate hurdles prelims in a time of 50.13 seconds, a personal-best time and the third-fastest time in WSU history. Dudley, who redshirted this past spring and will be a senior on the Cougar team for the 2003 season, did not advance to the final after clocking in at 51.27 in the semi-final.
Former Cougs Ian Waltz (Post Falls, Idaho) and Andrea Thornton (Shelton, Wash.) competed in throwing events. Waltz, competing for the Bronco Track club, placed third in the discus with a toss of 204-3 (62.26m) and finished ninth in the shot put at 62-11 1/2 (19.19m). After an outstanding spring, Thornton, competing unattached, finished a disappointing 14th in the hammer (185-4, 56.48m) and 16th in the discus (135-7, 41.34m).