Feb. 8, 2003
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Washington State's Marie Muai won the women's weight throw event with a school record and NCAA Provisional Qualifying toss of 61-feet, 9 1/2 inches (18.85m) Saturday at the adidas Classic Indoor Track & Field Meet hosted by the University of Nebraska. Teams from Arkansas, Kansas State, Iowa, Missouri, Alabama, Clemson, Minnesota joined host Nebraska and WSU in the single-day competition at the Bob Devaney Center.
Muai broke Becky Potters' weight throw record of 61-6 1/4 thrown in 2000. The sophomore from Tacoma bested a field of 18 with her NCAA PQ toss.
"The performance of the meet for the WSU women was Marie Muai's weight throw," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "She had a great series, was consistent and had another great throw that was a sector foul but it was out there pretty far."
Sophomore Danny Wolf was the lone victor for the Cougars on the men's side, winning the 3000m race with an NCAA PQ time of 8:05.05
"Danny's performance was the highlight for the men's team. He looked terrific," Sloan said. "He blew the doors off the Arkansas guys with about 300 meters to go. They didn't know what hit them: he went by them like a freight train."
WSU senior Tiffany Giles won the women's 400m dash with a lifetime-best time of 54.82, leading her heat throughout the race. Senior heptathlete Ellannee Richardson won the women's 200m dash in 24.16 and finished second in the 60m hurdles (8.55).
All-American Whitney Evans won the women's high jump, clearing the bar at the same 1.81m/5-11 /14 NCAA PQ height as last week.
The Cougar women's 4x400m relay of Giles, Monique Jessie, Angelita Green and Richardson won in a time of 3:43.39.
"Overall, we're making progress (as a team)," Sloan said. "We have some people who are really starting to hit their stride right now and others who are right on the cusp of some great performances. But we have a number of people we need to light fires under and get going. Hopefully we can get that taken care of in the next couple of weeks before the Mountain Pacific Championships."
Next weekend the Washington State team will compete in the Vandal Indoor Meet, Friday, Feb. 14, and the McDonald's Open, Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.