April 19, 2003
BOISE, Idaho -- Less than full contingents from six Northwest universities competed Saturday in the State Challenge Cup Meet at Boise, Idaho. Washington State, Washington and Eastern Washington represented the Evergreen state while Idaho, Idaho State and host Boise State were the Gem state reps. Team scores being recalculated at press time but the WSU Cougars had several notable performances.
Ian Johnson, a redshirt junior from Spokane, Wash., won the men's 5000m run in a time of 14:57.00. Darion Powell, a redshirt freshman from Kirkland, Wash., won the men's 110m hurdles in 14.70. In the field, Rick Collins, senior from Spokane, Wash., won the men's pole vault at a height of 16-0 (4.88m), while Tim Gehring, a redshirt junior from Kettle Falls, Wash., took the men's shot put at 58-3 1/4 (17.76m).
Cougar sophomore Julie Corbett (Bremerton, Wash.) won the women's 3000m race in a time of 10:33.53 and Diana Pickler, a freshman heptathlete from Sasche, Texas, was the top collegiate finisher in the women's 100m hurdles with a season-best and NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 14.01. Briana Willis, a senior from Ravensdale, Wash., won the high jump after clearing the bar at 5-7. Blessing Ufodiama (junior, Long Beach, Calif.) was the top collegiate in the women's triple jump with a leap of 39-6 (12.04m).
Sophomore Brittany Hinchcliffe bettered her NCAA RQ mark in the hammer with a throw of 186-11 (56.97m) for second place. This is a PR for Hinchcliffe and moves her closer to the school record of 195-0, set by Andrea Thornton in 2001.
Next week, the Cougar teams are home at Mooberry Track for the Fourth Annual Cougar Invitational Track & Field Meets. Friday, April 25, is the collegiate competition while the high school athletes compete Saturday, April 26.