June 2, 2000
DURHAM, NC -- Alishia Booterbaugh put Washington State University on the board scoring two points with her seventh place finish in the women's 800m run Friday, the third day of the four days of competition at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Duke University.
Booterbaugh, a senior from LaCenter, Wash., ran a personal-best time of 2:04.81, the third-fastest time in WSU history. It was the second time in three days she'd bettered her PR after clocking a 2:05.61 for the eighth and final spot out of the Wednesday semifinals. Southern Methodist's Tytti Reho won the 800m in a time of 2:01.43.
WSU's Demetrius Murray (senior, Tacoma, Wash.) finished 18th in the men's triple jump with a mark of 15.19m / 49-feet, 10 inches, well below his season best of 16.24m / 53-3 1/2. Melvin Lister, of Arkansas, won the event with a leap of 16.96m / 55-7 3/4.
Booterbaugh earns All-American honors for her 800m finish and has proven to be the sole bright spot of the national collegiate championship meet for the Cougars. The three Cougar men, competing in four events, did not score any points for the team.
Cougar coach Rick Sloan quotes:
"Unfortunately, Demetrius did not have much of a performance in the triple jump. He was having some difficulty getting his steps on the board and I think he was behind the board on all three of his attempts. He was tight and pressing a little bit on the run and that was causing the steps to be off. He just couldn't get over 52-feet to get in the final nine and make All-American.
"On the positive note, of which there haven't been many, Alishia Booterbaugh ran a lifetime best. The pace went out very quickly: the first 200m was in 28 seconds and the 400m split for the leaders was 57 seconds so it was a very quick pace. Alishia was in last place for the entire race but the USC runner really faltered with about 100m to go and went backward quickly. Alishia was able to catch her right at the line. At first she was disappointed that she was at the back of the pack, I know she wanted to finish up in the middle of the pack and try to get in the awards, but it was such a fast race. I think she ran a smart race and not getting too wrapped up in that fast early pace allowed her to finish strongly. That's a great run for her and way for her to finish her track and field career at Washington State. She'll run cross country in the fall. Getting All-American, I'm really proud of her."