March 15, 2003
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Washington State University was represented by six individuals at the NCAA Div. I Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships and all six left the Randal Tyson Track Center on the University of Arkansas campus as All-Americans.
Cougar junior Kurtiss Dilley (Elverta, California) cleared a height equal to his season-best, 7-feet, 1 1/2 inches (2.17m), for fifth place in the men's high jump Saturday. Dilley, a transfer from Sacramento City College, had not cleared that height, seventh-best in WSU history, in competition since Feb. 1 Cougar Indoor Meet. Jerrick Holmes from Cal State Northridge won the event at a height of 7-3 3/4 (2.23m).
The WSU 4x400m relay team of Tiffany Giles, Monique Jessie, Angelita Green and Ellannee Richardson improved on their school record time of 3 minutes, 36.08 seconds, set last week in Seattle, with a blistering seventh-place time of 3:35.49. Giles, a senior from Seattle, ran a first leg split of 53.3 seconds followed by junior transfer (West LA College) Jessie's 53.8 seconds. Green, a junior 800m specialist from Long Beach, Calif., ran the third leg in 55.4 seconds with senior heptathlete Richardson, from Gladstone, Ore., racing the anchor leg of the first section in 52.6 seconds.
"Early on in the race two teams got tangled up behind us and fell," WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "Tiffany had the lead and we led the rest of the race. Monique was passed on the second leg on the back stretch of the first lap but then she passed her back on the back stretch of the second lap We pulled away and didn't have much competition from that point. Angelita and Ellannee were out and by themselves with nobody close to them. We were in the slower section of a three-section race and it probably hurt our ability to be competitive we still did a great job."
The Texas women won the 1600m race in a time of 3:27.66.
Whitney Evans' Friday fourth-place high jump finish gave the WSU women five points and with the 4x400m relay's seventh place, the Cougars had seven points, tied for 26th in the final team standings. Louisiana State won the title with 68 points. Dilley was the only competitor from the men's team and his four points put WSU in a tie for 45th. Arkansas won the men's team title with 52 points.
"It was a good national championship for us and now we're anxious to get home and get back to training and get ready for our outdoor season," Sloan said.
The Cougars open the 2003 outdoor season next weekend at the Willie Williams Meet at Tucson.