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Thornton Betters Shot Put Mark
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/17/2001
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Feb. 17, 2001

MOSCOW, Idaho -- Andrea Thornton bettered her NCAA Provisional Qualifying shot put mark with a winning throw of 14.98m/49-1 3/4 Saturday morning at the Moscow McDonald's II Open Meet at the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome.

Thornton, a senior from Shelton, Wash., had throw the shot 14.95m/49-0 3/4 Friday night in the Vandal Indoor competition for the NCAA PQ status. She is now qualified for both the shot put and 20# weight throw. WSU freshman Shannon Rance was third in the shot at 13.85m/45-5 1/4.

WSU's Erin Reed won the women's 200m dash (24.33) and finished second in the 60m dash (7.77). Reed's time of 24.33 seconds in the women's 200m dash is a freshman school record, breaking Sharika Higgins' 1997 time of 24.37.

Agneta Rosenblad won the women's long jump at 5.82m/19-0 1/4 with Blessing Ufodiama fourth at 5.52m/18-1 1/2. Ufodiama placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 12.36m/40-6 3/4, just under her freshman school record of 40-8 1/4.

Anthony Buchanan ran a 6.97 to win the men's 60m dash with J.K. Haines third at 7.12 and Dan Brink fifth at 7.14. Arend Watkins clocked a 7.33 to win the early morning 55m hurdles.

WSU freshman Shaun Straka won the men's shot put with a heave of 15.56m/51-0 3/4, and Rick Collins cleared a season-best 5.00m/16-4 3/4 for second place in the pole vault.

The WSU track and field teams will gear up for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, Friday - Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at the Walkup Skydome on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff, Ariz.

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