June 3, 1999
BOISE, Idaho - Whitney Evans, a Washington State University freshman, placed fourth in the women's high jump during the second day of the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships at Bronco Stadium at Boise, Idaho.
Evans, a heptathlete from Calgary, Canada, earned the Cougar women five team points with her season-best leap of 6-feet, 1/2 inch (1.84m). The women's high jump winner was Kajsa Bergqvist from Southern Methodist with a cleared height of 6-2 3/4.
Evans will begin competition in the two-day women's heptathlon Friday along with teammate Ellannee Richardson (freshman, Gladstone, Ore.).
In preliminary heats Thursday, WSU's Arend Watkins (sophomore, San Jose, Calif.) advanced to the Friday semifinals of the men's 110m high hurdles. Watkins' time of 13.98 seconds was third in the third prelim heat and 11th-fastest of the 20 competitors. Sixteen advanced to the Friday night semifinals with only eight able to compete in the Saturday night final. Watkins finished tied for 11th at the 1998 NCAA Championships.
Cougar distance standout Bernard Lagat (senior, Kenya) advanced to the Saturday final of the men's 1500m run. Lagat's time of 3:47.96 was second in his semifinal heat and fourth-fastest among the 19 runners. Twelve athletes are slated to compete in the final. At this distance, Lagat placed fourth in the 1997 and 8th in the 1998 NCAA Championships. He will run in the 5000m final Friday night where he has the fastest collegiate time this season, 13:36.12.
Also competing for the Cougars Friday will be triple jumper Cicely Clinkenbeard, a sophomore from Okanogan, Wash.