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Watkins 8th at NCAA Indoor Track Championships
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999
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March 5, 1999

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Washington State University's sophomore Arend Watkins, an All-American hurdler from San Jose, Calif., finished eighth in the men's 60m high hurdles in a time of 7.87 seconds Friday at the NCAA Div. I Indoor Track and Field Championships at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind.

South Carolina sophomore Terrance Trammel won the race in a time of 7.52 and the difference between fourth and eighth places was only 3/100s second.

Watkins, who finished sixth last year, clocked a 7.85 in the preliminary heats for the third-fastest time of the 16-man prelims. He received All-America honors and the Cougar men's team is on the board with one point.

WSU's Bernard Lagat, a junior from Kenya, had the eighth-fastest time in the men's mile preliminary heats. Lagat ran a 4:05.07 for second place in the second heat to qualify for the Saturday final. His lifetime best mile is 4:01.03, clocked in a win at the Los Angeles Invitational Meet, Feb. 13.

Alishia Booterbaugh, a junior from LaCenter, Wash., ran a time of 2:09.04 in the 800m for fifth in her heat but out of qualifying range for the Saturday final. The final qualifying time in the women's 800m prelims was 2:07.83, faster than Booterbaugh's personal best time of 2:08.18.

Saturday's action for the Cougars will find freshman Whitney Evans (Calgary, Canada) competing in the women's high jump with Lagat running in the finals for the men's mile and 3,000m races.

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