May 16, 1999
TEMPE, Ariz. - Stanford's Tracye Lawyer may have won the Pacific-10 Conference Heptathlon Saturday at Arizona State's Sun Angel Stadium, but the talk of the meet was WSU's Ellannee Richardson and the rest of the Cougar contingent who claimed second through fifth places and earned the team 23 points.
Lawyer, a three-time Pac-10 champion and runner-up at last year's NCAA heptathlon, maintained her lead of the first day and won the combined events competition with 5,794 points.
Richardson, a freshman from Gladstone, Ore., won all three events contested the second day - the long jump, javelin and the 800m in a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 18.46 seconds. Her total of 5,660 points is a lifetime-best mark, improved her NCAA automatic qualifying from ninth to fifth-best in the country, and is second on the Cougar all-time list. As runner-up, Richardson scored eight team points.
WSU freshman Whitney Evans, from Calgary, Canada, finished third with 5,484 points and improved her NCAA standing from 23rd to sixth. The NCAA uses 17 as the minimum number of heptathlon participants at the national championship meet to be held next month in Boise, Idaho. Evan's third-place finish gave WSU six points.
Junior LaTroya Mucker (Los Angeles) repeated her fourth place finished from 1998 and tallied 4,835 points in the 1999 competition and five team points. This was Mucker's second career heptathlon.
A pleasant surprise for the Cougar team was the showing by senior hurdler Nicky Booth (Federal Way, Wash.) making her debut in the combined events and finishing fifth with 4,450 points, and more importantly, adding four points to the Cougar team total.
In the decathlon competition, California's Bevan Hart won with 7,662 points followed by Santiago Lorenzo from Oregon (7,150), Casey Thompson from USC (6,772), and WSU freshman Steve Dwyer with 6,734 points. Dwyer, from Redmond, Wash., improved from his sixth-place standing after the first day and scored a personal-best total. In the final event of the competition, the 1500m race, Dwyer sliced ten seconds off his career-best time to finish fourth and keep his final standing of fourth place, worth five points for the WSU men's team.
The Pac-10 Championships competition continues May 21 and 22 at Sun Angel Stadium.
Pac-10 Combined Event Championships - Final Results Sun Angel Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
1. Bevan Hart, California 7,662 2. Santiago Lorenzo, Oregon 7,150 3. Casey Thompson, USC 6,772 4. Steve Dwyer, WSU 6,734 5. Russell Silvers, USC 6,629 6. Jacob Predmore, Wash. 6,444 7. Chase Wimberly, Stanford 6,215 8. Jon Bonk-Vasko, ASU 5,257Heptathlon
1. Tracye Lawyer, Stanford 5,794 2. Ellannee Richardson, WSU 5,660 3. Whitney Evans, WSU 5,484 4. LaTroya Mucker, WSU 4,835 5. Nicky Booth, WSU 4,450 6. Jenny Kenyon, Oregon 4,432 7. Lydia Rolle, USC 4,021 8. Disia Page, USC 3,876
AT THE CARDINAL QUALIFIER MEET at Stanford Saturday night, WSU's Bernard Lagat won the men's 1500m race in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:39.79. Lagat's time in the fourth-fastest in the NCAA standings to date.
AT THE SEATTLE PACIFIC INVITATIONAL MEET held at the University of Washington Husky Stadium Track Saturday, Cougars Tony Boitano, Kyllan Tower and Lex Katich finished one-two-three in the men's pole vault but did not better their season-best heights. Ryan Nichols won the javelin at 204-11 while Bryan Jones finished 9th at 181-0. Cameron Graves was fourth in the men's discus at 167-10.