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Waltz, Murray Win Pac-10 Field Titles At Track Championships
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/21/2000
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May 21, 2000

EUGENE, Ore. -- Washington State's Ian Waltz and Demetrius Murray captured field titles, and Cicely Clinkenbeard soared to a school record Sunday in the final day of competition at the Pacific-10 Conference Track & Field Championships, at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

The WSU women finished fourth in the team competition with 86 points. The UCLA women won with 167.5 points, followed by USC 161, Stanford 114, WSU 86, Arizona State 75, Arizona 65, Washington 58, California 54.5, and Oregon 37.

USC claimed the men's team title with 154 points followed by Stanford 122.5, Arizona State 101, with Washington and UCLA tied for fourth with 83 points. Arizona was sixth at 75, Oregon 71, California 68, and Washington State 59.5.

Waltz, a senior from Post Falls, Idaho, won the men's discus with a season-best toss of 198-feet, 7 inches. Waltz, who won the Pac-10 discus title in 1998, placed third in the shot put Saturday.

"That throw was basically the only one I got flat," Waltz said at the completion of the discus. "The rest were high releases, and they didn't want to go as far, because the wind was catching them. My best throws have been this year, but I have been struggling a bit with my technique. I'm trying to get back over 200 feet. I'm going to get ready for the NCAAs. There's going to be a lot of good competition out there, so I need to get after it. I will be moving to Tucson with Ben Lindsey, who will be my training partner. We have a friendly, unique rivalry. I look forward to it."

Murray, a senior from Tacoma, Wash., won the men's triple jump with a wind-aided mark of 52-10, after placing seventh in the long jump Saturday.

"I really wasn't feeling that sharp, I had an ankle injury earlier in the week," Murray said. "But I got a great opportunity on my last jump. I just wanted to give it 110%. A friend told me that I wasn't carrying my speed through the board, and I wasn't bringing my knees up. So I changed that. Hats off to her. It's my senior year, and I'm really proud to be Pac-10 champ."

Clinkenbeard, a junior from Okanogan, Wash., broke her own triple jump record set in Boise last year with her second-place leap of 42-10 1/4.

Alishia Booterbaugh, a senior from LaCenter, Wash., finished second in the women's 800m with a time of 2:06.17.

Other Cougar women scoring points with their performances Sunday were: Mandy Borschowa, sixth in the discus (160-11), 100m hurdles - Agneta Rosenblad (4th, 13.69), Randi Smith (5th, 13.86), Attrina Higgins (8th, 15.93), Smith, sixth in the 400m hurdles (59.83), Sharika Higgins, seventh in the 100m dash (11.70), Greta Johnson, seventh in the 5000m (17:03.64), 4x100m relay - Rosenblad, Smith, A. Higgins, S. Higgins, fourth (45.64), 4x400m relay - Schaures, A. Higgins, Smith, Booterbaugh, fifth (3:44.85).

Anson Henry, a sophomore from Pickering, Ontario, Canada, ran a lifetime best time of 10.36 for fourth in the men's 100m dash.

Eric Dudley, a sophomore from Bellingham, Wash., took third place in the 400m hurdles (51.68).

Three of four Cougar men scored points in the high jump: freshman Ezra Gordon (Colville, Wash.) was fifth with a height of 6-9 while Chris Rushing (senior, Redmond, Wash.) and Matt Alverson (freshman, Everett, Wash.) tied for eighth at 6-7.

Quotes from Cougar coach Rick Sloan:

"I thought the men competed pretty well in the meet. We competed hard and got the most out of what we had. Obviously, it wasn't enough because we finished last and I'm disappointed in our last place finish but not in the effort we put forth. We just need to get a few more bodies and people that compete at a high level.

"Anson Henry ran a great race (100m), had a good start and was very competitive throughout the race and ran a lifetime best. He did a great job.

"Demetrius Murray took the lead back on his final jump of the day in the triple jump.

"I was happy for Ian Waltz finally getting another Pac-10 title in the discus. He's worked hard for it. Now I think we just get on to the national championships and keep ironing things out and he'll be in real good shape there.

"Eric Dudley was way back (in the 400m hudles) and from the last hurdle to the finish line, just came roaring up and got third place. It wasn't a great race for him but he really competed well.

"The marks in the men's high jump weren't great but it was a good competitive effort within the field. We're happy for the points they were able to provide.

"We had some makeshift relays. We got some good legs from Anson (Henry) and Guillermo (Macias).

"Did the men do what they were capable of? For the most part, the men's team competed very well, we just didn't have enough horses to get us up there. Missing Arend (Watkins) was a big factor. With Arend there and a couple breaks here and there, maybe some points in the discus, we should have had other than Ian's, we go from ninth all the way to sixth place.

"A lot of people came through on their last effort on the women's side. Just bringing it up another notch to get the job done.

"Cicely Clinkenbeard was in the mid 41's and made it into the (triple jump) final in about fifth place. She came through on her fifth round jump with a 42-10 that moved her into a tie for second but she was third based on second-best jumps. She jumped 42-9 on her last attempt so took over second place.

"The 100m was a good race for Sharika Higgins but not her best. I was very surprised Sharika Higgins got into the 200m after being disqualified Saturday. We protested to get her into the race and they upheld the protest. Since I'm on the jury of appeals and couldn't be there, someone else was looking out for us. But, she still didn't run what she did the day before.

"In the 800m race, Alishia Booterbaugh was very strong but the USC woman took it out and it was never really challenging for first or for her place either. I think she will be ready for a good run at nationals now.

"Greta Johnson did a terrific job in the 5000m, getting seventh place. She just ran back off the pace and kept building it late in the race and moving forward, ultimately passing Ryan Gilmore on the backstretch of the last lap. She had a pretty strong kick at the end. It was a very good run for her first 5000m race on a track.

"Attrina Higgins overran one of the hurdles in the highs and killed all of her momentum. But we were happy with Agneta (Rosenblad) and Randi (Smith) finishing fifth and eighth.

"Randi didn't have a good race in the 400m hurdles, she missed her steps and worked hard in the back stretch but never got her momentum back. That's unfortunate for her but she'll be going to the NCAA and we'll get her going again."

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