March 9, 2001
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- For the four members of the Washington State University track and field team, Friday night did not end the way they planned. The first night of the NCAA Div. I Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center, in Fayetteville, Ark., was disappointing.
Benson Jones, a redshirt sophomore from Concord, Calif., was the top Cougar with his 10th place finish in the men's long jump. Jones best leap of the day was 7.57m/24-feet, 10 inches, just short of his 25-4 lifetime best which was 17th-farthest coming into the competition. Mississippi's Savante Stringfellow won the event with a distance of 8.08m/26-6 1/4.
In the women's long jump final, WSU senior, Agneta Rosenblad, finished 12th with a leap of 6.10m/20-feet, 1/4 inch. Jenny Adams, Houston State, won the event with a distance of 6.68m/21-11. Rosenblad, from Lidingo, Sweden, set the WSU long jump record just two weeks ago by soaring 21 1/2.
Three of WSU's racers did not advance out of the preliminary heats to the finals.
Rosenblad ran a time of 8.40 seconds in the women's 60m hurdles, finishing fourth in the first heat and 13th out of the 17 competitors. Perdita Felicien, a freshman from Illinois, was clocked at 7.99 seconds for the fastest time in the three-heat prelims. Idaho's Angela Whyte had a false start and did not advance. Rosenblad ran a school record 60m hurdles time of 8.26 seconds this season.
Arend Watkins, a senior from San Jose, Calif., had the third best time of the season coming into the national meet (7.14 seconds in the 55m hurdles converted to a 7.65 for 60m hurdles). But once again, Watkins trip to the national medal circle did not happen as he finished 11th out of the 16 runners and did not advance to the eight-man finals. Watkins ran a time of 7.84 for sixth place in the second heat. Thursday he had visited an emergency room in Fayetteville for a sore throat. Indiana's Aubrey Herring set the prelim pace with a time of 7.63.
Anson Henry, a late addition to the men's 60m dash, was not fastest enough for the finals, placing 12th out of 17 competitors with a time of 6.74 seconds. Henry, a junior from Pickering, Ontario, Canada, had clocked a school record 60m time of 6.69 seconds this season. Tennessee's Leonard Scott led the prelim field in a time of 6.56.
Only Jones will compete for the Cougars Saturday, in the men's triple jump. Jones' top mark in this event is 52-10 3/4 and was ranked 10th coming into the national meet.
Washington State Head Coach Rick Sloan said:
"It wasn't a particularly good day for the Cougs. The only reasonably bright spot was Benson Jones jumped 24-10 and finished 10th in the competition but didn't make the final. We'll find out Saturday if he earned All-American.
"Arend Watkins didn't run a real strong race. He didn't react particularly well to the (starter's) gun and then kind of hurried himself to the first hurdle and hit it pretty hard, got off balance, and never really recovered from it to get back into the race. He ran his slowest time of the year for the 60m hurdles.
"Anson reacted quite well to the gun but got caught down a little bit in his running stride and couldn't get up and get running. He didn't quite get to the time he needed for the final.
"Agneta didn't run a strong race she reacted quite well to the gun as well but never really made it up and that was one of her slowest times at 8.40. In the long jump, jumped 20-1/4 on her first jump and didn't improve on that so didn't make the final.
"Not a particularly good day of competition. All we have left tomorrow is Benson in the triple jump so we'll see what he can do there. Hopefully he can compete well and get us some points in the meet for the men's side. Then we'll just come back and get ready for the outdoor season."