Jan. 19, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The competition level at the Sixth Annual WSU Open Indoor proved to be high caliber as eight meet records were broken and the spectators were treated to solid performances from a couple of Canadian Olympians and a couple of Olympians in training.
The two-day meet, held at WSU's Indoor Practice Facility, included Canadian Olympians Anson Henry, a former Cougar All-American sprinter, and Angela Whyte, former Idaho hurdler and currently a volunteer assistant coach for the Vandals. Henry won the 60m dash by edging out former WSU teammate Anthony Buchanan by one one-hundredth of a second, 6.78 seconds to 6.79 seconds. Whyte broke her own meet records winning the 60m dash in a time of 7.49 and with a prelim time in the 60m hurdles of 8.12. Diana Pickler, four-time Cougar All-American heptathlete and now training at WSU for the USA Olympic trials, set a meet record in the long jump when she soared 19-feet, 3 1/2 inches (5.88m).
Other meet records set Saturday included WSU's Meghan Leonard mile time of 5 minutes, 3.48 seconds and Sarah Burns triple jumping a distance of 40-6 (12.34m). Idaho's Kevin Pabst won the men's long jump with a meet record 23-9 (7.24m) and Mykael Bothum won the women's shot put with a meet record toss of 49-9 1/4 (15.17m), joining Matthew Wauters' Friday weight throw MR Friday night of 68-10 (20.98m).
Jeshua Anderson, the 2007 national prep record-holder in the 300m hurdles, made an auspicious collegiate debut as he ran a WSU freshman school record time of 8.09 seconds to edge out teammate Rob Williams in the 60m hurdles. Williams also clocked in with a time of 8.09, equaling his lifetime best.
Cougar women who scored wins at the meet included La Shawnda Porter-Red (200m, 25.63), Lorraine King (400m, 58.56), Anna Layman (800m, 2:18.07), McKinnon Hanson (high jump, 5-5, 1.65m), and Kendall Mays (pole vault, 11-7 3/4, 3.55m).
Rickey Moody reached a long jump PR with his third-place finish mark of 23-2 3/4 (7.08m).
Next weekend Washington State will host the Cougar Indoor Team meet with the USC women joining combined teams from Idaho, Eastern Washington, and Utah State at the WSU Indoor Facility for the two-day scoring meet.